official 2013 travel guide ExploreAsheville.com
welcome to the new frontier O
nce upon a time – nearly two centuries ago – Asheville, North Carolina, extended a warm welcome to the first tourists arriving on the wooded frontier. Magnificent Blue Ridge scenery and cool
breezes surrounded those early visitors, just like today. Hearty local food and beverage graced the dinner table, just like today. Cultural life centered on song and dance and drama, just like today. And recreation meant exploring forest pathways, lacy waterfalls and rocky mountaintops. Always empowering and engaging, soothing the soul while stimulating the mind and body. Just like today. Now add the spontaneous excitement of a modern and creative city packed with memorable activities for every age and every interest – from music and dance to fashion, food and fly-fishing – and you’ve discovered Asheville. Mix and match each day for a never-ending sense of newness and possibility; high-tech or handcrafted, every experience connects you to a vibrant community of independent spirits. Welcome to the new frontier. Asheville alive!
Unique Asheville Accommodations The Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast Inn A select registry property, this intimate historic home was built by RS Smith in 1899. Featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and recognized by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Bed and Breakfasts. Perfect downtown location surrounded by waterfall ponds and gardens. Offering eight luxurious guest rooms with private baths and fireplaces including a pet-friendly carriage house. Amenities include gourmet, three-course breakfasts; delightful afternoon tea; evening turndown service with homemade candies; complimentary beverages; Wi-Fi; computer station; cable TV and so much more! Your innkeepers have more than a half century of culinary experience to make your stay extraordinary. Come and enjoy our elegant style of warm Southern hospitality and exceptional service. 288 Montford Ave. • Asheville • 800.381.3878 • 828.254.3878 • www.blackwalnut.com 67771
The Residences at Biltmore Hotel Not your typical hotel! Ideally located between Biltmore and downtown Asheville, featuring the amenities of both a hotel and a condo. Studios, one- and two-bedroom suites are spacious like a vacation rental; each feature a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, stone fireplace, flat-panel TV with DVD player, washer/dryer, private balcony, glass-enclosed tile shower, and most with whirlpool jet tub. Enjoy our services such as 24-hour concierge, wireless Internet and daily housekeeping. Property amenities: on-site fitness center. A spectacular outdoor relaxation area with seasonal heated pool, a year-round hot tub and fire pit. After a day of exploring the city and mountains, relax by the fire and watch the sunset. Pet-friendly rooms and accommodations available for wedding groups, corporate visits and long-term stays. We invite you to experience the Residences at Biltmore, your home away from home. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award 2012. 700 Biltmore Ave. • Asheville • 866.433.5594 • www.residencesatbiltmore.com
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Do It Your Way
Welcome to the Neighborhoods
Know Before You Go
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shevilleâ€™s originality brings an extra sparkle to the streets. What does this special culture look like?
Hop on the purple and gold LaZoom tour bus to see it up close, from art deco architectural masterpieces to street-corner buskers to a psychedelic sunset. Take in memorable sculptures of stone and steel, and living statues that are really street performers. Experience a color wheel of festivals. Mix and mingle with all the players in our pageant.
mountain magic Now that you’ve reached the peak, stop and take in the view – a panorama of soft blue mountain ridges, like waves lapping the distant sky. Let the wind and sun caress your skin, breathe deeply and inhale the pine-scented perfumed air. Whether marveling at our region’s scenic wonders from America’s most popular scenic drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or visiting nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, rest assured … you’ll leave renewed and refreshed.
creative spirit in action Famous writers like Thomas Wolfe and F. Scott Fitzgerald made this their literary home a century ago, and even presidents come here for inspiration, gracing landmarks such as The Grove Park Inn. Today, an energetic cast of creative artists breathes that spirit through inspiring works of art on painted canvas and carved wood, in thrown clay and blown glass, and on fiddles and synthesizers. The River Arts District alone is home to 165 artists with working studios.
exploration at its finest Stepping into America’s sumptuous Gilded Age is as easy as visiting Biltmore. America’s largest home – 250 rooms – is just the starting point for an unforgettable exploration of the Vanderbilt family’s inspiring retreat. Stroll through Biltmore’s century-old landscaped gardens and enjoy outdoor activities throughout hidden fields and forests. Then, unwind with dinner in the bustling Antler Hill Village & Winery.
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pportunities abound in innumerable experiences: Go for a hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway or visit a microbrewery in
the captivating River Arts District. Relax at a spa, sip chocolate at a local café or take in a show at a local music hall. In Asheville, you can do it all. We don’t believe in standing still, as long as local artists, musicians, actors and chefs have an enriching experience to share. If you’re ready to excite your senses and try something new, come along with us for your most memorable vacation ever.
bring your best friend (welcome, fido) Miles of wilderness hiking and scenic dog parks welcome pets. Dogs feel right at home in their own dreamy bed or snacking on a homemade, pet-friendly cookie at numerous area lodging properties. If your four-legged pal didn’t make the trip, pick up a gourmet biscuit or handmade collar at Bone-a-Fide Bakery in Black Mountain or Three Dog Bakery in Asheville. No wonder DogFriendly.com ranked the Asheville area and Blue Ridge Parkway their No. 2 vacation spot.
Asheville wins the About.com reader’s choice award for Most Romantic Destination in the United States and Canada. festival spotlight We’re throwing a party – and everyone’s invited! Big-time festivals dot our local community calendars, keeping the air filled with music and tapping toes. Join Shindig on the Green, a festival celebrating our mountain heritage through music and dance, most summer weekends at Pack Square Park. For big thrills, it’s Bele Chere, the largest free street festival in the Southeast, when all downtown Asheville becomes a stage. Goombay! Festival brings African rhythms and Caribbean food to town for all to enjoy, while LAAFF – the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival – celebrates the artist in all of us. Black Mountain’s Sourwood Festival shares the sweetest old-fashioned mountain fare – honey!
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When the sun goes down, the lights go up – from welcoming craft breweries like Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain or Asheville’s Highland Brewing Co. to Jack of the Wood or the intimate Altamont Theatre. Catch a talented local band with gourmet bites and then savor cocktails and late-night dessert after a gallery stroll through downtown. Or dance the night away to the vibe of top rock bands playing in intimate clubs like The Grey Eagle or The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club, one of Rolling Stone’s top-five music venues in the country.
Favorite place to dance The drum circle at Pritchard Park Contra dancing at The Grey Eagle or Warren Wilson College Arcade Club Magnolias The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club
* in the movies
Famous scenes from Dirty Dancing (1987) were filmed at nearby Lake Lure.
From the first movie shot in 1914 to the recent filming of The Hunger Games, the Asheville area has provided inspiration for Hollywood producers for nearly a century. Courtesy of Lio
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Biltmore was seen on the big screen in 1956 in The Swan starring Grace Kelly Credit: L.B. Simmons photographer. L.B. Simmons Collection [M2012.02.01] , Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville
Chimney Rock State Park and the mountains are showcased in The Last of the Mohicans (1992). Courtesy of Chimney Rock Management, LLC
fun for all ages We call it quality time. When you bring the whole family, the focus is on spontaneous outdoor fun. Start with a romp through the Splasheville! interactive fountain downtown, then discover the area’s many natural swimming holes and famous Sliding Rock, a natural water slide in the Pisgah National Forest. Mix it up with horseback riding, a zipline tour over mountain ridges, playtime with the otters at the WNC Nature Center, a treetop adventure tour, biking along trails and greenways, or the memorable sights and sounds of an Asheville Tourists baseball game.
Photo by Murray Close
Click here to explore the beautiful mountain locations filmed for The Hunger Games.
star gazing in the mountains The blockbuster film based on Suzanne Collins’ hit novel The Hunger Games was shot entirely in North Carolina, where the Blue Ridge Mountains provided the perfect backdrop for both District 12 and the perilous arena scenes. Do what the stars did – head out to hiking trails, waterfalls and historic landscapes, then come back to Asheville to enjoy our vibrant mountain culture.
The striking architecture of Biltmore house is on display in the 1994 movie, Richie Rich. Cour tesy of Biltmore
My Fellow Americans (1996) was filmed in downtown Asheville and other Asheville locations.
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Much of Patch Adams, (1998) with Robin Williams, features Biltmore’s lush landscape.
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ear that buzz? It’s the energy of downtown Asheville, where no two blocks and no two days are alike.
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Follow a delicious aroma and discover a fresh
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originality – what we lovingly refer to as
Foodtopia . Follow the sound of drums and
find yourself swaying to a brand-new beat.
Follow the crowds and join in spontaneous fun at our festivals. Along the way, enjoy colorful new shops, vintage hideaways and galleries galore. Downtown engages all the senses.
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sweet and savory Take a trip around the culinary world just by roaming downtown Asheville’s friendly café-lined sidewalks. Many of the city’s 250 independent restaurants make downtown their home … and farm-fresh local food their signature ingredients. Asia, Africa, South America, Europe – they’re all here, along with Southern favorites with an Asheville spin. You’ll find unique gourmet food trucks and surprising niche culinary shops for that tasty foodie souvenir. Discover how much fun the downtown restaurant scene can be when you sample a bit of everything.
seen on the street What better souvenir of Asheville’s artistic legacy than a piece of handcrafted jewelry, a painting, or a work in textile or clay to bring home. It’s easy to spend a whole day discovering our galleries, craft studios and other spectacular display spaces – and meeting the artists themselves. The Asheville Downtown Gallery Guide, available at the Asheville Visitor Center, is merely a starting list and map, so be sure to peek around every corner, too.
But don’t admire Asheville only for its eye candy; those who scratch below the surface will find a culinary scene that rivals that of any major metropolis, locally brewed beers to please even the biggest ale aficionado, and places to rest your head that the word hotel wouldn’t do justice.”
AmericanWay magazine center of the square For as long as there’s been Asheville, the public square has been its heart. Today’s Pack Square and vibrant new Pack Square Park welcome the world to meet our most colorful characters, play, picnic, take in a free concert or just sit a spell in the shadows of history. A destination all its own, Pack Square Park is crisscrossed with greenery and pathways and lined with memorable buildings. Visit often – the ever-changing pageant of festivals, fountains and food keeps the scene alive.
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Leave plenty of time for shopping – there’s a find on every street. Stroll through the Grove Arcade, an architectural gem, offering a city block of shops and a portico market for shopping al fresco. Bright storefronts and great places to eat line Biltmore Avenue and Broadway. For the hippest clothing and accessories, head to Lexington Avenue, also home of Tops for Shoes – a square block full of designer shoes. Elegant Haywood Street has all of life’s essentials: chocolate, coffee and books. Merchants have embraced Asheville’s Buy Local movement by showcasing handcrafted goods, and we hope you will, too.
Asheville Facebook fans Favorite Downtown Shop Malaprops Bookstore/Café L.O.F.T. Woolworth Walk Mast General Store Tops for Shoes
built to last Feast your eyes on Asheville’s fairy-tale architecture, and feel the city’s history come to life: creamy spires and terra cotta towers, Gothic gargoyles, and richly carved friezes with eclectic and Art Deco verve. Our nationally recognized historic buildings recall the glory days of this “Paris of the South” a century ago, executed with Old World craftsmanship and preserved in the amber of time. Enjoy these treasures on foot via the self-guided Asheville Urban Trail, or hop on a guided trolley tour that will take you from downtown to Biltmore Village for more treasures.
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nywhere you look, our rich cultural heritage will be there too – in galleries, on the stage or the streets – so you’re never far from the pure energy of creative genius. Some
folks crave edgy performance and head for the Asheville Fringe Festival, while others enjoy contemporary dance at the BeBe Theatre. Both Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and the Asheville Art Museum bring local perspective to visual arts, while bookstores and coffee shops around the region host events by today’s top writers.
setting the stage The curtain goes up every night in Asheville. Asheville Community Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company, Diana Wortham Theatre and the intimate Altamont Theatre offer a selection of drama, dance, music and comedy. Hometown performers light up stages all over Asheville, including the Magnetic Field Theatre and under the stars at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre. Link to LivewireAsheville.com for all the performances in town.
music in the air Folk or funk, banjo or bass, our calendar of music festivals will keep you hopping all year. The eclectic LEAF, or Lake Eden Arts Festival, brings tuneful fun from around the globe to Black Mountain each May and October.
get your Moog on Touch a bit of musical history at the Moog Music factory and showroom, where free guided tours tell the story of Moogâ€™s influence on music. Crucial to the development of pop music, Dr. Robert Moogâ€™s electronic instruments, synthesizers and guitars have empowered generations of musicians from Stevie Wonder to The Monkees to Moby to craft their signature sounds. The annual Moogfest event fills downtown Asheville with pulsating sights and sounds, and attracts an international audience.
For nearly 50 years Shindig on the Green has staged traditional mountain music and dance in downtown Asheville, most Saturdays from June through Labor Day in Pack Square Park. The last weekend of July, Bele Chere turns downtown Asheville into the biggest free street festival in the Southeast, an energetic musical event with surprises every year. The Goombay! Festival awakens downtown with African-Caribbean food and music each year in late August. Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival, nicknamed LAAFF, shuts down part of Lexington Avenue for strictly local music and artistry with kid-friendly activities one weekend in early September. Costumes are encouraged. World travelers converge in Asheville each October for Moogfest, a creative tour de force harnessing the latest electronic music and lighting effects.
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ry something new and exciting this vacation, an outdoor challenge that makes you smile even while your heart
is beating fast, like riding a zipline over the treetops or paddling through churning whitewater. Snowboarding, hiking to a hidden waterfall, even playing golf in a memorable mountain setting. You bring the sense of adventure, and weâ€™ll supply the incomparable surroundings. Thereâ€™s a first time for everything. What will be your first adventure?
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Asheville Facebook fans Favorite Outdoor Experience Hiking in Pisgah National Forest Exploring Chimney Rock State Park Taking pictures along the Blue Ridge Parkway Canoeing on the French Broad River Biking at Biltmore
get wet, mountain style The area provides endless ways to have fun with family and friends, from the toddler-friendly Splasheville! play fountain in Pack Square Park to the pulsating Nantahala River. Outside magazine calls that “some of the nation’s finest whitewater creeking.” There’s plenty more. Take the plunge at Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest. And explore the French Broad River by kayak, tube, canoe or stand-up paddleboard, made easy with rentals from outfitters along the river.
hands on, mind open Blending equal parts relaxation and stimulation can be the right recipe for personal enrichment. Broaden your horizons with cooking classes like those at the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts. Watch food demonstrations at Biltmore’s Antler Hill Village, go foraging with No Taste Like Home or learn Appalachian cooking at Log Cabin Cooking. Go birding with the experts at Ventures Birding Tours. Pick up a new skill at Kitsch Fabrics, or learn the art of papermaking at BookWorks, both in West Asheville. Or kick up your heels at a group contra dance at The Grey Eagle.
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Asheville Facebook fans Favorite place to have a romantic moment Gardens at Biltmore Corner table at Zambra Wine & Tapas Evening stroll at Pack Square Park Sunset Terrace at The Grove Park Inn Sipping chocolate at French Broad Chocolate Lounge
everything chocolate Chocolate lovers have a sweet spot for downtown Ashevilleâ€™s artisan chocolate makers, all of them creating melt-in-the-mouth magic daily. The Chocolate Fetish welcomes visitors to a shop where truffles vie with sipping chocolate. Savor bean-to-bar chocolate, luscious desserts and live music at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Newcomer Chocolate Gems presents gelato front and center for a delicious treat.
