Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for ExploreAsheville.com and is a former television news reporter.  He now combines his love for writing and Asheville to highlight the best of our mountain community.  He's also an avid outdoorsman who spends nearly all his free time hiking and photographing the mountains of western North Carolina. When he's not hiking or writing, you'll find him singing karaoke around town or catching a local sports game.

Flavors of Foodtopia: Part 2

Things to Do This Weekend - January 12-14, 2018

January is a great time to visit Asheville. You’ll enjoy the best rates of the year. With leaves off the trees, the mountain views are even better. And, you’ll have your pick of great Asheville events. One of the tastiest events of the season, Asheville Restaurant Week , is set to kick off in just a few days. Take out your calendar out and plan to experience the winter whimsy of the

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Wake Foot Sanctuary

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- January 6-7, 2018

Happy 2018! Asheville is brimming with new experiences in this new year . On tap are major exhibitions at Biltmore, much-anticipated restaurant and hotel openings and new trails. Discover what’s new in Asheville in 2018! January is a great time to visit Asheville. You’ll enjoy the best rates of the year. With leaves off the trees, the mountain views are even better. And, you’ll

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Mountain Biking at Mt. Mitchell

Asheville to Host Major National and International Sporting Events in 2018

With its prime location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its top notch athletic facilities, Asheville is drawing major international and national sports competitions to town. Asheville will have everything this year from Team USA tennis action to world-class cycling, from the best in world equestrian games to the highest level of college basketball tournament play. And, as you enjoy watching the

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The Rhu

Asheville Restaurant Week 2018

With an emphasis on fresh farm-to-table food, Asheville's dining scene, lovingly known as Foodtopia, is hitting high marks with the nation's top food critics. Zagat just named Asheville one of the most exciting food cities in America . And, two of Asheville's chefs, John Fleer ( Rhubarb and The Rhu) and Elliott Moss ( Buxton Hall BBQ ), were named James Beard Award finalists in 2017.

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Christmas at Biltmore 2017

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- Dec. 22-25, 2017

Asheville is a magical place to spend the holidays. With Christmas Day almost here, the festive atmosphere is more palpable than ever. Discover 8 ways Asheville Sparkles for the holidays! Asheville's shopping districts are bustling with shoppers picking out last-minute gifts. Families are enjoying the light shows and decorations throughout the city. And, Asheville's music scene is

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Holiday Shopping

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- December 15-17, 2017

With the holidays now underway, it's time to find those special last-minute gifts for your friends and family. And, you can do just that in Asheville this weekend! Asheville is home to beautiful shopping districts featuring locally-owned stores specializing in one-of-a-kind gifts. Great places to shop include downtown Asheville , Biltmore Village , the River Arts District and neighboring

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Asheville Downtown Skyline Night

New Year's Eve Events in Asheville, N.C.

Ring in 2018 in Asheville with unique celebrations you 'll only find here in the mountains! There’s no shortage of big parties in Asheville to help you welcome the new year in style!   Asheville New Year's Eve Celebrations At-A-Glance Asheville Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Celebration – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. : The concert features Carl

Steep Canyon Rangers

Grammy-Award Winning Bluegrass Band Celebrates Album Release with Concert in Asheville

Great travel packages help you see the show and explore Asheville this winter. Already with a Grammy award under its belt, powerhouse bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers is preparing to mark a major new milestone. And, the band will celebrate that milestone here in Western North Carolina where the six musicians call home. Steep Canyon Rangers will celebrate the release of its new album, Out in the

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Why We Love Winter (And You Should, Too!)

Things to do in Asheville This Weekend -- December 8-10

While Asheville is well known for its thriving downtown with art and music , and the elegant Biltmore Estate, a collection of local communities and neighborhoods help to shape the city's character. As you explore the Asheville area this weekend, consider also branching out into these intriguing districts and towns . Visit north Asheville's Montford Historic District , one of the largest

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Asheville Skyline at Holidays

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- December 1-3, 2017

A new wave of holiday celebrations begins this weekend in Asheville to join big seasonal events already underway! From the kick off of new light displays to an old-fashioned Christmas tradition, from an exciting craft sale to great live entertainment, you will have you'll have plenty to choose from this weekend as you make your Asheville plans. The Big Crafty Saturday, Dec. 2 (1-8 p.m.) and

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