Stories by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for ExploreAsheville.com and is a former television news reporter.  He now combines his love for writing and Asheville to highlight the best of our mountain community.  He's also an avid outdoorsman who spends nearly all his free time hiking and photographing the mountains of western North Carolina. When he's not hiking or writing, you'll find him singing karaoke around town or catching a local sports game.

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Mountain Balds Near Asheville, NC

Balds offer stunning views along iconic Asheville area hiking trails Hidden in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC, you’ll find a series of mountaintops that offer incredible 360-degree views because they are mysteriously barren of trees.   These wide-open spaces are known as mountain balds. The balds are typically dominated by grass, making for a scene right out of the Sound of

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Top Spring Events in Asheville

As the warmer temperatures bring beautiful blooms to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville’s calendar of festivals and celebrations also blossoms. Experience these colorful events that are sure to help you leave winter behind and put that spring back in your step. Here is a look at the spring events in Asheville in 2020. Spring Flowers and the Outdoors Reign These Asheville happenings

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Top Events in Biltmore Village

Just two miles south of downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village is a cultural center in its own right. Several key festivals make up the annual calendar of events in this historic district. Here’s a list of the top events in Biltmore Village throughout the year in chronological order. Village Art and Craft Fair August 2020 (Dates to Be Announced) More than 100 artisans gather together each

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Biltmore Village in Asheville, NC is known as a shopping destination.

Top 10 Things to Do in Biltmore Village

Just outside the entrance gate to Biltmore Estate, you’ll find a unique district where local, small businesses brush arms with top national brand retailers. Biltmore Village was conceived by George Vanderbilt, the creator of Biltmore, and then designed by world-renowned architects to resemble an English village. Biltmore Village retains that same architecture and historic cottage charm

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Skinny Dip Falls on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Skinny Dip Falls

A refreshing, easy hike to one of the area's most favorite swimming holes While the name may raise a few eyebrows, Skinny Dip Falls is not a clothing optional waterfall but rather one of the Asheville area's most popular swimming holes for people of all ages. This short and easy hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway offers a chance to explore a beautiful hardwood forest before reaching

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Antique Car Museum at Grovewood Village

19 Things to Do on A Rainy Day in Asheville, NC

While Asheville is known as a world-class outdoor adventure destination, you may be surprised by the wealth of indoor activity options at your fingertips when you visit. So, when you see rain pop up in the forecast, don’t despair! There are more than enough adventures on this list to explore until the sun comes out again. 1. Museums In culture-rich Asheville, a growing number of museums will

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The Asheville Museum of Science is a fully-interactive science experience in downtown Asheville, N.C.

Museums in Asheville, N.C.

In a city rich with culture, it's no wonder Asheville is home to a growing number of top-notch museums. From a newly expanded art museum to the opening of a museum celebrating a famous Asheville inventor, you'll find a breadth of unique experiences. These museums are highly-interactive, allowing people of all ages to explore art, history and science hands on.   

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9 Surprising Outdoor Adventures in Asheville, NC

Asheville is an outdoor adventure lover's paradise. The area is home to millions of acres of forests, 40 mountain peaks above 6,000 feet and the world's third oldest river. Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains you will, of course, find favorite outdoor activities such as great hiking, biking and rafting. But Asheville is no ordinary place. Unique and unusual experiences are

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Couple enjoys glasses of wine atop the AC Hotel rooftop balcony.

Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC

Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars. With 10 rooftop bars (nine in the downtown alone), Asheville makes it easy for you to feel on top of the world in the "Land of Sky." The Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville Antidote

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A couple enjoys the beautiful views from Green Man Brewing in Asheville, NC

Top Things to Do in Asheville's South Slope District

Just blocks from the heart of downtown Asheville you’ll find a vibrant, walkable neighborhood home to many of the city’s top makers. Artists, chefs and brewers have all set up shop in the South Slope District, breathing new life into the warehouses of this former industrial stronghold. Colorful murals beckon you to explore the area’s art galleries, award winning restaurants and

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