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.