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.
Retiring to the land of milk & honey has a whole new meaning nowadays. When folks thought of retirement years ago, some wanted Florida, others headed out West, and some went out of the country. Now Asheville is one of the main areas that folks want to retire to! Hendersonville, about 20 minutes south of downtown Asheville was the retirement area, while Asheville held onto their “freaky and funky” scene. Now…
Fodor’s Travel Names Asheville as one of America’s 10 Best River Towns! This is a post from back in 2014, but Asheville is only getting better, thanks to the RiverLink organization, and companies like New Belgium doing improvements in the River Arts District. You can read the original article on Fodor’s: America’s 10 Best River Towns.