Downtown

Stroll through a vibrant entertainment hub in the heart of Asheville, brimming with independent shops, farm-fresh eateries, and a remarkably distinctive mountain vibe.

  • DeWayne Barton, Founder of Hood Tours
    by Ami Worthen

    It’s a festive Saturday afternoon in Asheville, N.C.'s Triangle Park on South Market Street, just a few blocks from the city center, and we are greeted by the smell of fish frying, the booming sounds of hip hop, and friendly faces, all … read more

  • Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville
    by Del Holston

    If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flare of this … read more

  • Pet Friendly Finds: Aloft 2
    by Jen Nathan Orris

    Asheville loves its four-legged friends. Dogs lounge beside cafe tables and proud owners parade their pups through downtown. Meeting pets of every size and stature is one of the most exciting ways to experience Asheville. So why not let your pup join … read more

  • Craggy Gardens Sunset
    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

  • St. Lawrence Basilica
    by K.C. Cronin

    A European Master Comes to Asheville Described as “The Paris of the South,” Asheville can boast some keen similarities to the “City of Lights,” especially those reminiscent of the Left Bank: bohemian street performers, art … read more

  • Hive of bees
    by Jen Nathan Orris

    Asheville is bee heaven. They buzz through local gardens , orchards and honey festivals and are celebrated throughout town. From restaurants to shopping excursions, bees keep Asheville’s honey culture humming. Honey in the Mountains Golden … read more

  • A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail
    by Mark File

    Asheville loves to do things differently. So it’s fitting the city’s history museum is outdoors along the sidewalks of downtown . Take a self-guided “scavenger hunt” to learn about tidbits of Asheville’s fascinating past … read more

  • Buskers Downtown Asheville
    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

  • Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum
    by Jennifer Saylor

    Looking for a walk on the whimsical side? Take a look at some of Asheville's  most pleasantly peculiar museums: Asheville Pinball Museum , downtown Asheville Party like it's 1979 as you play over 30 pinball machines ranging in year of … read more

  • Social Lounge Rooftop
    by Elizabeth Sims

    Sometimes, you just don’t want the fun to stop, the music to fade away, the celebration to be over. You want to squeeze every last minute of living life to the fullest out of each and every day. So, after a day in the Blue Ridge, enjoy a night … read more