Asheville has been recognized for its splendors by
dozens of magazines, websites and publications in recent years. Accolades range
from the designation by Frommer's as one of a dozen top travel destinations in
the world to recognition for the Asheville area arts community, outdoor
adventures, cuisine, organic and vegetarian eats, and much more.
TripAdvisor.com lists Asheville as one of its "15 Destinations
on the Rise." (December 2011)
Zagat.com includedÂ Firestorm Cafe
& BooksÂ in a list of the "10 Coolest
Independent Coffee Shops Across the US."Â
CondÃ© Nast Traveler's annual Reader's Choice Awards
PollÂ chose two
Asheville properties among the best in the nation. TheÂ Grove Park Inn
Resort & SpaÂ was rated a Top U.S. Resort, and theÂ Grand Bohemian
Hotel AshevilleÂ was rated at Top U.S. Hotel.
Asheville is named "Best Place
to Start a Fall Foliage Tour" by Livabiliy.com (October 2011)
The editors of Prevention magazine
and Fitbie rank Asheville as the #5 best U.S.
city for weight loss, thanks to a wide variety of options for
finding farm fresh food choices. (October 2011)
Asheville comes in at #10 in TripAdvisor.com'sÂ Travelers'
Choice Awards for top food and wine destinations in the U.S.
Good Morning America featured Asheville as one of its"Most
Beautiful Places in America." (August 2011)
released its list ofÂ "Top 10 Resort AreasÂ to Visit with your
Dog" in the U.S. and named Asheville and the Blue Ridge Parkway
as #2. (August 2011)
Yoga Journal magazine includes
Asheville in its list of "10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns."
Asheville again rises to the top of AmericanStyle magazine's Top 25 Small City Arts
Destinations, narrowly beating Santa Fe in the annual readers' poll.
Online poll on Examiner.com: "Asheville,
BeerCity USA 2011 makes it a three-pete" Asheville won with
more than 46% of the vote and significant support from outside North Carolina.
Livability lists McCormick Field, the home of the
Asheville Tourists, as one of the top 10 minor
league stadiums. (March 2011)
The Donald Ross-designed course at the Grove Park Inn
Resort & Spa makes the reader-nominated list of "125 Top Golf
Resorts." (April 2011)
Fodors.com names Asheville as one of the "21 Places We're
Going in 2011," highlighting the city's food and drink scene
and its artsy vibe. (January 2011)
Choice Awards on TripAdvisor.com named the Residences at
Biltmore the #23 hotel in the nation. (January 2011)Â
White House Statement: During President Obamaâ€™s spring
vacation in Asheville, White House spokeswoman Moira Mack issued the following
â€œThe president first visited the Asheville area during the campaign, and he
liked it so much that he vowed to take his family there. The president and
first lady are planning to spend a quiet weekend enjoying some of the many
things this beautiful part of the country has to offer.â€ (April
Online Poll Posted on Examiner.com: Asheville holds
onto its title as Beer City USA. (May 2010)
AmericanStyle.com: Asheville was ranked the number one small
city (population under 100,000) for the arts in their annual â€œTop 25
Arts Destinationsâ€ readerâ€™s poll. (May 2010)
Livability.com: Ranked Asheville one of their 10 most
surprisingly vibrant food cities. (April 2010)
Sherman's Travel: Named Asheville as one of its top 10 spring
getaways. (March 2010)
TopRetirements.com: Asheville was rated number one in
TopRetirement.comâ€™s list of the most popular
retirement towns for 2010. (February 2010)
RateBeer.com: This craft beer aficionado Web site named
several Asheville area restaurants, breweries and craft beer stores in their
annual RateBeer Best
2010. (January 2010)
Ales â€“ Number three best beer retailer worldwideâ€¨The Thirsty Monk â€“ Number 41
Beer Barâ€¨Barleyâ€™s Taproom & Pizzeria â€“ Number 27 Beer Restaurantâ€¨Mellow
Mushroom â€“ Number 41 Beer Restaurantâ€¨Highland Brewing â€“ Number 26 Brewery to
Visitâ€¨Wedge Brewery â€“ Number 43 Brewpub
Southern Living: In the magazineâ€™s â€œBest of the South
Travel Awards,â€ Ashevilleâ€™s Little Pigs BBQ
placed second in the best barbecue in North Carolina category. (January
Travel+Leisure: Ashevilleâ€™s Inn on Biltmore Estate and
Richmond Hill Inn were named in the magazineâ€™s "500 Best Hotels"
list. (January 2010)
Byways: Named Asheville as one of the magazine's "Top 50 North
American Group Tour Destinations of 2010." (December 2009)
Why Live In
Western North Carolina?:
Art, Music, & Culture
There are hundreds of artists who live near the Asheville, NC
and they donâ€™t mind welcoming you into their art studios. For example, in
downtown Asheville, along the French Broad River,Â is where you will find the River Arts
District, home to 165 year round working artist studios. You can observe famous
artists such as Jonas Gerard painting colorful masterpieces, Constance Williams
molding pottery and more artists creating hand blown glass and art sculptures.
