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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

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

Splasheville

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

NC Arboretum

Best Gardens to Visit in Asheville

Asheville is a Garden-Lovers Paradise Asheville, North Carolina's scenic natural landscape is a mecca for greenery, flowers and blooms. The Asheville area has a favorable climate for lush gardens, and the locals have a long history of being instilled with a passion and respect for protecting and showcasing the land. In the late 19th century, George W. Vanderbilt hired Frederick Law Olmsted,

Appalachian Allure

Top 8 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.

The Best Places to Catch a Scenic Sunset The Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color. People travel from all over the world to see the nightly show. We asked our social media fans to share their favorite places to watch the sunset in and around Asheville, North Carolina. Here are the results! 1. The Omni Grove Park Inn

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

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

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

Foggy Grandfather Swinging Bridge

You Shall See Wonders: A Day at Grandfather Mountain

Visit an Internationally Renowned Nature Preserve, Just 90 Minutes from Asheville Shakespeare is staring at me. The cleverly named barred owl is perched on the leather glove of Grandfather Mountain's head naturalist. It's as if the bird knows I mistakenly thought a mourning dove cooing was an owl hooting this morning—just one of the revelations I've had during this

Chimney Rock Park in Fall

Itinerary: Family-Friendly Fun at Chimney Rock Near Asheville, NC

Winding Trails, Wildlife and Waterfalls The scenery at Chimney Rock State Park possesses a magnetic draw for tourists and locals alike. Over the years, artists, writers and filmmakers taken inspiration from the towering granite monolith and take-your-breath-away rock overhangs and outcroppings that are home to peregrine falcons, rare flowers and endangered species. The main attraction is Chimney

Montford Park Players on Stage

The Play’s the Thing

N.C.’s Oldest Shakespeare Festival Draws Audiences Year-Round On a busy summer evening in downtown Asheville, it can certainly feel like all the world’s a stage. But stroll to the leafy historic Montford neighborhood steps from the city center and the play’s the thing at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Here, the Montford Park Players perform Shakespeare favorites to an

Biltmore Premium Wine Tasting

Biltmore Estate's Vine to Wine Tour

Exploring Western North Carolina's Wine Country “Where ARE you? Are you in France?” squealed the comments on my new Facebook profile picture. I didn’t have to cross the pond to stand in a hillside vineyard, the horizon sprawled out behind me, puffy clouds languidly skimming across the gently-rounded mountain ridges. But it certainly looked like it. Rather, I was

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Discover The Magic of Asheville

Because there's More to Life Than the Climb... There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. Discover Asheville, and perhaps your new favorite song by local band River Whyless. Take a Look Around

Sliding Rock

A 60-Foot Natural Waterslide & Other Water Adventures

10 Ways To “Wet” Your Appetite for Fun While you’ll find many beautiful rivers, lakes and waterfalls to see in the mountains, we suggest doing more than looking. Experience them first-hand with a big variety of options. From high adventure water thrills to leisurely boat rides, there is something fun for everyone! Waterslide Au Naturel A perennial favorite way to beat the