Asheville has been recognized for its splendors by dozens of magazines, websites and publications in recent years. Accolades range from the designation by Frommer's as one of a dozen top travel destinations in the world to recognition for the Asheville area arts community, outdoor adventures, cuisine, organic and vegetarian eats, and much more.
"The United States has some of the most beautiful places to vacation—from white sand beaches to bustling cities and quaint mountain towns. Planning a trip to the mountains with your family is exciting, and you’re bound to have the time of your lives."
Blue Ridge Mountains Travel Guide - November 18, 2021
"Whether you’re traveling to the North Carolina mountains to visit family, pick out a favorite tree from one of the local Christmas tree farms, or simply explore the myriad small town Christmas events the area has to offer, there’s really no place like Western NC for the holidays."
"October also brings—you guessed it—countless Oktoberfests to cities and small towns around the South. The festivals in the South were inspired by the first ones, autumn celebrations held in Germany during early fall to commemorate Bavarian culture, food, and beer from local brewers."
"Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the quintessential mountain town with gorgeous vistas and a rich history. For a short visit to Asheville, start by hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail before checking out the shopping at the historic downtown Grove Arcade. Be sure to save time to drive part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Parkway is known for showcasing the serene beauty of North Carolina."
"In western North Carolina, Asheville wins for its laid-back vibe, charming downtown, and arts and music scene. And with the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park in its backyard, Asheville is a choice base for exploring the surrounding nature. Or take a day trip to the small town of Black Mountain, with its vibrant Main Street lined with breweries, cafés, and bookstores."
"Not only did Asheville, North Carolina, have the highest concentration of breweries with 2.8 per 10,000 people, but it’s also recognized as having the most breweries per person in the whole of the United States."
"The perfect mix of nature and city, Asheville provides a peaceful sojourn for any style of honeymooners, whether you’re itching to barhop, hike, tour galleries, or shop at any number of LGBTQ-owned stores. A vibrant blue haven, the city feels effortlessly funky and cool, like a mini Portland without even trying."
"Rent a log cabin near the blue ridge parkway only 20 minutes from downtown. Drink incredible craft brews at Iconic breweries — Fat Tire and Sierra Nevada — listen to local music, shop in the river arts district repurposed from old factories, and dine in some of North Carolina's best restaurants."
"Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville in North Carolina is well-known for its arts scene and is home to the River Arts District, an area that allows people to visit studios, partake in an art class, or enjoy something to eat.
To make sure your pup is enjoying their vacation time too, Asheville has lots of dog-friendly hikes making it the highest scoring city for this metric. It also takes second place overall scoring 86 out of 100, making it one of the top destinations to visit."
"If hiking and waterfalls are your cup of tea, look no further than Asheville, which has turned into a fun artsy center amidst North Carolina’s western mountains. Embraced by LGBTQ travelers for years—not to mention making multiple lists of best places to retire—you’ll never tire of the city’s numerous foodie spots and microbreweries. What’s more, the whole area is served by an expansive network of Bed & Breakfasts, giving couples a romantic getaway option."
"Asheville is the artsy city known as the “Paris of the South”, thanks to a lively restaurant and culture scene. Stroll the River Arts District to see hundreds of Asheville artists at work and buy treasures to take home. Immerse your crew in glass-blowing, jewelry making, photography, or pottery workshops."
"Asheville is surrounded by two hallmark features of the Appalachian Mountains – Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This area boasts the most ecologically diverse forests in North America, mountains with huge vertical relief, stunning viewpoints, the famous Appalachian Trail, unique wildlife and much, much more."
"Asheville has a unique, quirky personality. It may be known for Biltmore Estate, the largest home in the U.S., but there’s much more to Asheville than that. In and around town, outdoor enthusiasts will find enough trails, rivers, cliffs, and ski runs to occupy weeks of vacation time."
"This Appalachian city has got it all for a chill weekend with your favorite plus one: breweries, farm-to-table restaurants, hippie vibes, the works. Walk the impressive grounds at the Biltmore or take a scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway, and feel free to scream-sing your song along the way."
"Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant city is best known for its ample hiking and biking opportunities — plus its burgeoning craft brewery scene. No trip here is complete without a visit to The Biltmore: The expansive mansion is set on over 8,000 acres of land. Here, you’ll also find an on-site winery, museum, and library, the latter of which features a curated collection of books from George Vanderbilt."