Thirty minutes to the north in Burnsville NC, the Toe River Studio Tour
takes place twice a year where youâ€™ll find 100 more local artists opening their
studio doors to the public.Â Have you
visited the Appalachian Folk Art Center located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at
mile post 382, only five minutes from downtown Asheville?Â Â This is a fantastic place to find one of a
kind Appalachian art made from natural elements such as stone, animal
artifacts, fabric and find breath taking photographs of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
One of the classic examples of observing Ashevillian culture is by
attending the weekly Friday night Drum Circle held in downtown Asheville NC.
Locals come out of the woodwork to bang their drums in harmony while others
dance to the music. You will find life in Western North Carolina revolves
around art, music and spending as much time as possible outdoors.
High End Education:
Asheville NC is ahead of the curve by recognizing how desirable this
region has become to retirees and delivering community forums geared towards
mature adults.Â The University of North
Carolina Asheville founded the North Carolina Center for Creative
Retirement.Â The NCCCR offers an
impressive list of lifelong learning courses for mature adults and cultural
entertainment on campus.
To the south, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee is home to the
Catmounts. For over 100 years, this college has molded some of the finest
entrepreneurs graduating from their business school.Â Brevard College, Blue Ridge Community College
and Montreat College are more excellent colleges within 30 miles of downtown
You might be surprised to discover that Haywood Community College in
Waynesville NC is carving a high tech image for itself as its new RHTC campus
teaches 3D imaging, solar energy technologies and robotics courses. No matter
where you to choose to live in Western North Carolina, you will find affordable
college courses to enjoy and campuses offering you part-time teaching
Easy Access to Many Major Cities:
Getting in and out of Western North Carolina to see your family and
friends is quick, easy and is becoming less expensive.Â Asheville Regional Airport ( AVL ) currently
offers the following non-stop flights from these major cities:
â€¢Â Â Atlanta - Delta
â€¢Â Â Charlotte - U S Airways
â€¢Â Â Chicago - United
â€¢Â Â Detroit - Delta
â€¢Â Â Houston - Continental
â€¢Â Â Newark - Continental
â€¢Â Â Orlando - Allegiant
â€¢Â Â Philadelphia - U S Airways
Greenville Spartanburg International Airport is about an hour south of
Asheville and is the new east coast hub for Southwest Airlines. Charlotte International
Airport is about 2 hours east of Asheville NC and is U S Airwayâ€™s east coast
hub. Major highway access can be found traveling in all directions via
Interstate 26 or Interstate 40. For those of us in no rush, scenic U.S. Route
64 travels from Western North Carolina to the Outer Banks beaches or you can
travel north or south on Americaâ€™s Favorite Scenic Drive, the Blue Ridge
Healthy Food Choices:
From the farm to the dinner table, if eating healthy food is important
to you, there is no better place to live than in Western North Carolina
offering I Green Markets, farm stands and organic health food stores through
the region.Â The city of Asheville
appeals to the most demanding taste buds and health conscious obsessions.Â Ashevillianâ€™s pride themselves on fresh grown
mountain produce. Apples, herbs, homemade cheeses, breads, grass fed beef and
free range poultry are just a few of the items you can find at the 88 tail gate
markets in the Appalachian Mountain range.Â
Whole Foods and Earth Fare clearly dominate the grocery store market in
Asheville North Carolina.Â Beyond the
city limits, you will find 30 more weekly farmerâ€™s markets to explore or you
can grow your own organic garden.
Festivals, Fairs, and Shows:
These are just of few of the major festivals
and events that occur each year.Â There
is hundreds of local shows, festivals and fairs for you to attend year round.