I do, I do! When you plan an Asheville-area wedding, you make it your own. Want a fairy-tale wedding complete with castle and horse-drawn carriage? A country affair with locally sourced refreshments? Asheville area again. Whitewater rafting, roller derby or candlelit Southern classic – the themes are limitless. Local artisans can provide everything you need, from wedding bands to gowns, to inspired floral arrangements. And the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau can help with free wedding planning – email weddings@ExploreAsheville.com
centennial celebrations An architectural marvel, The Grove Park Inn turns 100 this year. Three themes that reflect the rich history of the guest experience – Music & Entertainment, Health & Wellness and Arts & Literature – will define a year of centennial celebrations in 2013. Ever since E.W. Grove’s workers laid the last massive stone a century ago, the inn has beckoned to travelers with incomparable hospitality. Once, that meant horse-andcarriage rides and high tea. Today, it means being pampered at the world-class underground spa with calming aromas filling the air, soothing waterfall pools and a juice bar nearby.
know before you go visitor information centers
Asheville Visitor Center 828.258.6129 – Main 828.210.2720 – Concierge 36 Montford Ave. Exit 4C off I-240 ExploreAsheville.com 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Make this your first stop. It’s your home base for planning an experience just the way you like it. The 4,000-square-foot center makes it easy to plan your visit. • Hear from friendly locals about their favorite ways to experience our region. Learn about tours (or jump on board a couple). • Purchase tickets to Biltmore and other attractions, get maps,
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buy locally made items and tasty homegrown souvenirs at the Asheville Gift Shop. • Book a room through our concierge, or use direct phone links to talk with area lodging properties. Additional visitor centers include: Black MountainSwannanoa Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center 800.669.2301 828.669.2300 201 E. State St. Black Mountain, NC 28711 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. noon-4 p.m. Sun. Pack Square Park Visitor Center (walk up) Located in downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sun.
by car The area is accessible from the following highways: I-26, I-40 and I-240; and US 19/23, 25, 25A, 70 and 74.
air travel Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) 828.684.2226 61 Terminal Dr. (I-26, Exit 40) Fletcher, NC 28732 flyavl.com Located approximately 17 miles from downtown Asheville, AVL is served by five airlines, including Allegiant, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways with nonstop service to/from numerous destinations. AVL offers a Guest Services Center, restaurant and free wireless Internet access. Landmark Aviation – FBO 828.687.7110 240 Wright Brothers Way Fletcher, NC 28732 landmarkaviation.com Open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Offering fuel service, ground handling and concierge.
rental cars The airport is served by seven rental car companies with additional locations throughout the area.
road conditions/ assistance
Interstate: North Carolina Department of Transportation Call *HP from your cell phone if you require emergency basic roadside assistance while on the interstate.
The region experiences four distinct seasons, but the average annual snowfall is approximately 15”, and the hottest day rarely exceeds 85 degrees.
For road conditions, call 511. Blue Ridge Parkway: Call 828.298.0398 for road conditions and closure information.
already here? Asheville Trolley Tours See the best of Asheville from aboard a vintage trolley. Hop on and off again as you enjoy a fully narrated tour covering major points of interest, including The Grove Park Inn, Historic Biltmore Village, the downtown shopping and restaurant district, the Asheville Art Museum and River Arts District, and much more. Purchase your tickets at the Asheville Visitor Center. Check out ExploreAsheville.com for seasonal hours and more information.
local transit Asheville Transit Authority 828.253.5691 ridetheart.com Throughout Asheville and to Black Mountain. Downtown fare-free zone available
blue ridge parkway Considered the nation’s most scenic roadway, the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway winds along the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Numerous overlooks, roadside exhibits and hiking trails make a trip along the Parkway a delight year round. The Parkway intersects with Asheville at four points: US 25, US 70, US 74 and NC 191. The BRP Visitor Center is located at Mile Post Marker 384. www.nps.gov/blri.
travelers with special needs ACCESS North Carolina offers A Guide to Travel Site Accessibility. To obtain a copy call 800.VISIT NC (800.847.4862).
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Come by the Asheville Visitor Center for directions, tickets to area attractions and to book your room at local accommodations. The gift shop sells a full range of Asheville merchandise and craft items. The center also offers free Wi-Fi Internet service.
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welcome to the neighborhoods
south-end style The engaging community around Biltmore Park Town Square has come into its own as the place to stop, shop, dine and enjoy a movie on Ashevilleâ€™s south side. The pedestrian-friendly central hub mixes familiar retailers and unique local establishments, and in fine weather, cafes go al fresco. Look for regular farmers market hours and a full slate of free evening concerts from June through October, all just minutes from convenient Asheville Regional Airport via I-26.
black mountain discoveries The colorful little town of Black Mountain sparkles with warmth and charm. The historic downtown with its galleries, art and history museums, and bed-andbreakfasts hearkens back to another time, but has undeniable creative spirit. Shoppers love Black Mountain’s many antique stores and boutiques. Make time for a visit to Pisgah Brewing Company, the region’s only organic brewery with taproom tours and outdoor concerts. You can go from listening to live music at the Black Mountain Ale House or White Horse Black Mountain to gazing at the stars from a historic inn.
art on the river To spot cultural innovation up-close, head to Asheville’s colorful River Arts District, where some 165 studio artists have set up shop amid a spirited café and pub scene, including favorites like 12 Bones Smokehouse, The Junction and White Duck Taco Shop. Then cross the French Broad River to explore the innovative shops and restaurants in West Asheville. Harvest Records, an independent music store; The Admiral, an unassuming lounge with bold, creative cuisine; and Sunny Point Café are all must-visit destinations.
bring the family Ready to step back in time? Weaverville’s tidy Main Street invites leisurely strolling among craft and antique shops, and there’s always hot coffee and a fresh pastry nearby. Popular events throughout the year include a biannual Art Safari, an Art in Autumn festival and a Candlelight Christmas Stroll. Enjoy a visit to historic Vance Birthplace, birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance, a Civil War officer. Stop by Jack of Hearts Pub & Restaurant for hearty food and lively entertainment. Or try Blue Mountain Pizza, a local institution.
einvent. Rejuvenate. Relax. In Asheville, you can do all those things and more. We offer an array of experiences ranging from terrific theatrical performances to historic trolley tours to colorful celebrations and festivals. Discover your own independent spirit. Transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. It’s all here for the taking.
Asheville Visitor Center
ashevillechamber.org, 36 Montford Ave., 828.258.6103. The first step to your Asheville experience. Get information, directions and the latest news. Features public restrooms, maps, brochures, gift shop and Wi-Fi. Purchase tickets for Biltmore, the trolley tours and golf coupon books.
art/museums/ performance venues The Altamont Theatre
myaltamont.com, 18 Church St., 828.274.8070. Presenting inspiring, professional musical theater featuring world-class actors, singers, directors and designers in an intimate 120-seat theater on beautiful Church Street in vibrant downtown Asheville.
ashevillearts.com/artery, 346 Depot St., 828.258.0710. Asheville Area Arts Council’s multipurpose exhibition facility serving as a visitor center, classroom, display and rehearsal space for performing artists and groups.
Asheville Art Museum
ashevilleart.org, 2 S. Pack Sq., 828.253.3227. Be inspired by world-class special exhibitions and the museum’s outstanding collection showcasing the best of 20th- and 21st-century American art, and the cultural heritage and contemporary art of Western North Carolina.
Asheville Community Theatre
ashevilletheatre.org, 35 E. Walnut St., 828.254.1320. The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest
community theaters in the nation. Offering classic and contemporary comedies, musicals and dramas in both the Heston Mainstage Auditorium and the black box theater 35below.
Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre acdt.org, 20 Commerce St., 828.254.2621. Western North Carolina’s first professional modern dance company. Repertoire consists of full-length modern dance theater productions, smaller modern dance works and educational dance theater performances for children.
Asheville Lyric Opera
ashevillelyric.org, 2 S. Pack Sq., Diana Wortham Theatre, 828.236.0670. Professional opera company of Western North Carolina, celebrating its 12th anniversary season. Producing
do three fully staged operas with world-renowned singers, directors and conductors.
Asheville Symphony Orchestra
ashevillesymphony.org, 87 Haywood St., 828.254.7046. Now in its 52nd season with a series of Masterworks concerts featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Stravinsky and other renowned composers.
Asheville Urban Trail
ashevillenc.gov, Downtown Asheville, 828.259.5815. Asheville’s “museum without walls” consists of 30 bronze sculptures around downtown, illuminating its interesting history. The trail is a 1.7-mile walk, and begins and ends at Pack Place. Approximate time 2 hours.
Black Mountain Center for the Arts
blackmountainarts.org, 225 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.0930. This community nonprofit arts facility in the old city hall features a gallery along with programs in music, visual and performing arts, and hosts concerts, theater performances, authors’ readings, films and special events, and a community clay studio. (varies)
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place
dwtheatre.com, 2 S. Pack Sq., Pack Sq., 828.257.4530. At the center of Asheville’s vibrant downtown is the city’s finest theater, offering the best in live performances of music, theater and dance by professional touring and regional arts groups throughout the year.
Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum
grovewood.com, 111 Grovewood Rd., 877.622.7238, 828.253.7651.
Established in 1965, the museum is home to several rare and vintage automobiles, as well as some original horse-drawn carriages and Asheville’s own 1922 American La France fire engine. The cars have been preserved in their mostly original condition. Donations welcomed.
Fine Arts Theatre
fineartstheatre.com, 36 Biltmore Ave., 828.232.1536. Presenting first-run art and independent films in two auditoriums. An array of art and independent films each year
Featuring more than 60 species of animals native to the Southern Appalachians including cougars, otters, black bears, red wolf and reptiles. Open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
75 Gashes Creek Rd. Asheville, NC 28805 828.298.5600 www.wncnaturecenter.com
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
blackmountaincollege.org, 56 Broadway St., 828.350.8484. An exhibition space and resource center dedicated to exploring the history and legacy of the world’s most acclaimed experimental education community.
Brevard Music Center
brevardmusic.org, 1000 Probart St., Brevard, 888.384.8682, 828.862.2100. One of the nation’s most exciting and diverse music centers featuring 80 concert events. Enjoy symphony, pops, grand opera, Broadway, chamber music, jazz, rock and more.
Colburn Earth Science Museum
colburnmuseum.org, 2 S. Pack Sq. at Pack Pl., 828.254.7162. A collection-based museum with a focus on the geology of Western North Carolina and its unique mineral resources. Exhibits of minerals and mining, meteorology, plate tectonics, gemstones and minerals from around the world.
French Broad Rafting Expeditions 67430
Only 30 minutes from Asheville, we offer a five-mile or nine-mile whitewater rafting trip or calm-water rafting trip. WE HAVE THE MOST EXPERIENCED STAFF ON THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER. We are also the only outfitter with a covered pavilion on the French Broad River for lunch or snack, and we provide a guide in every raft – GUARANTEED! French Broad Rafting expeditions is the only whitewater rafting company in the Southeast that uses biodiesel in all of our diesel vehicles. We offer special discounts and private trips for groups. 9800 US Hwy. 25/70 • Marshall, NC 28753 800.570.RAFT • www.frenchbroadrafting.com
do keeps patrons who love the art of filmmaking coming back again and again. Matinees and evening performances. Limited
reputation for stellar acting and innovative staging in an offBroadway-style venue in the heart of downtown Asheville.
Flat Rock Playhouse
Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center
flatrockplayhouse.org, 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock, 866.732.8008, 828.693.0731. The North Carolina State Theater has a performance schedule that spans from March-Dec. Patrons and performers alike flock to this special place to revel in the performing arts and satisfy their soul in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Folk Art Center
craftguild.org, Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 382, 828.298.7928. Home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing craft artists from southern Appalachia. Houses three fine galleries and offers daily craft demonstrations March-Dec. It is also the home to Allanstand, the nation’s first craft shop.
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The Health Adventure
thehealthadventure.org, 800 Brevard Rd., Ste. 620, Biltmore Sq. Mall, 828.665.2217. Explore two levels of interactive exhibits, including blockbuster traveling exhibits from across the country. Participate in hands-on activities led by our expert educators.
Montford Park Players
montfordparkplayers.org, Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 100 Gay St., 828.254.5146. North Carolina’s longest running Shakespeare Festival presents free theater under the stars. Enjoy quality classic drama in a delightful outdoor setting. Enjoy productions in the winter months at the Asheville Masonic Temple. Donations welcomed.
North Carolina Homespun Museum
grovewood.com, 111 Grovewood Rd., 877.622.7238, 828.253.7651. Historical overview of Biltmore Industries and its internationally renowned wool cloth. Features memorabilia that includes letters, artifacts, woven samples, tailored suites and a video. Donations welcomed.
North Carolina Stage Co. ncstage.org, 15 Stage Ln., 828.239.0263. Asheville’s professional theater offers outstanding performances of classic and contemporary plays. The theater has established a
packplace.org, 2 S. Pack Sq., 828.257.4500. A vibrant centerpiece of downtown Asheville and the keystone cultural facility in the Pack Square Cultural District, this bustling complex includes the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre and the YMI Cultural Center. (varies)
Southern Appalachian Radio Museum
saradiomuseum.org, A-B Tech Community College, Elm Bldg., Room 315, 340 Victoria Rd., 828.299.1276. Enjoy an extensive collection of radios from World War I to the 1960s. Early home radios, amateur radios and much more. Donations welcomed.
Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART)
sartplays.org, Owen Theatre, Mars Hill College, 44 College St., Mars Hill, 828.689.1384. A professional, award-winning stage company presenting theater lovers’ favorite plays and musicals, and SART’s signature piece – the premiere of a new play.
Stuart Nye Hand Wrought Jewelry
stuartnye.com, 940 Tunnel Rd., 800.456.1933, 828.298.7989. Quality handmade jewelry using nature’s designs in sterling silver, copper and brass since 1933. Watch the craftsmen at work and see samples of the jewelry, which is for sale next door at Guild Crafts.
Swannanoa Valley Museum
swannanoavalleymuseum.org, 223 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.9566. The museum of general history in Buncombe County offers exhibits that reflect the pioneer history of Western North Carolina, interpreted in photos and artifacts from the Swannanoa Valley. Offering events that interpret the history of the area.
Unto These Hills ... A Retelling
cherokee-nc.com, Mountainside Theatre, US Hwy. 441 N., Cherokee, 866.554.4557, 828.497.2111. The story comes to life with live music,
ritual dance and authentic Cherokee costumes in the 2,100-seat, newly renovated mountainside amphitheater under the stars. Since its debut in 1950, more than 5 million visitors have attended the memorable drama.
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US Cellular Center
ashevillenc.gov, 87 Haywood St., 828.259.5743. Centrally located in downtown Asheville, the building is Western North Carolina’s home to conventions, trade and consumer shows, educational programs and entertainment events.
YMI Cultural Center
39 S. Market St., 828.252.4614. One of Asheville’s national historic landmarks commissioned by George Vanderbilt in 1893. Today, the refurbished center houses art galleries, classes and performances in African-American cultural art and history.
historic attractions Biltmore
biltmore.com, 1 Lodge St., 877.245.8667, 828.225.1333. Discover the wonders of Biltmore. Begin with the breathtaking beauty of 250-room Biltmore – America’s largest home ® – and century-old gardens. Explore the 8,000-acre backyard through a variety of activities, from horseback riding to rafting.
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Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
nps.gov/carl, 81 Carl Sandburg Ln., Flat Rock, 828.693.4178. This National Park Service site honors the accomplishments of American poet Carl Sandburg. Take a guided tour of the historic home, and visit the farm and trails. Free for farm and trails. Fee for house tour; cash and check only.
ashevilledowntown.org, 828.251.9973. Steeped in history, Asheville’s downtown boasts more Art Deco architecture than any Southeastern city other than Miami Beach. More than 150 unique shops, galleries and cafes offer lots of opportunity to browse or buy.
The Grove Park Inn
groveparkinn.com, 290 Macon Ave., 800.438.5800, 828.252.2711. Four Diamond resort. Built in 1913, the inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America.
