Regardless of where you’re interests lie, you may have heard by now that Asheville is worth a visit. Accolades range from naming it one of the 10 most beautiful places in America (Good Morning America) and one of the Best Places to Retire (Money Magazine) to America’s new Freak Capital (Rolling Stone) and one of the US’s most vegetarian-friendly small towns (PETA).
Architecturally, it’s like time stopped for Asheville in 1929. Hit hard by the crash, very few buildings were bulldozed in the name of urban renewal. You’ll find an impressive number of art deco buildings from the roaring twenties when Asheville was a favorite home and resort for the Vanderbilts, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison to name a few.
George W. Vanderbilt liked it here so much that he made it his home. His mansion, the Biltmore, is a must-see while you’re in Asheville. Inspired by French Renaissance Chateaus, this 250-room mansion is an American palace. A variety of tours lead through parts of the interior and surrounding gardens.
But more than anything, Asheville has been garnering attention for its artistic community, culinary innovation, and thriving beer scene. The River Arts District is home to over 180 artists presenting their crafts and downtown is filled with farm-to-table eateries and brewpubs. Asheville supports 16 farmers markets and 15 craft breweries and has been named “Beer City, USA” by the Examiner four years in a row.
If you need to burn off some of the calories from all that good food and beer, there’s over 2,000 miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails in and around Asheville. 9 of North Carolina’s 11 major waterfalls are in the area, the Point Lookout Trail offers sweeping views over Pisgah National Forest, and Dupont State Forest offers the chance to hike the same trails where Katniss and Peta ran for their lives in the Hunger Games.
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