"Fun fact: 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within 600 miles of Asheville—so Atlanta isn’t the only city with easy access to this mountain town. (We’re talking to you, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, Louisville, and Greensboro.) No matter which direction you drive from, you’ll be treated to scenic mountain vistas that allow you to enjoy the journey as well as the destination."
"You can also enjoy the views with a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are a number of sky-high overlooks outfitted with picnic tables and grills where you can break for lunch. Before you set out, Asheville Picnic Co. or the Bodega on Broadway can help fill your basket with a selection of locally prepared eats."
"Don’t be fooled by its size — within the River Arts District’s two square miles, you’ll find more than 165 artists and crafters at work. Make sure you take a look at the buildings themselves, too: Huge, colorful murals have turned the neighborhood into an outdoor museum."
"Spring is a wonderful time in western North Carolina, with trees and flowers in bloom, the Blue Ridge Parkway a bit less crowded, and the waterfalls flowing. The weather is ideal for a hike along one of many trails near Asheville or in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Biltmore Estate, Asheville's prime attraction, offers hiking trails for all fitness levels, bike paths, and horseback riding."
"If you’re into eating locally and supporting sustainable agriculture, go to Asheville—and eat, eat, eat. This town of less than 100,000 people has 17 farmers’ markets, and the local restaurant scene is all about taking advantage of the seasonal produce sold there. And don’t miss the area’s microbreweries."
"Surrounded by North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville combines outdoor adventure with quirky mountain town charm. The city has a vibrant art scene — downtown Asheville is packed with galleries and boutiques — and it's surrounded by great hiking trails."
"this city with a bohemian spirit has become a hub for beer aficionados. Almost 50 beer companies, including New Belgium, Wicked Weed, and Sierra Nevada, have breweries in Asheville. Positioned close to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Trail, Asheville is not just known for its beer culture, but its many cultural events, and festivals. With a population of only 459,585, Asheville’s Downtown Art District is home to many galleries, museums, and perfect for hearing local musicians play to eager crowds."
"Set amidst the bucolic mountains of western North Carolina and bisected by the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville is a progressive center of queer life for this area of the country. Enjoy exceptional cuisine, great microbreweries, quaint shopping and plenty of hikes in and around the city. As a bonus, the incredible Biltmore Estate is located here, and the grounds are worth exploring any season of the year."
"Asheville is a great place to visit any time of year, but it’s extra special during the holiday season. Indulge in holiday shopping, the Winter Lights display at the North Carolina Arboretum, and take a tour of the iconic Biltmore estate while it’s decorated for Christmas—the 100 hand-decorated Christmas trees won’t disappoint."
"Asheville, North Carolina makes the top 10 of this study yet again. The city has the second-highest number of breweries per 100,000 people in the study. There are 26 total breweries in Asheville, the 16th-highest figure in this metric across the 384 cities we analyzed."
"Asheville is easily one of the country's best places to spend Christmas, offering all the light displays and holiday shopping—not to mention the perfect tucked-away location in the Blue Ridge Mountains—any vacationer could wish for."
"Asheville's biggest claim to fame is undoubtedly the Biltmore Estate, a legendary mansion that happens to be the largest home in the United States. But in recent years, downtown Asheville has become a draw in its own right as a hub for friendly creatives. There are a high number of studios and galleries where you can meet local artists and artisans (and shop their wares), plus a growing live music and performing arts scene."
"Holiday spirit is serious business in the Blue Ridge Mountains town of Asheville. After all, the Biltmore opened its doors on Christmas Eve in 1895 and the annual decorations include 100 Christmas trees, 25,000 ornaments, 10,000 holiday lights, and 1,200 poinsettias. (Good luck deciding whether to take a daytime tour or visit on a candlelit evening.) Nearby, the Omni Grove Park Inn has been hosting its National Gingerbread House Competition since 1992. Plus catch Santa on the Chimney—yup, the big guy ditches his reindeer and goes rappelling in Chimney Rock State Park."
"New England may get a lot of love in the foliage department, but contrary to popular belief, North Carolina is known for one of the world’s longest fall color seasons. And up and coming hotspot Asheville is smack dab in the middle of the kaleidoscope action—and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Weather experts have even predicted a longer, warmer fall with those covetable auburn hues transitioning later this year, so there’s still time to hit the open road."
