The Top Asheville Experiences According to Our Fans

Winning Contest Experiences

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.

We tallied all those nominations and present to you the winning Asheville experiences in each of the contest's categories.

Stay tuned to our social media pages and our web site for more in depth features on the Asheville experiences our fans say you can't miss on your next visit to Asheville! 

Top Outdoor Adventure or Trail: Biltmore


1. Biltmore
2. DuPont State Forest
3. Blue Ridge Parkway
4. Craggy Gardens Pinnacle
5. North Carolina Arboretum
6. Chimney Rock State Park
7. Navitat Canopy Adventures
8. River Rafting on French Broad and Nantahala

Top Place to See Live Music: The Orange Peel

Mountain Sounds Story: The Orange Peel

1. The Orange Peel
2. The Grey Eagle
3. Biltmore Summer Concert Series
4. Salvage Station
5. Highland Brewing
6. Harrah's Cherokee Center- Asheville/Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
7. 5 Walnut Wine Bar

Top Place to Have a Craft Beer: Wicked Weed

Couple by Fire Pit at Wicked Weed Brewing

1. Wicked Weed Brewing
2. Burial Beer Co.
3. Sierra Nevada Brewing
4. Highland Brewing Co.
5. Asheville Brewing Co.
6. Catawba Brewing Co.
7. New Belgium Brewing Co.
8. Thirsty Monk

Top Place to Shop: Mast General Store

Mast General Store Candy Barrel

1. Mast General Store
2. Asheville Outlets
3. Grove Arcade
4. River Arts District
5. Tops for Shoes
6. Biltmore Village
7. Downtown Asheville
8. Malaprop's Bookstore

To Place to See the Sunset: The Omni Grove Park Inn

Couple at Sunset Terrace at the Omni Grove Park Inn

1. The Omni Grove Park Inn
2. Biltmore
3. Blue Ridge Parkway
4. Sky Bar Asheville* (Sky Bar has since closed)
5. Craggy Gardens
6. Max Patch
7. The Montford Rooftop Bar
8. Black Balsam

Top Place for a Sweet Treat: French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Chocolate Lounge Selfie

1. French Broad Chocolate Lounge
2. The Chocolate Fetish
3. Sunshine Sammies
4. The Hop
5. Biltmore
6. Old Europe Coffee and Pastries
7. Vortex Doughnuts
8. Kilwins

Top Restaurant: Curate

Musician outside of Curate

1. Cúrate
2. Tupelo Honey
3. Sunny Point Cafe
4. Corner Kitchen
5. Nine Mile
6. Limones
7. 12 Bones
8. Bouchon

Top Area Attraction or Tour: Biltmore

Biltmore Late Fall 2016

1. Biltmore
2. Navitat
3. LaZOOM Bus Tours
4. Fox and Otter Escape Rooms
5. Gray Line Trolley Tour
6. Blue Ridge Parkway
7. Hood Huggers Tours
8. The Omni Grove Park Inn


As part of the social media contest, we selected a grand prize winner who won a prize package that includes accommodations and all of the winning experiences:

First Biltmore photo by Jared Kay. Orange Peel photo by Art Meripol. Wicked Weed photo by Emily Chaplin. Candy photo courtesy Mast General Store. Sunset Terrace photo by Keith Wright. French Broad Chocolate Lounge photo by Art Meripol. Curate photo by Emily Chaplin. Second Biltmore photo by Jason Tarr.