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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.

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

WNC Cheese Trail

Pick Your Own Produce at a U-Pick Farm in Asheville

Pick Your Own Produce What could be better than standing in the late spring or summer sunshine, the wind brushing your face as you hold the ripest, juiciest strawberry you’ve ever seen in your hands? This simple pleasure can be had at several U-Pick farms where you can pick your own fresh, juicy produce. Vacation cuisine can be about more than just ordering at a restaurant. All around

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7 Blue Ridge Blockbusters: Asheville is Hollywood Hot in 2015

With awards season underway, a spotlight is cast on the Asheville area and its numerous 2015 connections to the silver and small screens. Playing the role of story muse, film backdrop and celebrity playground, Western North Carolina offers adventures and immersive travel experiences for film and television fans. Learn the favorite hangouts of Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, visit Asheville's own

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Amy Ager | Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Experience Farm Life in Asheville

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these

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Asheville's Literary Connections

Asheville's literary heritage stretches across the 20th century and contemporary authors continue to be drawn here. These well-known novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers have ties to Asheville: F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent two summers at the Omni  Grove Park Inn Thomas Wolfe, Asheville native and author of  Look Homeward, Angel Carl Sandburg, poet and biographer O. Henry,

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Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band that isn’t using a Moog instrument, and each one is made by hand right here in Asheville. The Moog factory opened its headquarters in 2011

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Music, Arts, History

Watch & Win: Free Hunger Games Survival Getaway

Asheville in the Movies

"Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene beauty of the peaks in Western North Carolina. But, more and more Hollywood producers have found that these 6,000-foot peaks provide visually spectacular backdrops for the motion picture industry. And Western North Carolina captured the attention of Hollywood years ago. The first movie shot in

Fall Cheese Board

Appalachian Food Legacies and Mountain Harvest

From hand-tied fishing lures to moonshine lore, Appalachia embodies a colorful culture all its own The Blue Ridge Mountains, the spine of southernmost Appalachia, are gently rolling as ranges go. Some of the oldest mountains in the world, the Blue Ridge and its famous scenic parkway are a source of much of the region's beauty, character—and even cuisine. Though the autumn trees are best

Photo of the Day: Mount Mitchell

Mt. Mitchell

At 6,684, Mount Mitchell is the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. At its summit you'll find a 360° panoramic view of the surrounding Appalachian landscape, filled with mountains and valleys. Experience the gradual change in plant life as you ascend this epic mountain. Mount Mitchell State Park  offers several different hiking options, a short loop (less than a mile), a

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