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.
October 18, 2014
Here in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fall means one thing: Leaf Season. The mountains around Asheville are awash in color right now, with the season already in full swing. There are still many weeks left for prime leaf-watching this year, so take this opportunity to get out and look at the Autumn display for yourself! Get out there! It can be tricky to plan a trip to catch the peak Fall color in any given location. Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, or a similar scenic byway, is a better option and provides a great opportunity to view a lot of…
October 14, 2014
There is no denying it, by anyone, that Asheville is most definitely a beer town. Until I moved here, I really didn’t know that great beer existed. I drank beer, mostly for its effects, and mostly the kind of beer that is not socially accepted here in beer city (shhh, don’t tell). But luckily I have a new appreciation for craft beer. I have developed a palate for hops, and sometimes it is more of a challenge to find a beer that doesn’t have such a strong effect if you know what I mean. So I was completely on board…