Stories by Del Holston

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Del has been exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains for nearly two decades. An outdoor enthusiast and photographer, his adventures have been chronicled in the Asheville Travel Blog, WNC Magazine and various travel websites.

Follow Del on Twitter at @dholston.

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LGBT Asheville: Your Best Bets for Gay-Friendly Travel

Asheville, North Carolina’s progressive attitude, vibrant arts scene, and booming nightlife make this a welcoming city for the LGBTQ traveler. While you won’t find a gay district, or “gayborhood,” you will discover a town with a vibrant gay community that is integrated into every aspect of the city’s culture. Discover the best gay-friendly things to do and support

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A Soundtrack for the City: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra Sends A Musical Love Letter From Asheville To The World Asheville’s music scene is taking center stage in an innovative new album, which was released in May 2016. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) , along with some of Western North Carolina’s most beloved musicians including Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth, and Rising Appalachia

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Sweeping mountain views, great food, and lively music create the vibe in Asheville

50 Things to Do in Asheville

If you’re looking for things to do in Asheville, then consider this list your primer to the many activities available in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or perhaps well acquainted with the flair of this Southern Appalachia getaway, here are 50 ideas to help you see, do, and explore the best Asheville has to offer. #1 Downtown Asheville

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Cabin Fever! 6 RAD Reasons to Rent a Mountain Retreat

From rustic to luxury, Asheville cabin rentals provide a place to call your own If you’re looking for accommodations with character, then you should definitely consider an Asheville cabin rental . Tucked throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains are a variety of winsome home rentals offering all the amenities you would expect - privacy, cozy fireplaces and even cozier hot tubs. Aside from the

Craggy Gardens Sunset

Top 5 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.

The Best Places to Catch a Scenic Sunset It's no question that some of the world's oldest mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color. In an online poll, fans of Asheville, N.C. nominated their favorite places to watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here are their responses, in descending order of popularity: 5. Max

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A Seasonal Guide to Asheville's Best Events

Asheville Festivals at a Glance Which fest is the best? Here are top choices for Asheville festivals happening throughout the year. Truly one of the great things about Asheville is that no matter what time of year you visit, there’s a good chance you’ll find a festival taking place either in the streets of downtown, by the banks of the French Broad River, or tucked away in a remote

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Asheville Under $100: Do It All the Budget-Savvy Way

Your Guide to a Wallet-Friendly Weekend Asheville is well known for its splurge-worthy attractions and high-end culinary experiences, but there are just as many options for anyone seeking an affordable getaway to the mountains. Explore everything Asheville has to offer with a weekend itinerary that delivers on experience, but won’t break the bank. Friday 1 p.m. – Lunch at  12

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Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd

Birding Across the Blue Ridge Mountains Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only one of nearly 300 bird species to call Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, home. To sharpen

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5 Awesome Ways to Explore Asheville’s Rich History

Unlock the Secrets to Asheville’s Storied Past Hidden among the tree-lined streets of Asheville lies a rich history waiting to be discovered. Take a trip back in time with local historians to learn how our thriving mountain town came to be, and about the amazing people who helped shape it along the way. Whether you prefer traveling by foot or by bus, in a group or solo, these are five of the