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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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The Biltmore

America's largest home was built in 1895 by Richard Morris Hunt, inspired by French Renaissance Chateaus. The landscaping was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, known best for having planned New York's Central Park. Daytime admission tickets include a self-guided tour of the Biltmore House, access to the gardens, and entrance to an exhibit on the Vanderbilts. There are also special tours available that take you to areas usually closed to the public. If you arrive hungry, be aware that food on site can be quite expensive.

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River Arts District

22 former factories and historic buildings have been transformed to house over 180 working artists in studios and galleries along the French Broad River. There's also various eateries throughout.

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White Horse Black Mountain

If you're looking for a relaxed place to take in some music or a theatrical performance, check the schedule at White Horse Black Mountain. This beloved venue has something going on almost every night of the week.

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Moog Music Factory

Visit the shop where all Moog synthesizers and electronic musical instruments are available to play on, and tour the factory to see where the instruments are handcrafted. Tours available Mon-Fri, 10AM and 3PM.

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Looking Glass Creamery

Not far from Asheville this creamery offers cheese plates and wine by the glass or bottle in their small bar and you're also welcome to take the wine and cheese out for a picnic on the lawn. Kids will enjoy getting to feed the resident goats. Thursday evenings, 3pm to 7pm, Fridays & Saturdays, 11am to 5pm.

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Wedge Brewing Company

Relaxed taproom and brewery in an old factory building with food trucks parked outside in the River Arts District.

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LaZoom Comedy Tours

Sign up for a good laugh on LaZoom's Purple Bus and you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn about Asheville and its history in the process.

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Point Lookout Trail

This 3.6 mile paved trail offers long-range views from the top. Great for biking! It's a challenge on the way up but the views are worth it. Parking is available at the Old Fort Picnic Grounds.

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Dupont State Forest

This is a bit of a drive from Asheville, but if you're wanting to see some waterfalls this is the place to go. Follow the easy Dupont Waterfalls Tour Hike which takes you past 5 of the 6 waterfalls in Dupont State Forest. There's also covered picnic areas with views of the waterfall which make for a great family outing.

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Lexington Glassworks

Not only can you browse (and buy) beautiful and unique glass objects here, but you can also watch the artists blow glass and create the items right there in the studio.

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Asheville Hot Air Balloons

If you're celebrating a special occasion, help make your visit to Asheville extraordinary with a Hot Air Balloon ride. It's the perfect place to do it, with the Great Smoky Mountains as the stunning scenic backdrop. The experience isn't cheap, but it's sure to be memorable.


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Brewgrass FestivalAnnually, September

Various bands perform while over 50 breweries from Asheville and around the country offer samplings of their craft beers.

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Mountain Sports FestivalAnnually, May

This music and sports festival takes full advantage of Asheville's vibrant arts culture and mountain location. Various events are held throughout town including an array of musical performances, plenty of food and craft beer vendors, and sporting events like a 10k, yoga, kids yoga, and stand-up paddleboard yoga (!), bike races, and rock climbing, to name just a few.

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All Go West FestivalAnnually, June

This multi-stage festival in West Asheville celebrates community, arts, and music.

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Biltmore BloomsAnnually, March to May

Check the weekly "Bloom Report" and come see the Biltmore at its most spectacular, when the gardens come to life with wave after wave of blossoming flowers.

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Americana Burlesque & Sideshow FestAnnually, May

The ABSfest celebrates Asheville's Vaudeville Revival with endless sparkles and feathers, fashion, contortion, trapeze, and more, drawing circus and burlesque acts from around the world.

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