"Asheville is consistently voted one of America's best food cities and even scored the #1 spot this year—perfect for a holiday weekend full of feasting and fun. The iconic Biltmore Estate is offering its fabulous Christmas at Biltmore experiences starting November 6, where guests can enjoy an estate tour in its bedecked glory, special candlelight evening events, and festive meals at the five restaurants on property. Plus, you're just minutes away from some of the country's most spectacular meals and hiking trails."
"Capturing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is conveniently located in the center of the Eastern Seaboard. Asheville is known for natural attractions, and hiking trails, so consider a lesser-known path offering the chance to explore the mountain landscape with solitude on a trail less traveled."
"Asheville is a hidden gem sandwiched between the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway. The city itself has attracted many movers and shakers, causing it to blossom into a verified food destination and craft beer hub."
"About 15 miles from downtown Asheville and the historic Biltmore Estate, quaint Black Mountain has a welcoming central square where you can sit and relax in rocking chairs (its motto is “the little town that rocks") or visit the many galleries and cafés that spotlight the talent and tastes of southern Appalachia. In fall, especially from mid- to late October, the area is awash in color, so you'll want to stay outdoors: Lake Tomahawk is a favorite picnic spot, and you have lots of choices when it comes to hiking, biking and birding trails."
"Nestled in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has everything you could want in a fall getaway. The quaint downtown area is filled with unique shops, galleries, breweries, and restaurants, and you're almost guaranteed to see some local street performers as you wander around. Go for a hike in nearby Pisgah National Forest to spot beautiful waterfalls among the changing leaves, or take a scenic drive through part of the park to take in the beauty without working up a sweat."
"Travel + Leisure readers have a soft spot for Southern cities. Sure, they enjoy high-octane New York and amiable Chicago, but when it comes to naming the U.S. cities they most adored this year, travelers turned to smaller — though no less vibrant — towns on the lower half of the map.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rated cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and overall value."
"Resonance’s annual ranking considers factors such as a city’s diversity, variety of cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and nightlife to give a comprehensive view of what it’s like to visit and live in these places."
"There’s no doubt that, for people who decide to travel this summer, there’s going to be a back-to-basics trend in the quest for fun. Road trips, RV rentals, national parks and the great outdoors are poised to be the destinations and trips of choice for many Americans who are ready to leave the confines of their homes over the next few months."
"FOR TRAVELERS STUCK at home, the world is a wonder to contemplate—alas from afar. But one of the key goals of sustainable travel—to eat local with a mitigated environmental impact—might not require much more than a walk around the block."
"HUMANS ARE NOMADIC by nature—we’re descended from hunter-gatherers, after all. But the COVID-19 pandemic means people, usually a wanderlusty bunch, are caught between lockdowns and cautious reopenings, between getting out and seeing the world and watching it go by from outside our windows or streaming on our screens."
"Known for its vibrant arts scene, Asheville, North Carolina, is the ideal road-trip destination for those who want to spark their creativity. When self-isolation restrictions ease, make plans to head to this lively mountain town!"
"It feels like forever since we’ve had restaurants in our lives, and, at times, it feels like it will be another forever until we get them back. But it will happen, and when it does, each bite of crusty bread and smoked salmon croquette set to the lively din of your favorite eatery will taste that much better."
"Travel news is flying fast despite all the disruption, and there are still ways to feed our wanderlust, inspire future journeys, and contribute to global conservation. Here are some ideas you can take action on now."
"It’s one of the most popular destinations for a mountain getaway, and Asheville, NC, is no less beautiful just because we’re visiting it via a virtual vacation. Located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville offers amazing views, cuisine, arts and so much more. Let’s take a look around this beautiful Western Carolina hot spot. Start with this quick video, and then check out five more amazing experiences only available in Asheville."
"Hands up if your kids have cabin fever? Being stuck at home on a normal day can be tough, but pair that with self-isolation and adventure-seeking kids and everyone’s likely craving a little escape. Thankfully, some of the most exciting destinations across the globe have your family covered.
These virtual “field trips” are a great way to take a break from the day-to-day grind, and may even inspire you to start planning your next family vacation (once it’s safe, of course)."
"For more than a century, the fresh mountain air of Asheville has lured tourists and newcomers in search of a healthy lifestyle. But the last 15 years have seen serious growth in a wide range of wellness-oriented offerings that go well beyond “taking the air” in Asheville."
