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Asheville, North Carolina
—  City  —
Downtown Asheville


Location in North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°34′48″N 82°33′21″W / 35.58°N 82.55583°W / 35.58; -82.55583Coordinates: 35°34′48″N 82°33′21″W / 35.58°N 82.55583°W / 35.58; -82.55583
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Buncombe
Incorporated 1797
 - Mayor Terry Bellamy
 - City 41.3 sq mi (107.0 km2)
 - Land 40.9 sq mi (106.0 km2)
 - Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)  0.94%
Elevation 2,134 ft (650 m)
Population (2008)[1]
 - City 74,543.
 Density 1,704.6/sq mi (657.94/km2)
 Urban 221,570
 Metro 408,436
  US Census Bureau estimate
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-02140[2]
GNIS feature ID 1018864[3]
Asheville City Hall. This building epitomizes the Art Deco style of the 1920s.
The Biltmore House on Biltmore Estate, which is the largest house in America, with more than 250 rooms, was built as a private residence complete with indoor pool and bowling alley. Modern guests, who also come to see the adjacent gardens, enjoy a similar view to this 1902 photo.

Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States.[4] It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and continues to grow. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that Asheville's population in 2008 was 78,543.[1] Asheville is a part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population of which was estimated by the Census Bureau in 2008 to be 408,436.[5]




Before the arrival of Europeans, the land where Asheville now exists lay within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation.[6] In 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto came to the area, bringing the first European visitors[7] in addition to European diseases which seriously depleted the native population.[8] The area was used as an open hunting ground until the middle of the 19th century.[9]

The history of Asheville, as a town, begins in 1784. In that year, Colonel Samuel Davidson and his family settled in the Swannanoa Valley, redeeming a soldier's land grant from the state of North Carolina. Soon after building a log cabin at the bank of Christian Creek, Davidson was lured into the woods by a band of Cherokee hunters and killed. Davidson's wife, child and female slave fled on foot to Davidson's Fort (named after Davidson's father General John Davidson) 16 miles away.

In response to the killing, Davidson's twin brother Major William Davidson and brother-in-law Colonel Daniel Smith formed an expedition to retrieve Samuel Davidson's body and avenge his murder. Months after the expedition, Major Davidson and other members of his extended family returned to the area and settled at the mouth of Bee Tree Creek.

The United States Census of 1790 counted 1,000 residents of the area, excluding the Cherokee. Buncombe County was officially formed in 1792. The county seat, named “Morristown” in 1793, was established on a plateau where two old Indian trails crossed. In 1797, Morristown was incorporated and renamed “Asheville” after North Carolina Governor Samuel Ashe.[10][11]

The Civil War

Asheville, with a population of approximately 2,500 by 1861, remained relatively untouched by the Civil War, but contributed a number of companies to the Confederate States Army, and a substantially smaller number of soldiers to the Union.[citation needed] For a time, an Enfield rifle manufacturing facility was located in the town. The war came to Asheville as an afterthought, when the "Battle of Asheville" was fought in early April 1865 at the present-day site of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, with Union forces withdrawing to Tennessee after encountering resistance from a small group of Confederate senior and junior reserves and recuperating Confederate soldiers in prepared trench lines across the Buncombe Turnpike; orders had been given to the Union force to take Asheville only if this could be accomplished without significant losses.[citation needed]

An engagement was also fought later that month at Swannanoa Gap as part of the larger Stoneman's Raid, with Union forces retreating in the face of resistance from Brig. Gen. Martin, commander of Confederate troops in western North Carolina, but returning to the area via Howard's Gap and Henderson County.[citation needed] In late April 1865 troops under the overall command of Union Gen. Stoneman captured Asheville.[citation needed] After a negotiated departure, the troops nevertheless subsequently returned and plundered and burned a number of Confederate supporters' homes in the town.[citation needed] The years following the war were a time of economic and social hardship in Buncombe County, as throughout most of the defeated South.[citation needed]

