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St. Lawrence Basilica

Asheville’s Awe-Inspiring Church

Visiting the Basilica of St. Lawrence A European Master Comes to Asheville Described as “The Paris of the South,” Asheville can boast some keen similarities to the “City of Lights,” especially those reminiscent of the Left Bank: bohemian street performers, art gallery upon art gallery, busy sidewalk cafes and of course the food scene is tres magnifique .  But there is

Omni Grove Park Inn Spa

How Asheville Became a Mountain Spa Escape

Asheville, N.C.’s Healing History as a Wellness Retreat Imagine a health care system without antibiotics, without even electricity to power lights or fans. Welcome to the perilous world of the early 1800s, when malaria, tuberculosis, and other dread diseases ravaged even the most privileged of families throughout the lowland South. Thank goodness for early Asheville, North Carolina, as

Omni Grove Park Inn - Historic 2

The Legendary E.W. Grove

The Legendary E.W. Grove: A Man with a Vision Edwin Wiley Grove (1850 – 1927) E.W. Grove not only shaped the city of Asheville, he set in motion his dream that Asheville would become the alluring destination it is today.   But who was the man behind the legendary name? Tragedy Leads To Purpose During the nineteenth century malaria struck the South with a vengeance.  There

A statue of Olmstead lives at the NC Arboretum in Asheville

A Sense of Place: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Legendary Landscapes

See Designer’s Vision Blossom in Asheville He designed New York’s Central Park and Prospect Park; the city of Pinehurst, North Carolina, the landscape surrounding the U.S. Capitol. He pioneered not only landscape architecture but also conservation in America, and there are few places where the genius of Frederick Law Olmsted is better preserved than at Biltmore in Asheville. His design

A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail

A Day on the Asheville Urban Trail

Walking through History on Asheville’s Urban Trail Asheville loves to do things differently. So it’s fitting the city’s history museum is outdoors along the sidewalks of downtown . Take a self-guided “scavenger hunt” to learn about tidbits of Asheville’s fascinating past . With the help of a map, walk 1.7 miles to 30 stations, each with a piece of art and a

Artisan Weavers at Fiber Day

Weaving Wonders: Asheville’s Rich Farm to Spindle Heritage

Get a Feel for Mountain Fiber Arts The natural fiber tradition runs deep in Western North Carolina. Spinning, knitting, weaving and felting are literally part of the region’s fabric. Some say that the tradition of selling functional weavings began 40 miles north of Asheville at a Presbyterian mission located on a remote crossroads near the Tennessee border. It was here in 1856 at

Autumn glory in the Smokies

An Eden Still Unspoiled

George Masa, Horace Kephart and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park There was drama in the mountains of Western North Carolina back in the 1920s and 1930s, and it had nothing to do with prohibition and moonshine. One need only read Serena , Ron Rash’s riveting novel set in the region’s rich timber country (or see the movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) to

Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum

Walk On the Weird Side: Asheville's Quirkiest Museum Collections

From Vintage to Creepy, These Aren't Your Typical Exhibits Looking for a walk on the whimsical side? Take a look at some of Asheville's  most pleasantly peculiar museums: Asheville Pinball Museum , downtown Asheville Party like it's 1979 as you play over 30 pinball machines ranging in year of origin from 1960 to 2003. Pay one admission, but play as much as you like.  Nine

Beaufort House B&B

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Asheville-Area B&Bs

Getting Personal With Some Blue Ridge Boutiques Asheville’s emergence as a national destination is nothing new for this bohemian mountain city. At the turn of the 20 th century, Asheville was a favorite playground of America’s rich and famous. Look past its landmark buildings, however, and you’ll find a rich collection of eclectic B&B accommodations , many with a secret or

Thomas Wolfe House

Look Homeward, Thomas Wolfe Fans

Follow in the Footsteps of a Literary Giant Thomas Wolfe famously wrote “You can’t go home again,” but don’t let that stop you from exploring the Asheville native’s boyhood home. A contemporary of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Wolfe secured his place in the American literary canon with the critically acclaimed publication of his unabashedly