"Explore Asheville has curated a virtual escape with restless, homebound souls in mind. From virtual hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains to a much-needed moment of Zen with the white noise of a waterfall, Asheville joins destinations and historic attractions across the globe with innovative ways to virtually leave the living room behind and dream of future adventures."
"Back in the 1800s, wagons carried visitors to town as they made their way over the Swannanoa Pass to or from Western North Carolina. These days, visitors come to the small town to enjoy the outdoors, wander the historic streets, and enjoy the lively community.
Perched in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Mountain is just 15 miles east of Asheville, making it an ideal day trip for anyone looking for their new favorite small town. And it really might be your new favorite: It was named one of the best small mountain towns in the South by the readers of Southern Living."
"After raising our cups to toast the night, we drained the bourbon punch from our clay vessels and chucked them into a glowing coal pit. Nestled beneath that blanket of embers, the quail we’d wrapped with leaves and clay roasted slowly.
What made this unorthodox dining experience all the more unusual was the setting. We were at the manufacturing headquarters for East Fork, a stoneware pottery company that uses regionally sourced clay to create mugs, bowls and other tableware. About 70 of us gathered here for Clay Bake, one of many events that made up last year’s inaugural edition of Chow Chow, a food festival in Asheville, North Carolina."
"THOUGH THE SOUTHEAST, in general, has never been among the most gay-friendly regions in the United States, there are some pockets, namely urban areas, where the LGBTQ community is not only welcomed but also embraced. One such place is Asheville, North Carolina."
"Traveling across the Atlantic or Pacific to parts unknown certainly has its appeal (just ask the late and great Anthony Bourdain) but to dismiss destinations within our own borders would be to a disservice to America, the beautiful, America, the vast, America, the plenty ... of places to go! And since the beginning of a new decade is an ideal time for daydreaming and goal-setting about what the year — and the next ten years! — ahead may bring, it's high-time to highlight a few of our favorite continental cities that are certainly worth a visit if you haven't been. (And if you have? Awesome. They're certainly worth another trip.) So request those vaca days now and get to day-dreaming. Like we did in 2019, we're highlighting four of our favorite American cities to check off your list in 2020 — happy meandering!"
"Beachside resorts are often the go-to idea for romantic getaways, but there are plenty of lesser-known destinations that still offer an incredible time for couples.
And if you live in the United States, some of them are even closer than you might think.
Here are some of the most underrated romantic destinations in the US."
"A new year and a new decade offer a fresh opportunity to explore, says author Patricia Schultz, who helped invent the concept of the bucket list when she published her book "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" in 2003."
"Hands down, the best vacations are the ones where your itinerary is built around your dinner reservations. That’s because sampling local dishes and delicacies is the only way to get a real taste for a city, and that’s especially true of these six destinations. From sipping mezcal in Oaxaca to dreaming up your perfect okonomiyaki in Osaka, these destinations are true foodie paradises -- and worth a visit for their regional fare alone."
"Few things compare to spending the holidays in a beautiful and quaint Southern town overlooking mountains. Asheville, North Carolina, is home to tons of coffee shops, boutiques, and great restaurants. Sip a Cold Mountain Winter Ale from Highland Brewing Company, Asheville's oldest brewery, or stroll through Asheville's decorated Main Street."
"With the number of vegans in the U.S. on the rise, there’s no mistaking the need for great restaurants serving up delectable plant-based meals throughout the country. Luckily for foodies of every stripe, vegan food can be as delectable as any meal made for omnivores. Want proof? Check out the mouthwatering offerings in these vegan-friendly U.S. cities that are making it easier for visitors and residents alike to “go veg.”"
"Holiday season is just around the corner. And year after year, these towns across the U.S. bring to life the spirit of Christmas. Each is worth visiting in its own right, or any of these destinations can be added onto a nearby, scheduled family holiday visit."
"Asheville is, perhaps, one of the younger craft beer towns in the U.S., but it’s not exactly green when it comes to quality brews. Much like Portland, San Diego, and Seattle, Asheville was a bit of a beer ghost town due to Prohibition, but craft brewing changed all of that."
"All relationships could benefit from a break in routine, and a weekend trip is the perfect way to do that this fall. Whether you and your partner are brand new to the let’s-travel-together stage or have been together for years and want to reconnect in an unfamiliar setting, these small towns, outdoor escapes, and fascinating cities will provide the perfect opportunity. From the Midwest to Europe, read on to discover our favorite fall weekend trips to spark some romance."