â€¢Â Â Asheville NC - Bele Chere
This is the largest free outdoor street festival on the east coast held
each year in July. The City of Asheville blocks off the downtown city streets
for three days as 200,000 people enjoy live music, fantastic food and art
â€¢Â Â Asheville NC - Big Band
Swing and Dance Weekend
Held in January at the legendary Grove Park Inn, this annual festival
brings in world class Big Bands playing jazz music from the Swing Era as
dancers perform the Tango, the Charleston and popular 1920â€˜s swing dances.
â€¢Â Â Asheville NC - Comedy
Held in March at the Grove Park Inn, this two day annual event brings in
the funniest and best known comedians from across the country.
â€¢Â Â Asheville NC - Festival of
Held during the month of April, this well known North Carolina festival
is held at The Biltmore Estate attracting gardening hobbyist and photographers alike.
â€¢Â Â Asheville NC - Winter
Warmer Beer Festival
Named the Best BeerCity USA three years in a row, this annual January
beer festival is held at the Asheville Civic Center.
â€¢Â Â Black Mountain NC - Lake
Eden Arts Festival (LEAF)
Held in May and October, this is the closest to a mini Woodstock
festival Iâ€™ve ever seen. Attendees camp out overnight for three days around the
lake listening to the fabulous blues and jazz artists.
â€¢Â Â Brevard NC - White Squirrel
Held Memorial Day Weekend, this annual festival includes live
entertainment, an old fashioned box car derby and everything you can image
relating to a fluffy white squirrel.
â€¢Â Â Hendersonville NC - North
Carolina Apple Festival
Held Labor Day weekend, this is four day festival is the largest Apple
Festival in North Carolina. Celebrating the sweetness of apples, you can find
just about anything apple at this tasty festival. Be sure not to miss the King
â€¢Â Â Waynesville NC - Folkmoot
Held in July, Folkmoot USA is the State International Festival of North
Carolina. Up to 350 performers from 10 countries dance in the streets during
this mountain festival. The Folkmoot Parade kicks off this two day North
Carolina festival celebration.
The BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY and OverÂ One
Million Acres Of National & State Parks:
From the Virginia state line at mile post 216.9 south to mile post 469.1
bordering Tennessee and Western North Carolina, this 253 mile stretch is among
the most scenic roadways in America overlooking more than 1,000,000 acres of
protected national forest. Â The Blue
Ridge Parkway passes through the Pisgah National Forest, Nantahala National
Forest and leads to the gateway of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Â The Blue Ridge Parkway is easily accessible
from Asheville, Waynesville and the North Carolina High Country. Hiking trails,
waterfalls, picnic areas and breath taking scenic outlooks are fantastic places
to spend the afternoon along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Living near the Blue Ridge
Parkway is truly special.
year 8.6 million people visit the National Forests in North Carolina, to camp,
hike, mountain bike, fish, take scenic drives or enjoy the forest's solitude.
The twoÂ National Forests Western in
North Carolina include Nantahala &Pisgah and donâ€™t forget Dupont State
Forest ( land of the waterfalls).
Top Medical Care:
Mission Hospital Asheville NC - Ranked a Top 100 Heart Hospital
As bizarre as it sounds, your chance of dying in Mission Hospital
Asheville are 21% less than a typical hospital according to Dr. Ronald A.
Paulus, president and CEO of Mission Health. The Asheville Mission Hospital
Health system is ranked among the Top 15 Health Care Systems in the country by
Thomson Reuters, a measurement of excellence. Asheville Mission Hospitalâ€™s
comprehensive geriatric specialties serve the community by providing preventive
care and inpatient care in the heart of Western North Carolina.
VAMC Hospital is Asheville North Carolinaâ€™s Veterans Hospital.
Established in 1922, this hospital continues to provide a long list
medical specialties to over 100,000 veterans in Western North Carolina. From
surgery to diagnostics, fitness to rehabilitation, the VAMC is committed to
diligently caring for Americaâ€™s heroes. â€¨Beyond the city limits of Asheville
NC, the Pardee Hospital system in Hendersonville, Haywood Regional Medical
Center in Waynesville NC and the West Care Health System in Sylva Â also provide quality medical care.
Come to Western North
Carolina for the Season or Year-Round:
Whether youâ€™re a Floridian half backer seeking to escape the summer heat
or a northerner leaving the frigid winters behind, Western North Carolina
offers four mild seasons, incredible mountain beauty, intriguing art, rich
culture, quick access to major cities and home affordability.