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Historic Johnson Farm
The great blue hills of God. That’s how the Cherokee describe their Great Smokies home. It’s wide open, yet specific. Ancient and brand new. These delightful contradictions make Cherokee, N.C., uniquely yours. Explore native dance, thrilling demonstrations, the Oconaluftee Indian Village, and Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual Inc. Or experience the outdoor drama, Unto These Hills golf at Sequoyah National, indulge at Harrah’s, or simply fish in the beautiful outdoors.
hcef.info/historicjohnsonfarm, 3346 Haywood Rd., Hendersonville, 828.891.6585. This 1880s brick farmhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Former summer boarding house and farm. Museum, guided tours, miniature horses and antique farm equipment displays.
ashevillenc.gov/parks, 53 Birch St., 828.350.2066. Visit one of Asheville’s oldest historic cemeteries and the final resting place for many of Asheville’s early prominent citizens, including famous authors Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry.
Smith-McDowell House Museum 800.438.1601 • www.visitcherokeenc.com
wnchistory.org, 283 Victoria Rd., 828.253.9231. Built in 1840, the Smith-McDowell House was the home of one of North Carolina’s first entrepreneurs, a Confederate major, and friends of the Vanderbilts. Today, the museum’s rooms are showpieces reflecting different decades in the house’s history. Limited
Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site
Asheville’s most popular trolley tour … top rAted and top rAnked! Locally owned and operated. • onLy Gray Line departs every 30 minutes (in season) … wAit Less and expLore more! • two-dAy unLimited hop-on/hop-off privileges • AAA/AArp/active military discounts • satisfaction guaranteed or your money back! 36 Montford Ave. • Asheville, NC 28801 866.592.8687 • www.graylineasheville.com
wolfememorial.com, 52 N. Market St., 828.253.8304. Novelist Thomas Wolfe spent a decade of his childhood growing up in his mother’s Asheville boarding house. Called Old Kentucky Home, the house was patronized by summer tourists and health seekers during the early years of the 20th century.
Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site
vancebirthplace.nchistoricsites.org, 911 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville, 828.645.6706. This pioneer farmstead, tucked in the Reems Creek Valley, features the birthplace of Zebulon Baird Vance. The five-room log house, reconstructed around original chimneys, and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795-1840. Donations welcomed.
do recreation & outdoors Appalachian National Scenic Trail
appalachiantrail.org, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office, 160-A Zillicoa St., 828.254.3708. Approximately 300 miles of this Maine-to-Georgia primitive hiking trail spans North Carolina. Voted most popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors and favorite long distance trail by Backpacker Magazine.
Asheville and Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Services
buncombecounty.org, ashevillenc. gov/parks, 70 Court Plaza, 4th Fl., 828.259.5800. More than 50 parks offering golf, swimming, tennis, skateboarding, roller hockey, climbing wall, nature center, playgrounds, basketball, community centers, ballfields, picnic shelters, trails and much (varies) more.
Asheville’s Fun Depot
ashevillesfundepot.com, 7 Roberts Rd., 866.303.4386, 828.277.2386. Asheville’s only family entertainment center featuring indoor and outdoor go-carts, indoor mini-golf, multilevel laser tag, batting cages, climbing wall, soft play area, bumper cars, Depot Diner and more!
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville
The North Carolina Arboretum
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Pack Square Park
ashevillebotanicalgardens.org, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd., 828.252.5190. This 10-acre nonprofit nature preserve, next to UNCA, is dedicated to preserving and displaying the native flora of the Southern Appalachians. Garden-themed gift shop. Donations welcomed.
chimneyrockpark.com, 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 800.277.9611, 828.625.9611. One of North Carolina’s newest state parks, Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. Stand atop the 315-foot Chimney Rock and see amazing 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina piedmont. Limited
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Cradle of Forestry
cradleofforestry.com, US 276, Pisgah Forest, 828.877.3130. Home of the first forestry school in America, this historic site offers guided walks, historic buildings, living history interpreters, outdoor fun, antique equipment, an old logging train and the Forest Discovery Center.
Food Lion Skate Park
foodlionskatepark.com, 3 Cherry St., Historic Montford District, 828.225.7184. Offering a safe, challenging and attractive skate park facility for skateboarders of all ages. Daily skating and local, regional and national competitions.
blueridgeheritage.com, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 384, 828.298.5330. A National Heritage Area is something to treasure, and Asheville is in the heart of one of the most beautiful in the country, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. Limited
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Blue Ridge Parkway
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nps.gov/blri, 199 Hemphill Knob Rd., 828.298.0398. Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular units of the National Park System. America’s Favorite Drive winds its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas.
gsmr.com, 226 Everett St., Bryson City, 800.872.4681, 828.586.8811. Travel through fertile valleys and down into mountain gorges. Offering 4.5-hour round trips and special events in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains. Depot is in Bryson City.
Mount Mitchell State Park ncparks.gov, 2388 State Hwy. 128, Burnsville, 828.675.4611. There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. Limited
ncarboretum.org, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, 828.665.2492. Cultivated gardens, the Bonsai Exhibition Garden, 10 miles of forested hiking and biking trails, garden tours, art walk, nature activities for families, changing science, art and cultural history exhibits, a cafe and gift shop.
packsquarepark.org, 1 W. Pack Sq. Asheville’s front yard, where the historic past meets the future. Sophisticated yet spontaneous, the park links the diverse culture of roaming troubadours, festivals, theater and family gatherings.
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
ncwildlife.org, 1401 Fish Hatchery Rd., Pisgah Forest, 828.877.4423. They’ve got the fun and the fish! Tour the exhibits and walk the trails. Operated by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the center offers visitors an opportunity to explore the natural world of a mountain cove forest. Limited
WNC Agricultural Center
wncagcenter.org, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher, 828.687.1414. This year-round indoor horse and livestock facility seats 3,000 for scheduled shows. Additional covered arenas and buildings are available for other events. Home of the annual North Carolina (varies) Mountain State Fair.
WNC Farmers Market
wncfarmersmarket.org, 570 Brevard Rd., 828.253.1691. Offering retail and wholesale buildings, deli, restaurant and garden center. Featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cheese, bakery items, honey, homemade fudge, handmade crafts, flowers, plants and Christmas trees.
WNC Nature Center
wncnaturecenter.com, 75 Gashes Creek Rd., 828.298.5600. Exhibiting more than 60 species of animals native to southern Appalachia. Exhibits include river otter, cougar, red wolf, black bear and venomous snakes. Fun events happening daily.
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Folk Art Center
Home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild, the Folk Art Center showcases fine traditional and contemporary crafts. The center features Allanstand Craft Shop, three exhibition galleries, and a National Park Service bookstore and information desk. Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 382 Asheville, NC 828.298.7928 www.craftguild.org
North Carolina’s original family theme park. Hop aboard a historic steam locomotive for a fun-filled Wild West journey. Enjoy panning for gold, amusement rides, good food, shopping, live entertainment, and the deer and goats in the Deer Park. Located in Blowing Rock, NC. 800.526.5740 • www.tweetsie.com
At Grandfather Mountain, the pristine wildlife, Mile High Swinging Bridge and sweeping vistas are perfect for rejuvenation, excitement and family memories. Wonders never cease. US 221 at Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 305 • Linville, NC 800.468.7325 www.grandfather.com
golf/tennis Asheville Municipal Golf Course
ashevillenc.gov/parks, 226 Fairway Dr., 828.298.1867. The front nine of this Donald Ross design measures 3,285 yards and features a flat, wide-open course. The 3,195-yard back nine has narrow fairways and is very hilly. Tee times required.
Asheville Racquet Club Downtown
ashevilleracquetclub.com, 1 Resort Dr., 828.253.8574. For the past 35 years, this club has earned the reputation of being the most comprehensive tennis complex in Western North Carolina. Located next to the Crowne Plaza Resort, the club is home to 20 new indoor and outdoor tennis courts, an 8,500 -square-foot fitness center, spinning room, spa, indoor saltwater lap pool, child care and a newly redesigned nine-hole golf course.
First Tee Mountain Golf Custom Golf Packages
firstteemountaingolf.com, 730 Peak Ave., Waynesville, 866.650.6644. Affordable, customizable golf vacations featuring 27 championship courses and tickets to area attractions. Play on courses surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Golf Course at The Grove Park Inn
groveparkinn.com, 290 Macon Ave., 800.438.0050, 828.252.2711. Rated among the top golf courses in 2011 by North Carolina Golf Panel. Also in 2011, Conde’ Nast Traveler magazine named it one of the top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts. It was designed as a Premier Resorts 2010 Gold Medal Winner. Now offering fully equipped 2010 Club Car Precedent Model Carts. Walking permitted based on availability.
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skiing & tubing Cataloochee Ski Area
cataloochee.com, 1080 Ski Lodge Rd., Maggie Valley, 800.768.0285, 828.926.0285. Located 1 mile high in the mountains of Western North Carolina, this is the home of “Great Skiing in the Great
do Smokies!” Utilizing one of the most advanced snow-making systems in the Southeast on 16 lighted slopes, three aerial lifts, two carpet lifts and more than 4,000 sets of snow sports equipment. Limited
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guided trips & outfitters Asheville Outdoor Center ashevilleoutdoorcenter.com, 521 Amboy Rd., 800.849.1970, 828.232.1970. Family-friendly, calm-water float trips on the French Broad River through the Biltmore property. Canoes, kayaks, rafts, tubes, stand-up paddleboards, gem mining, bike rentals, outdoor events and festivals. Limited
French Broad Rafting Expeditions
frenchbroadrafting.com, 9800 US Hwy. 25/70 Bypass, Marshall, 800.570.7238, 828.649.0486. Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on the French Broad River, just 30 minutes from Asheville. A guide in every raft guaranteed! Five-mile and 9-mile whitewater trips or calm-water rentals available. Only whitewater company in the Southeast that uses biodiesel in all diesel vehicles.
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Huck Finn Rafting Adventures
huckfinnrafting.com, 158 Bridge St., Hot Springs, 800.303.7238. Discover the nature and beauty that the Pisgah National Forest has to offer by rafting down the French Broad. Experience the excitement of rushing whitewater or gently float along a calm-water section of the river.
Hunter Banks Co.
29 Montford Ave., 800.227.6732, 828.252.3005. Established in 1985, this is Western North Carolina’s original fly-fishing specialty store. Offering gear, guide trips, on-stream instruction and more. It’s the institution for anglers who appreciate the region’s best trout fishing.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
noc.com, 13077 Hwy. 19 W., Bryson City, 888.590.9267, 828.488.2175. Named One of the Best Outfitters on Earth by National Geographic Adventure, NOC rafts four exciting whitewater rivers near Asheville. Choose from family-friendly and highadventure trips. Limited
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Navitat Canopy Adventures
navitat.com, 242 Poverty Branch Rd., Barnardsville, 855.628.4828 Zipline from mountain to mountain and tree to tree! Our original canopy tour has been called the best in the nation, and recently opened a new, unprecedented mountaintop zipline adventure for 2013. Reservations required. Open April-Nov.
mountain-made murder and mayhem. April-Oct. Call for information and reservations.
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Gray Line RED Trolley Historic Tour
graylineasheville.com, 36 Montford Ave., 866.592.8687, 828.251.8687. Asheville’s most popular tour, featuring two-day unlimited hop-on/hop-off privileges. Hop aboard one of Gray Line’s RED trolleys for a 90-minute tour. Board the RED trolley at the Asheville Visitor Center or any tour stop.
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LaZoom Comedy Tour
lazoomtours.com, City tours: 90 Biltmore Ave. (French Broad Food Coop), Haunted tours: 92 Patton Ave. (The Thirsty Monk), 828.225.6932. Hop on their iconic purple bus and find the funny side of Asheville on their citywide afternoon and evening comedy tours – historical and hysterical.
No Taste Like Home
notastelikehome.org, Surrounding areas, 828.273.8075. Wild food adventures “off the eaten path” with famed forager Alan Muskat. Surprisingly safe and easy – short walks for all ages, introductory booklet included. Learn “find dining” and go wild!
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specialty tours Gray Line RED Trolley Ghost Tour
day trips Cherokee
graylineasheville.com, 828.251.8687 (TOUR). Haunted history and murder mystery. Step aboard the RED trolley and sit back (if you dare) as we illuminate Asheville’s dark side with astonishing stories of spirits and spies, ghosts and goblins, hauntings and hoodlums, and
visitcherokeenc.com, 498 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee (45 miles from Asheville), 800.438.1601, 828.497.9195. Make your first stop in Cherokee at our welcome center. Get assistance with your questions, directions, tickets for shows and attractions. You can also pick up other local information and brochures.
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Great Smoky Mountains Railroad See the Smokies in style! Taking you through a remote corner of Western North Carolina by railway. Relax in a first-class car enjoying 67855 a delicious meal, private attendant and special souvenirs! Choose from one of our train excursions, Rail and Raft packages, or visit us for a premier special event! All aboard! 226 Everett St. • Bryson City, NC 800.872.4681 • www.gsmr.com
Outside magazine and American Rivers named Asheville among America’s best river towns. (June 2012)
grandfather.com, US 221 & Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 305, Linville (1.5 hours from Asheville), 800.468.7325, 828.733.4337. Offering visitors easy access to its towering peaks, this is one of the most biologically diverse mountains in the world. Feel the rush when you cross the swinging bridge, and marvel at 360-degree views from 1 mile above sea level.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Thirty-five miles west of Asheville, 100% snowmaking with 17 slopes and five lifts. Ski and snowboard rentals and instruction. Snowtubing available. Open November through March. 1080 Ski Lodge Rd. Maggie Valley, NC 800.768.0285 • 828.926.0285 www.cataloochee.com
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
The landscape of the ancient North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills, and the traditions of the people who have shaped the region’s culture are unique in our nation. 195 Hemphill Knob Rd. Asheville, NC 28003 828.298.5330 www.blueridgeheritage.com
nps.gov/grsm, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, US 441, Cherokee (55 miles from Asheville), 828.497.1904. Extends 70 miles along the North Carolina/ Tennessee border and contains more than 500,000 acres of protected forest. The Mountain Farm Museum is a display of historic farm buildings on US 441 North.
Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
harrahscherokee.com, 777 Casino Dr., Cherokee (45 miles from Asheville), 828.497.7777. Offering 110,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 4,000 games and counting, mouth-watering dining options and much more. 24 hours a day; 365 days a year.
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Historic Hendersonville & Village of Flat Rock
historichendersonville.org, 201 S. Main St., Hendersonville (25 miles from Asheville), 800.828.4244, 828.693.9708. Enjoy Southern hospitality while you discover scenic natural beauty, historic sites and districts, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock Playhouse, Dupont State Forest’s waterfalls and trails, plus family fun and entertainment!
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Spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, animal discovery den, special events and more. Just 25 miles southeast of Asheville. Open all year. Pet friendly. 431 Main St. (US 64/74A) Chimney Rock, NC 28720 800.277.9611 www.chimneyrockpark.com
Hot Springs Spa
nchotsprings.com, 315 Bridge St., Hot Springs (36 miles from Asheville), 828.622.7676. Come to where Mother Nature waved her magical wand and created one of the most natural of all wonders. Heated deep within the earth, these crystal-clear carbonated waters are world famous for their mineral content and legendary healing powers.
do Linville Caverns
linvillecaverns.com, 19929 US Hwy. 221 N., Marion (approx. 1.5 hours from Asheville), 800.419.0540, 828.756.4171. North Carolina’s only show caverns feature stalactite and stalagmite formations, an underground stream with native trout, hibernating bats, amazing mineral colors, the Bottomless Pool and total darkness.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
visitcherokeenc.com, 589 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee (45 miles from Asheville), 828.497.3481. Transporting visitors through the world’s largest collection of Cherokee artifacts, archives and documents while connecting to the living traditions of the Cherokee today.
