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.

Hiking at Black Balsam

New Outdoor Adventures in Asheville, N.C. in 2018

New and Unique Ways to Explore the Outdoors in Asheville This Summer and Fall Sitting along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway and surrounded by one million acres of protected wilderness, Asheville’s backyard features the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi . You'll find thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails and unmatched biodiversity that brings a parade of

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Dr. King's Carolina Bison Farm

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 22-24, 2018.

In Asheville, you'll find there's a major emphasis on celebrating local products and goods. There are a hundreds of independent local stores and restaurants. Many of these restaurants serve food produced right here in Western North Carolina at local farms. This weekend, take a tour of these farms or tour local artists studios. You can taste the best of the local harvest at the

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Music Festival

Things to Do Father's Day Weekend in Asheville -- June 15-17, 2018

In addition to great hiking , outdoor adventures and favorite experiences , Asheville delivers special events this weekend sure to make Dad smile. Plan your trip to Asheville by utilizing our easy-to-use search to check room availability and rates at Asheville area accommodations. And, you can check events for any date by using our events calendar search . Here's a look at what you can enjoy

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Fourth of July

Fourth of July Events and Fireworks in Asheville, N.C.

Celebrate Independence Day in Asheville in 2018! Asheville takes great pride in celebrating our nation's Independence Day. From festivals to parades to fireworks, you'll have a blast celebrating the Fourth of July here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Downtown Asheville Festival and Fireworks There's something special about watching fireworks burst over the twinkling skyline of downtown

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Xpand Fest

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 7-10, 2018

If there's a theme to this weekend's events, it's community. The festivals and celebrations you can experience in the coming days showcase a community dedicated to the arts, a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable future. This weekend is an example of the great events going on in Asheville in the month of June. Because of the numerous festivals and relatively mild temperatures, CNN just

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A Glass Artist Fires His Work at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 1-3, 2018

The Summer of Glass has begun in Asheville! This weekend, join artists, galleries, studios and shops as they celebrate the beginning of this months-long celebration that coincides with the Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition . Meanwhile, drink up all the excitement during Asheville Beer Week , which culminates this Saturday with a big celebration in downtown Asheville. Plan your trip to Asheville by

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Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Things to Do in Asheville On Memorial Day Weekend -- May 25-28, 2018

Memorial Day Weekend is a time of reflection and remembrance. It's also traditionally the unofficial start to summer. And, what better way to kick off the season than with a weekend in Asheville. There are so many events, festivals and celebrations to choose from on this holiday weekend. Plan your trip to Asheville by utilizing our easy-to-use search to check room availability and rates at

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Chihuly Nights at Biltmore

PHOTO TOUR: Chihuly at Biltmore

Monumental. Whimsical. Vivid. These are just some of the words that may come to mind as you experience the iconic works of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly at Biltmore. The Chihuly at Biltmore exhibition runs May 17-October 7, 2018. Most of the glass sculptures are thoughtfully installed throughout the manicured gardens of the estate. You'll also be able to see Chihuly's work

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Winning Contest Experiences

The Top Asheville Experiences According to Our Fans

We asked our fans to share their favorite Asheville experiences in eight categories ranging from the outdoors to dining to music venues. You responded in droves, submitting thousands of nominations for Asheville's top experiences. The responses were submitted as part of our Asheville Ultimate Top 8 Getaway Giveaway in early 2018. We tallied all those nominations and present to you the winning

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Chihuly at Biltmore

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- May 17-20, 2018

Chihuly at Biltmore is set to begin! Excitement has been building for months since Biltmore made the announcement late last year . Earlier this week, a team of people began installing Chihuly's larger-than-life glass sculptures both inside Biltmore House and throughout the estate. As the exhibition kicks off this Thursday, so too does the Summer of Glass , a six-month celebration of glass art

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