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7 Blue Ridge Blockbusters: Asheville is Hollywood Hot in 2015

With awards season underway, a spotlight is cast on the Asheville area and its numerous 2015 connections to the silver and small screens. Playing the role of story muse, film backdrop and celebrity playground, Western North Carolina offers adventures and immersive travel experiences for film and television fans. Learn the favorite hangouts of Kristen Wiig and Owen Wilson, visit Asheville's own

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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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Asheville's Literary Connections

Asheville's literary heritage stretches across the 20th century and contemporary authors continue to be drawn here. These well-known novelists, poets, essayists and storytellers have ties to Asheville: F. Scott Fitzgerald, who spent two summers at the Omni  Grove Park Inn Thomas Wolfe, Asheville native and author of  Look Homeward, Angel Carl Sandburg, poet and biographer O. Henry,

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Moog Music: Pioneer of Modern Sound

Bob Moog is a well-known legend in the music industry. In fact, in many ways he was a pioneer. Having invented the Moog Synthesizer back in the 1960s, Moog revolutionized the way we enjoy music today. You would be hard pressed to find any major band that isn’t using a Moog instrument, and each one is made by hand right here in Asheville. The Moog factory opened its headquarters in 2011

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Tap Your Toes at Asheville Music Festivals

Hear Local and World Talent at Asheville’s Musical Celebrations Asheville’s music scene, like the city, is melodious blend of contemporary, classical and old-time traditions. One look at our wide range of music festivals, and it’s easy to see why any time of the year is a good time for music in Asheville. To help you get started, here is an overview of annual music festivals in

Watch & Win: Free Hunger Games Survival Getaway

Asheville in the Movies

"Quiet on the set!" is not a phrase you think you’d hear while admiring the serene beauty of the peaks in Western North Carolina. But, more and more Hollywood producers have found that these 6,000-foot peaks provide visually spectacular backdrops for the motion picture industry. "North Carolina has more production complexes and sound stages than any state in the nation outside

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Over the Blue Ridge to Cherokee Territory

Asheville’s Ancient Connections Beyond the stunning Art Deco architecture, the sounds of drums in Pritchard Park on a Friday night and the smell of Mexico as you pass White Duck Taco - stop and ponder this…you are in the shadows of a sacred and ancient civilization dating back 11,000 years; the Cherokee. And their home is one of the oldest places on Earth, the Appalachian Mountains,

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Biltmore Village: Historic Charm for Today's Visitors

Built on a Distinguished History In 1888, George W. Vanderbilt arrived in Asheville, purchased land, and began planning the estate that would become his home— Biltmore . As construction of America's largest home neared completion and hundreds of domestic servants, gardeners and other workers were hired, Mr. Vanderbilt's architects and designers turned their sights toward the

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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