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Oconaluftee Indian Village
visitcherokeenc.com, Drama Rd., US Hwy. 441 N., Cherokee (45 miles from Asheville), 866.554.4557, 828.497.2111. Step into the village and back to the mid-1700s to witness Cherokee life at a time of rapid cultural change prompted
by the influence of the British and their contemporary lifestyle.
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Orchard at Altapass
altapassorchard.com, 1025 Orchard Rd., Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 328.3, Spruce Pine (approx. 1 hour from Asheville), 888.765.9531, 828.765.9531. Enjoy free local music Wed.-Sun., art and craft demos, butterfly and herb garden tours, storytelling, hayrides, apples in season, fudge and other goodies.
The Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual Inc.
visitcherokeenc.com, 645 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee (45 miles from Asheville), 828.497.3103. As the nation’s oldest and leading arts and crafts cooperative, Qualla has 300 members who create baskets, pottery, wood and stonecarved sculpture, beadwork, fine art paintings and more for display and purchase at the co-op.
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Sliding Rock – A Natural Water Slide
Pisgah National Forest, Pisgah Forest (approx. 45 mins. from Asheville), 828.877.3265. This
king of swimming holes, located in the mountains of Transylvania County, is a 60-foot natural waterslide. Ride down a wellworn slab of rock that has been providing summertime entertainment long before waterslides.
Stingy Jack’s Pumpkin Patch
stingyjackspumpkinpatch.com, 350 Generation Pass, Pisgah Forest (approx. 45 mins. from Asheville), 855.784.6497. Enjoy illuminated pumpkin trails, Stingy’s Ultimate Pumpkin Chunker, Stingy’s Spooky Town Trail, hayrides, nightly musical entertainment, Mountain Dan’s Chainsaw Show and more. Receive a 10 percent discount online.
tweetsie.com, 300 Tweetsie Railroad Ln., US 321, Blowing Rock (approx. 2 hours from Asheville), 800.526.5740, 828.264.9061. As North Carolina’s original family theme park, this is a unique attraction that allows children and families to explore their imaginations. Featuring amusement rides for all ages and live entertainment throughout the park. Open April-Oct.
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he mountains can do wonders for you. After a day of shopping or a hike in the woods, it’s time to relax. Whatever the reason, you need time to rest and rejuvenate so you can get at it again. Rest assured, the area has a wide variety of accommodations, from moderately priced hotels and luxurious resorts to charming bed-and-breakfasts and comfy country inns, not to mention cabins and vacation rentals. So, give yourself some downtime. Then off you go!
restaurant on site totally smoke-free rooms free continental breakfast pets allowed handicapped accessible wireless Internet indoor pool
outdoor pool exercise room budget moderate luxury meeting space
child-friendly (call for details) full breakfast
Blue Ridge Parkway
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sleep hotels/motels/resorts Acorn Motel
600 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.7232. Cable television, queen and king beds. All on ground floor with restaurant next door. 18 rooms.
Aloft Asheville Downtown
starwoodhotels.com/alofthotels, 51 Biltmore Ave., 877.462.5638, 828.232.2838. Walking distance to restaurants, shops and more. Loft-style rooms with a contemporary, urban feel along with unique amenities. 115 rooms. -
myaltamont.com, 18 Church St., 828.270.7747. A chic urban blend of history, arts and eco-friendly living in the heart of downtown. Features include fully furnished luxury suites, in-house theater, bar and art gallery. 6 rooms.
Apple Blossom Motel
appleblossommotel.com, 602 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.7922. Offering the best services at the most affordable prices. All rooms are spacious and comfortable. 21 rooms.
Baymont Inn Biltmore
baymontinns.com/hotel/17936, 204 Hendersonville Rd., 877.229.6668, 828.274.2022. Convenience and comfort surrounded by Asheville-area attractions, including Biltmore, Historic Biltmore Village, the Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown. 71 rooms. See our ad on page 44.
Best Western Biltmore East
ashevillebw.com, 501 Tunnel Rd., 888.230.1228, 828.298.5562. This awardwinning hotel is centrally located to all of Ashevilleâ€™s attractions. 87 rooms.
Blue Ridge Motor Lodge
60 Tunnel Rd., 828.254.0805. A budget-friendly option in walking distance to downtown and numerous restaurants, shopping centers and more. 60 rooms.
brookstonelodgeasheville.com, 4 Roberts Rd., 877.798.5888, 828.398.5888. Minutes from Biltmore, downtown, Blue Ridge Parkway, shopping and more. 73 rooms. See our ad on page 47.
1 Acton Cir., 828.665.2100. Clean, comfortable and affordable. 25 rooms.
Clarion Inn Airport
ashevillencairporthotel.com, 550 Airport Rd., Fletcher, 800.465.4329, 828.684.1213. New mattresses, carpet and bed linens. Complimentary airport shuttle, on-site lounge, near the airport. 150 rooms.
Comfort Inn Black Mountain
comfortinn.com, 585 US Hwy. 9, Black Mountain, 828.669.9950. Whirlpool tubs and a honeymoon suite with Jacuzzi. Majority of rooms are nonsmoking. Adjacent to several restaurants and 10 minutes to downtown. 57 rooms.
Comfort Inn West
comfortinn.com, 15 Crowell Rd., 800.228.5150, 828.665.6500. I-40, Exit 44, 6 miles from Biltmore and Blue Ridge Parkway. Near several restaurants and minutes from downtown. 63 rooms.
Comfort Suites Biltmore Square Mall
ashevillenccomfort.com, 890 Brevard Rd., 800.622.4005, 828.665.4000. All-suite property near all three major roadways. Biltmore tickets available. Ten minutes to downtown. 125 rooms.
Country Inn & Suites Asheville West (Biltmore Estate) countryinns.com/ashevillenc_west, 1914 Old Haywood Rd., 800.456.4000, 828.665.9556. Biltmore-inspired hotel with French decor, waterfall feature and a French gazebo. Near I-26, I-40 and major attractions. 80 rooms.
See our ad on page 44.
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at Biltmore Sq. Mall
countryinns.com/hotels/ncashvil, 845 Brevard Rd., 877.670.9001, 828.670.9000. Standard rooms and two-room suites (some with whirlpools) include 40-inch flat-screen TVs with cable/HBO, fridge/microwave, iron/board, coffee maker and hair dryer. 57 rooms.
hotels/motels/resorts Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Asheville I-240 Tunnel Road (Asheville Mall)
countryinns.com/ashevillenc_tunnel, 199 Tunnel Rd., 800.456.4000, 828.254.4311. In the center of all major attractions. Heated pool and whirlpool, king rooms with Jacuzzi and complimentary hot breakfast buffet. 74 rooms.
Courtyard by Marriott
marr iot t.c om/ hotels/travel/avlcy-c our tyard- asheville, 1 Buckstone Pl., 800.321.2211, 828.281.0041. Near Biltmore, downtown, Asheville Mall, Blue Ridge Parkway and more than 40 restaurants. 78 rooms.
Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort Asheville
ashevillecp.com, 1 Resort Dr., 800.733.3211, 828.254.3211. On 125 acres 1 mile from downtown. Oversized rooms, a full-service dining room, lounge and more. 274 rooms. See our ad on page 45.
Days Inn Asheville Mall
daysinn.com, 201 Tunnel Rd., 800.329.7466, 828.252.4000. Two miles from downtown and walking distance to restaurants and shopping. Biltmore tickets available. 128 rooms.
Days Inn Asheville North
daysinn.com, 3 Reynolds Mountain Blvd., 800.329.7666, 828.645.9191. Chairman’s Award property for 15 years. Pillowtop mattresses, softer blankets, more pillows and home-style turndown look. 49 rooms.
Days Inn Asheville West
daysinn.com, 2551 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler, 800.665.2031, 828.667.9321. Big breakfast buffet, Southern supper, picnic area with barbecue grills and a game of horseshoes. 112 rooms.
Days Inn Biltmore East
ashevilletrips.com, 1435 Tunnel Rd., 866.949.9914, 828.298.4000. Award-winning, interior-corridor hotel offering mountain views. 84 rooms.
Doubletree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore
biltmorefarmshotels.com/doubletree, 115 Hendersonville Rd., 828.274.1800. In Historic Biltmore Village with well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Minutes from Biltmore and downtown. 197 rooms. See our ad on page 46.
Downtown Inn & Suites
downtowninnandsuites.com, 120 Patton Ave., 828.254.9661. Downtown location with reasonable prices. 92 rooms.
Econo Lodge Biltmore
econolodge.com, 190 Tunnel Rd., 800.553.2666, 828.254.9521. AAA rated. Remodeled rooms, microfridges, remote TVs and cable with HBO. 52 rooms.
Extended Stay America Asheville
extendedstayamerica.com, 6 Kenilworth Knoll, 800.398.7829, 828.253.3483. Efficiency studio hotel with full-sized kitchens. Less than 3 miles from downtown and within walking distance to several restaurants. 101 rooms.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
marriott.com/avlbs, 11 Rocky Ridge Rd., 828.665.4242. Convenient to Biltmore, Blue Ridge Parkway and more. 92 rooms.
Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown
starwoodhotels.com, 22 Woodfin St., 888.854.6897, 828.253.1851. Walking distance to shops and restaurants, and 3 miles from Biltmore. Close to many attractions. 150 rooms. See our ad on page 51.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
bohemianasheville.com, 11 Boston Way, 877.274.1242, 828.505.2949. Tudorinspired, AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel with modern luxuries. 104 rooms.
See our ad on page 46.
The Grove Park Inn
groveparkinn.com, 290 Macon Ave., 800.438.5800, 828.252.2711. This Four Diamond resort overlooks Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Built in 1913, the inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. 512 rooms.
See our ads on pages 3 and 48.
sleep hotels/motels/resorts GuestHouse International Inn Biltmore
guesthouseintl.com/hotels/asheville, 234 Hendersonville Rd., 800.465.4329, 828.274.0101. Four blocks from Biltmore, two blocks from Historic Biltmore Village. Near I-40 and Blue Ridge Parkway. Minutes to downtown. 70 rooms.
See our ad on page 44.
Hampton Inn Biltmore Square
ashevillehamptoninns.com, 1 Rocky Ridge Rd., 800.426.7866, 828.667.2022. I-26 off Brevard Road. Close to Biltmore and Blue Ridge Parkway. Recently completed luxurious renovation. Award-winning hotel. 119 rooms.
See our ad on page 2.
Hampton Inn Tunnel Road
ashevillehamptoninns.com, 204 Tunnel Rd., 800.426.7866, 828.255.9220. I-240, Exit 7. Newly remodeled with luxurious yet modern decor. Minutes from area attractions and downtown. 119 rooms.
See our ads on pages 2 and 49.
Haywood Park Hotel
haywoodpark.com, 1 Battery Park Ave., 800.228.2522, 828.252.2522. Oversized suites, complimentary parking, bell service, champagne at arrival and turndown service. 33 rooms. See our ad on page 53.
Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
biltmorefarmshotels.com/hilton, 43 Town Sq. Blvd., 828.209.2700. Close to the airport, environmentally friendly and LEED Silver certified with on-site spa. Minutes from Biltmore. 165 rooms. See our ad on page 46.
Holiday Inn Asheville Biltmore East
holidayinn.com, 1450 Tunnel Rd., 828.298.5611. Off I-40, a half-mile from Blue Ridge Parkway. Minutes from Biltmore, dining and Black Mountain. Seasonal, heated pool and gazebo. 111 rooms. See our ad on page 50.
The Biltmore-inspired hotel features French décor, a tranquil waterfall feature and a French gazebo overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our hotel is conveniently located near Interstates 26 and 40, just minutes from beautiful Biltmore, one of Asheville’s most popular66801 tourist attractions, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore Square Mall and Asheville Regional Airport. Guests enjoy a 32” LCD TV; micro fridge and coffee service in all rooms; complimentary full, hot breakfast; free wireless Internet access; business center; fitness center; and an outdoor heated pool. 1914 Old Haywood Rd. • Asheville, NC 28806 828.665.9556 • www.countryinns.com/ashevillenc_west
Sleep 67535 Inn West 2012 Gold Award winner! The newly renovated, #1 guest-rated choice hotel in Asheville is just minutes from Biltmore, downtown and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi and 32” LCD flat-panel televisions. Biltmore packages available. I-40, Exit 44, left. 1918 Old Haywood Rd. • Asheville, NC 28806 866.901.1033 www.ashevillesleepinn.com
67120 & Suites Holiday Inn
GuestHouse67378 Inn – Biltmore Convenient and comfortable location, surrounded by Asheville area attractions. Next to Biltmore and the Historic Biltmore Village, minutes from downtown, near I-40 and the Blue Ridge Parkway. In-room refrigerators, coffeemakers and more. Continental breakfast with some hot items, pool, fitness center, free Wi-Fi and business center. 234 Hendersonville Rd. • Asheville, NC 800.214.8378 • www.guesthouseintl.com
67047 – Biltmore Baymont Inn
Asheville’s all-new smoke- and pet-free hotel. All rooms include high-speed wired and wireless Internet, HDTVs, microwaves, refrigerators, iron, hair dryer, coffee maker and in-room safe. Relax and enjoy our indoor/outdoor pool/spa, exercise facility and our full-service lounge/restaurant.
Conveniently located near Biltmore and Historic Biltmore Village. Minutes from downtown and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Relax in our newly renovated rooms. Enjoy our indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, fitness center and business center. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. Smoke-free facility.
42 Tunnel Rd. • Asheville, NC 28805 828.225.5550 www.holidayinn.com/asheville-dwtn
204 Hendersonville Rd. • Asheville, NC 28803 828.274.2022 www.baymontinns.com/hotel/17936
sleep hotels/motels/resorts Holiday Inn Biltmore West
holidayinnbiltmore.com, 435 Smoky Park Hwy., 800.678.2161, 828.665.2161. Luxury bedding with pillowtop mattress, 300-thread-count linens, duvet, triple sheeting, a pillow menu and more. Convenient to I-40 and I-26. 154 rooms.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
hiexpressasheville.com, 1 Wedgefield Dr., 800.465.4329, 828.665.6519. Close to all major interstates, attractions and downtown. 108 rooms.
See our ad on page 49.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Asheville
holidayinn.com, 42 Tunnel Rd., 800.465.4329, 828.225.5550. In the heart of dining, shopping, entertainment and the arts. Mineral pool and spa, business center, free parking and more. 111 rooms. See our ad on page 44.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Asheville
ashevillehomewoodsuites.com, 88 Tunnel Rd., 800.225.5466, 828.252.5400. Asheville’s first all-suite luxury hotel. Within minutes of downtown, Biltmore and the city’s finest dining. See our ad on page 2.
Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown
hotelindigo.com/ashevillenc, 151 Haywood St., 877.270.1392, 828.239.0239. Boutique hotel downtown, one block from the Grove Arcade. Bar and restaurant, off-street parking and breathtaking views. 116 rooms.
See our ad on page 54.
Howard Johnson Inn
hojo.com, 190 Hendersonville Rd., 800.446.4656, 828.274.2300. Three blocks from Biltmore, Historic Biltmore Village and close to downtown. Large rooms with private balconies. 68 rooms.
Inn on Biltmore Estate
biltmore.com, 1 Antler Hill Rd., 800.858.4130, 828.225.1600. AAA Four Diamond hotel on 8,000 acres. Savor gourmet meals in the dining room and enjoy the on-site spa. 210 rooms. See our ad on page 50.
Intown Motor Lodge
intownmotorlodge.lbu.com, 100 Tunnel Rd., 828.252.1811. 46 rooms.
The Monte Vista Hotel
themontevistahotel.net, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.8870. Great for those wanting to explore the Swannanoa Valley and for family reunions, romantic getaways, weddings and group meetings. 19 rooms.
