Eight Things to Love About Asheville,
America's Favorite Arts and Culture Mountain Town!
What do we love best about Asheville North Carolina? From the primal force of the Friday night drumming circle in Pritchard Park to the bright originality found in its boutiques, shops, art galleries and restaurants, this small mountain city pulsates with creativity and a zest for life! Here are the things we love most about this unique community:
Wonderfully Walkable! The heart of downtown covers just ten square blocks, and wherever you stroll, you'll find interesting shops, benches for resting (and people-watching), street entertainers and a host of things that make Asheville North Carolina the unique place it is. Today you can take our best art galleries, antiques and shopping walk, tomorrow our amazing architecture and history walk, and then there is the city's own street-art focused Urban Walk with a brochure available at the Visitors Center.
Asheville Art! We love visiting galleries, don't you? At last count Ashevill has over 150 galleries and growing! Asheville is alive with music and performing arts, from lively traditional mountain music to symphonies, theater, outdoor concerts, dancing and a vibrant night scene, you'll find something for every taste here. To help out, we've put a fun downtown gallery walk and (comng soon) a complete guide to local music venues.
Great Eats! From Nouveau-Asian to Organic-Fusion and Carolina Comfort Food, a wealth of downtown restaurants serve up a never ending feast of scrumptious hand-crafted foods at amazingly affordable prices. Of course we have our favorites, but we've also created (coming soon) a special "Best Asheville Restaurants Guide" that will introduce you to the city's most eclectic open-air cafes, Chef-owned restaurants, boutique bakeries, warm and welcoming coffeehouses,and some of the finest vegetarian cuisine anywhere.
Find Your Blissville! People are the heart and soul of this lively, happy city, and they seem to smile here more than anywhere else we've been. They do interesting things too. What is your passion? Rock climbing, cheese making, weaving, reading classics, hiking, kayaking, dulcimer playing . . . .whatever triggers your bliss, chances are you'll find lots of like-minded friends here, as well as plenty of learning vacations, mountain craft schools and hands-on art workshops to help you find and master your bliss.
Outdoor City! Walk down any downtown street and you'll see a lot of healthy, outdoorsy looking people. No wonder! Nestled amid thousands of square miles of rolling Blue Ridge Mountain wilderness, this town is "Outdoor Central". Just beyond the city lies a world of outdoor adventures, but even within the urban environment, you'll find a captivating collection of walks, hikes, cycling routes, parks and gardens waiting to be enjoyed.
Greentown USA! Located smack on the cutting edge of sustainable living, this forward-thinking town has recently been called the "hub of the green energy movement in the eastern US". And for good reason! Recycling is rampant, solar energy use is common, wind power is growing, hybrid cars are everywhere and "green homes" are going up one after another. Everywhere you go in town, restaurants, businesses, hotels and attractions of all kinds are joining the green revolution.
Secret Pleasures! Fun and Funky, Asheville is full hidden gems and fun surprises not found in guidebooks. From walking through the hidden door on Wall Street, to taking in book readings at Malaprops; to exploring the Railroad Arts District or shopping at an organic tailgate market, our guide to our favorite hidden Asheville attractions will help you experience the city at a whole new level.
Big-Time Pastimes! Two very popular attractions here can stand toe-to-toe with any in the U.S.. The largest private home in America, Biltmore House is a mind-boggling testament to the opulent wealth of an earlier era. The Biltmore Estate gardens and shops alone are worth a full day of exploration. Also here, America's favorite scenic road, the Blue Ridge Parkway, is one of the best ways to experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains that surrounds this nature-blessed town.
And There's So Much More:(Coming Soon)
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