Stories by Cat Kessler

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Cat is the Director of Content for ExploreAsheville.com, where she gets to tweet about hiking and cheese, post photos of Blue Ridge Mountain vistas on Facebook and Instagram many pints of craft beer.

Follow her on Twitter at @VisitAsheville.

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Budget-Friendly Ways to Cool Down

Asheville's beat-the-heat adventures In the heart of the summer, with warmer temperatures still creeping into the forecast, there's no better time than now to find unique ways to cool down. Fortunately, you can escape to the mountains of Asheville to find relief from the hot days. Even better, you can leave your wallet at home because these refreshing adventures won't break the

Go Out to Eat: Asheville's Hottest Patios

The Best Outdoor Dining Patios in Asheville

Go Al Fresco in Foodtopia If there's one thing that drives home Asheville's moniker as "the Paris of the South," it has to be the outdoor dining scene. On a warm evening in downtown Asheville, diners are seated at sidewalk tables, tucked into courtyards and gathered around fire pits, enjoying the mild mountain climate with a side of world class cuisine. Here's a brief

LaZoom Haunted Comedy Tour

For a Spooky Good Time: 5 Haunted Adventures

Tours & Celebrations to Give You Goosebumps... All Year Round A city that has as much history as Asheville is sure to have a few mysteries, and exploring the unknown can sometimes lead down strange and even spooky paths. But do not fear! All of Asheville's haunted and mysterious adventures are fully guided. Phantoms by Foot The Haunted Asheville Tours were developed by renowned

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5 Crazy Reasons Why Asheville Should Top Your Holiday Travel List

Santa gets down with celebrities, wild deals While you're making your list, and before you start checking it twice, be sure to add a trip to Asheville to the top of your holiday to-do's. Why? Because this year, Asheville takes the holidays to the next level with these five can't-miss things to do and see: ©Chimney Rock State Park Santa Claus Goes Extreme Santa and his helpers

Masterminds Movie Set

Masterminds Movie Stars in Asheville

Cast Capers & Favorite Hot Spots As heist comedy Masterminds hits theaters September 30th, 2016, movie goers who know Asheville, N.C. may see some familiar sites. Several local spots make cameo appearances in the film, such as downtown Asheville's Pack Square and BB&T building, which was disguised as a different bank for the film, and the U.S. Cellular Center , which had a small

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Christmas Cat at Wicked Weed

O Little Town of Christmas Cats

Wishing You A Merry Cat-mas Welcome a little warm and fuzzy into your holidays this year with Asheville’s own Christmas cats. Santa has unleashed twelve Christmas kitties, and they’re here to help ring in the holiday season. From decking the halls at  Biltmore  to viewing the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display at The Omni Grove Park Inn ,

Bboy Santa at Biltmore 2

Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! Once again he's showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and this year he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins. Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A

Grayline Asheville Trolley Tours

8 Great Asheville Tours for Spring

Get out and move, learn, sample and laugh For first-time visitors, or for seasoned travelers looking to dive a bit deeper, city tours can be a great way to get to know Asheville. And like everything else, many of Asheville's city tours are just a little bit different. Check out these tours that are just perfect for enjoying warm spring weather and becoming acquainted with "Paris of the

Hunger Games

Hunger Games Itineraries

Experience the Hunger Games: Day Trip Itineraries Go behind the scenes and explore the beautiful mountain locations filmed for The Hunger Games . Follow in the footsteps of your favorite tributes with these day trip itineraries, then retire to Asheville just like the stars did . Hunger Games Interactive Map Use the map below to plan your Hunger Games getaway, or stop by the Asheville Visitors

Watch & Win: Free Hunger Games Survival Getaway

Hunger Games

The curtain went up on Asheville with the premier of the highly anticipated film, The Hunger Games , which opened in spring 2012. Shot on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, the movie showcases both the area's natural beauty and—through the lives of the young stars on set—the wealth of exciting things to see & do around town. Behind The Scenes—Arena