Motel 6 Asheville
motel6.com, 1415 Tunnel Rd., 800.466.8356, 828.299.3040. Off I-40, Exit 55. Easy access to Veterans Administration Hospital, The Cove and Blue Ridge Parkway. Restaurants within walking distance. Close to Biltmore. 105 rooms.
Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort Relax and unwind at Asheville’s premier resort located on 125 acres and only one mile from downtown. Earn Priority Club Points during your stay, and enjoy many on-site activities such as Adelaide Spa and Salon, indoor and outdoor tennis, a nine-hole golf course, walking trail, 67738 zipline canopy adventure and a new treetop adventure park. Guests receive complimentary use of the on-site fitness and wellness center, indoor saline pool, group fitness classes and outdoor tennis. Over 34,000 square feet of meeting space is available for up to 1,200 people.
1 Resort Dr. • Asheville, NC 28806 800.733.3211 • 828.254.3211 • www.ashevillecp.com
sleep hotels/motels/resorts Mount-Vue Motel
15 Tunnel Rd., 828.258.9001. Good, clean rooms. 9 rooms.
mtinnasheville.homestead.com, 155 Tunnel Rd., 800.255.4080, 828.254.5331. Near attractions and restaurants, and 1 mile to downtown, the Asheville Mall and a movie theater. 76 rooms.
1233 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler, 828.667.4543. Microwaves and refrigerators. Government, corporate and weekly rates available. 16 rooms.
Pisgah View Ranch
pisgahviewranch.net, 70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd., Candler, 866.252.8361, 828.667.9100. Family-owned, 2,000-acre ranch serving three meals a day to overnight guests. Swimming, hiking and more. 25 cottages. 14 units.
2195 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler, 828.667.1649. 15 minutes west of downtown and Biltmore. All ground-level rooms based on availability in double or queens, and single king-size beds. 23 rooms.
Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore
qualityinn.com, 1430 Tunnel Rd., 877.299.5519, 828.298.5519. Five miles from downtown and Biltmore, near the VA Medical Center, Asheville Mall and more. 132 rooms.
Quality Inn & Suites Biltmore South
biltmorefarmshotels.com/qualityinn, 1 Skyland Inn Dr., Arden, 800.228.5151, 828.684.6688. Heated saline pool and hot tub. Across the street from Biltmore Park Town Square, restaurants, shopping and a movie theater. 107 rooms.
See our ad on page 46.
Ramada Biltmore West
ramadasoutheast.com, 275 Smoky Park Hwy., 800.925.5486, 828.667.4501. Beautiful stone and stucco, 21,000-square-foot atrium, hot tub, sauna, game room, putting green and more. 121 rooms.
Ramada River Ridge
ramadariverridge.com, 800 Fairview Rd., 800.836.6732, 828.298.9141. Off I-40 and I-240 at River Ridge Marketplace. Minutes to Biltmore, Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown. 174 rooms. See our ad on page 47.
Red Roof Inn
redroof.com, 16 Crowell Rd., 800.733.7663, 828.667.9803. Off I-40, Exit 44. Nicely appointed rooms, convenient to all local attractions. 109 rooms.
67517 minutes away from Located Biltmore estate, downtown Asheville, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, as well as in-room refrigerator, microwave and more. AAA Three Diamond rating.
4 Roberts Rd. • Asheville 877.798.5888 www.BrookstoneLodgeAsheville.com
The Asheville Ramada offers clean, comfortable and affordable accommodations. A hot, complimentary breakfast is included with every room. Conveniently located just off I-40 and 240 at River Ridge Marketplace and only three miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore. 800 Fairview Rd. • Asheville, NC 28803 828.298.9141 • www.ramadariverridge.com
hotels/motels/resorts Renaissance Asheville Hotel
ashevillerenaissance.com, 31 Woodfin St., 800.468.3571, 828.252.8211. Downtown, convenient to more than 70 restaurants and attractions. Mountain and city views from every room. 277 rooms. See our ad on page 43.
Residence Inn Biltmore
biltmorefarmshotels.com/residenceinn, 701 Biltmore Ave., 800.331.3131, 828.281.3361. Near Historic Biltmore Village and Mission Hospital. All-suite hotel boasts full kitchens with stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops and more. See our ad on page 46.
Residences at Biltmore All Suite Hotel
residencesatbiltmore.com, 700 Biltmore Ave., 866.433.5594, 828.350.8000. Studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchen, living and dining area, and more. 114 rooms. See our ad on page 4.
Rock Haven Terrace Motel
1464 Patton Ave., 828.255.0219. 22 rooms.
Rodeway Inn & Suites Biltmore Square
rodeway1.com, 9 Wedgefield Dr., 877.354.8800, 828.670.8800. Minutes from Biltmore, Blue Ridge Parkway, downtown and other attractions. Microfridge, pillowtop mattress, 37-inch LCD TV and more. 65 rooms.
Rodeway Inn Asheville
rodeway1.com, 8 Crowell Rd., 877.577.8737, 828.667.8706. Minutes from Biltmore, downtown, Blue Ridge Parkway and the NC Arboretum. Microfridge, pillowtop mattresses, hair dryer, coffee maker and more. 62 rooms.
Sleep Inn Biltmore
biltmorefarmshotels.com/sleepinn, 117 Hendersonville Rd., 828.277.1800. One block from Biltmore. Walking distance to Historic Biltmore Village and restaurants. Easy access to I-40, Blue Ridge Parkway and downtown. 64 rooms. See our ad on page 46.
sleep hotels/motels/resorts Sleep Inn Biltmore West
ashevillesleepinn.com, 1918 Old Haywood Rd., 866.901.1033, 828.670.7600. 2012 Gold Award Winner with renovated rooms. Free hot breakfast, flat-screen TVs, microfridge, business center. Minutes from Biltmore and downtown. 74 rooms. See our ad on page 44.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Asheville
springhillsuitesasheville.com, 2 Buckstone Pl., 888.287.9400, 828.253.4666. Studio suites with separate areas for eating, sleeping, working and relaxing. Minifridge, microwave, sink and more. 88 rooms.
Super 8 Asheville Biltmore
super8.com, 180 Tunnel Rd., 828.505.4648. Located on Asheville’s restaurant row. Truck/RV parking and more. 54 rooms.
Super 8 Black Mountain
super8.com, 101 Flat Creek Rd., Black Mountain, 800.800.8000, 828.669.8076. Enjoy comfort and quality at an affordable price. 84 rooms.
835 Tunnel Rd., 828.298.4061. 12 rooms.
Town House Motel
141 Tunnel Rd., 828.253.8753. 29 rooms.
valueplace.com, 40 Monte Vista Rd., 828.418.1400. Affordable lodging with rigorous cleanliness standards and a total commitment to your comfort, privacy and peace of mind. 105 rooms.
Whispering Pines Motel
140 Smoky Park Hwy., 828.665.1611. Close to I-40, downtown, Biltmore Square Mall and area restaurants. Clean and comfortable. 16 rooms.
bed & breakfasts/country inns 1847 Blake House Inn Bed & Breakfast
blakehouse.com, 150 Royal Pines Dr., Arden, 888.353.5227, 828.681.5227. An 1847 Italianate/Gothic-style mansion, once used as a field hospital during the Civil War. Ideal setting for weddings, parties, reunions and more. 7 rooms.
1889 WhiteGate Inn & Cottage
whitegate.net, 173 E. Chestnut St., 800.485.3045, 828.253.2553. AAA Four Diamond-awarded Select Registry Property. Award-winning gardens. Closest bed-and-breakfast to downtown. 11 rooms.
66780 Relax in our warmly decorated hotel that is conveniently located to all of Asheville’s major interstates, area attractions and minutes from downtown. Start your day with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. All rooms include a refrigerator, wireless Internet and free local calls. AAA Three Diamond.
1 Wedgefield Dr. • Asheville, NC 28806 I-26, Exit 33 • 800.465.4329 • 828.665.6519 www.hiexpressasheville.com
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All new, contemporary designed hotel Complimentary area shuttle Complimentary full hot breakfast 100% smoke free
204 Tunnel Rd. • I-240, Exit 6 or 7 • Asheville 828.255.9220 • 800.HAMPTON www.ashevillehamptoninns.com
bed & breakfasts/country inns 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House
wrightinn.com, 235 Pearson Dr., 800.552.5724, 828.251.0789. A Queen Anne Victorian with large wraparound porch and gazebo. Award-winning gardens and blue-ribbon breakfasts. 10 rooms.
1900 Inn on Montford
innonmontford.com, 296 Montford Ave., 800.254.9569, 828.254.9569. AAA Four Diamond inn in the Montford Historic District with a large Southern porch and massive stone fireplace. 8 rooms.
A Bed of Roses Bed & Breakfast
abedofroses.com, 135 Cumberland Ave., 888.290.2770, 828.258.8700. In the Montford Historic District, five blocks from downtown. Double whirlpools and fireplaces. 5 rooms.
Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn
abbingtongreen.com, 46 Cumberland Cir., 800.251.2454, 828.251.2454. Montford Historic District. Prize-winning English gardens. Walk to dining and downtown. Luxury rooms and suites with king beds. 8 rooms.
Aberdeen Inn Bed & Breakfast
aberdeeninn.net, 64 Linden Ave., 828.254.9336. Majestic oak and maple trees surrounding the inn will welcome you home. 5 rooms.
albemarleinn.com, 86 Edgemont Rd., 800.621.7435, 828.255.0027. AAA Four Diamond. A grand 1907 Southern mansion with English gardens. Claw-foot or whirlpool tubs, flowers and turndown service. 11 rooms.
AppleWood Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast
applewoodmanor.com, 62 Cumberland Cir., 800.442.2197, 828.254.2244. Grand Colonial Revival house in the Montford Historic District within walking distance to downtown. Fireplaces, private baths and balconies. 6 rooms.
Asheville Association of Legendary Inns
bedandbreakfastasheville.com, various locations, 800.254.9569. Inns distinguished by their romantic atmosphere, refined elegance, luxury, warm hospitality and attentive service. Amenities vary by inn.
See our ad on page 52.
Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association
ashevillebba.com, various locations, 877.262.6867. Asheville’s finest inns, offering 125 rooms meeting the strictest guidelines for comfort and safety. Enjoy the ultimate bed-and-breakfast experience with innkeepers committed to enhancing your stay. Amenities vary by inn. See our ad on page 51.
• Best67526 pet-friendly hotel with 100% non-smoking rooms • Trip Advisor four-star rating • Complimentary hot breakfast buffet • Big Owl’s Bar on site with outdoor patio featuring regional beers and cuisine • Convenient to downtown and popular attractions 1450 Tunnel Rd. • Asheville, NC • I-40, Exit 55 877.375.0707 • www.biltmorehotels.com
luxurious comfort at the Inn on Biltmore Estate ® – the only lodging on the grounds of America’s largest home. Enjoy relaxed elegance, fine dining, outdoor activities and The Spa – each inspired by the Vanderbilt legacy of hospitality and gracious living. 1 Antler Hill Rd. • Asheville, NC 28803 877.BILTMORE • www.biltmore.com
sleep bed & breakfasts/country inns Asheville Seasons Bed & Breakfast
ashevilleseasons.com, 43 Watauga St., 828.236.9494. Walk downtown, sit on the porch, read a book in the parlor or just relax in your room. 5 rooms.
ASIA Bed and Breakfast Spa
ashevillespa.com, 128 Hillside St., 828.255.0051. Native trees on a secluded lot and only a 10-minute walk to downtown. 5 rooms.
At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn
cumberlandfalls.com, 254 Cumberland Ave., 888.743.2557, 828.253.4085. Victorian home with central heat and A/C, king and queen beds, jetted tubs, fireplaces and more. Award-winning gardens surround scenic koi ponds. 6 rooms.
Beaufort House Inn
beauforthouse.com, 61 N. Liberty St., 800.261.2221, 828.254.8334. This historic home has been restored as a romantic bed-and-breakfast. 8 rooms.
Bella Luna Inn
bellalunainn.com, 99 Terry Estate Dr., Black Mountain, 800.249.6979, 828.664.9714. Inviting accommodations and a comfortable atmosphere for families, couples or individuals. 6 rooms.
Bent Creek Lodge
bentcreeknc.com, 10 Parkway Crescent, Arden, 877.231.6574, 828.654.9040. An elegantly rustic lodge near the Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 miles from downtown. 10 rooms.
Biltmore Village Inn
biltmorevillageinn.com, 119 Dodge St., 866.274.8779, 828.274.8707. Closest inn to Biltmore. Large rooms with Jacuzzis, fireplaces, flat-screen TVs/DVDs. Enjoy meals on a porch boasting mountain views and sunsets. 7 rooms.
Black Mountain Inn
blackmountaininn.com, 1186 Old Hwy. 70, Black Mountain, 828.669.6528. The inn has hosted such luminaries as Hemingway and Steinbeck, and now welcomes travelers with authentic hospitality. 7 rooms.
Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn
blackwalnut.com, 288 Montford Ave., 800.381.3878, 828.254.3878. Featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, a Select Registry Property with
luxury rooms, gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea with wine tasting. 8 rooms.
See our ad on page 4.
Bridle Path Inn
bridlepathinn.com, 30 Lookout Rd., 828.252.0035. Full breakfast served in the dining room or on the veranda overlooking the city. Private baths, cable TV and telephones. Minutes to Biltmore. 7 rooms.
67741 walking distance Within to many downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Chop House is adjacent to hotel and serves breakfast and dinner. Meeting space available.
22 Woodfin St. • Asheville, NC 28806 888.854.6897 • 828.253.1851 www.fourpoints.com/asheville
The Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association … An exclusive collection of the finest B&Bs in the Asheville area. Enjoy authentic Asheville with the help of the professional innkeepers who know it best.
bed & breakfasts/country inns Carolina Bed & Breakfast
carolinabb.com, 177 Cumberland Ave., 888.254.3608, 828.254.3608. A short walk from downtown, situated in a quiet garden with acclaimed breakfasts. Comfortable beds, luxurious linens and thick robes. 6 rooms.
Cedar Crest Inn
cedarcrestinn.com, 674 Biltmore Ave., 800.252.0310, 828.252.1389. A Queen Anne mansion with lavish interior woodwork on 4 acres, a mile from downtown and three blocks from Biltmore. 12 rooms.
Chestnut Street Inn Bed & Breakfast
chestnutstreetinn.com, 176 E. Chestnut St., 800.894.2955, 828.285.0705. Award-winning 1905 grand Colonial Revival home near downtown. 8 rooms.
Crooked Oak Mountain Inn
crookedoakmountaininn.com, 217 Patton Mountain Rd., 877.252.9219, 828.252.9219. Set on 3 acres, only 3 miles from downtown. 6 rooms.
Dry Ridge Inn Bed & Breakfast
dryridgeinn.com, 26 Brown St., Weaverville, 800.839.3899, 828.658.3899. Rates here are less than you’ll find elsewhere. Easy access to Asheville and a quick return to a safe, small mountain town. 8 rooms.
Friendship Lodge Bed & Breakfast
693 Old Hwy. 70 E., Ridgecrest, 828.669.9294. This clean, cozy inn features four rooms with two double beds and private bath, and two rooms with king beds and private bath. 6 rooms.
Hill House Bed & Breakfast Inn
hillhousebb.com, 120 Hillside St., 800.379.0002, 828.232.0345. An 1885 inn with a mix of antique and modern furnishings near downtown. 8 rooms.
Honey Hill Inn and Cabins
honeyhillasheville.com, 2630 Smoky Park Hwy., Candler, 877.338.1004, 828.633.1110. Just outside Asheville on more than 12 acres. Stay in the mansion or one of six fully equipped cabins. 5 rooms.
