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What's New in Asheville in 2017

What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2017

New hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore, whitewater sports you’ve never heard of and a brewery with ties to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville, North Carolina is Lonely Planet's #1 Best in the U.S. Destination for 2017 and this Blue Ridge Mountain city is alive with new adventures for the New Year: AC Hotel image courtesy of McKibbon Hospitality. Highland Brewing photo by Emily Chaplin.

Christmas at Biltmore

Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure to inspire the spirit of the season. 1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and

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Winter Lights 2015

North Carolina Arboretum's Winter Lights Bring Holidays to Life

A new tradition is lighting up the holidays in Asheville. The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights , which began in 2014, features 500,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The lights illuminate the natural beauty and landscapes of the arboretum during the winter season. As you stroll the walkways through the manicured grounds, enjoy

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Asheville Outlets

Discover the Newest Outlet for Shopping in Asheville

From the tree-lined streets dotted with independent boutiques to the open-air markets featuring local crafts, Asheville's shopping scene is as diverse as it is unique. The relatively new Asheville Outlets, just five miles from downtown, offers a destination for shoppers looking for national brands at great prices. The Asheville Outlets are conveniently located near the intersection of I-40 and

Joe Greene

African American Voices Speak of Rich History and Vibrant Future

We meet our guide Joe Greene at the WRES studio next to Jack of the Wood on Patton Avenue, as the groovy sounds of R&B, soul, and funk emanate from the station’s speakers. The music brings smiles and an occasional booty shake from passersby. Soaking in the lively bustle of modern downtown Asheville, one could easily overlook the city’s history and the voices of people who worked

Yellow Gap Road Late Fall 2016

Fall Color Report for November 3, 2016

With the extended fall color season this year, autumn continues its strong showing in the Asheville area. In fact, Asheville is considered one of the best destinations in the country to see fall color this late in the season. Find your perfect place to stay this fall. Choose from a full list of accommodations options, from hotels to inns and cabins,  HERE . There are many beautiful

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Biltmore Late Fall 2016

Fall Color Report for October 27, 2016

Thanks to a late start to the fall foliage season this year, autumn color is bursting in many areas that in years past would have already had their strongest showing. That means Asheville is enjoying an even longer, and later, fall color season than normal, giving you an extended opportunity to see the show well into November.   Now is a great time to book your getaway to town. Click HERE to

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Mid Fall Color at Graveyard Fields

Fall Color Report For October 20, 2016

Fall color has come alive throughout the Western North Carolina mountains. Cool mornings this past week have propelled big changes in the leaves. Many high elevation areas above 4,000 feet, such as Rough Ridge and Linn Cove Viaduct, are seeing their brightest color of the season. And now is the time when the mid-elevation areas really begin to shine. The vibrant reds of the maple and black gum

Early Fall in Mills River

Fall Color Report for October 13, 2016

Beautiful sunny days and cool nights are helping to propel fall color forward in Western North Carolina! While fall color is running about a week behind this year, the higher elevations could see their brightest color of the season within the next seven days. Color is still in pockets along the slopes just below the highest elevations, but experts say the leaf changes should now "progress

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