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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


Budget-Friendly Ways to Cool Down

Asheville's beat-the-heat adventures In the heart of the summer, with warmer temperatures still creeping into the forecast, there's no better time than now to find unique ways to cool down. Fortunately, you can escape to the mountains of Asheville to find relief from the hot days. Even better, you can leave your wallet at home because these refreshing adventures won't break the bank.

Serafina and the Twisted Staff

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 , has enjoyed an extended stay

Go Out to Eat: Asheville's Hottest Patios

Go Out to Eat: Asheville's Hottest Patios

Go Al Fresco in Foodtopia If there's one thing that drives home Asheville's moniker as "the Paris of the South," it has to be the outdoor dining scene. On a warm evening in downtown Asheville, diners are lined up on sidewalks, tucked into courtyards and gathered around fire pits, enjoying the mild mountain climate with a side of world class cuisine. Here's a brief guide to

Asheville Symphony Sessions Cover ARt

A Soundtrack for the City: The Asheville Symphony Sessions

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra Sends A Musical Love Letter From Asheville To The World Asheville’s music scene is taking center stage in an innovative new album, which was released in May 2016. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) , along with some of Western North Carolina’s most beloved musicians including Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth, and Rising Appalachia

Hiking Near Asheville

18 Reasons Asheville Is A Gateway For National Parks Centennial Adventures

Peak-to-Peak Zips, Foraging and other Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate 100 Years of National and NC State Parks. The beauty of Asheville’s mountain scenery is timeless, except for this year when it turns 100 years old. 2016 marks a century since the creation of the National Park Service, NC State Parks and Pisgah National Forest. Cradled in the Blue Ridge and steeped in cultural cool,

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall

Asheville Venue Guide: Places to Eat, Drink and Dance

Dinner and dancing are not mutually exclusive in Asheville. Many of our music halls double as a restaurant, or offer ways to nosh before catching a show. If you’re looking for the best all-in-one spots for your night on the town, then check out one of these top-notch venues. Grey Eagle One of the old vanguards of the Asheville venues, the Grey Eagle was a major player in the development of

Asheville Lyric Opera

Rocking the Classics in Asheville

In a city where creativity is a way of life, it’s not surprising that the classics play an integral part of Asheville’s music scene in surprising ways. Take the Asheville Symphony Orchestra , for example. “Asheville is a musical oasis between Nashville and Atlanta,” says David Whitehill, executive director of the Symphony. “We have an ecosystem here that is steeped in

Isis Restaurant

Asheville Venue Guide: Asheville’s Iconic Music Venues

There are venues, and then there are iconic music halls – those place where stages have been graced by music legends, or in some cases, help made them legends. In Asheville those places are revamped skating rinks, born again movie theaters, and old warehouses turned into temples to rock and roll. If you’re looking to catch a show while in Asheville, then here are the more iconic venues

Live Music Mothlight

Asheville Venue Guide: Under the Radar Music Halls

Music can be found everywhere in Asheville, from large music halls to the streets of downtown. Often times the best concerts are performed in rather unexpected places. Neighborhood dive bars, juke joints and local hot spots regularly play host to some of the best up-and-coming artists. Make plans to catch a show at one of these under-the-radar music venues, and get a glimpse of why