Asheville Area Information
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Asheville, North Carolina
Whether you are looking for outdoor adventure, somewhere to escape the daily grind, or a peaceful escape in the mountains, Asheville NC will exceed your expectations. There's plenty to see and do, including touring the funky thriving downtown, as well as the many surrounding historic towns such as Black Mountain, Montreat, Weaverville, Hendersonville and Waynesville.
Asheville is buzzing with the arts, with many downtown art galleries, street musicians and artists. In the Spring through fall, and on the warm winter days, locals and tourists sip coffee from the many local coffee shops. If you are addicted to Starbucks - you will be able to find one, however Asheville's independent locally-owned stores are thriving and make up the mainstay of retail rather than the national brands. Asheville's rich architecture with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is a perfect canvas for the city's life and energy.
If a simple trip with good food is your style, The Asheville area has 45 farmer tailgate markets!
For shopping, be sure to visit the downtown block-long Grove Arcade built in the 1920s, a shopping and dining destination in one location with many restaurants and boutiques around the outside and fascinating specialty stores inside. Built in the late 1890s, Historic Biltmore Village features pebble-dash homes once belonging to George Vanderbilt and now featuring elegant restaurants, and interesting boutiques and galleries.
Asheville's diverse music scene ranges from bluegrass native to the area to major national acts, opera, ballet, country music and experimental jazz. Street performers often entertain crowds downtown.
Asheville has been heralded as a the number one city in virtually every category by many respected magazines and authorities.
Much of the architecture in downtown was constructed by the same craftspeople who built Biltmore House. Asheville boasts more Art Deco architecture than any southeastern city other than Miami Beach, which boast the best collection in the world
Neighborhoods in Asheville NC