"There are few vacations more head-clearing than a mountain getaway. Between the blasts of crisp alpine air and the breathtaking scenery—dense forests, towering peaks, and postcard-perfect main streets—a mountain escape promises a true recharge. Read on for 9 of this country's best."
"It's a wild, wild world of beer out there — and we're not just talking about the fermentation going on in the tanks!
The craft beer scene has taken over almost every inch of the globe, from Australia to Estonia and pretty much everywhere in between. With experimental breweries, new takes on old traditions, and pubs catering to beer lovers of all palates, there's a beer for you no matter where you're traveling.
It might not be possible to drink them all, but if you want to get the most bang for your beer buck, put one of these brew-centric cities on your bucket list and grab your passport."
"Southern American cities like New Orleans, Nashville and Austin may get a lot of love, but Asheville, North Carolina, is coming in hot these days thanks to a thriving culinary scene of rising chefs with pedigreed backgrounds, a booming craft brewery business, eclectic arts and music offerings and quirky-cool sensibility. Plus, its serene Blue Ridge Mountains landscape proves why getting back to basics in this Appalachian neck of the woods is always a good idea. Home to a plethora of national forests and wildlife preserves—in addition to some of America’s oldest estates and factories turned swanky hotels and bars—there’s a little bit of everything. Here are 50 of the best things to do in the Land of the Sky."
"If you balk at the notion of abandoning surf and sand, consider this itinerary: awakening to humidity-free mountain vistas, hiking and biking through a wildlife-rich wilderness and tucking into a locally sourced lunch — complete with craft beer, of course. Then, after the day’s workout, settling into an Adirondack chair to watch the sky move from pink to inky black, a backdrop for the nightly kaleidoscope of constellations. Sound appealing? We thought so.
Here are four U.S. destinations renowned for their hiking, biking, dining and bounty of mountain charm."
"Fascinating cities can get overshadowed when they're near other tourist favorites. They may not be as well-known, but they have just as much to offer (and will probably be less crowded, too). Here are 20 underrated cities you'll want to add to your bucket list."
"One would be hard-pressed to find a better-traveled bunch of folks than the readers of Travel + Leisure. You’ve scaled Kilimanjaro and sailed to Antarctica; scarfed kouign-amann in Paris and raised a glass of genever in Amsterdam; spotted whale sharks in the Andaman Sea and trailed elephants in Botswana. But as the most seasoned globetrotters know, there are adventures to be had anywhere you look — and the possibilities to be found in your own backyard are limitless. That’s why, as part of our annual World’s Best Awards, we bring you not merely Tahitian overwater bungalows and a lineup of dreamy faraway destinations but also lists like this one, which highlights the most beloved places to go within your own country."
"An idyllic mountain city for daredevil travelers looking to escape into the Great Outdoors, Asheville, NC offers a multitude of adventure activities including hiking and camping in picturesque Great Smoky Mountain National Park, known to be the most visited national park in the nation"
"Asheville is a popular destination in the North Carolina mountains with a big beer scene. Lisa White, whose White Labs sells yeast to local breweries, share her favorite places to eat, drink and play."
"A new year means opportunities to make new, unforgettable travel memories. This year, consider a visit to a US destination you may not have thought of before (or alternatively, see if the hype for some of America’s up-and-coming hotspots is justified)."
"In Asheville, music is fuel for the city, integrated into every aspect of local culture. You’ll discover music in some unusual places, from concert venues in junkyards to recording studios in churches."
"Fall is one of our favorite seasons, and it’s those changing leaves that make this time of year so special. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best fall foliage trips across America—including classic staples and hidden gems."
"Traveling alone takes you out of your comfort zone and shows you a location in a different light. A solo vacation is about cultivating a unique experience (or many experiences!), and this trend is attracting people of all ages, interests, and genders."
"We hit the road to celebrate America’s best music cities, taking in the sweet sound of jazz in New Orleans, the tenacious, gritty rap of New York, good ol’ Memphis rock, and Chicago’s inimitable blues, and more."
"City adventurers, here’s a list for you. Take on 2018 in style with these 30 exciting city destinations, all inviting in their own unique ways. There’s something about the start of a new year that gives us the travel itch, so we thought we’d put together a list of 30 hot cities to visit in 2018."