1900s to present

While Asheville prospered in the decades of 1910s and 1920s, the period of Asheville's history made world-famous by the novel Look Homeward, Angel, the Great Depression hit Asheville quite hard. On November 20, 1930, eight local banks failed.[12] Only Wachovia remained open with infusions of cash from Winston-Salem.[citation needed] Because of the explosive growth of the previous decades, the 'per capita' debt held by the city (through municipal bonds) was the highest of any city in the nation.[13] By 1929, both city and Buncombe County had incurred over $56 million in bonded debt to pay for a wide range of municipal and infrastructure improvements, including the courthouse and City Hall, paved streets, Beaucatcher Tunnel, school buildings and municipal parks. Rather than default, the city paid those debts over a period of 50 years. From the start of the Depression through the 1980s, economic growth in Asheville was slow. During this time of financial stagnation, most of the buildings in the downtown district remained unaltered. This resulted in one of the most impressive, comprehensive collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States.[14][15]

The Asheville area was subject to severe flooding from the remnants of a tropical storm on July 15–16, 1916, causing over $3 million in damage. Heavy rains from the remnants of Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Ivan caused major flooding in Asheville in September 2004, particularly at Biltmore Village.{[7] [8]}

In 2003, Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Robert Rudolph was transported to Asheville from Murphy, North Carolina, for arraignment in federal court.[16][17]

General information

Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: Modern Maturity named it one of "The 50 Most Alive Places To Be,"[18] AmericanStyle magazine called it one of "America's Top 25 Arts Destinations,"[19] Self magazine labeled it the "Happiest City for Women,"[20] it is one of AARP Magazine's "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life",[21] and was proclaimed the "New Freak Capital of the U.S." by Rolling Stone. Asheville has also been called "a New Age Mecca" by CBS News' Eye On America,[22] and named the "most vegetarian-friendly" small city in America by PETA.[23]In August of 2006 Asheville was named one the "Best Outside Towns" by Outside Magazine. [24] In the 2008 book, The Geography of Bliss, by Eric Weiner, Asheville was cited by the author as one of the happiest places in the United States.

In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated,[25] and #23 of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes.[citation needed] It was also named one of the world's top 12 must-see destinations for 2007 by Frommer's travel guides.[26]

Asheville and the surrounding mountains are also popular in the autumn when fall foliage peaks in October. The scenic Blue Ridge Parkway runs through the Asheville area and near the Biltmore Estate.

Downtown Asheville is a major attraction for tourists in the area

Mayor Terry Bellamy, the city's first African-American female mayor, is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition[27]. In 2005, Mayor Charles Worley signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, and in 2006 the City Council created the Sustainable Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment. In 2007, the Council became the first city on the East Coast to commit to building all municipal buildings to LEED Gold Standards and to achieve 80% energy reduction of 2001 standards by 2040. In 2007, the Council signed an agreement with Warren Wilson College stating the intent of the city and college to work together toward climate partnership goals. In 2009, the election of city councilman Cecil Bothwell was challenged because the North Carolina Constitution does not allow for atheists to hold public office.[28]


Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.3 square miles (107.0 km²), of which 40.9 square miles (106.0 km²) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) is water.[citation needed] The total area is 0.94% water.


Asheville has a humid subtropical climate that borders on a subtropical highland climate. Its weather resembles the weather of the rest of the southeastern U.S., but with noticeably cooler temperatures due to the higher altitude. Asheville's summers in particular, though warm, are not as hot as summers in cities farther east in the state. The highest recorded temperature in Asheville was 100°F (37°C) in 1983[29], and the lowest recorded temperature was -16°F (-27°C) in 1985 [30]. In winter, temperatures regularly fall below freezing, and Asheville almost always receives snow and freezing rain a few times each year.

Climate data for Asheville, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 46
Average low °F (°C) 27
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.07
Snowfall inches (mm) 4.6
Source: The Weather Channel [31] February 2010
Source #2: Weatherbase[32] Jan 2007


  • North - includes the neighborhoods of Albemarle Park, Beaverdam, Beaver Lake, Chestnut Hills, Colonial Heights, Grove Park, Kimberly, Montford, and Norwood Park. The Montford Area Historic District, Chestnut Hill Historic District, and Grove Park Historic District are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Montford and Albemarle Park have been named local historic districts by the Asheville City Council.
  • East - includes the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills, Chunn's Cove, Haw Creek, Oakley, Oteen, Reynolds, Riceville, and Town Mountain.
  • West - includes the neighborhoods of Wilshire Park, Bear Creek, Deaverview Park, Emma, Hi-Alta Park, Lucerne Park, Malvern Hills, Sulphur Springs, Haywood Road, and West Asheville.
  • South - includes the neighborhoods of Ballantree, Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, Kenilworth, Oak Forest, Royal Pines, Shiloh, and Skyland. Biltmore Village has been named a local historic district by the Asheville City Council.[33]


