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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

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. Before

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

What's New in Asheville in 2017

What You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2017

New hotels, a major exhibit at Biltmore, whitewater sports you’ve never heard of and a brewery with ties to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Asheville, North Carolina is Lonely Planet's #1 Best in the U.S. Destination for 2017 and this Blue Ridge Mountain city is alive with new adventures for the New Year: AC Hotel image courtesy of McKibbon Hospitality. Highland Brewing photo by Emily Chaplin.

Christmas at Biltmore

8 Places to See Holiday Lights in Asheville, N.C.

Few experiences embody the excitement of the holidays like enjoying a display of bright, twinkling Christmas lights and meticulously-designed decorations. Visitors to Asheville, N.C. can enjoy these dazzling, family-friendly light shows that are sure to inspire the spirit of the season. 1. Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum It’s one of the newest light displays in Asheville and

Winter Lights 2015

North Carolina Arboretum's Winter Lights Bring Holidays to Life

A new tradition is lighting up the holidays in Asheville. The North Carolina Arboretum’s annual Winter Lights , which began in 2014, features 500,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights throughout the nationally-known gardens. The lights illuminate the natural beauty and landscapes of the arboretum during the winter season. In 2016, Winter Lights opens Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 1, 2017.

Asheville Outlets

Discover the Newest Outlet for Shopping in Asheville

From the tree-lined streets dotted with independent boutiques to the open-air markets featuring local crafts, Asheville's shopping scene is as diverse as it is unique. The relatively new Asheville Outlets, just five miles from downtown, offers a destination for shoppers looking for national brands at great prices. The Asheville Outlets are conveniently located near the intersection of I-40 and

Yellow Gap Road Late Fall 2016

Fall Color Report for November 3, 2016

With the extended fall color season this year, autumn continues its strong showing in the Asheville area. In fact, Asheville is considered one of the best destinations in the country to see fall color this late in the season. Find your perfect place to stay this fall. Choose from a full list of accommodations options, from hotels to inns and cabins,  HERE . There are many beautiful

Biltmore Late Fall 2016

Fall Color Report for October 27, 2016

Thanks to a late start to the fall foliage season this year, autumn color is bursting in many areas that in years past would have already had their strongest showing. That means Asheville is enjoying an even longer, and later, fall color season than normal, giving you an extended opportunity to see the show well into November.   Now is a great time to book your getaway to town. Click HERE to

Asheville Drum Circle

Asheville's Drum Circle

Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse community. The Drum Circle is a free event all about creating harmony, both in music and with one another. The weekly ritual draws hundreds of people

Mid Fall Color at Graveyard Fields

Fall Color Report For October 20, 2016

Fall color has come alive throughout the Western North Carolina mountains. Cool mornings this past week have propelled big changes in the leaves. Many high elevation areas above 4,000 feet, such as Rough Ridge and Linn Cove Viaduct, are seeing their brightest color of the season. And now is the time when the mid-elevation areas really begin to shine. The vibrant reds of the maple and black gum

Early Fall in Mills River

Fall Color Report for October 13, 2016

Beautiful sunny days and cool nights are helping to propel fall color forward in Western North Carolina! While fall color is running about a week behind this year, the higher elevations could see their brightest color of the season within the next seven days. Color is still in pockets along the slopes just below the highest elevations, but experts say the leaf changes should now "progress

Early Fall 2016 at Waterrock Knob

Fall Color Report for October 6, 2016

After a slow start to the season, fall color is picking up at the higher elevations around Asheville, N.C., with visible changes every day. Fall Color Guy, Dr. Howard Neufeld of Appalachian State University, says while there is still a lot of green along the slopes, colors will start becoming more noticeable and strong at the high elevations after this weekend and into next week.  Grandfather

Stack Rock

Fall Color Report for September 29, 2016

Fall Color Hunting The first pops of fall color are just beginning to crop up in the highest elevations of the western North Carolina mountains, and an early fall dip into sweater weather looks to accelerate the changing of the leaves.   Many high-elevation spots are still about a week away from seeing their brightest foliage, thanks in part to unseasonably warm weather earlier in

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

Red Fall Leaves at Sunrise

Nine Fall Travel Packages For an Amazing Autumn

Asheville, North Carolina, is known for its vibrant fall leaf season, and with the change in weather comes plenty of opportunities for peeping some peak color. Local hotels and inns offer an array of accommodations packages for visitors to truly make the most of their autumn trips, wrapping in outdoor and edible adventures, alike. Check out these nine travel packages for getting the most bang for

2015 Fall Color: Winding BRP

Fall Color Forecast 2016: Long Leaf Season Ahead

Autumn in overtime! One of the world's longest fall foliage seasons will get even longer this year. According to biologists and climate scientists, Asheville, North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Mountains could experience an extended fall leaf season, giving travelers fall vacation opportunities from late September through early November. The extended season is a bonus on what is already

Downtown Asheville Skyline in Fall

Top 10 Ways to Experience Fall in Asheville

As the weather grows cooler, the brisk mountain air paints the leaves of the forest trees in brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges. In the mountains surrounding Asheville, North Carolina, fall color experts are forecasting a longer-than-usual fall foliage season for 2016 , which provides visitors plenty of time to take advantage of all kinds of leaf peeping adventures.  We asked fans of our