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Fresh local produce at a Farmers Market in Asheville, NC

Where to Find Farmers Markets and Local Harvest in Asheville, NC

An Emphasis on Fresh, Local Products from Asheville Area Farms Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians and nine of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Rhubarb, Cucina24, Table and The Market Place are just a few

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Pick Your Own Produce at a U-Pick Farm in Asheville

Pick Your Own Fruits and Flowers Imagine sunshine and Blue Ridge Mountains, a summer breeze, and biting into the juiciest, sweetest strawberry picked straight off the vine. Produce never tastes better than when it's in season and at its peak. This simple pleasure can be had at several U-pick farms in the Asheville area, where you can go straight to the source to pick your own fresh fruits

Amy Ager | Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Experience Farm Life in Asheville

Down on the farm Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) devotes itself wholeheartedly to fostering the area’s local-food movement. For the last two decades, the nonprofit group has carried out this mission by helping local farms thrive, linking food growers with buyers and generally creating a healthier community through these

Cozy Night In

6 RAD Reasons to Rent a Mountain Cabin in Asheville, NC

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 unique home rentals offering all the amenities you would expect - privacy, cozy fireplaces and even cozier hot tubs. Aside from

North Carolina Arboretum

12 Family-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Winter in Asheville

There’s plenty to do for the whole crew, indoors or out Avoid the crowds that come with fall, spring and summer, and enjoy Asheville with your family at the coolest time of the year. Games and Interactive Museums With more than 30 pinball machines and over a dozen classic video games in the “Arcave,” there’s enough nostalgic button pushing at the Asheville Pinball

Navitat Zipline

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

Find Your Perfect Zipline Tour in Asheville Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground.  From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the best zipline experiences in Asheville. Go Far, Go Fast If you’re looking for a heart-pounding thrill, grab a friend and head out on the

A couple hiking

Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here

Choose Your Own Hiking Adventure in Asheville, NC Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along mountain streams and technical scrambles up steep terrain; hikes that are short and sweet and multi-day adventures. Some hikes give you a view into the

Otters

Otters

Meet Obi-Wan and Olive, two adorable North American river otters that call the WNC Nature Center home. These playful creatures are found in a wide variety of aquatic habitats and can tolerate a great range of temperature and elevations. A river otter's main requirements are a steady food supply and easy access to a body of water. Facts You Otter Know Life expectancy in zoos: 16 years Life

Monarch - Hop 'n Blueberry Farm

Where to See the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Asheville

Shortly before fall in Asheville and the Great Smoky Mountains, thousands of Monarch butterflies pass through the Asheville area as they migrate south to Mexico. The butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles on their journey, and we're fortunate that Western North Carolina is right along their route!  When to see Monarch butterflies in Asheville, NC From the middle of September and

Girl smiling looking down at gingerbread house display at Omni Grove Park Inn

National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC

The Entries in the National Gingerbread House Competition Go On Display this Year in Asheville for the Holidays. 2023-2024 National Gingerbread House Competition Viewing: Nov. 27, 2023-Jan. 2, 2024 The National Gingerbread House Competition is a favorite Asheville holiday tradition that has taken place for over 30 years. Held at The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, this nationally-known