Asheville, North Carolina is situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is one of America's most vibrant destinations for meeting planners. The breathtaking scenery has long served as a source of inspiration, fueling a drive to innovate and collaborate. Asheville nurtures big ideas yet remains grounded with its deeply independent roots. It's a place that supports homegrown brands and attracts purpose-driven companies aligned with the area's core values.
From historic hotels to grand resorts, elegant inns to modern hotels downtown, Asheville has more than 9,200 hotel rooms and unique conference spaces for meetings and group gatherings. Nestled in the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S with more than a million acres of national forest, Asheville offers up opportunities for lively outdoor adventures, unconventional team building and other unique group activities. Long revered as a therapeutic escape, Asheville's tradition of health and wellness rejuvenates locals and visitors alike. From traditional spas and salt caves to mindful mountaintop activities and social responsibility projects, the health and wellness of meeting attendees can easily be prioritized in Asheville.
Located at the center of two major interstates and home to an airport offering direct flights from major hubs, getting to Asheville is a breeze for meeting attendees.
With two major interstates connecting through the city, Asheville is a prime central location in the Southeast. Atlanta-based attendees can drive to Asheville in approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours. From Columbia, S.C. the drive time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. Nashville, T.N. is approximately a 4 1/2-hour trip. Charlotte, N.C. is a 2-hour drive, and Raleigh, N.C. is approximately a 4-hour trip.
Located just 20 miles from downtown, the Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is one of the best-connected regional airports in the country and continues to be one of the fastest-growing airports in the U.S. AVL offers frequent non-stop flights daily including flights to six international hubs and is currently served by six airlines.
And, once you get here, you are surrounded by the region’s highest peaks, national parks, state forests and the famed Blue Ridge Parkway. The wide-open spaces and deep cultural connections make it a hidden gem outside densely populated areas — but within a 600-mile radius of 50 percent of the country’s population.
The Explore Asheville's team of destination experts offers vital planning services to help create the most successful meeting ever. We are the best first point of contact to help planners find the right fit for any size meeting. RFPs are managed directly by Explore Asheville and leads will only be sent to hotels and venues that meet the planner's specific guidelines and needs. Our completely complimentary services save you time, effort and help you make a memorable experience for your attendees. By working with our team, planners may also become eligible for Explore Asheville's Exclusive Services package, including VIP welcome gifts, registration assistance, attendance building and more. And when you send your RFP through Explore Asheville, your meeting may be eligible for our Have More Fun on Us incentive program.