White House Statement: During President Obama’s spring vacation in Asheville, White House spokeswoman Moira Mack issued the following statement, “The president first visited the Asheville area during the campaign, and he liked it so much that he vowed to take his family there. The president and first lady are planning to spend a quiet weekend enjoying some of the many things this beautiful part of the country has to offer.” (April 2010)
Golf Magazine: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa’s Donald Ross designed golf course was honored as a new gold medal winner in the 12th edition of their Premier Resorts ranking. More than 6,000 readers cast votes on Golf.com to determine the winners. (March 2010)
RateBeer.com: This craft beer aficionado Web site named several Asheville area restaurants, breweries and craft beer stores in their annual RateBeer Best 2010. (January 2010)
Bruisin’ Ales – Number three best beer retailer worldwide
The Thirsty Monk – Number 41 Beer Bar
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria – Number 27 Beer Restaurant
Mellow Mushroom – Number 41 Beer Restaurant
Highland Brewing – Number 26 Brewery to Visit
Wedge Brewery – Number 43 Brewpub
Southern Living: In the magazine’s “Best of the South Travel Awards,” Asheville’s Little Pigs BBQ placed second in the best barbecue in North Carolina category. (January 2010)
Points North: The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa made Point’s North list of the editorial staff’s top 10 favorite resorts in the Southeast and the Caribbean isles. (January 2010)
Travel+Leisure: Asheville’s Inn on Biltmore Estate and Richmond Hill Inn were named in the magazine’s "500 Best Hotels" list. (January 2010)
USA Today’s Road Warrior Panel: A panel of 1,000+ travelers who voluntarily provide travel information for USA Today named Asheville as one of their top cities for business trips. Asheville got high marks from the panel for its “great arts and music scene; a community mix of mountain folk, bohemians, business people and highly educated locals; wonderful outdoors lifestyle and fly-fishing; and organic Caribbean-Cuban-Mexican-Jamaican food at Salsa Mexican Caribbean Restaurant.” (August 12, 2009)
DogFriendly.com: Released its “Top 10 Dog-Friendly Resort Regions” in the U.S. and named Asheville as one of the best vacation spots to visit with your dog. (June 23, 2009)
Online Poll Posted on Examiner.com: Asheville won the East Coast title for “Beer City U.S.A.” in an online poll posted by founder of the American Homebrewers Association Charlie Papazian on Examiner.com. (May 2009)
AmericanStyle: For the second year, Asheville held the number two spot in the small cities category (population under 100,000) in the annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (April 2009)
National Geographic Traveler: Asheville received honors in the magazine’s Fifth Annual Places Rated Survey. Asheville ranked in the top 50 globally and top 10 nationally. The city placed first among North Carolina destinations. (October 2008)
Forbes Traveler: Included Asheville Green Cottage in its list of top green hotels in America. (September 2008)
Travel+Leisure: Asheville’s Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa ranked number 13 in magazine’s list of Top 20 Hotel Spas. (August 2008)
Travel+Leisure: Asheville’s Richmond Hill Inn ranked number 9 in magazine’s list of Top 10 Hotels: $250 or Less. (August 2008)
AmericanStyle: Ranked Asheville number two in the small cities category (population under 100,000) in the annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (June 2008)
Where to Retire Magazine: Honored Asheville as one of its “Eight Enriching Towns for Art and Music Lovers,” touting the many wonderful art studios, seasonal art walks and Bele Chere, the largest free outdoor music festival in the Southeast. (May/June 2008)
Condé Nast Traveler: Announced its fourteenth annual Gold List and recognized the Inn on Biltmore Estate. For the Gold List, the magazine takes its 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards winners and delves deeper in the responses, rating hotels for their food, activities, service, rooms, design and location. (January 2008)
Country Home Magazine: Asheville was recognized as one of the top 25 green cities in America for their “2007 Best Green Places” rankings. (January 2008)
Southern Living: Announced their “Best of the South Readers’ Choice Awards” and readers of the magazine recognized these Asheville favorites:
Best Resorts/Hotels – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa and Inn on Biltmore Estate
Best Mountain Destination – Asheville
Best Scenic Highway – Blue Ridge Parkway in the Asheville corridor
Conde Nast Traveler: The Inn on Biltmore Estate was recognized in Conde Nast Traveler's readers’ choice awards as one of the top 100 best hotels in the world. (November 2007)
Outside Magazine: Asheville ranked as “Best Southern Town” in its “Best Towns In America” story. In each region of the country, the magazine selected the best town with a population of fewer than 100,000 people and the best city with a population of more than 100,000 people. Winners are all “smart, progressive burgs with gorgeous wilderness playgrounds,”places that “have realistic housing and job markets,” according to the magazine. (August 2007)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Ranked Asheville number five in the small cities and towns category (population under 100,000) in the annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (June 2007)
Cities Ranked & Rated: This sourcebook for anyone looking to find the best place to live ranked Asheville as number seven among their analysis of more than 400 metro areas in the U.S. and Canada. Asheville was ranked on the following criteria: economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, and overall quality of life. (May 2007)
American Institute of Architects: Named Biltmore Estate on its list of Top 10 Architectural Wonders based on a public poll. Biltmore Estate is ranked among the Empire State Building, White House, Golden Gate Bridge and Chrysler Building on this prestigious list issued by the AIA.
