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.

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Who's Next: Asheville's Grammy Watch List

by Alli Marshall
Which local musician will be next to bring home a Grammy ? There’s no shortage of promising…

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Hunger Games DVD Features Asheville
Asheville in the Movies

by Asheville Insider
Jennifer Lawrence in"The Hunger Games." Photo by Murray Close. "Quiet on the…

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Celebrity Sighting: Elizabeth Mitchell
Celebrities in Asheville

by Asheville Insider
Warren Haynes is a legend living in our own time. He is currently the vocalist and songwriter for…

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Discover The Magic of Asheville

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 Whyless. Take a Look Around … read more

Biltmore in the Fall at Sunset

Top 5 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.

by Del Holston

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. nominated their favorite places to watch … read more

Bee in Fairview

Bee City USA

by Cat Kessler

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 Finkle ( Flickr/finklez ) The city became the … read more

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Mountain Sounds, Legacy of Dulcimers

by Cat Kessler

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 craftsman who has made more than 8,000 musical instruments, … read more

High Falls

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

by Mark File

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.    Tallest: Upper … read more

Cold Mountain Cast

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

Watch & Win: Free Hunger Games Survival Getaway

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

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Chasing the Monarch

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

Sliding Rock

A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

by Mark File

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 adventure water thrills to leisurely boat rides, … read more

Buskers Downtown Asheville

Asheville's Busking Scene Keeps Music in the Air

by Larry Bleiberg

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 percussionist lays down a rhythm on a hand drum, and a saxophone player … read more