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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.

Couple drinking wine on Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn

Asheville’s Top Wine Experiences: Tours, Tastings & Wine Bars

People all over the country are raising their glasses to Asheville’s wine scene. Travel Channel has named Asheville one of the “New Top 10 Cities for Wine Snobs.” In other words, the wine opportunities here are so plentiful and delicious that even the true wine aficionado can appreciate the selection. Why is the area such a fertile ground for good wine? Local winemakers

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A couple watches the sun setting behind the western mountains from atop Craggy Gardens.

The Best Blue Ridge Parkway Hikes in Asheville, NC

The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a scenic drive. You could call the Parkway the country’s greatest hiking trail head. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers easy access to all kinds of hiking adventures, from short walks to day-long treks. In the Asheville area, the Blue Ridge Parkway is your base camp for hiking to 6,000-foot mountaintops, exploring refreshing waterfalls or taking

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

Christmas at Biltmore 2018

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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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 C. Hall - Actor Jennifer Lopez - Singer/Actress The Cast of Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing,

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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

Sense and Sensibility - Biltmore Weddings Exhibit

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

Montford Farmers Market

Where to Find Farmers Markets and Local Harvest in Asheville, N.C.

An Emphasis on Fresh, Local Products from Area Farms Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe , Lexington Avenue Brewery and The Market Place are

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