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Shindig On the Green

Shindig on the Green Music and Dance Festival in Asheville, N.C.

Each summer, the festival series celebrates traditional mountain music and dance of Asheville and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green is a free, outdoor mountain bluegrass music and dance festival that takes place throughout the summer months in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park . The Shindigs are on most Saturdays from late June through early September each

The sun sets behind the beautiful Biltmore in Asheville.

Biltmore in 360

Biltmore is a place that can easily take your breath away. From the awe-inspiring details inside the home to the beautifully-manicured gardens and trails, you'll find there's so much to explore. As you plan your visit, we've developed a way to help you discover Biltmore from the comfort of your own home. Through a partnership with Biltmore and Google

Watching Glass Artists at Work

Experience Glass Art in Asheville, N.C.

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC As an art form, glass appears to be equal parts chemistry and alchemy. It’s a medium that’s been around since early Roman times, but here in Asheville, North Carolina, and the surrounding region is where studio glass took off in the Southeast. With more than 100 glass artists living and working in the region,

Glass Artist Courtney Dodd at Work

Take a Glass Art Day Trip

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC After spending a day (or two) enjoying the vibrant glass arts scene in Asheville, short day-trips take you further into the historic heart of the Studio Glass Movement in Appalachia. While Asheville’s busy art galleries, museums, working artist studios and shops will introduce you to a dynamic community of glass artists

Asheville Glass Artist Alex Bernstein

Glass 101: Types of Glass Art in WNC

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC Exploring Western North Carolina’s ever-expanding studio glass scene is an education. From blown glass to fused glass and etching, you can encounter a different process in every studio you visit. The dazzling creations you see in and around Asheville are the result of mastery of a number of techniques as well as

Lexington Glassworks

Why the Asheville Area is a Hot Spot for Glass Art

Home Events Where to See Glass Tours Chihuly Exhibit About Glass in WNC Asheville’s reputation as an arts destination is well known, but there are still under-the-radar parts of the art scene to explore. While many associate Western North Carolina with the pottery tradition, the region was more recently pivotal in the development of another field: studio glass. If you’re not familiar

Late Fall Color at Lake Tomahawk

5 Great Places to Take a Walk in Asheville

Clear your head and stretch your legs at one of Asheville's many parks and greenways. Many of these green spaces are just minutes from the bustling downtown areas in Asheville and Black Mountain , meaning you won't have to go far for a nice walk. Asheville Botanical Gardens Less than 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville, you'll find an ubran oasis.

Sliding Rock

Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide

Feel the rush of sliding down a 60-foot all-natural water slide in the heart of gorgeous Pisgah National Forest ! The appropriately named Sliding Rock is an experience unlike any other and it’s one of the most exciting ways to cool off in the warmer weather months. People of all ages lineup to take the plunge down the sloping rock face waterfall on

Cozy Up to Asheville Winter 2018

7 Cozy Reasons Asheville is a Picture-Perfect Winter Destination

Coziness reaches new heights in Asheville, North Carolina, named one of the U.S.’s coziest cities. And as the cuddly Danish trend of hygge spreads like a soft alpaca blanket, Asheville stays true to its mountain comforts—crackling fireplaces and frosted vistas, toasty mugs of deliciousness and live music that warms the soul. One of CNN’s top places to visit in 2018 , Asheville

What's New in Asheville in 2018

What You Can't Miss in Asheville, N.C. in 2018

An iconic building gets an update in Asheville’s Art Deco skyline, Chihuly's creations come to Biltmore to kick off Asheville's Summer of Glass, major international sporting events gear up for competition and new Blue Ridge Mountain trails open offering extreme views and historic connections. Here’s what’s new in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2018!

Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum

8 Ways Asheville Sparkles for the Holidays

Every holiday season needs a little bit of sparkle—the twinkle of lights, the flicker of a fireplace, the shimmer of sugarplums or the glow of candlelight. Asheville, North Carolina brings all the sparkle—and gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountain views—to your holiday season this year with festive ways to play, indulge and get away from it all. Discover how Asheville shines for the

Asheville Fall Color

Fall Foliage Forecast 2017: Vibrant Leaf Color and New Adventures in Asheville, N.C.

Fall is on the way to Asheville, and our color experts say that ideal conditions are in place for a bright and healthy 2017 fall color show. Stay up to date on fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our official fall color forecast and weekly fall foliage reports. And experience the falling leaves and brilliant colors with new adventures and activities. 2017 Fall Foliage Report: Ideal Conditions

Couple walking dog along French Broad River Greenway

Tips For Visiting Asheville with a Dog

As one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, Asheville, North Carolina, is fun to explore with your best friend. We've worked to make it even easier to navigate the city with your dog. Here are answers to frequently asked questions. Does my dog need to be on a leash? Yes. In Asheville and Buncombe County, if your dog leaves your property, it must be on a leash . This law is designed to

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Asheville, N.C. through the eyes of Sammy the rescue dog!

Meet Sammy, a four-year-old Corgi-Sheltie rescue dog! He loves to hike and catch Frisbees in his dog-friendly hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. And, word around the dog park is that he’s been known to climb trees in pursuit of squirrels. Every dog has his day and this is Sammy’s dream day of adventuring here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Watch below! Follow in Sammy’s

Grove Arcade

The Grove Arcade: Dine and Shop at Asheville's Architectural Jewel

The Grove Arcade is an Asheville landmark, featuring a mix of more than 35 eateries, galleries, and locally-owned shops just waiting to be explored. When you walk into the Arcade , glance above and then down. Light streams in from a glass ceiling of skylights creating a quilt of geometric shadows on the marble halls beneath your feet. The halls are sloped, designed to follow the contours of the

Downtown Asheville, N.C.

Why Asheville? 6 Reasons Travel Experts Are Talking

Make 2017 Your Year to Visit Asheville, N.C. Why does Asheville draw an eclectic mix of both locals and visitors to its mountain lifestyle? Just take a look at some of the recent accolades bestowed upon “The Land of the Sky” and you’ll see why foodies, music/beer/pet lovers, and people of all ages escape to Asheville year-round. 1. Lonely Planet - 2017 Best Destination in the

Wildflowers on Oconaluftee River Trail

Best Spring Hikes in Asheville, N.C.

As the mountains green up with the coming of spring, the new season also brings a burst of color to the trails in and around Asheville. Hundreds of types of wildflowers line the paths that lead to stunning vistas and thundering waterfalls. These trails are among local favorites for seeing the best spring wildflowers in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Note: All directions are from downtown

Blue Goldsmiths in Biltmore Village

Shopping for Art in Asheville's Biltmore Village

“Sapphires come in seven different colors,” Susan tells me, nodding at the silver-hued band that she designed and made by hand. My Art Connections tour guide Sherry Masters models the ring, a small-yet-bold work of art, crafted from pure white gold and set with a dazzling amber-colored gem. The jewelry sparkles in the Sunday morning sun and I am genuinely enchanted by the gleam.

Omni Grove Park Inn Fireplace

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