Asheville is nestled into the misty Blue Ridge Mountains like a twinkling Never-land, and it is the heart and center of Western North Carolina. With a population approaching 85,000 in July 2011, Asheville is the largest city in WNC, and 11th largest in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Named for 18th century governor Samuel Ashe, the city lies at the juncture of the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers, offering beautiful walking trails and a storied history. Attractions include monuments to Civil War era governor Zebulon Vance; America’s largest private home at Biltmore Estates; elegant gothic and art deco architecture; studios in the River Arts District, and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Residents vow the traditional, gracious Southern city with a decidedly west coast vibe, “Foodie” culture, and a bohemian heart somehow embodies the best of all worlds. Certainly, it dances to the beat of its own drums during open jam sessions Fridays in downtown’s Pritchard Park. The music in Asheville is as varied as the local microbrew selection – something to everyone’s taste.
Famous for inspiring Thomas Wolfe’s 20th century literary masterpiece, Look Homeward Angel; today Asheville emerges as a leader in community building, collaborative work environments, alternative energy development, sustainability and green living, entrepreneurial economy, organic farm-to-table agriculture, and natural and integrative health care.
Asheville is inviting and addicting. An easy place to come to and a hard place to leave. We would like to offer you the chance to experience it through our website, and then in person. Are you looking for a place to stay? A restaurant to dine in? Things to do? Do you have questions about the area and need answers? Well you have come to the right place! Our community team stands by to help you find your way around our wonderful City and have an incredible time. Welcome to AskAsheville.com.
I love those chocolate covered pineapples, along with everything else but especially those guys. I’ve seen ads for Edible Arrangements on TV but didn’t think anything else about it. Then I got the opportunity to interview our local store owner, Diana King. The more we chatted; the more I got to realizing she has greater ambitions for this business.
Diana says, “We are the creator of and…
For Her, On Dry Land
We claim our sketch,
proud in solidarity
from our hatch on the French Broad sea.
Please return, we want you back,
extend our love line
Experience the place
beneath the skin,
the windy plank, the swirling underneath.
The water of the not-complete.
Our formation, gestation, full regeneration,
the river, the art, never the same.
Evolution defies a single-word…