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Asheville

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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.

Get in

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.

Get around

A car is definitely your best bet. Public transportation does exist, but it is intermittent at best.

See

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.

Do

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.

Buy

Eat

  • Savoy is well-known for high quality Italian food. In fact, they fly fresh fish in every day from Hawaii. Well worth the splurg!
  • The Hop serves acclaimed ice cream. So does Marble Slab Creamery where they will mix in your favorite toppings right before your eyes.
  • The Sisters McMullen Bakery caries a variety of delectable pastries.
  • Sunnypoint Bakery is a great brunch spot.
  • Check out Tupelo Honey Cafe downtown for some delicious New Southern cuisine.
  • Lucky Otter is a great choice for your burrito fix.

Drink

Sleep

The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn are perhaps the nicest hotels in Western North Carolina. There are also many old large homes in the area that have been converted to Bed & Breakfasts.

Get out

Asheville is close to other mountain towns worth visiting, Brevard, Hendersonville, and Waynesville.

Activities abound in the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, Blue Ridge Parkway, and the not too far away Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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/

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