Biltmore Estate today

Notable architecture in Asheville includes its Art Deco city hall, and other unique buildings in the downtown area, such as the Battery Park Hotel, the Neo-Gothic Jackson Building, Grove Arcade and the Basilica of St. Lawrence. The S&W Cafeteria Building is also a fine example of Art Deco architecture in Asheville.[34] The Grove Park Inn is an important example of architecture and design of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Asheville's recovery from the Depression was slow and arduous. Because of the financial stagnation there were no new buildings and the downtown district remained unaltered. This however has allowed Asheville to be a great collection of Art Deco and truly a style all its own.

Inside dome of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and final resting place of Rafael Guastavino (d. 1908) in Asheville.

The Montford Area Historic District and other central areas are considered historic districts and include Victorian houses. On the other hand, Biltmore Village, located at the entrance to the famous estate, showcases unique architectural features that are found only in the Asheville area. It was here that workers stayed during the construction of George Vanderbilt's estate.[citation needed] Today, however, as with many of Asheville's historical districts, it has been transformed into a district home to quaint, trendy shops and interesting boutiques. The YMI Cultural Center, founded in 1892 by George Vanderbilt in the heart of downtown, is one of the nation's oldest African-American cultural centers.[35][36]


Location of the Asheville-Brevard CSA and its components:      Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area      Brevard Micropolitan Statistical Area
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 1,400
1880 2,616 86.9%
1890 10,235 291.2%
1900 14,694 43.6%
1910 18,762 27.7%
1920 28,504 51.9%
1930 50,193 76.1%
1940 51,310 2.2%
1950 53,000 3.3%
1960 60,192 13.6%
1970 57,929 −3.8%
1980 54,022 −6.7%
1990 61,607 14.0%
2000 68,889 11.8%
Est. 2008 74,543 [37] 8.2%

Asheville is the larger principal city of the Asheville-Brevard CSA, a Combined Statistical Area that includes the Asheville metropolitan area (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, and Madison counties) and the Brevard micropolitan area (Transylvania County),[38][39][40] which had a combined population of 398,505 at the 2000 census.[2]

At the 2000 census[2], there were 68,889 people, 30,690 households and 16,726 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,683.4 per square mile (650.0/km²). There were 33,567 housing units at an average density of 820.3/sq mi (316.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.95% White, 17.61% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.53% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.76% of the population.

There were 30,690 households of which 22.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.81.

Age distribution was 19.6% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.

The median household income was $32,772, and the median family income was $44,029. Males had a median income of $30,463 versus $23,488 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,024. About 10.3% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Metropolitan area

Asheville is the largest city located within the Asheville MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area). The MSA includes Buncombe County; Haywood County; Henderson County; and Madison County; with a combined population - as of the 2008 Census Bureau population estimate - of 408,436.[5]

Apart from Asheville, the MSA includes Hendersonville and Waynesville, along with a number of smaller incorporated towns: Biltmore Forest, Black Mountain, Canton, Clyde, Flat Rock, Fletcher, Hot Springs, Laurel Park, Maggie Valley, Mars Hill, Marshall, Mills River, Montreat, Weaverville and Woodfin.

Several sizable unincorporated rural and suburban communities are also located nearby: Arden, Barnardsville (incorporated until 1970), Bent Creek, Candler, Enka, Fairview, Jupiter (incorporated until 1970), Leicester, Oteen, Skyland and Swannanoa.


