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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.

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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,

Bob Moog

Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Much of the music we hear today can trace its roots back to the legacy of music pioneer and long-time Asheville resident Dr. Bob Moog. Moog is best known for his 1960s invention of the revolutionary Moog Synthesizer, which electronically recreates the sounds of instruments and any other sound you can imagine. Moog was not the first person to create a synthesizer. In fact, he was the

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Asheville in the Movies

While you're at home, you may be looking to your favorite streaming service for movie entertainment. With so many movies set in the Asheville area, the true Asheville fan can build a binge-worthy playlist that can virtually transport you to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains!  "Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene

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

Scenic Drive

Scenic Drives for Any Season

There’s Always Something Around the Bend in Asheville You don’t have to travel far from Asheville to become immersed in natural beauty. The topography of the Blue Ridge Mountains lends itself to some of the best scenic drives and awe-inspiring panoramic views you’ll find in the southeast. Within minutes, find yourself surrounded by the same forests, waterfalls and vistas that

Bear Cubs in Tree

The Bear Necessities

Has there ever been a creature so fearsome yet so adorable? If you spend enough time hiking or picnicking in the mountains near Asheville, then odds are it's only a matter of time before your next bear encounter—and 2015 may be a particularly great year for sightings. Abundant natural foods like acorns and berries this past fall mean more bear cubs. An average black bear litter is two

Children with Goats

Not So Wild-life

Western North Carolina is covered with miles of rolling farmland, and home to a variety of "wildlife." Asheville offers a variety of ways to interact with the more domestic creatures of the animal kingdom. Here are a few ways to go hand on with these barnyard adventures, perfect for a family outing. Baby Goats Who doesn't love baby animals? Take your kids to see the "kids"

Shopping in Biltmore Village

Biltmore Village: Historic Charm for Today's Visitors

Built on a Distinguished History In 1888, George W. Vanderbilt arrived in Asheville, purchased land, and began planning the estate that would become his home—Biltmore. As construction of America's largest home neared completion and hundreds of domestic servants, gardeners and other workers were hired, Mr. Vanderbilt's architects and designers turned their sights toward the

Otters

Otters

Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river otter's main requirements are a steady food supply and easy access to a body of water. Facts You Otter Know Life expectancy in zoos: 16 years Life

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