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.

Downtown After 5

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 17-19, 2018

When you visit Asheville, make sure not to limit your adventures to the city center. Get out and explore! You’ll find surrounding communities such as Leicester and Fairview offer unique experiences and beautiful vistas. Leicester hosts its biggest event of the year this weekend, with a self-guided art studio tour. Fairview offers up a barn dance and a country carnival. While enjoying these

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Sourwood Festival 2016

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 9-12, 2018

Nearby Asheville, you'll find many charming communities with a character and culture all their own. Among those neighboring communities is the beautiful town of Black Mountain , located just about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville. Readers of TripAdvisor voted Black Mountain the Prettiest Small Town Vacation in America in 2016! With an impressive view of the mountains from the vibrant

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LEAF Downtown

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 3-5, 2018

We begin a new month in Asheville with a big lineup of festivals and happenings! This weekend, enjoy some of Asheville's most beloved traditions such as the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (now in its 91st year) and the Village Art and Craft Fair (now in its 46th year). Plan your trip to Asheville by utilizing our easy-to-use search to  check room availability and rates  at

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Yoga in Asheville

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 27-29, 2018

Asheville has been long-known as a place for wellness, rejuvenation and relaxation. This weekend, the four-day Asheville Yoga Festival celebrates that local culture. In addition, Asheville's vibrant culinary, music, beer and arts scenes are featured in big festivals and celebrations throughout town. Plan your trip to Asheville by utilizing our easy-to-use search to  check room

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WIN TICKETS: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 19-22, 2018

Asheville is known as being one of the best towns in the country for American craft. In fact, after tens of thousands of votes were cast in 2018, Asheville was named one of America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers ! This weekend, you can explore Asheville's largest craft festival and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from some of the region's best makers. If hearing a live band is

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Downtown Asheville, N.C.

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 13-15, 2018

There's always something going on in Asheville and this weekend is no exception! Want great food? Head to an all-day food truck festival. Want to see and purchase great art and crafts? There's a festival this weekend just for you. And, if you want to put on your leg warmers and party like it's 1980, you can do that, too: there's an 80's dance party planned! Don't miss out.

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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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