Asheville is in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Asheville boasts pleasant year-round weather, and remains a quaint mountain town that's not too crowded. It serves as the county seat of Buncombe County.
Asheville Regioal Airport has direct flights from some of the largest hubs in the nation, along with a number of flights a day to Charlotte.
A car is definitely your best bet. Public transportation does exist, but it is intermittent at best.
We won't mention the leaves in October!
The Biltmore Estate, the largest privately-owned house in the world, is just a few minutes outside the city, and should be on any visitor's itinerary. Basic admission to grounds and self-guided house tour $39/adult and $19.50/youth.
In the summer, everyone enjoys world-class music at Brevard's Music Festival.
Dramas, comedies, and musicals are shown at the Flatrock Playhouse April thro' December.
Annually, on the last weekend of July there is Bele Chere, touted as the largest street festival in the Southeast. Hundreds of artists, artisans, musicians, and performers come from all over the region to take part in the festivities.
During the last weeks of July is Folkmoot, a festival of song and dance staged by performance groups from around the world. Most of the events for this festival take place in the nearby town of Waynesville.
Asheville also boasts as being home to the highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell.
Chimney Rock Park Chimney Rock Park is about 30 miles outside Asheville and definitely worth the drive. It's a privately owned park (not part of the US system) with a fairly high admission fee ($14 for adults as of 2005), but the views are incredible and the trails well maintained. http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/