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.

Couple Dancing at Drum Circle

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 6-8, 2018

Summer is a great time to visit Asheville. Just ask Forbes Travel! This past week, Forbes Travel highlighted Asheville as a top place to travel this summer , giving many reasons as to why. Forbes writes that "no matter what you're looking for, you'll undoubtedly find it in Asheville." This weekend is a great example! From a reggae festival to a lyric opera, from a Spice Girls

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Chimney Rock

Elevator Reopens at Chimney Rock State Park

You once again are able to reach Chimney Rock and The Sky Lounge in just 32 seconds! Chimney Rock State Park has just announced that the elevator to Chimney Rock is back up and running. The elevator had been closed since 2015 for repairs. Repairs took time given the elevator is one of the few in the world located inside a mountain ! All of the trails are open, including the new stairs

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Hot Glass at Lexington Glassworks in Asheville, N.C.

Summer of Glass VIP Tour is An Art Lover's Dream

Photo credit: Lexington Glassworks/Olive and West. From Chihuly's monumental glass sculptures at Biltmore to the many accomplished glass artists here in the area, Asheville is celebrating a Summer of Glass in 2018  in a big way. One experience in particular will provide you a truly immersive, hands-on discovery of glass art -- a once-in-lifetime opportunity. On the Summer of Glass

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Shindig on the Green

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 29-July 1, 2018

Music provides a cultural beat in Asheville. What stands out most about the Asheville music scene is that there is not just one sound. The diversity of music styles that you can hear on a daily basis in Asheville easily rival that of cities much larger in size. This weekend, experience two of Asheville's music festival traditions , along with countless live music shows and street

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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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