Condé Nast Traveler: Announced its thirteenth annual Gold List and among those recognized are Inn on Biltmore Estate and Richmond Hill Inn. For the Gold List, the magazine takes its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards winners and delves deeper in the responses, rating hotels for their food, activities, service, rooms, design and location. (January 2007)
Southern Living: Announced their Best of the South Readers’ Choice Awards and readers of the magazine recognized these Asheville favorites:
Resort/Hotel – The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa
Mountain Destination – Asheville
Scenic Drive – Blue Ridge Parkway
Public Gardens – Biltmore Estate
Country Inn/ Bed & Breakfast – The Red Rock Inn, Black Mountain
Conde Nast Traveler: Named the Inn on Biltmore Estate in its “2006 Gold List: The World’s Best Places to Stay.” (January 2006)
Southern Living: In the 2006 Reader’s Choice Awards, Asheville took first place in the best mountain destination category. The Blue Ridge Parkway also ranked first in the scenic drive category and the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa won the best resort / hotel top spot. (February 2006)
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: The magazine combed the country for cities that embody a reasonable cost of living coupled with a great quality of life. Asheville ranked seventh in the “50 Smart Cities” list. (May 8, 2006)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Ranked Asheville second in the small cities and towns category (population under 100,000) in the ninth annual “Top 25 Arts Destinations” reader’s poll. (June 2006)
Southern Accents: Asheville was ranked first in the favorite mountain getaway and third in the favorite golf and spa destination in the Southern Accents Reader Travel Awards. (May/June 2006)
Designated Preserve America Community by First Lady Laura Bush: Asheville’s communities and neighborhoods were designated as preserving and using their heritage resources for community economic, educational, and cultural benefit and development. (October 2006)
Organic Style: Asheville was ranked seventh in a listing of the 10 Greatest Escapes in America. (July/August 2005).
Vegetarian Times: Asheville named one of 10 small towns in the article, “The 20 greenest spots in the country.”
Southern Living: Readers voted Asheville the First Place winner in the “Mountain Destination” Category.
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville eighth in a poll of the Top 25 Arts Destinations, up from tenth in the 2004 poll.
RelocateAmerica.com: Named Asheville ninth in “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2005.” The nominated towns were compared against education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.
Men’s Journal: Western North Carolina attractions, Asheville's Early Girl Eatery and The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa listed in its "12 Months of Adventure" expert's guide to the perfect trip in 2005. (February 2005)
Conde Nast Traveler: Named the Inn on Biltmore Estate to its 2005 Gold List: The World's Best Places to Stay. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was named to the 2005 Gold List Reserve.
Pinnacle Living Magazine: Asheville rated one of the top 25 towns in the Southern mountains for relocation, second homes and retirement. (2005)
Men’s Journal: Asheville ranked as one of “The 10 Best Fall Mountain Bike Rides” in North America. (September 2004)
Southern Living Magazine: Asheville chosen as one of the top mountain destinations in the Southeast in a Reader’s Choice poll. (April 2004)
RelocateAmerica.com: Asheville came in fifth in “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2004.” The nominated towns were compared against education, crime, employment and housing data for the past year.
Where to Retire Magazine: Named Asheville one of eight great college towns. (May/June 2004)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville #10 in a poll of the Top 25 Arts Destinations, up from #18 in the previous year's poll.
