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.

National Gingerbread House Competition 2017

PHOTO TOUR: 2017 National Gingerbread House Competition Winners

The National Gingerbread House Competition is celebrating 25 years! So, it's an especially sweet year for those who have been named winners in this year's milestone event at The Omni Grove Park Inn ! This year's competition featured 170 entries from across the United States and Canada. Given the number of incredible designs, the winners were in some cases separated by a half point!

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National Gingerbread Competition

Things to Do in Asheville on Thanksgiving Weekend -- Nov. 23-26

Thanksgiving weekend is the unofficial kick off for the holiday season. And, there’s a lot to be thankful for in Asheville with many great seasonal celebrations already underway and several other celebrations soon to begin. Discover 8 Ways Asheville Sparkles for the Holiday Season! Among the next big holiday events to begin is a 25-year-old tradition: the National Gingerbread House

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Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- November 16-19, 2017

When it comes to the holidays, Asheville goes all out. Whether it’s the elegant decorations featuring the nearly 100 hand-decorated trees at Biltmore or the 500,000 twinkling lights at the North Carolina Arboretum , Asheville truly shines at this time of year. Discover 8 ways Asheville sparkles for the holidays! This weekend is the kickoff for many of Asheville’s most iconic holiday

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Broken Road Studio in RAD.

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- November 10-12, 2017

The fall leaf season enters its final stretch with great festivals to round out the season. Celebrations of art, food, beer and music are all lined up for the coming days. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! After this weekend, the holidays begin in earnest in Asheville. On November 17, The North Carolina Arboretum lights up with 500,000

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Banquet Hall Tree Christmas at Biltmore Estate 2017

PHOTO TOUR: Christmas at Biltmore 2017

Biltmore shines with holiday grandeur as Christmas at Biltmore 2017 gets underway. Magical. That's the word guests so often use when describing Biltmore during the holidays. Ornate decorations transport you back in time and showcase a tradition that dates back more than 120 years. The stunning decorations inside the home and across the estate feature more than 100 hand-decorated trees,

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Blue Ridge Parkway near Chestnut Cove Fall 2017

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- November 3-5, 2017

This week marks a special time in Asheville when the beautiful fall foliage change coincides with the beginning of an enchanting holiday tradition. It’s your opportunity to enjoy the best of both seasons at the same time. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! Fall color has arrived in the lower elevations, including the Blue Ridge

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Bent Creek Trail at the NC Arboretum

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 27-29, 2017

There's always something new and exciting happening in Asheville. This weekend is a perfect example with a new art studio tour and a never-before-seen concert collaboration. Mix in these new happenings with beloved local traditions and you've got quite a weekend here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event

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WIN TICKETS: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 20-22, 2017

Two of the fall season's most anticipated events in Asheville bring big excitement this weekend. Both the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands and the LEAF Festival are favorite local traditions. These two big celebrations are joined by many other festivals and live performances in the coming days. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar!

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Art in the Park

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend - October 13-15, 2017

As mother nature uses her palette of fall colors to paint the mountainsides, Asheville's artistic community creates a colorful experience in town. Whether you're strolling the local shops, meeting artists in their studios or taking a hands-on workshop, this weekend is a great time to see why Asheville has a reputation for a creativity. Also on tap this weekend, don't miss out on great

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Lake Balloon Picture Big

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend - October 6-8, 2017

With October finally here, fall festival season is now in full swing in Asheville! Drink it all in with a celebration of Oktoberfest or treat your ears to the sounds of the season. For a list of each day's events throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar! As you enjoy these great festivals, you'll be able to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage decorating the mountainsides.

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