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Fall Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Best Fall Drives For Experiencing Craft Art in Asheville

Discover Appalachian Craft Art Culture Along Area Byways As you travel mountain roads splashed with brilliant fall color , it's easy to understand why Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists and craftspeople for generations. What makes Asheville's craft scene unique is that you'll find artists here are not only preserving traditional

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

High Falls

10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now

Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone.    Tallest: Upper Whitewater Falls Walk a quarter-mile paved trail (accessible for wheelchairs or scooters) to see the mighty Upper Whitewater

Parkway Tunnel with Rhododendron

Asheville Under $100: Do It All the Budget-Savvy Way

Your Guide to a Wallet-Friendly Weekend Asheville is well known for its splurge-worthy attractions and high-end culinary experiences, but there are just as many options for anyone seeking an affordable getaway to the mountains. Explore everything Asheville has to offer with a weekend itinerary that delivers on experience, but won’t break the bank. Friday 1 p.m. – Lunch at  12

Indigo Bunting

Bird Watching Adventures in Asheville, N.C.

Outings to Satisfy Your Inner Bird Nerd Flashes of red plumage in the forest canopy and a familiar song - “what-cheer, what-cheer, what-cheer” - signify the presence of a nearby Northern Cardinal. This is an easy bird to recognize, even for a novice bird watcher, but it is only one of nearly 300 bird species to call Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, home. To sharpen

Cycling on the Parkway

For Wheel, Y’all: Six Asheville Adventures on 2 Wheels

See Asheville From Behind (Handle) Bars In Asheville, outdoor enthusiasts are like kids in a locally sourced candy store. With hundreds of miles for road biking and as a mountain biking destination , what better way to see our fair city than on two wheels? And you don’t have to know how to do a nose wheelie to enjoy one of these six cycling experiences. 1. Velo Girl Rides These luxe,

Craggy Gardens Picnic

Super Scenic Picnics with 360-Degree Views

Pair Your Picnic With Delicious Vistas Feed your eyes with spectacular views and your ears with serene sounds of nature with an al fresco meal that you will never forget. Before you head out for a picnic, pick up some seasonal goodies at a tailgate market or the WNC Farmer’s Market (open every day). Also, many local B&Bs and hotels will help you with a picnic to go. Check out my favorite

Mount Mitchell Observation Deck

Home of the Highest, Oldest Peaks

Beyond Gorgeous Views Are Mountains Full of Life The Cherokee called the mountain Tanawha, meaning Great Hawk or Eagle. While that name may be forgotten, no other ridge top near Asheville is so familiar as the lofty silhouette of Grandfather Mountain , the name adopted by early settlers. At its high point, the craggy features of one of the area’s most famous peaks climb to nearly 6,000 feet

Blueberry Picking

Pick Your Own Asheville Berry Adventure

Make the Most of the Area’s Abundant Berry Season From farms to forests, berries burst their way onto the Asheville scene beginning in May, and continue to brighten our ice cream and cereal bowls through late November. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, wineberries, and raspberries (both black and red) are on menus, in the fields, at the farmers markets , and in the wilds of the Blue

Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnel Summer

The Beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway

The seed was planted for a scenic road through the Blue Ridge Mountains when North Carolina geologist Joseph Hyde Pratt proposed a mountain toll roll stretching from Marion, VA, to Tallulah, GA. World War I halted work on the road, but the idea of a scenic road persisted. The construction of the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park turned into a serendipitous event when President

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