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.

Couple walking dog along French Broad River Greenway

Tips For Visiting Asheville with a Dog

As one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, Asheville, North Carolina, is fun to explore with your best friend. We've worked to make it even easier to navigate the city with your dog. Here are answers to frequently asked questions. Does my dog need to be on a leash? Yes. In Asheville and Buncombe County, if your dog leaves your property, it must be on a leash . This law is designed to

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Asheville, N.C. through the eyes of Sammy the rescue dog!

Meet Sammy, a four-year-old Corgi-Sheltie rescue dog! He loves to hike and catch Frisbees in his dog-friendly hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. And, word around the dog park is that he’s been known to climb trees in pursuit of squirrels. Every dog has his day and this is Sammy’s dream day of adventuring here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Watch below! Follow in Sammy’s

Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade: Dine and Shop at Asheville's Architectural Jewel

The Grove Arcade is an Asheville landmark, featuring a mix of more than 35 eateries, galleries, and locally-owned shops just waiting to be explored. When you walk into the Arcade , glance above and then down. Light streams in from a glass ceiling of skylights creating a quilt of geometric shadows on the marble halls beneath your feet. The halls are sloped, designed to follow the contours of the

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Wildflowers on Oconaluftee River Trail

Best Spring Hikes in Asheville, N.C.

As the mountains green up with the coming of spring, the new season also brings a burst of color to the trails in and around Asheville. Hundreds of types of wildflowers line the paths that lead to stunning vistas and thundering waterfalls. These trails are among local favorites for seeing the best spring wildflowers in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Note: All directions are from downtown

Christmas at Biltmore

Top 8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure to inspire the spirit of the season. 1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and

Asheville Outlets

Discover the Newest Outlet for Shopping in Asheville

From the tree-lined streets dotted with independent boutiques to the open-air markets featuring local crafts, Asheville's shopping scene is as diverse as it is unique. The relatively new Asheville Outlets, just five miles from downtown, offers a destination for shoppers looking for national brands at great prices. The Asheville Outlets are conveniently located near the intersection of I-40 and

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. Given Asheville's climate and the variety of elevations nearby, Asheville enjoys one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation. The first hints of fall arrive in the mountains in early-to-mid September. The fall leaf season often extends well

Serafina

From Biltmore to the Forests: Your Guide to the Serafina Experience

Plan an escape that will bring the best-selling novel series to life In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to solve mysteries, Serafina and the Black Cloak , enjoyed an extended stay atop

Asheville-born funk & soul musician Lyric

Homegrown Headliner: Lyric Catches the Ear of Asheville's Music Scene

Asheville native takes soul-pop sound from the sidewalks to the main stage Performing on the street in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park one day in 2011, Leeda “Lyric” Jones caught the attention of someone she never could have imagined. “I saw her and turned to my dad and said, ‘That’s Lizz Wright !” Jones said. Wright, an internationally-known jazz

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