Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for 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.

Graveyard Fields in Fall

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend: September 29-October 1, 2017

With so much going on this weekend in Asheville, the only problem you'll have is deciding what to do! You'll have your pick of great annual events such as Mountain Heritage Day, Barnaroo and Oktoberfest. But, you also can be on the ground floor of brand new events such as a vinyl record celebration and a nature festival. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look


Skyline Trail End View

New Skyline Trail Opens at Chimney Rock State Park

The Skyline Trail leads to stunning views of Hickory Nut Gorge Chimney Rock State Park has opened a new trail, the Skyline Trail, which travels through a beautiful ridge top forest on the way to amazing views of Hickory Nut Gorge and the upper cascades of Hickory Nut Falls! The 1.1-mile trail begins at Exclamation Point and is considered a moderate hike. Chimney Rock State Park is just 25 miles


Beer in Asheville

8 Ways to Celebrate the Spirit of Oktoberfest in Asheville

When it comes to fall in Asheville , the autumn colors are brilliant and the beer is brewing. Raise a glass in the spirit of Oktoberfest throughout the season. You’ll find September and October are rich with beer festivals. Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in the United States. There are more than 30 breweries in the Asheville area. So, you’ll easily be able

QUIZ: Which Asheville-Area Trail is Perfect for You This Fall?

The Asheville area is known for its incredible hiking trails. Those trails are especially beautiful during the fall when bright reds, oranges and yellows color the landscape. Take our quiz to find out which fall color trail best matches your personality! Be sure to share your results on Facebook and Twitter! Note: If you are taking this quiz on your mobile phone, turn your phone horizontally for


Downtown Busker

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 22-24, 2017

Great food, good exercise and good laughs are among the highlights of this coming weekend in Asheville! It's an exciting time here in the mountains with Friday marking the official beginning of fall. Fall color is expected to be brilliant this year and we're beginning to see bright reds, yellows and oranges in small pockets at the highest elevations. As you enjoy the festivals and


Wedge Brewing Couple

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

There's always something to do in Asheville and this weekend that's especially true! As we get closer and closer to welcoming fall color to the mountains, Asheville and the surrounding communities are set to prepare you with early fall festivals.  For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! Take your pick from these great


Asheville Sunset Skyline

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 8-10, 2017

With Labor Day Weekend behind us, the countdown is on to fall! September is full of exciting events leading up to the leaf show. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! This weekend is especially rich on traditions celebrating the diverse people of the mountains and the traditions of Western North Carolina that have shaped the cultural


Chihuly Installation

Biltmore will host Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit in 2018

Biltmore will showcase the monumental glass sculptures of world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly as part of a new exhibition set to open on the estate in 2018. Chihuly's work is featured in more than 200 museum collections around the world but this is the first time his breathtaking work will be on display at Biltmore .  The exhibition is scheduled to open May 17, 2018, and will be set


Max Patch Sunset

Things to Do in Asheville for Labor Day Weekend 2017

Labor Day weekend is your opportunity to end summer on a high note! Asheville is the perfect place to do just that. In town, and in our neighboring communities, find big celebrations, live music performances and endless outdoor adventure for a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! North Carolina Apple Festival Friday through Monday (Sept. 1-4) Main Street, Hendersonville Nothing signals the transition


Jam in the Trees 2016

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 25-27, 2017

With just a few weeks of summer remaining, don't miss out on the last of the summer season's great festivals in Asheville! We've got you covered this weekend, whether you like bacon or organic healthy eats, bluegrass music or a chance at pop stardom.  For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! And, as you enjoy this weekend,