Cool Asheville Stories

There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it.

Discovery, inside and out

This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Discover The Magic of Asheville

Because there's More to Life Than the Climb... There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. Discover Asheville, and perhaps your new favorite song by local band River … read more

Top 5 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.

by Del Holston

The Best Places to Catch a Scenic Sunset It's no question that some of the world's oldest mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color. In an online poll, fans of Asheville, N.C. … read more

Bee City USA

by Cat Kessler

Honey Bees Make Life Sweeter in the Mountains Asheville goes by many names, including Land of the Sky, Paris of the South, Beer City USA, and also Bee City USA. That's right—Bee City, as in honey bees. Honeybee (apis mellifera) by Eran … read more

Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

by Cat Kessler

Locally Crafted Instruments Lend Melodies a Blue Ridge Ring Enthusiasts of Appalachian music are likely familiar with the whimsical sounds of dulcimers, instruments that have a rich legacy tied to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jerry Read Smith, a local … read more

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

by Mark File

Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone. … read more

Cold Mountain

by Asheville Insider

Based on Asheville-area native Charles Frazier’s best-selling Civil War-era novel "Cold Mountain," you can visit the real Cold Mountain in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Find out how to plan a daytrip to Cold Mountain . … read more

Hunger Games

by Cat Kessler

The curtain went up on Asheville with the premier of the highly anticipated film, The Hunger Games , which opened in spring 2012. Shot on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, the movie showcases both the area's natural beauty … read more

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

by Asheville Insider

Shortly before Mother Nature rolls out her annual show of autumn , an equally impressive rite of fall takes place in the mountains just outside of Asheville: the passing of thousands of migrating monarch butterflies winging their way to Mexico. Tour … read more

A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File

10 Ways To “Wet” Your Appetite for Fun While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest doing more than looking. Experience them first-hand with a big variety of options. From high … read more

Asheville's Busking Scene Keeps Music in the Air

by Larry Bleiberg

Street performers from around the world bring their talent to Asheville When Peter Levitov blows into his homemade didgeridoo, an ethereal throbbing sound from the Australian aboriginal instrument echoes through downtown Asheville . A moment later, a … read more