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Asheville North Carolina is a vibrant city with a bohemian spirit. Known for its culinary cool, stunning panoramic vistas, and a thriving artistic community, you'll find yourself immersed in an unmistakable mountain vibe. From the burgeoning beer scene to an array of outdoor activities, follow along to discover what we love most about Asheville.

Asheville Fall Color

Fall Foliage Forecast 2017: Vibrant Leaf Color and New Adventures in Asheville, N.C.

Fall is on the way to Asheville, and our color experts say that ideal conditions are in place for a bright and healthy 2017 fall color show. Stay up to date on fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our official fall color forecast and weekly fall foliage reports. And experience the falling leaves and brilliant colors with new adventures and activities. 2017 Fall Foliage Report: Ideal Conditions

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.

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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. In 2017, Winter Lights opens Nov. 17 and runs nightly through Dec.

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What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2016

Park celebrations, new hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore and Grammy winners releasing an Asheville soundtrack—here’s a round-up of what’s hot in Asheville in 2016: National and North Carolina State Parks Mark 100 Years With close proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park and a number of

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Decorating Tips from Biltmore

If you think decorating your home for the holidays can sometimes be a little overwhelming, imagine what it's like to deck the halls at a home with over 250 rooms! Decorators at Biltmore House , America's largest private home, have made holiday decorating an art, and in the spirit of the season, they compiled a list of decorating ideas that will help bring the warmth and spirit of a

Cold Mountain Cast

Cold Mountain

Based on Asheville-area native Charles Frazier’s best-selling Civil War-era novel "Cold Mountain," you can visit the real Cold Mountain in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Find out how to plan a daytrip to Cold Mountain . "Cold Mountain" tells the dramatic story of a wounded Confederate soldier named Inman (played by Jude Law) who leaves his hospital bed in

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Celebrity Sighting: Elizabeth Mitchell

Celebrities in Asheville

Asheville's beautiful mountain seclusion has long lured many interesting people to reside here, as well as to visit, including famous artists and musicians. It's also the birthplace of one of America's most influential authors and world-famous singers. Recent Celebrity Sightings Michael Jordan & Patrick Ewing - Former basketball superstars now associated with the Charlotte Hornets

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Sunrise over the mountains illuminates a field of wildflowers near Asheville.

Asheville's Wildflower Bloom Schedule

Spring in the Mountains is a Pastel Paradise The landscape of the southern Appalachians, the oldest mountains in the world, is rich in biodiversity, offering you an opportunity to discover flora not found anywhere else in the world. In Asheville, seasonal favorites like trillium, tulips, azaleas and violets herald the arrival of spring with their showy blooms, and as the season progresses, budding

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Costumes Return to Biltmore

New Display to Highlight Wedding Fashion from the Big Screen Long a destination for weddings and romantic getaways in its own right, Biltmore is celebrating that history with a new exhibition opening next year. “Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film” will run from Feb. 12 through July 4, 2016 and will be included with estate admission. It follows in the successful footsteps of the

Biltmore Breaks Ground on New Hotel

Countdown on for New Biltmore Hotel

Village Hotel to Open in December The latest lodging offering on the grounds of Biltmore is accepting reservations for stays beginning Dec. 1, 2015. The Village Hotel, centrally located in Antler Hill Village, is the second accommodations option to be built on the estate of America’s largest home and will provide “casual and inviting” surroundings. Architecturally influenced by