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Area Attractions

Why take an Asheville vacation?

Asheville is a town of unlimited possibilities. From the historic Biltmore Estate to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, from cultural events to plain old fun, the town offers something for almost everyone. Throughout the year, the region offers up beautiful weather and scenery as a background to your activity.

Spring is a glorious festival of flowers throughout the town and mountainsides, and a drive or a hike through the countryside will reward you with spectacular waterfalls and beautiful springtime flowers and foliage. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, is easily accessed from Asheville. Flowering shrubs and wildflowers dominate the parkway in the spring, including rhododendrons and dogwoods.

In summer, the people and the music take to the streets. Artists and artisans abound, with every turn and corner offering up a new surprise. Asheville is justly renowned for its restaurants, and the abundance of local farms, fish-filled streams, and produce markets ensure the finest of ingredients for your table.

To many, the highlight of Asheville’s year is autumn when the leaves turn, and the glorious oranges and reds rival that of more northern states. Sip freshly milled cider from a local orchard, and choose the perfect pumpkin right out of the patch.

Winter is generally mild during the day although it does get cold at night, allowing the ski resorts to refresh their slopes mechanically if nature has been slacking. The Blue Ridge Parkway may be closed to cars, but this opens it to hikers and sometimes, cross country skiing! And of course, Asheville at Christmas is not to be missed. The entire town lights up with fireworks and special events throughout the month of December.

The following is only a short list of the many things to do in Asheville and the surrounding area. If you can think of it, chances are that somewhere near here you can do it!

Things to do in Asheville

Historic and Cultural:

The Biltmore Estate: http://www.biltmore.com

Asheville Historic Trolley tours: http://www.ashevilletrolleytours.com

Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville: http://www.graylineasheville.com

Thomas Wolfe Memorial: http://www.wolfememorial.com

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association: http://www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/members.html

The North Carolina Arboretum: http://www.ncarboretum.org/exhibits/outdoors/

Theater:

Diana Wortham Theater: http://www.dwtheatre.com

Shakespeare in the Park: http://www.montfordparkplayers.org

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater: http://www.sartplays.org

Asheville Community Theater: http://www.ashevilletheatre.org

Uniquely Asheville:

The Asheville Tourists (Single A Baseball): http://asheville.tourists.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t573

Asheville Food Tours: http://www.ashevillefoodtours.com

Yadkin Valley Wine Tour: http://www.yadkinwinetours.com

Farmer’s Market: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/asheville/

Hickory Nut Gap Farm: http://www.hickorynutgapfarm.com

Tailgate Markets: http://www.buyappalachian.org/filter/group/tailgate (Spring through Summer)

LaZoom Tour Company (Comedy and Art Tours of Asheville): http:// www.lazoomtours.com

Asheville Hot Air Balloons:  http://www.ashevillehotairballoons.com

Asheville Brewery Tour:  http://ashevillebrewerytours.com/

Shopping: http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/shopping/index.aspx

Grove Arcade: http://www.grovearcade.com

Biltmore Village: http://www.biltmorevillage.com/shops.htm

Adorn Salon & Boutique:  http://www.adornsalonandboutique.com

Restaurants:

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association: http://airasheville.org

Nightlife:

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues:

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: http://www.frenchbroadchocolates.com

Sante Wine Bar: http://www.santewinebar.com

The Grey Eagle:

The Orange Peel: http://www.theorangepeel.net

Day Spas:

The Secret Spa: http://www.thesecretspa.com

Sensibilities: http://www.sensibilities-spa.com

Shoji Retreat:

Around Asheville: Outdoor Sports and Activities

Chimney Rock: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com

Asheville Cycling:

Blue Ridge Parkway: http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

Asheville Fly Fishing:

Golf: http://www.golflink.com/search.aspx?q=Asheville+golf

Skiing: http://www.asheville.com/sports/ski.html

Whitewater rafting: http://www.frenchbroadrafting.com,

Pisgah National Forest: http://www.pisgahforest.com/public-lands/pisgahnationalforest/

Waterfalls: http://www.romanticasheville.com/waterfalls.htm

Festivals:

Shindig on the Green: Saturday Evenings July and August

Brew Grass Festival

Asheville Film Festival

LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival)

The Southern Highland Craft Festival

Asheville Antique Fair: August 6-8, 2010

River District Artists: http://www.riverdistrictartists.com (Studio strolls-second weekend of June and November)

Seasonal Sizzle: Throughout the month of December, fireworks, shopping, markets, parades, visits from Santa, and more.

These are only the best-known and largest festivals occurring in the Asheville area. We encourage you to visit http://www.exploreasheville.com for an up-to-date listing of all of the events throughout the year.