Men’s Journal: Nantahala Outdoor Center -- "the Harvard of paddling instruction" -- named one of the 100 Best Trips on the Planet. (April 2004)
Cities Ranked and Rated: Named Asheville the #8 rated city in America to live in 2004. Determined by a number of essential factors, including economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and health care, crime, transportation, leisure, and arts and crafts. Presented by Frommer’s Travel Guides. (March 30, 2004)
Travel and Leisure: Named The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa as one of the top 500 greatest hotels in the world. (January 2004)
Travel and Leisure: Named The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa as one of the top resort spas in the world. (2004)
MSN: Asheville named one of the top five “Best Places to Retire.” (2003)
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville #18 in a poll of the Top 25 Arts Destinations. (2003)
Travel and Leisure: Named Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa as one the world's best golf resorts in a reader survey. (2003)
Blue Ridge Country Magazine: In the 15th Anniversary edition, Asheville was ranked in the top three in “Best Mountain Town,” "Best Couples Getaway,” “Best Festival,” for Bele Chere, “Best Retirement Town,” “Best Weekend Getaway,” and “Best Shopping Overall.” (August 2003)
Southern Living Magazine: Asheville chosen by a Reader’s Choice poll as one of the top mountain destinations and weekend getaways in the Southeast. (May 2003)
Mountain Bike Action: Named Asheville one of the 10 best mountain bike towns. (May 2003)
National Geographic Adventure: In their Best of Adventure 2003 Issue, Asheville was named one of the top mountain biking destinations in the Southeast. Asheville “is fast becoming the Boulder of the Southeast – with better riding.”
Self Magazine: Named Asheville the Happiest City in the United States.
New York Times: Asheville made the Harris Poll list of “Most Desirable Places to Live". (September 2002).
Hemispheres: Asheville joined a select list of 70 of the world’s most visible and visited cities—the only in NC ever featured in the popular United Airlines magazine. The feature piece is titled, “Three Perfect Days in Asheville.” (September 2002)
USA Weekend: Blue Ridge Parkway listed as one of noted cyclist Greg LeMond’s best scenic routes to train. (August 2002)
USA Today ran two stories one week apart entitled, “Top 10 Literary Destinations” and “Historic towns that invite you to stroll.” (July 2002).
National Trust for Historic Preservation: Listed Asheville among its List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, describing it as “offering diverse natural, historic, and cultural experiences that preserve generations of the 'Appalachian tradition.'" (July 2002)
Men’s Journal: In the Best of Summer Issue, Asheville was listed as one of the Top 50 Hot Road Trips that “will make the greatest three months of your life.”
AmericanStyle Magazine: Readers voted Asheville as #13 in the list of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in America for “sharing a love for the arts and promoting cultural tourism.” (Summer 2002)
Bike Magazine: In nominating 2002’s premium places to live and ride, Asheville was ranked as one of America’s Top Five Best Mountain Biking Towns. (June 2002)
Where to Retire Magazine: Asheville listed as one of the Best Tax Heavens in the Country. (Spring 2002)
Book Magazine: Asheville ranked 3rd in the Top 10 Great Literary Trips in the nation. (May/June 2002)
USA Today: Ranked Gold Hill Cafe in Asheville one of "10 Great Places for Caffeine and Conversation." (March 2002)
Barron’s Online: Asheville listed as one of the Best Places to Retire. (March 2002)
Wallpaper Magazine Annual Round-Up Edition: Asheville ranked the #1 Urban Haven in the World—with benefits of rural life, urban sophistication and energy. (Jan./Feb. 2002)
Outside Magazine: Named Asheville one of the ten best outdoor towns.
AmericanStyle Magazine: Asheville rated sixth of the top 25 arts destinations in the USA.
Modern Maturity Magazine: Ranked Asheville the #1 place to live in the small town category of 50 Most Alive Places to Live. (May-June 2000)
Money Magazine: Asheville ranked in the top five best places to retire. (July 2000)
Southern Living Magazine: Asheville was chosen in a Reader’s Choice poll as one of the top mountain destinations in the Southeast. (Fall 2000)
Expansion Management Magazine: Ranked Asheville 43rd in a Top 50 Hottest Cities list.
Rand McNally Places Rated Almanac: Ranked Asheville one of the best places to live in the United States among metropolitan areas smaller than 250,000 people, as well as one of the top five places to retire. (2000)