Asheville has been called the quirkiest city in America. Its artsy, eclectic, environmentally conscious, nature-loving, outdoorsy, and open-minded population sets it apart from every other city located in the bible belt.
Here are just a few of our many local attractions.
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 landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and a winery which produces award-winning, European-style wine. more >>
Asheville's downtown is known for its deco architecture. The city's boutiques, shops, art galleries and antique stores offer lots of opportunity to browse or buy. Our 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.
With over 250 independent restaurants, Asheville is steadily earning the attention of foodies near and far. While the rest of the country gradually embraces the local food movement, chefs in Asheville are celebrating decades of close ties with local farmers.
Visit our Virtual Concierge to see where the locals eat. more >>
The River Arts District of Asheville consists of a vast array of artists and working studios set in an urban scene of old factories and historical buildings. Everywhere you turn, the creative process is in full swing. We encourage you to come explore artist studios, meet the artists and watch them while they work. more >>
Asheville is all about small local businesses. It is easy to find unique treasures in our independently owned shops lining the streets downtown. We are also known for our many antique shops. Visit our Virtual Concierge for some antiquing recommendations. For those of you who love and Outlet Mall we offer a free shuttle to ours.