Asheville, North Carolina

Surrounded by the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this vibrant “small city” is a wonderful contradiction in many ways; offering everything a big city has but with a small town sensibility and an engaged community. Known for its creativity, diversity, arts, culinary scene and micro-breweries, Asheville, NC is alive with interesting culture that begs for exploration. The town is surrounded by thousands of acres of national parks, streams and waterfalls, and quaint mountain towns, each with its own character and charm.
The area boasts four distinct seasons without the extremes with the two longest seasons being spring and fall. Cool summers where you keep a blanket on the bed, and mild winters with the occasional blanketing of white. Asheville is contemporary, nostalgic and historic. Generational and multicultural and in the midst of a culinary renaissance with a restaurant scene that surpasses cities many times it size. The Biltmore Estate is the country’s largest family owned fully operational touring property and the most expensive single family home built at its time. A great place to welcome each season as a local sampling the latest vintage from the estate’s winery. The estate has a fantastic summer concert series, and programs and events throughout the year. The N.C. Arboretum designed by renowned architect Frederick Olmsted, has 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails along with indoor and outdoor exhibits. The Asheville Art Museum features the finest art collection of Western North Carolina artists. And the River Arts District is bustling with working artists in all mediums.

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Asheville Awards & Accolades

  • Rated as one of the “Top 10 Places to Live” by Outside magazine
  • Southern Living magazine named Asheville NC one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South.” (May 2013)
  • Fodor’s named Asheville as a Best Destination for Fall Foliage in a feature on the TODAY Show. (September 2012)
  • Readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate as one of the top 75 spas on the U.S. mainland. (June 2012)
  • Outside magazine and American Rivers named Asheville among America’s best river towns. (June 2012)
  • Asheville won the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards on About.com for Most Romantic Place in the USA and Canada. (April 2012)
  • TripAdvisor.com lists Asheville as one of its “15 Destinations on the Rise.”
    (December 2011)
  • Asheville NC was rated number one in TopRetirement.com’s list of the most popular retirement towns for 2010. (February 2010)
  • Condé Nast Traveler‘s annual Reader’s Choice Awards Poll chose two Asheville properties among the best in the nation. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was rated a top U.S. Resort, and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was rated a top U.S. Hotel.
  • Asheville comes in at #10 in TripAdvisor.com’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for top food and wine destinations in the U.S. (October 2011)
  • Good Morning America featured Asheville as one of its “Most Beautiful Places in America.” (August 2011)
  • Yoga Journal magazine includes Asheville in its list of “10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns.” (August 2011)
  • Asheville again rises to the top of American Style magazine’s Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations in the annual readers’ poll. (May 2011)
  • The Donald Ross-designed course at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa makes the reader-nominated list of “125 Top Golf Resorts.” (April 2011)
  • Fodors named Asheville as one of the “21 Places We’re Going in 2011,”
    highlighting the city’s food and drink scene and its artsy vibe. (January 2011)