Inn Around the Corner
innaroundthecorner.com, 109 Church St., Black Mountain, 800.393.6005, 828.669.6005. A restored 1915 Victorian home, the closest inn to downtown Black Mountain’s shopping, dining and music. 7 rooms.
The Inn at Wintersun
innatwintersun.com, 1 Wintersun Ln., Fairview, 828.242.8029. Located on a 117-acre gated estate. 5 rooms. -
67849 Legendary Inns
• Located in Asheville • Ten minutes from Biltmore and Blue Ridge Parkway • Walking distance to dining and town
2,500 feet above stress level! 67931 • Private outdoor hot tubs • 26 massage therapists • Spa packages • Sauna and cold plunge • Upscale accommodations Only eight minutes from town with gift certificates available. 96 Avondale Heights Rd. • Asheville, NC 828.299.0999 • www.shojiretreats.com
sleep bed & breakfasts/country inns Inn on Main Street
innonmain.com, 88 S. Main St., Weaverville, 877.873.6074, 828.645.4935. 10 minutes from Asheville, 15 minutes from Biltmore. Enjoy breakfast with mountain views on the back porch. 7 rooms.
The Lion & the Rose Bed & Breakfast
lion-rose.com, 276 Montford Ave., 800.546.6988, 828.255.7673. A Queen Anne in the Montford Historic District, within walking distance of downtown, and minutes from Biltmore and Blue Ridge Parkway. 5 rooms.
Madison Inn Bed & Breakfast and Restaurant
MadisonInn-nc.com, 15 Dixon Rd., Black Mountain, 828.669.4785. Near Black Mountain and Asheville. Affordable lodging with breakfast. 11 rooms.
North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast
northlodge.com, 84 Oakland Rd., 800.282.3602, 828.252.6433. One mile from downtown, four minutes from Biltmore. 6 rooms.
Oakland Cottage Bed & Breakfast
VacationInAsheville.com, 74 Oakland Rd., 866.858.0863, 828.994.2627. One mile from Biltmore, 2 miles from downtown. Full breakfast, guest kitchenette and laundry. 5 rooms.
Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
pinecrestbb.com, 249 Cumberland Ave., 888.811.3053, 828.281.4275. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A 1905 English tudor with elegant European decor, private baths and fine linens. 5 rooms.
Princess Anne Hotel
princessannehotel.com, 301 E. Chestnut St., 866.552.0986, 828.258.0986. A blend of luxury and intimacy, where contemporary sophistication is touched with Old World charm. 16 rooms.
Red Rocker Inn
redrockerinn.com, 136 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 888.669.5991, 828.669.5991. Private bath, central air and complimentary in-room safe. Some rooms with fireplaces or whirlpool tubs. 17 rooms. -
Reynolds Mansion Bed & Breakfast Inn
thereynoldsmansion.com, 100 Reynolds Heights, 828.258.1111. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1847, this is one of the few remaining pre-Civil War homes. 11 rooms.
shojiretreats.com, 96 Avondale Heights Rd., 828.299.0999. The lodge and loft surrounded by nature yet only 8 minutes from downtown. Spectacular views and fireplaces. Extended-stay discounts available. See our ad on page 52.
sourwoodinn.com, 810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy., 828.255.0690. Near downtown, 2 miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway on 100 acres with walking trails. Wood-burning fireplaces, balconies and soaking tubs. 12 rooms.
Stay in the heart of downtown at our historic boutique hotel. Be pampered in oversized suites, enjoy complimentary champagne upon arrival, valet parking, wireless 67863 Internet and much more. If you want to truly immerse yourself in the hospitality, excitement and surprise of Asheville, there’s only one place to stay – Haywood Park Hotel. 1 Battery Park Ave. • Asheville, NC 28801 828.252.2522 • www.haywoodpark.com
bed & breakfasts/country inns Sweet Biscuit Inn
sweetbiscuitinn.com, 77 Kenilworth Rd., 866.280.0170, 828.250.0170. Near downtown, this family-friendly 1915 Colonial Revival home offers urban sophistication with a flair for casual comfort. 6 rooms.
Wildberry Lodge Bed & Breakfast
wildberrylodge.com, 135 Potato Branch Rd., Leicester, 866.863.2525, 828.683.2525. Near Asheville. Enjoy hospitality, gourmet breakfasts and spectacular views. 5 rooms. See our ad on page 56.
cabins/rentals Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds
ashevillecabins.com, 39 Stockwood Rd. Ext., 800.235.2474, 828.277.3948. Luxury cabins on a 40-acre property with trout pond, stream, waterfall, gardens and fountains. 25 units. See our ad on page 56.
Asheville Connections Luxury Vacation Rentals
asheville-connections.com, 1095 Hendersonville Rd. (office), 888.861.9487, 828.274.6978. Romantic getaways with hot tubs and mountain views for a vacation as active or quiet as you like. Amenities vary. 67 units.
ashevillecottages.com, 29 Asheville Cottage Ln., 828.712.1789. Providing the most luxurious vacation-rental cabin stay you’ve ever experienced. 10 units.
Asheville Swiss Chalets
ashevilleswisschalets.com, 10 N. Delano Rd., 828.776.0509. High on Beaucatcher Mountain, these well-appointed chalets boast a woodland setting while being only three minutes to downtown. 9 units.
Asheville Downtown Inspired service, inspired design. Our boutique hotel delivers a refreshing and inviting guest experience that is truly reflective of the local neighborhood. The hotel features 100 rooms, 16 penthouse suites, restaurant, bar, meeting room, fitness center, pet friendly, along with first-class amenities – providing a sanctuary 67743 to unwind and simply relax after a day exploring our beautiful area and downtown Asheville. Hotel Indigo is so much more than a place to stay; it’s part of our neighborhood. Throughout the hotel you’ll find local touches from the artwork on the walls to locally inspired dishes on our menu. Getting a taste of the neighborhood has never been easier!
151 Haywood St. • Asheville, NC 28801 828.239.0239 www.boutiquehotel-asheville.com
sleep cabins/rentals Asheville Vacation Villas
ashevillevacationvillas.com, 1 Resort Dr., 800.733.3211, 828.254.3211. Renovated hideaways on a 125-acre resort 1 mile from downtown. Fully equipped with private decks. 30 units. See our ad on page 56.
Cabin Creek Lodge
cabincreeklodge.com, 1130 Montreat Rd., Black Mountain, 888.521.3841, 828.669.9177. Cabins and five-bedroom lodge house in the woods next to a creek. One mile from downtown Black Mountain. 9 units.
Cabins of Asheville
cabinsofasheville.com, 25 Little Stoney Fork Rd., Candler, 828.768.7368. Hot tub, fireplace, one bedroom with queen bed, full bath and satellite TV. All cabins close to area attractions. 7 units.
Carolina Mornings, Asheville Mountain Cabin & Vacation Rentals
carolinamornings.com/?NCK=exploreasheville, 44 Merrimon Ave., Ste. 2, 888.553.3671. Log cabin rentals, chalets with mountain views, condos in Historic Biltmore Village or luxury downtown Asheville lofts. Amenities vary. 90 units. See our ad on page 57.
Cheshire: A Mountain Village
villageofcheshire.com/rentals.html, 5 Chaucer Rd., Black Mountain, 866.735.4673, 828.669.6657. Green-built cabins set in Western North Carolina’s High Windy mountain range. 8 units.
The Farm Cabins and Cottages
thefarmcabins.com, 215 Justice Ridge Rd., Candler, 828.667.0666. Newly built cabins with two wood-burning fireplaces, one inside and one on the porch. 5 units.
Festiva Biltmore Village
biltmorevillagevillas.com, 8 Village Ln., 855.533.7848. Two-bedroom, two-anda-half-bath luxury villas in Historic Biltmore Village. 9 rooms. -
rentals.greybeardrealt y.c om?lc=explore-asheville, 204 E. State St. (office), Black Mountain, 866.430.5166. More than 150 vacation homes in the Asheville and Black Mountain areas. Amenities vary. 250 units.
See our ad on page 56.
Lake Eden Events & Lodging
lakeedenevents.com, 377 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain, 828.713.9471. Several options close to everything, yet amazingly private. 5 units.
Charming 67364country cabins with fireplaces and porch swings overlooking a mountain stream. Open year round. Nestled on 46 tranquil acres just off the Blue Ridge Parkway and 20 minutes west of Asheville and the famous Biltmore. Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, with expanded cable and DVD, fully equipped kitchens. Some pet-friendly cabins. Newly renovated. 828.665.1004 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtnsprings.com
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds Twenty-five luxury cabins on delightful 40-acre forested property with trout pond, stream, waterfall, gardens and fountains. All cabins are tastefully decorated, completely equipped and beautifully furnished. Amenities include wood-burning fireplaces, hot tubs, kitchens with 67415 dishwashers, linens, towels, cooking utensils, cable television with DVD, free Internet, air conditioning, washer/dryer, telephone and private decks with grills. We offer a free video library, game porch, playgrounds and exercise room. Hiking trail adjoins the Mountain-tothe-Sea Trail. Full-time staff. Luxury, serenity and comfort await you at Willow Winds/Woodland Gardens. 800.235.2474 • 828.277.3948 www.ashevillecabins.com
67736 Asheville Vacation Villas
Thirty cozy hideaways located on a 125-acre resort only one mile from downtown. Fully furnished studio, one- and two-bedrooms. Open year round. Accommodations are perfect for corporate housing, reunions and weddings.
800.733.3211 • 828.254.3211 www.ashevillevacationvillas.com
If you want a67426 place that feels far away in the mountains, yet is less than 15 minutes from downtown Asheville, this place is for you. With a great vista of mountains, river and valley, Campfire Lodgings offers a variety of mountain lodging possibilities from romantic, fully furnished yurts to cabins, cliff house, large RV sites and tent sites … your outdoor adventure awaits. 800.933.8012 • 828.658.8012 www.campfirelodgings.com
67069 Lodge Wildberry
Nestled in the mountains 15 minutes outside of Asheville, Wildberry Lodge is the perfect mountain retreat. Seven beautiful log guest suites with jacuzzis, luxury linens/robes and spa bath products await you. Voted top 10 for best fall foliage views. Come and enjoy the spectacular mountain views, sunsets and starlit nights. 135 Potato Branch Rd. • Leicester, NC 28748 866.863.2525 • www.wildberrylodge.com
more than 165 vacation homes in the Asheville and Black Mountain areas. Whether you are looking for an in-town bungalow or a cabin on top of the world, we can assist you in finding the perfect place. 888.494.8820 email@example.com www.greybeardrentals.com
sleep cabins/rentals Log Cabin Motor Court and Vacation Rentals
theashevillecabins.com, 330 Weaverville Hwy., 800.295.3392, 828.645.6546. 1930s log cabins refurbished with modern conveniences. Fully furnished and equipped. Only 5.5 miles from downtown. 21 units.
Mountain Springs Cabins
mtnsprings.com, 27 Emma’s Cove Rd., Candler, 828.665.1004. Cabins with fireplaces overlooking a mountain stream. On 50 landscaped acres just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 20 minutes west of Asheville and Biltmore.
See our ad on page 55.
Ox Glen Vacation Rentals
oxglen.com, 376 Ox Creek Rd., Weaverville, 800.326.2373, 828.645.2974. Romantic coach house, mountainside chalets or luxury honeymoon cottage, minutes from Asheville, Weaverville and Blue Ridge Parkway. 7 units.
parkwaylane.com, Parkway Ln., Arden, 828.684.9147. Log cabins on the French Broad River across from Biltmore and near the NC Arboretum, within 10 miles of downtown. 7 units.
ashevillepines.com, 346 Weaverville Hwy., 888.818.6477, 828.645.9661. Convenient to restaurants and activities with a secluded feel. 15 units.
campgrounds Asheville Bear Creek RV Park & Campground
ashevillebearcreek.com, 81 S. Bear Creek Rd., 800.833.0798, 828.253.0798. RV sites with full hookups including cable TV and heated pool. Convenient to Asheville, Biltmore and other local attractions.
Asheville East KOA
ashevilleeastkoa.com, 2708 Hwy. 70 E., Swannanoa, 800.562.5907, 828.686.3121. Shady RV and tent sites with full and partial hookups. Three bathhouses, 17 cabins and three furnished rental units.
campfirelodgings.com, 116 Appalachian Village Rd., 800.933.8012, 828.658.8012. A 10-minute drive from downtown. 110 acres with RV camping, romantic yurts, log cabins and more. See our ad on page 56.
Tipi Camp Asheville
ncmmt.com, 9 Mountainview Rd., 828.665.9337. Sleep in a tipi or screen lodge along a lighted path in the woods.
Carolina Mornings is Asheville’s leader for luxurious mountain escapes and vacation rentals. We offer: Spectacular Views • Hot Tubs • Fireplaces • Biltmore Packages • Eco-friendly • Free Wi-Fi • Pool Tables • Pet Friendly • Spacious Group 67733 Rentals • Concierge Service • Award-Winning Staff • Military Discount • Linens Included • More Than 100 Properties Come see why our guests return year after year to enjoy the finest amenities, properties and Southern hospitality that you’ll only find with Carolina Mornings. Receive free golf, skiing, LaZoom tours or rafting with your stay. 888.352.1871 • firstname.lastname@example.org www.asheville.carolinamornings.com
here’s shopping … and there’s shopping Asheville-style! We love all things local – including unique clothing that reflects a
bright outlook on life; art that embodies fine, handcrafted mountain style; and jewelry that captures the brilliance of our native gemstones. Look for the Love Asheville: Buy Local posters in
shop windows everywhere, and come see us during the Big Love Fest in May, where handmade mania extends to food and beer, too.
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this way to shopping North, south, east, west. Head any direction to find a one-of-a-kind gift, from modern fashions on North Lexington Avenue, to perusing the largest collection of vintage belt buckles in the country on Wall Street, to browsing over rows of books at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, all in downtown Asheville. No matter the kind, find the gift of your dreams in Historic Biltmore Village: clothing at Bellagio, handcrafted jewelry at blue or a toy at Once Upon a Time. From Black Mountain’s exquisite craft showrooms and the River Arts District workshops to spanking-new shops in Biltmore Park Town Square, it’s all here!
AmericanStyle: Asheville was ranked the No. 1 small city (population under 100,000) for the arts for two straight years in the annual Top 25 Arts Destinations reader’s poll. made by hand Join craft artists during these renowned events in the region. Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walks throw open almost two dozen galleries on select Friday evenings from April through December. E.A.S.T. is the fun and funky semi-annual East of Asheville Studio Tour through venues in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Old Fort. For fine contemporary crafts, visit the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands held in July and October. Track down new visual delights on the May and October Weaverville Art Safari tours through town and country. The River Arts District Studio Strolls held in June and November open the doors to more than 165 artist studios. The Village Art & Craft Fair celebrates high-quality art and craft the first weekend of August.
day spas Adelaide Spa at the Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort
ashevilleracquetclub.com, 1 Resort Dr., 800.253.5874, 828.575.2196. A full-service spa and salon with services designed for beauty, health and wellness in a revitalizing environment.
See our ad on page 45.
Sensibilities Day Spa
sensibilities-spa.com, 43 Town Sq. Blvd., Ste. 100, Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park, 828.253.3222, 828.687.8760. Sensibilities South is in the Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park where guests are invited to use the hotel amenities, and Sensibilities Downtown is amid restaurants and shopping. Both offer many types of massages, Eminence organic facials and nail services.
mineral pools with soothing underwater music and nearby waterfall pools. Enjoy exhilarating contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room.
See our ad on page 48.
spatheology.com, 53 College St., 828.255.4171. Offering an array of spa services including massage therapy, anti-aging facials, vegan nail services, vichy hydrotherapy, spa packages, wedding pampering, couple’s massage and body treatments.
