What's New in Asheville

Spring Hike

Accommodations Insight and Inspiration

  • June 1, 2020

Alternative Lodging: Glamping, Retro Resorts, Motor Courts & Restful Retreats Asheville’s eclectic style and reverence for nature are apparent across its diverse accommodation options—travelers have their pick of mountainside resorts with Blue Ridge views, historic bed-and-breakfast inns with modern amenities, family-friendly resorts with attached adventure and luxurious downtown...

Fall Outlook

Fall: Sweeping Mountain Views, Color Mapping & Autumn Adventures

  • June 1, 2020

Surrounded by the highest peaks in the East, the Asheville region experiences one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons in the world. Those million acres of forest and protected lands surrounding the city make for the perfect fall adventure that offers space and sanctuary. See Fall Color from a Mountaintop or Sunrise SUP: Asheville has plenty of guided outdoor activities that provide the...

Women Cycling Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Wellness in Asheville: Forest Therapy, Private Offerings & Experts to Guide Your Search for Zen

  • June 1, 2020

Wellness traditions run deep in the Blue Ridge. The crisp mountain air, cool streams and nearby natural hot springs are long believed to make the area one of healing, relaxation and retreat. Home to the southeast’s oldest herbalism school, myriad tea rooms, salt caves, massaging waterfalls, spas with mountain views and endless natural offerings, Asheville is a draw for anyone looking to...

Social Distanced Dinner

Adaptive Food Scene, Craft Beer Al Fresco & Open-Air Eats

  • June 1, 2020

  Asheville’s culinary scene offers unique al fresco food and beverage options perfect for practicing social distancing. Gourmet Picnics, Provisions & Pop-Up Bodegas: Asheville’s award-winning indie restaurant scene has evolved with increased safety and flexibility for travelers. While restaurants slowly open with safety in mind, one trend that is here to stay is the increased...

Summer/Fall Roadtrip

ROAD TRIPS FOR SUMMER AND FALL: Open Spaces & Scenic Mountain Adventures

  • May 29, 2020

  The East Coast is home to 36 percent of the nation’s population (worldpopulationreview.com). As a centrally located Blue Ridge city surrounded by the highest mountain peaks along the eastern seaboard, Asheville, N.C., is well-positioned for road-trippers looking to ease into travel with safety in mind. Blanketed by national parks and state forests in all corners and intersected by...

The Hunger Games Craze Hits Asheville

Armchair Travelers’ Playlist

  • April 1, 2020

  Need a distraction? Watch Asheville steal the scene in film after film. Here's a playlist that offers a glimpse of Asheville, from the comfort of home. Western North Carolina captured the attention of Hollywood long ago. The first movie shot in Asheville was in the 1920s. Titled  Conquest of Canaan , the movie was filmed in what is now Pack Square in downtown Asheville, and tells...

Spring Vista

Experience Asheville, Anywhere

  • April 1, 2020

  In the true spirit of Asheville, our community is creating inspired ways to offer relaxation and a taste of Asheville in unprecedented times. Need a moment of inspiration, dreaming for the future or a moment of zen? Explore Asheville virtually and let your inner spirit run free. Climb a Mountain | Through a partnership with Google, Explore Asheville has helped to create...

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Virtual Self Care (with a view!)

  • April 1, 2020

  Find Peace with Free Online Yoga and Meditation Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains | Find your Zen during this stressful time. Miranda Peterson of Asheville yoga-hike company Namaste in Nature has developed a series of free online videos to help you relax. In the videos, Miranda guides you in front of a backdrop of vistas, waterfalls and forest trails in the Blue Ridge...

Art Museum

Fresh Cultural Adventures + River Arts District Improvements

  • January 27, 2020

  NOW OPEN: ► Asheville Art Museum just opened with a new $24 million-plus, state-of-theart building that features expanded gallery space, education facilities, an art library, a lecture and performance venue, a new ArtPLAYce for families and children and the addition of a rooftop sculpture terrace and café with views of downtown architecture and the surrounding mountains. 2020...