Once you've ventured to Asheville, you'll discover why one visit can never be enough. Step back in time and experience Gilded Age elegance at America's largest home, George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore House. Meet artisans and discover a treasure trove of handmade crafts. Explore the historic downtown. Learn about the native Cherokee Tribe. Visit spectacular gardens or relish the high mountain peaks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the nation's most scenic road. These attractions and more await you in the Asheville area.

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Biltmore Estate

Built by George Vanderbilt in the late 19th century, America's largest private home, the 255-room Biltmore House still contains its original collection of 50,000 furnishings, artwork and antiques. The 8,000 acre estate also features fabulous gardens designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and a winery which produces award-winning, European-style wine.

Located on US 25, just north of I-40. 800/543-2961. Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except Thanksgiving & Christmas days. Allow four to six hours for visit. Admission: Varies Depending on Season; Children 6 & under admitted free with paying adult.

Blue Ridge Parkway

Considered the nation's most scenic highway, the 470-mile roadway winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains, through Asheville and into the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Numerous overlooks, roadside exhibits and hiking trails make a trip along the Parkway a delight year-round.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain is known as the Front Porch of Western North Carolina. The town is cradled by mountains, surrounded by gorgeous views and located just 15 miles east of Asheville and only 9 miles from the hotel.

The town overflows with art & craft galleries, artist studios, specialty shops, antique shops, bookstores and furniture stores, where you can find the perfect gift. Eat lunch in a charming cafe, go biking, hiking or sit awhile. Spend the afternoon at Lake Tomahawk with its walking path, swimming pool, tennis courts, golf and croquet. Feed the ducks, swing on a swing and feel like a kid again. Pass the evening with a pleasant stroll or tap your foot to the beat in one of Black Mountain's music clubs.

For more information contact the Black Mountain Chamber of Commerce, (800)-669-2301.

Chimney Rock Park

Ride the 26 story elevator embedded in rock to the top of this park for hundred mile views from the huge granite boulder for which the park is named. Enjoy the lush scenery featured in the film "The Last of the Mohicans." Hike the trails, see the 400-foot Hickory Nut Falls, and take part in special events year-round. Hwy. 64/74A, Chimney Rock (25 miles from Asheville). 800/277-9611 or 828/625-9611. Hours: Ticket plaza open year-round 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Park stays open 1 1/2 hours later). Allow one hour to all day. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Days. Admission: $$.

Asheville Brews Cruise

Experience a taste of Asheville's thriving local beer scene with an exclusive tour of some of the award-winning micro breweries.

Knowledge guides will lead you on a behind-the-scenes tour of three of four of Asheville's ten (and counting) breweries. During the tour, you will walk among each brewery's stainless steel brew kettles and fermenters, where you will learn the unique blend of science, art and passion that turns malted grain, hops, yeast and water into that magic elixir called beer. And of course, each stop will include generous samples of each brewery's fresh and delicious brews. By the end of the tour, you'll understand why Asheville is voted Beer City USA year after year.

Historic Downtown Asheville

Steeped in history, Asheville's downtown boasts more art deco architecture than any southeastern city other than Miami Beach. Over 150 boutiques, shops, art galleries and antique stores offer lots of opportunity to browse or buy. Nearly 50 diverse restaurants, cafes, tea rooms, and brewery pubs provide mouth-watering cuisine and a place to people watch. Area night clubs feature everything from regional music to poetry slams to nationally known acts. During the summer and fall, a variety of entertainment can be found outdoors at City/County Plaza and Pack Square. Free. 828/251-9973.

Folk Art Center

The nation's preeminent organization representing the crafts culture of the Southern Appalachians, the Southern Highland Handicraft Guild, owns and operates this facility where works of guild members are displayed and sold and artisans frequently demonstrate their craft.

Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. 828/298-7928. Hours: Open daily 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Apr-Dec); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Jan-Mar). Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Days. Allow 45 minutes to one hour for visit. Free.

Historic Biltmore Village

One of the Carolina's most fascinating, unique and enjoyable shopping environments. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, open air dining all combined with amazing collections of one-of-a-kind merchandise of true quality and value. The Village shops are housed in the original homes built in the 1900 to 1910 era and is listed as a national historic landmark. Located at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Sundays 1 - 5 p.m. in season. Some shops and restaurants are open Sunday year round. Some restaurants feature brunch and dinner. For times, call the specific shop or restaurant.

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