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National Gingerbread Competition

Gingerbread House Competition at Omni Grove Park Inn

The National Gingerbread House Competition William Shakespeare got it right when he wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”   You’ll find plenty of this spicy holiday favorite during The Omni Grove Park Inn ’s National Gingerbread House Competition, which in 2017 celebrated its 25th anniversary of showcasing

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

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

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

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

Yoga Rocks the Park

Spice up Your Yoga Routine in Asheville

Spice Up Your Yoga Routine in Asheville A Yogi’s Guide to Asheville Keep things fresh and exciting in your yoga practice by bringing your yogi talents to Asheville, where sun salutations meet fresh air, bodies of water and even beer! Long known as a destination for wellness and rejuvenation, Asheville is quickly building a reputation as the yoga mecca of the Southeast. Yogis looking to

Pottery 48 Hr FAM June 2014

From the Earth to the Arts: Get Totally Involved in Asheville

A Hands-On Escape From Your Everyday Life Asheville is a great place to WATCH—the people, the events, the crowds and the changing scenery—but it is an even better place to DO. Visitors explore the natural world, create art and make music. Here’s what can happen in just a day-and-a-half. Into the Woods Meet up at a location given to you the evening before by Alan Muskat and his

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

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

Falconry

Bird Watching & Hawk Migration in the Fall Season

Hawks Soar Over Asheville in Annual Migration Fall is a favorite time here in Western North Carolina, when the cooling weather provides ideal conditions for exploring all that this area has to offer. The changing leaves along the Blue Ridge Parkway present a feast for the eyes, and the migration sightings can provide memories to last a lifetime, particularly for hawk enthusiasts. Each year in the