Stories by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the former Content Manager for ExploreAsheville.com and a former television news reporter.  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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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 11 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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Red Panda Exhibit at WNC Nature Center

WNC Nature Center and Wildlife Park in Asheville, NC

Experience wildlife up close with a family-friendly adventure to the WNC Nature Center, located just 10 minutes from downtown Asheville! Among the animals you’ll see are otters, black bears, wolves and a cougar! The 42-acre wildlife park features award-winning exhibits that are home to 60 species of wild and domestic animals and hundreds of species of plants. All the species

Santa on the Chimney

Santa on the Chimney at Chimney Rock State Park

2022 Santa on the Chimney Dates: December 3 & December 10 Before traveling the world to climb down chimneys and deliver presents on Christmas, Santa practices in the Asheville area on one of the biggest chimneys of all!   The first two Saturdays in December mark Santa on the Chimney, a tradition that gives you and your family the opportunity to watch Santa

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Dickens in the Village

Dickens in the Village Festival in Asheville, N.C.

2022 Dickens in the Village: December 2 and 3 A beautiful historic district in Asheville transforms for a weekend during the holidays, transporting you back in time to the days of Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol . On the first weekend of December (December 2-3, 2022), Historic Biltmore Village takes on new life as a quaint Victorian town for the Old World Dickens in the

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Mount Craig on Deep Gap Trail

Deep Gap Trail at Mount Mitchell State Park

A walk in the clouds in the Black Mountains Hike from the highest peak east of the Mississippi  River (Mount Mitchell, 6684 feet) to the second highest one (Mount Craig, 6647 feet). On the ridge line of these giants of the Black Mountains, you might find yourself above the clouds. You'll begin the hike in Mount Mitchell State Park, one of the first state parks in the

Apple Picking

Apple Picking Near Asheville, N.C.

Fall is a truly special time to visit Asheville. Not only can you experience fall in Asheville with stunning leaves and special events but also with the mountain harvest.  In addition to many working farms in Asheville, the city is less than a half hour drive from one of the country's best apple growing areas, Hendersonville, N.C. Hendersonville hosts

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Discover the Magic of Asheville With Video Magician Zach King

Zach King is known as a video magician who is in a league of his own. His digital tricks have been dazzling people around the world, gaining him millions of fans. It’s no wonder this video magician was drawn to Asheville, where you can find magical moments at nearly every turn. That’s just what Zach King discovered on his adventures in town. See for yourself by watching the video

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The Top Places For Outdoor Adventure Near Asheville, N.C.

There's endless ways you can experience nature when visiting Asheville. From taking a stroll on the greenway along the French Broad River to summitting some of the highest peaks mountain east of the Mississippi River, there are tons outdoor adventures waiting for you in the Asheville area. Want the inside scoop? Check out the top places to experience the outdoors in Asheville,

Shindig On the Green

Shindig on the Green Music and Dance Festival in Asheville, N.C.

A celebration of the traditional mountain music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green is a free, outdoor mountain bluegrass music and dance festival that takes place throughout the summer months in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. The Shindigs are on most Saturdays from late June through early September each year. The performances begin at about

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