What's New in Asheville

Family Picnic

SCENIC PICNIC TIPS, GOURMET TO-GO + COOLEST/NERDIEST NIGHT-IN UPGRADE IDEA

  • August 25, 2020

  With picturesque overlooks, rolling mountain balds and trails leading to calming waterfalls, Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains are picnic country (check out this list of super scenic picnic spots). For those wanting a night in, Asheville businesses are also offering gourmet meal kits and quirky rental options. New to-go options perfect for travelers with safety and flexibility in mind:...

Outdoor Yoga

WELLNESS & OUTDOOR: YOGA HIKES FOR KIDS + PEAK SEASON FOR MUSHROOMS

  • August 25, 2020

  Leading yoga, meditation and hiking experiences in the mountains surrounding Asheville, Namaste in Nature is known for their (public and private) tours designed for folks wanting a deeper connection with the nature around them. Offerings include mountaintop yoga, waterfall hikes, a “Sunset and Full Moon Yoga Hike” and the NEW “Family / Beginner / Warmup Waterfall Yoga...

Fall Outlook

TRACK LEAF COLOR PROGRESSION (+ NEW ASHEVILLE HIKE FINDER ALEXA SKILL)

  • August 25, 2020

  TRACK LEAF COLOR PROGRESSION (+ NEW ASHEVILLE HIKE FINDER ALEXA SKILL) Visit ExploreAsheville.com/fall for weekly color reports utilizing up-to-date information from area parks, leaf experts and attractions, as well as an animated color-progression map of peaking fall leaves that pinpoints when and where the best color is occurring. New this year, the Asheville Hike Finder is now available...

Downtown Skyline_Credit ExploreAsheville.com

HOTEL NEWS + TRAVEL PACKAGES: WELL-BEING, WATERFALLS, PICNICS & PUPS

  • August 25, 2020

  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 hotels with award-winning dining. Here are some new experiences this fall....

river arts district

ON FOOT: WALKABLE DISTRICTS, NEW STREET ART & BIG NEWS ON THE RIVER

  • August 25, 2020

  For those interested in local culture with a mountain backdrop, the Asheville area has a number of walkable neighborhoods and districts worth exploring. Bring your mask for sidewalk safety and explore these new neighborhood POIs on foot.    Asheville’s colorful art and warehouse district along the French Broad River, the River Arts District, is coming into a new era as a...

Highland Brewing outside

CRAFT BEER AL FRESCO

  • August 25, 2020

  Open Meadows, a Dog Park Bar and Rooftop Sips: With 50 breweries and counting in the Asheville area, there are plenty of opportunities to imbibe outdoors. Highland Brewing Company has reopened its meadow with picnic tables, designated seating circles (bring your blanket!) and volleyball courts. The brewery sits on a 40-acre property that includes nature trails. Farmhouse brewery Turgua...

S&W Building Fall

INDIE FOOD SCENE FORGES AHEAD WITH OPENINGS & EVOLUTIONS

  • August 25, 2020

  Despite the coronavirus' impact on the industry, some new Asheville restaurants and culinary offerings are still forging ahead. A food hall with history opens as Asheville’s iconic Art Deco masterpiece S&W Building, considered one of architect Douglas Ellington’s most refined projects, gets new life. Chef Meherwan Irani (Chai Pani Restaurant Group and James...

Asheville Music Scene

MUSIC: BLACK HISTORY, BLUEGRASS LEGACY & OUTDOOR LISTENING

  • August 25, 2020

  SoundSpace@Rabbit’s: A historic Black-owned tourist court and dining room from the segregation-era South is getting new life as a musician rehearsal space and soul food kitchen. Nationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording artist Claude Coleman Jr. (30-year drummer for the alternative rock band Ween) and lifelong musician and producer Brett Spivey are behind the...

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...