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Asheville's Undiscovered Season: A Winter Vacation Itinerary

Asheville shines in winter, when calmer never means boring. Sharpen your creative skills with a craft or cooking class, jam to live music, take in some top-notch theater, or hike through the pine-scented woodlands in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Shop for one-of-a-kind treasures, relax your body and soul at one of the unique area spas, and jump into Asheville’s outstanding restaurant

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Couple Hiking at Black Balsam at Sunrise

LGBT Asheville: Your Best Bets for Gay-Friendly Travel

Asheville, North Carolina’s progressive attitude, vibrant arts scene, and booming nightlife make this a welcoming city for the LGBTQ traveler. While you won’t find a gay district, or “gayborhood,” you will discover a town with a vibrant gay community that is integrated into every aspect of the city’s culture. Discover the best gay-friendly things to do and support

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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

Shindig on the Green

Sound Trek: A Music Lover's Guide to Asheville

Tuning Into Asheville's Music Scene Asheville’s known for many things: natural beauty, an historic downtown, craft beer and great food. The local music scene is equally deserving of a top-10 list mention. Though hard to explain, Asheville’s multi-genre, boundary-pushing sound is underscored by its eclecticism. From Appalachian ballads and old-time picking to fierce funk, sultry

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GSMNP Sunset

Day Trip: Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Discover the Smokies by Trail, Train or Tube To walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is to follow in the footsteps of the Cherokee Indians; living on this land for more than 14,000 years. Because of the great efforts of many , today the 520,000-acre Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) is protected forever. And today all of us can stand atop Clingman’s Dome and see the same

Weaverville

Wandering Weaverville: Main Street in the Countryside

Small-Town Shopping & Dining Awaits Just minutes from happening Asheville, small-town America is alive and well on Main Street, Weaverville . The pace of life remains slow and sweet here, surrounded by country roads, spacious farmlands, verdant forests and mountain coves. Arrival by interstate is quick, or you can meander the slow roads. Incorporated in 1909, Weaverville existed as a community

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Dancing Santa

B-boy Santa is back on the scene! He's been spotted showing off mad skills in the streets of Asheville, and he's got more to offer than sweet windmills and backspins. Follow Dancing Santa’s Asheville Itinerary Looking for a fresher, doper getaway for the holiday season? Pack your break-dancing moves and follow in the (dance) steps of Asheville's very own Bboy Santa. A visit to

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Hunger Games

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

High Falls

A Day Trip to DuPont

“Hunger Games” setting offers amazing waterfalls, lakes, and trails Less than an hour’s drive south of Asheville between Hendersonville and Brevard, drop-dead gorgeous DuPont State Recreational Forest is a wonderful day trip if you enjoy waterfalls, easy trail access, and beautiful scenery—and who doesn’t? Some 84 miles of well-marked and maintained trails offer easy

Couple at Craggy Pinnacle

Hiking Craggy Gardens

Blue Ridge Heaven… Just Miles From Town Even after 14 years of living in Asheville, just a glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains casts a spell on me.  It looks so far away but ahh…it is not. Just a short drive from downtown and I’ll be at Craggy Gardens (Craggy for short) and a soaring 5,892 foot elevation.  This is the locals’ favorite spot to head for the hills