Suraj Spa Salon
surajspasalon.com, 520 Hendersonville Rd., 828.277.7705. A modern fusion of salon and spa featuring Aveda, Privai, Bumble and Bumble, Dermalogica and various other top-quality face, body and hair-care products. Convenient location.
shojiretreats.com, 96 Avondale Heights Rd., 828.299.0999. Asheville’s mountainside hot tub spa. Private outdoor hot tubs, cold plunge, cedar sauna, massages. Spectacular views and privacy yet only 8 minutes from downtown Asheville. A memorable retreat offering spa packages and relaxation!
See our ad on page 52.
The Spa at The Grove Park Inn
groveparkinn.com, 290 Macon Ave., 800.438.5800, 828.252.2711. Rejuvenate yourself cordially in
galleries Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center
Arts & Crafts Gallery craftguild.org, Blue Ridge Pkwy. MP 382, 828.298.7928. Featuring handmade jewelry, pottery, ironwork, glass, baskets, prints and much more from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, recognized worldwide for excellence in craftsmanship and design for more than 75 years.
See our ad on page 36.
Clothing & Jewelry Accessories bellagioarttowear.com, 5 Biltmore Plaza, Historic Biltmore Village, 800.933.4438, 828.277.8100. Bellagio means “beautiful leisure,” and this extraordinary wearable art boutique delights with clothing by acclaimed American textile artists and fashion designers, dazzling handcrafted jewelry and gorgeous one-of-a-kind accessories. Handsome collections of blown glass, ceramic art and fantastic wood objects.
Blue Spiral 1
Fine Arts/Gallery bluespiral1.com, 38 Biltmore Ave., 800.291.2513, 828.251.0202. Specializing in Southeastern fine art and crafts in a stunning three-level, 15,000-square-foot setting. The gallery presents 30 annual exhibitions of sculpture and paintings.
Arts & Crafts Gallery grovewood.com, 111 Grovewood Rd., 877.622.7238, 828.253.7651. Located next to The Grove Park Inn, this gallery showcases 9,000 square feet of handmade American crafts by more than 500 artists. The gallery is noted for its impressive second-floor studio furniture collection and outdoor sculpture gardens.
See our ad on page 63.
New Morning Gallery
Arts & Crafts Gallery newmorninggallerync.com, 7 Boston Way, 800.933.4438, 828.274.2831. A fine crafts destination that showcases a collection of decorative and functional crafts, all handmade by American artisans. The recent 6,000-square-foot addition is divided into a dozen distinctive showrooms and vignettes for every room of the house. Custom orders welcome. Parking on site.
The Potters Mark
Arts & Crafts Gallery pottersmark.com, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio A, Cotton Mill Studios, River Arts District, 828.252.9122. Embracing both form and function, they strive to enhance the beauty of form with the gift of functionality.
shops The Asheville Shop
General Retail shop.exploreasheville.com, 36 Montford Ave., Asheville Chamber of Commerce, 828.210.2726. If you want something that says Asheville,
shop look no further! A fully stocked gift shop with Asheville apparel and local crafts awaits you. Buy take-home souvenirs or gifts for visiting friends and relatives.
wire and sheet, tumblers, flex shafts and jewelry tools. Olen has created a jewelry design center, offering classes, repair services and endless creative possibilities.
Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
Books batteryparkbookexchange.com, 1 Page Ave., #101, 828.252.0020. This store offers a marriage of two of earth’s finest pleasures, books and wine, side by side. Or perhaps “page by glass?” Peruse thousands of books in dozens of categories while sipping a fine wine, sparkling wine or champagne. Used books are purchased from customers, so the selection is constantly expanding. The wine list changes often as they strive to serve you the best of what is tasted.
Beads and Beyond
Arts & Crafts beadsandbeyond.com, 37 Wall St., 828.254.7927. Since 1984, owner Barry Olen has searched out sources from around the world to collect a vast selection of beads, cut stones and jewelrymaking supplies, as well as Sterling
Clothing & Jewelry Accessories bellagioeveryday.com, 40 Biltmore Ave., 828.255.0221. A women’s boutique offering quality apparel and accessories that are versatile and innovative. Its name says it all in terms of both artistry and affordability, as it combines the panache of its sister boutique, Bellagio, with an eye towards price and fun. The inventory celebrates great design from top-line designers.
Chevron Trading Post & Bead Co.
Arts & Crafts chevronbeads.com, 40 N. Lexington Ave., 800.881.2323, 828.236.2323. Celebrating 25-plus years in business as one of Asheville’s premier, fully stocked bead stores. Come in, relax by the fireplaces, play with the dog, pet the cat or just become mesmerized by the 100-gallon, salt-water fish tank.
Clothing doncaster.com, 119 Broadway, Black Mountain, 828.669.5117. Known among shopping elite for their timeless elegance and exceptional styling since 1931. This extraordinary apparel is now available in a retail outlet setting, which offers prior seasons’ merchandise at a savings.
f r o c k Boutique
Clothing befrocked.com, 4 Battery Park, 828.255.4626. A funky and fresh little boutique in downtown Asheville featuring clothes by Michael Stars, Splendid, Ella Moss, 7 for all Mankind, La Vie Parisienne, Alex & Ani, and other comfy, chic American styles for women of all ages.
Arts & Crafts digfoundry.com, 92 Charlotte St., 828.255.2533. Specializing in extraordinary goods cleverly crafted from reclaimed materials. With gifts for the home, jewelry, accessories, children’s items and original art, this will open your eyes to the stylish possibilities of recycling.
Galleries/Specialty Shops grovearcade.com, 1 Page Ave., 828.252.7799. Offering boutique shopping, unique dining and regional crafts in a downtown architectural wonder. The building is open daily and features an outdoor portico market. A downloadable building tour is available on the website.
Guild, recognized worldwide for excellence in craftsmanship and design for more than 70 years.
Jewels That Dance
See our ad on page 61.
Jewelry jewelsthatdance.com, 63 Haywood St., 828.254.5088. Established 28 years ago as the studio of nationally acclaimed designer/goldsmith Paula Dawkins. Offers a selection of fine jewelry from a select group of artisans.
Kitchen & Co.
Arts & Crafts craftguild.org, 930 Tunnel Rd., 828.298.7903. Featuring handmade jewelry, Stuart Nye, pottery, ironwork, glass, prints and much more from members of the Southern Highland Craft
kitchenandcompany.com, 111-B River Hills Rd., 828.299.1550. Specializing in everything for the ultimate cooking, dining and entertaining experience. Unsurpassed selection and the best quality merchandise at the
best prices. Now featuring Vintopia, a new beer and wine department.
See our ad on page 63.
Books malaprops.com, 55 Haywood St., 800.441.9829, 828.254.6734. A book lover’s favorite in downtown Asheville for 30 years, loved locally and nationally! Great books, great food, great coffee, with author events held almost daily throughout the year.
Mast General Store
General Retail maststoreasheville.com, 15 Biltmore Ave., 828.232.1883. Restored to its 1940s heyday, this grand downtown emporium features clothing, comfort footwear, traditional housewares, toys and more than 500 old-fashioned candies. You’ll also find an outdoor department brimming with travel and outdoor gear for all seasons.
See our ad on page 63.
Ten Thousand Villages
Arts & Crafts asheville.tenthousandvillages.com, 10 College St., 828.254.8374. Handmade home decor, personal accessories and gift items handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Providing vital, fair income to artisans by marketing their products and telling their stories.
General Retail togarrugs.com, 562 Long Shoals Rd., Arden, 828.687.1968. Offering the finest-quality, one-of-a-kind handmade Turkish, Persian and Caucasian rugs and kilims. Rugs come to you directly from the source at wholesale prices.
Local families and visitors from across the country have made TOPS FOR SHOES a downtown shopping destination for more than 50 years. They rely on TOPS for fashion and comfort footwear in all sizes and 67918 widths. You’ll be amazed by the selection! Women’s, men’s and children’s footwear, select handbags, hosiery and other accessories. 27 N. Lexington Ave. • Asheville, NC 28801 828.254.6721 • www.topsforshoes.com
shop Tops For Shoes
General Retail topsforshoes.com, 27 N. Lexington Ave., 888.644.8677, 828.254.6721. Local families and visitors from across the country have made this a downtown shopping destination for more than 50 years. Fashion footwear in all sizes and widths. Women’s and men’s casual and comfort footwear from Alegria, Clarks, Dansko, Ecco, Jambu, Merrell and dozens more. Fashion footwear from Allen Edmonds, Cole Haan, Donald J Pliner, Frye, Michael Kors, Pikolinos, Stuart Weitzman and more.
Located next to The Grove Park Inn, Grovewood Gallery showcases 9,000 square-feet of handmade American crafts by more than 500 artists. The gallery is noted for its impressive second-floor studio furniture collection and outdoor sculpture gardens. 111 Grovewood Rd. Asheville, NC 28804 828.253.7651 www.grovewood.com
See our ad on page 62.
General Retail townhardware.com, 103 W. State St., Black Mountain, 877.669.7723, 828.669.7723. Take a trip back in time while enjoying three historic buildings filled with great toys, practical housewares, hand woodworking tools, regional books, nostalgic collectibles and garden gifts. Shipping available.
Wander into way back when to find clothing, footwear, outdoor and travel gear, toys powered by imagination, housewares and more than 500 old-fashioned favorite candies. Locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Visit the original Mast Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. 15 Biltmore Ave. • Asheville 828.232.1883 www.mastgeneralstore.com
Home Interiors tysonfurniture.com, 109 Broadway, Black Mountain, 828.669.5000. In downtown Black Mountain since 1946, featuring more than 300 brands of home furnishings in more than 70,000 square feet of showrooms. Delivery available.
Visions of Creation
Jewelry & Clothing visionsofcreation.com, 100 Cherry St., Black Mountain, 828.669.0065. The designer collection of jewelry by Roberto Vengoechea showcases his unusual architectural shapes that defy the conventional and push the boundaries of thinking outside the box. The gallery displays recessed shadow boxes in a museum-quality setting.
Specialty/Crafts yarnparadise.com, 6 All Souls Crescent, Historic Biltmore Village, 828.274.4213. Asheville’s largest selection of imported and domestic designer yarns, knitting and crochet accessories, including needles, a great selection of books and patterns. Classes for beginners to experts. Helpful staff.
Kitchen & Company ® specializes in everything for the ultimate cooking, dining and entertaining experience. Unsurpassed selection and the best quality merchandise at the best prices. Now featuring VintopiaTM , our new beer and wine department. 111-B River Hills Rd. • Asheville, NC 28805 828.299.1550 www.kitchenandcompany.com
tart with 250 independent restaurants. Stir in
more than 15 neighborhood outdoor markets and a slew of family farms. Add a dash of imagination, a pinch of pride. Blend well, cook and serve hot. That’s how our region
became known as Foodtopia®: an approach to dining that’s fun, genuine and delicious. Rooted in the land around us but reaching for the stars.
Asheville ranks No. 10 in TripAdvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top
Food and Wine Destinations in the U.S. (October 2011)
picked this morning
Click here for a list of Asheville-area restaurants, bars and breweries.
green dining destination Asheville restaurants care about their city and the world! The number of Certified Green Restaurants in the region is growing. With 15 greencertified restaurants, Asheville now leads as America’s Greenest Dining Destination. Asheville Independent Restaurants have been busy installing power-generating solar panels, energy-efficient lighting, and other sustainable systems for diners’ comfort and peace of mind. Look for locally produced artisan breads, cheese and meats all sourced from Western North Carolina farms.
We think you’ll notice a difference: Fruit and vegetables picked this morning taste amazing. Chances are, some of the meals during your visit here will feature that kind of freshness, thanks to the many local farms dedicated to serving the area’s restaurants, grocery stores and tailgate markets. It’s called the farm-to-table movement and helped Asheville earn America’s Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City accolade. Look for farm-fresh delights and locally made artisan foods in the Asheville Visitor Center Gift Shop, and pick up a free copy of the Local Food Guide.
celebrating: from bakers to beer Festivals bring out the best in our region’s piping-hot food scene. Pick a few from this harvest of goodness. Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers Festival in March allows plenty of hands-on opportunities to learn new skills. The biggest of its kind in the Southeast, the Asheville Herb Festival in early May can help get your culinary garden started. With Chefs Challenges all season long, the Asheville Food & Wine Festival culminates with a premier showcase in late August. There’s comfort food for all this August at Black Mountain’s Sourwood Festival, plus dancing, crafts and gorgeous views. The Asheville Greek Festival in September invites families to explore the Greek culture through food and music. HardLox Festival brings traditional Jewish food and entertainment to Asheville’s Pack Square Park each October.
beer festivals brewing Here in Asheville we’re putting new froth on one of the world’s oldest beverages. Four years in a row, beer fans have voted us BeerCity USA. And it’s no wonder, with 11 independent – and distinctive – craft breweries in this city of 80,000. Get acquainted with the scene by booking an Asheville Brews Cruise, or pick up a brewery map at the Asheville Visitor Center and amble through town to sample the latest handcrafted brew.
eat This is a sampling of the fine and varied dining in the area. All Asheville restaurants are smoke-free. For more information, visit ExploreAsheville.com.
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12 Bones Smokehouse
Barbecue 12bones.com 5 Riverside Dr., 828.253.4499 (Downtown), 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd., Arden, 828.687.1395 (South)
131 Main Restaurant
American 131-main.com 308 Thetford St., 828.651.0131 -
5 Walnut Wine Bar
Wine Bar 5walnut.com 5 Walnut St., 828.253.2593
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co.
Brew Pub/Microbrewery ashevillepizza.com ashevillebrewing.com 675 Merrimon Ave., 828.254.1281 (North), 77 Coxe Ave., 828.255.4077 (Downtown)
The Asheville Public
American theashevillepublic.com 175 Clingman Ave., 828.505.1720 -
American avenuemavl.com 791 Merrimon Ave., 828.350.8181 -
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
Brew Pub/Microbrewery barleystaproom.com 42 Biltmore Ave., 828.255.0504
* Gluten-free menu items have been confirmed with restaurants, but we encourage you to inquire about specifics. **Price range based on total bill/cost per person.
Bavarian Dining Restaurant
German bavariandining.com 332 Weaverville Hwy., 828.645.8383 -
Berliner Kindl German Restaurant
German berlinerkindl.homestead.com 121 Broadway, Black Mountain, 828.669.5255 -
The Bier Garden
Brew Pub/Microbrewery ashevillebiergarden.com 46 Haywood St., 828.285.0002 -
Biltmore Coffee Traders Coffeehouse biltmorecoffeetraders.com 518 Hendersonville Rd., 828.277.9227
American bistro1896.com 7 Pack Sq. S.W., 828.251.1300
Black Mountain Bistro
Continental blackmountainbistro.com 203 E. State St., Black Mountain, 828.669.5041
American theblackbirdrestaurant.com 47 Biltmore Ave., 828.254.2502
Blue Ridge Dining Room at The Grove Park Inn American groveparkinn.com 290 Macon Ave., 828.252.2711
Boca Restaurant Continental bocaasheville.com 68 N. Lexington Ave., 828.285.8828 -
French ashevillebouchon.com 62 N. Lexington Ave., 828.350.1140 -
Burgermeister’s Kitchen & Tap
American burgermeisters.com 697 Haywood Rd., 828.225.2920
Carmel’s Restaurant and Bar
American carmelsofasheville.com Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., 828.252.8730 -
Chai Pani – Indian Street Food Indian chaipani.net 22 Battery Park Ave., 828.254.4003
Chef Mo’s Restaurant & Bar
Continental chefmo.com 900 Hendersonville Rd., Ste. 201, 828.274.3533 -
Chelsea’s & the Village Tea Room
Café/Bistro chelseastea.com Historic Biltmore Village, 6 Boston Way, 828.274.0701
American chestnutasheville.com 48 Biltmore Ave., 828.575.2667 -
Dessert chocolatefetish.com 36 Haywood St., 828.258.2353
Chop House Asheville Downtown
Steak chophouseasheville.com 22 Woodfin St., 828.253.1851 Serving high-quality steaks, chops and accompaniments. Fine wine by the glass in the wine bar, along with an extensive beer selection. Seafood, pasta entrees, a wide array of appetizers and salads also available.
City Bakery Cafe
Bakery/Deli citybakery.net 88 Charlotte St., 828.254.4289
Café/Bistro clingmancafe.com 242 Clingman Ave., 828.253.2177
American thecornerkitchen.com 3 Boston Way, 828.274.2439 -
Craggie Brewing Co.
Brew Pub/Microbrewery craggiebrewingco.com 197 Hilliard Ave., 828.254.0360
French creperiebouchon.com 62 1/8 N. Lexington Ave., 828.350.3741
Italian cucina24restaurant.com 24 Wall St., 828.254.6170 -
Cúrate is pleased to bring the best Spain has to offer through our traditional cuisine, unrivaled hospitality and festive, energetic atmosphere, conveniently located in downtown Asheville. In Spanish, cúrate means “cure yourself.”
Mediterranean curatetapasbar.com 11 Biltmore Ave., 828.239.2946 -
Vegetarian/Health slowfoodrightquick.com 371 Merrimon Ave., 828.232.4340
Early Girl Eatery
Horizons Dining Room at The Grove Park Inn
Edna’s of Asheville
Vegetarian/Health earlygirleatery.com 8 Wall St., 828.259.9292 Coffeehouse ednasofasheville.com 870 Merrimon Ave., 828.255.3881
Café/Bistro figbistro.com 18 Brook St., Ste. 101, Historic Biltmore Village, 828.277.0889 -
Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge American frankiebonesasheville.com 2 Gerber Rd., Ste. 101, 828.274.7111 -
French Broad Brewing Co.
American groveparkinn.com 290 Macon Ave., 828.252.2711 Indian indiagardenonline.com 156 S. Tunnel Rd., 828.298.5001 -
Jack of Hearts Pub & Restaurant
Brew Pub/Microbrewery jackofheartspub.com 10 S. Main St., Weaverville, 828.645.2700 -
Jack of the Wood
Brew Pub/Microbrewery jackofthewood.com 95 Patton Ave., 828.252.5445 -
Jerusalem Garden Café
Brew Pub/Microbrewery frenchbroadbrewery.com 101-D Fairview Rd., 828.277.0222
Mediterranean jerusalemgardencafe.com 78 Patton Ave., 828.254.0255 -
French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Dessert frenchbroadchocolates.com 10 S. Lexington Ave., 828.252.4181
Italian 18 N. Main St., Weaverville, 828.645.8866 -
Green Sage Coffeehouse & Cafe
Vegetarian/Health thegreensage.net 5 Broadway St., 828.252.4450 -
Grovewood Café Continental grovewoodcafe.com 111 Grovewood Rd., 828.258.8956 -
Highland Brewing Co.
Brew Pub/Microbrewery highlandbrewing.com 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. H, 828.299.3370
Continental thejunctionasheville.com 348 Depot St., 828.225.3497 -
Indian cafekathmanduasheville.com 90 Patton Ave., 828.252.1080 -
Dessert kilwins.com 26 Battery Park Ave., 828.252.2639
Old-fashioned confectionery serving the finest chocolates, creamiest fudges and 32 flavors of the best ice cream, along with homemade caramel corn, caramel apples and other tasty treats.
Laughing Seed Café Vegetarian/Health laughingseed.com 40 Wall St., 828.252.3445 -
eat Laurey’s (yum!)
Continental laureysyum.com 67 Biltmore Ave., 828.252.1500 -
Lexington Avenue Brewery Brew Pub/Microbrewery lexavebrew.com 39 N. Lexington Ave., 828.252.0212 -
seasonal and local ingredients, many of which come from within a 100-mile radius of Asheville. Featuring a classic, butcher block table dining room for both casual and romantic meals, a relaxed bar and lounge for cocktails and live music, and a relaxed garden patio during fine weather.
Southern mayfels.org 22 College St., 828.252.8842 -
Vegetarian/Health plantisfood.com 165 Merrimon Ave., 828.258.7500 -
Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe
Mediterranean pomodoroscafe.com 1070 E. Tunnel Rd., 828.299.3032 -
Vegetarian/Health posanacafe.com 1 Biltmore Ave., 828.505.3969 -
Red Rocker Inn
Southern redrockerinn.com 136 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 888.669.5991, 828.669.5991
The Lobster Trap
Seafood thelobstertrap.biz 35 Patton Ave., 828.350.0505 Locally owned and serving fresh seafood sent by Capt. Tom, a fisherman in Portland, Maine. Live local music, a full bar with an 80-bottle wine list and a friendly staff who makes every meal memorable.
The Local Joint
American 1185-B Charlotte Hwy., Fairview, 828.338.0469
Barbecue luellasbbq.com 501 Merrimon Ave., 828.505.7427
Mela Indian Restaurant Indian melaasheville.com 70 N. Lexington Ave., 828.225.8880 -
Authentic north and south Indian cuisine in the heart of downtown Asheville. Recommended by The New York Times; voted Asheville’s best Indian and favorite restaurant. Lunch buffet and dinner seven days. Vegan and gluten-free friendly, full bar and live entertainment.
Moe’s Original Bar B Que Barbecue moesoriginalbbq.com 4 Sweeten Creek Rd., 828.505.8282
Luella’s quality smoked meats and scratch-made sides stand alone. Only here can you taste what proprietor and pit boss Jeff Miller proudly labels a “product of Buncombe County.” Open seven days a week.
Mamacita’s Mexican Grill
Mexican mamacitasgrill.com 77 Biltmore Ave., 828.255.8080
The Market Place
American marketplace-restaurant.com 20 Wall St., 828.252.4162 Located in the heart of downtown Asheville and specializing in handcrafted cuisine from
Vegetarian/Health neoburrito.com 1341 Parkwood Ave., 828.225.4101
Rise ‘n Shine Cafe
Vegetarian/Health risenshinecafe.com 640 Merrimon Ave., 828.254.4122
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
Barbecue rockyshotchickenshack.com 1455 Patton Ave., 828.575.2260
Deli romanstakeout.com 75A Haywood St., 828.505.1552
Vegetarian/Health rosettaskitchen.com 116 N. Lexington, 828.232.0738
Southern rouxasheville.com 43 Town Sq. Blvd., 828.209.2715 -
Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean Restaurant
Mexican neocantina.com 10 Biltmore Plaza, 828.505.7682
Caribbean salsas-asheville.com 6 Patton Ave., 828.252.9805 -
Sante Wine Bar & Tap Room
Sports Bar/Grill packstavern.com 20 S. Spruce St., 828.225.6944 -
Pisgah Brewing Co.
Brew Pub/Microbrewery pisgahbrewing.com 150 Eastside Dr., Black Mountain, 828.669.0190
Wine Bar santewinebar.com Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave., 828.254.8188
Continental sazeracasheville.com 29 Broadway St., 828.376.0031 -
Scully’s Signature Dine & Drink
American tableasheville.com 48 College St., 828.254.8980 -
American scullysasheville.com 57 Haywood St., 828.255.7550
Spa Café at The Grove Park Inn
Chipotle Burrito with homemade chipotle aioli or the popular Fiesta Chicken Salad with mandarin oranges and honey-lime vinaigrette. Only the freshest available ingredients are used, and all of the salsas are made fresh in house every day.
Village Wayside Bar & Grille
Café/Bistro groveparkinn.com 290 Macon Ave., 828.252.2711 -
American villagewayside.com 30 Lodge St., 828.277.4121
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Southern tupelohoneycafe.com 12 College St., 828.255.4863 (Downtown), 1829 Hendersonville Rd., 828.505.7676 (South) One of Asheville’s iconic restaurants, Tupelo Honey Cafe offers new South flavor paired with scratch-made fun at both the downtown and south locations. Taking Southern cuisine to the next creative level, Tupelo serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Stoney Knob Café
Mediterranean stoneyknobcafe.com 337 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, 828.645.3309 -
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro
Continental stormrhumbar.com 125 S. Lexington Ave., Ste. 103A, 828.505.8560 -
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Ultimate Ice Cream
Italian stradaasheville.com 27 Broadway, 828.348.8448 -
Dessert ultimateicecreamasheville.com 1070 Tunnel Rd., 828.296.1234
Vincenzo’s Ristorante & Bistro
Italian vincenzos.com 10 N. Market St., 828.254.4698 -
Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian
Italian vinniesitalian.com 641 Merrimon Ave., 828.253.1077 -
Weaverville Milling Co. American weavervillemilling.com 1 Old Mill Ln., Weaverville, 828.645.4700 -
Wedge Brewing Co.
Brew Pub/Microbrewery wedgebrewing.com 125 B Roberts St., 828.505.2792
Sunny Point Cafe
American sunnypointcafe.com 626 Haywood Rd., 828.252.0055
Mexican urbanburrito.com 640 Merrimon Ave., 828.251.1921
Sunset Terrace at The Grove Park Inn
Continental groveparkinn.com 290 Macon Ave., 828.252.2711 -
Featuring California-style Mexican favorites like burritos, quesadillas, tacos, salads and much more. Try the famous
Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe Bakery/Deli wellbredbakery.com 26 N. Main St., Weaverville, 828.645.9300
West End Bakery
Bakery/Deli westendbakery.com 757 Haywood Rd., 828.252.9378
Savor our flavorful fare with family and friends, and enjoy the delicious bounty of our Blue Ridge Mountains. We respect the time-honored traditions of Southern cooking while adding fun, creativity and imagination. Two locations with all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. 12 College St. 1829 Hendersonville Rd. www.tupelohoneycafe.com
Brew Pub/Microbrewery westvillepub.com 777 Haywood Rd., 828.225.9782
White Duck Taco Shop
Mexican/American whiteducktacoshop.com 1 Roberts St., The Hatchery, River Arts District, 828.258.1660
Mediterranean zambratapas.com 85 W. Walnut St., 828.232.1060 -
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january-march 22nd Annual Big Band Swing Dance Weekend
Jan. 18-19 $ • The Grove Park Inn • groveparkinn.com
Fringe Arts Festival
Jan. 24-27 $ • Various locations in downtown Asheville ashevillefringe.org
21st Annual All That Jazz Weekend
Jan. 25-26 $ • The Grove Park Inn • groveparkinn.com
Winter Warmer Beer Festival
Jan. 26 $ • U.S. Cellular Center ashevillebeerfest.com
Celtic Adventure Weekend
Feb. 1-2 $ • The Grove Park Inn groveparkinn.com
18th Annual Bluegrass First Class Festival
Feb. 15-17 $ • Crowne Plaza Resort • bluegrassfirstclass.com
Black Mountain Marathon & Mount Mitchell Challenge
Feb. 23 $ • Starts in downtown Black Mountain exploreblackmountain.com
Asheville Marathon on Biltmore Estate March 3 $ • Biltmore ashevillemarathon.com
Southern Conference Basketball Tournament March 8-11 $ ExploreAsheville.com Arena and Kimmel Arena socontravel.com
25th Annual Comedy Classic Weekend
March 8-9 $ • The Grove Park Inn • groveparkinn.com
april-june Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
April 5 • Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntowngalleries.org
Weaverville Art Safari April 27-28 • Weaverville weavervilleartsafari.com
24th Annual Asheville Herb Festival
May 3-5 • WNC Farmers Market wncherbfestival.com
LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival
May 9-12 $ • Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain • theleaf.com
28th Annual Festival of Flowers
Downtown After 5
March 21-May 19 $ • Biltmore biltmore.com
May 17, June 21 Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntown.org
58th Annual Easter Sunrise Service
10th Annual Montford Music & Arts Festival
March 31 • Chimney Rock State Park • chimneyrockpark.com
May 18 • Montford Historic District • montfordfestival.org
13th Annual Mountain Sports Festival May 24-26 • Carrier Park mountainsportsfestival.com
June 1 $ • Downtown Asheville beercityfestival.com
16th Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show
June 1-2 • Downtown Black Mountain • olddepot.org
Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
June 7 • Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntowngalleries.org
River Arts District Studio Stroll
June 8-9 • River Arts District riverartsdistrict.com
Shindig on the Green June 29, July 6, 13, 20, Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31 Pack Square Park folkheritage.org
july-september Biltmore Concert Series Select summer dates $ Biltmore • biltmore.com
Ingles Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 • Downtown Asheville ashevillenc.gov/parks
58th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games July 11-14 $ • Grandfather Mountain • gmhg.org
66th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
July 18-21 $ • U.S. Cellular Center southernhighlandguild.org
Downtown After 5
July 19, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntown.org
41st Annual Village Art & Craft Fair Aug. 3-4 • Historic Biltmore Village bluespiral1.com
36th Annual Sourwood Festival
Aug. 10-11 Downtown Black Mountain exploreblackmountain.com
7th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
Aug. 13-17 $ Diana Wortham Theatre laughyourashevilleoff.com
Asheville Wine and Food Festival
Aug. 23-24 U.S. Cellular Center wncmagazine.com/wineandfood
Goombay! Festival Aug. 23-25 Downtown Asheville
Carolinas Bonsai Expo Oct. 12-13 $ • The North Carolina Arboretum ncarboretum.org
66th Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Oct. 17-20 $ • U.S. Cellular Center • southernhighlandguild.org
LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival
Oct. 17-20 $ • Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain • theleaf.com
Christmas at Biltmore
Nov. 2-Jan. 1, 2014 $ • Biltmore biltmore.com
Weaverville Art Safari Nov. 2-3 • Weaverville weavervilleartsafari.com
River Arts District Studio Stroll
33rd Heritage Weekend
Nov. 9-10 River Arts District riverdistrictartists.com
Art in Autumn
Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Sept. 21 • Main Street, Weaverville visitweaverville.com/artinautumn
Nov. 9-Dec. 31, 2013 $ Biltmore • biltmore.com
The Brewgrass Festival
The Polar Express™
Sept. 13-14 • Folk Art Center southernhighlandguild.com
Sept. 21 $ • Martin Luther King Jr. Park brewgrassfestival.com
Asheville Citizen-Times City Marathon/Half Marathon/5K Sept. 26-28 $ Downtown Asheville citizen-times.com
Fall $ • Various locations in Asheville • moogfest.com
67th Annual Asheville Antiques Fair
Mid-Nov.-late Dec. $ Great Smoky Mountains Railroad gsmr.com
National Gingerbread House Competition™ & Display Nov. 20-Jan. 2, 2014 The Grove Park Inn groveparkinn.com
19th Century Carolina Christmas Nov. 21-Jan. 5, 2014 $ Smith McDowell House wnchistory.org
July 26-28 • Downtown Asheville belecherefestival.com
Fall $ Crowne Plaza Resort ashevilleantiquesfair.com
Holly Jolly Christmas
86th Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Asheville Cinema Festival
Biltmore Village Annual Dickens Festival
Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
Candelight Christmas Stroll
Bele Chere Festival
Aug. 1-3 $ • Diana Wortham Theatre • folkheritage.org
Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk
Aug. 2 • Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntowngalleries.org
Fall $ • Various locations in Asheville ashevillecinemafestival.com
Oct. 4 • Downtown Asheville ashevilledowntowngalleries.org
Dec. 6 • Black Mountain exploreblackmountain.com
Dec. 6-8 Historic Biltmore Village biltmorevillage.com
Dec. 13 • Weaverville visitweaverville.com/candlelight
Published on Dec 11, 2012
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