Asheville High School Main Entrance

Public Asheville City Schools include Asheville High School, Asheville Middle School, Claxton Elementary, Randolph Learning Center, Hall Fletcher Elementary, Isaac Dickson Elementary, Ira B. Jones Elementary and Vance Elementary. Asheville High has been ranked by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 100 high schools in the United States. The Buncombe County School System operates high schools, middle schools and elementary schools both inside and outside the city of Asheville.[citation needed]

Asheville has one of the only Sudbury schools in the Southeast, Katuah Sudbury School. It is also home to several charter schools, including Francine Delany New School for Children, one of the first charter schools in North Carolina and Evergreen Community Charter School, an Outward Bound-Expeditionary Learning School, recognized as one of the most environmentally conscious schools in the country.[citation needed]

Two private residential high schools are located in the Asheville area: the all-male Christ School (located in Arden) and the co-educational Asheville School. Each offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and enrolls boarding students from around the world in addition to local day students. Several other private schools, including Rainbow Mountain Children's School, Asheville Christian Academy, Hanger Hall School for Girls, The New Classical Academy and Carolina Day School, enroll local day students. In addition, New City Christian School is a private school whose stated mission is to educate low-income students.[citation needed]


Asheville and its surrounding area have several institutions of higher education:


Asheville is served by Asheville Regional Airport in nearby Fletcher, North Carolina, and by Interstate 40, Interstate 240, and Interstate 26. A milestone was achieved in 2003 when Interstate 26 was extended from Mars Hill (north of Asheville) to Johnson City, Tennessee, completing a 20-year half-billion dollar construction project through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Work continues to improve Interstate 26 from Mars Hill to Interstate 40 by improving U.S. Route 19 and U.S. Route 23 and the western part of Interstate 240. This construction will include a multi-million dollar bridge to cross the French Broad River and is not slated to start until after 2008.[41]

The city operates the Asheville Transit System, which consists of several bus lines connecting parts of the city and surrounding areas.

The Norfolk Southern Railway passes through the city, though passenger service is currently not available in the area.

Public services and utilities


Drinking water in Asheville is provided by the Asheville water department. The water system consists of three water treatment plants, more than 1,600 miles (2,600 km) of water lines, 30 pumping stations and 27 storage reservoirs. Until recently the direction of the water agency was shared between Buncombe County and the City of Asheville.[citation needed] The two governments are presently seeking agreement on water that could restore the previous intergovermental agency.[citation needed] The public drinking water supply in most areas of Asheville is presently fluoridated by the addition of hydrofluorosilic acid, at a rate of 0.9 to 1.1 parts per million[citation needed]

The original water system in Asheville dates from the 1880s when Asheville constructed a reservoir on Beaucatcher Mountain, collecting water from various springs and branches. Pipes were laid and unfiltered water distributed by gravity flowed down into the town.[citation needed]


Sewer services are provided by the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County.


Power is provided by Progress Energy Inc.

Natural gas

Natural gas is provided by PSNC Energy.

Local culture


Live music is a significant element in the tourism-based economy of Asheville and the surrounding area. Seasonal festivals and numerous nightclubs and performance venues offer opportunities for visitors and locals to attend a wide variety of live entertainment events.[42]

A popular activity in Asheville is the Drum Circle, an unorganized event that is held by local residents in Prichard Park, that is open to anyone.[43]

In particular, Asheville has a very strong street performer ("busking") community.[citation needed] Outdoor festivals, such as Bele Chere and the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival, known as LAAFF, feature local music. One event is "Shindig on the Green," which happens Saturday nights during July and August on City/County Plaza. By tradition, the Shindig starts "along about sundown" and features local bluegrass bands and dance teams on stage, and informal jam sessions under the trees surrounding the County Courthouse. Another event is "Downtown After 5". This is a monthly concert series held from 5PM till 9PM that hosts popular touring musical acts as well as local acts.

Asheville also hosts the Warren Haynes Christmas Jam annually. The event raises money for Habitat For Humanity and attracts several major touring acts each year, with past performers including Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, and members of the Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin.

DJ music, as well as a small, but active, dance community are also components of the downtown musical landscape. The town is also home to the Asheville Symphony and the Asheville Lyric Opera and there are a number of bluegrass, country, and traditional mountain musicians in the Asheville area. A residency at local music establishment The Orange Peel by Smashing Pumpkins in 2007, along with Beastie Boys in 2009, brought national attention to Asheville.[44]


Current teams

Name Sport Founded League Venue
Asheville Tourists Baseball 1897 South Atlantic McCormick Field
Asheville Grizzlies Football ?? NAFL Memorial Stadium

Previous teams

Name Sport Founded League Venue Years in Asheville
Asheville Smoke Ice hockey 1991 United Hockey League Asheville Civic Center 1998 - 2002
Asheville Aces Ice hockey 2004 Southern Professional Hockey League Asheville Civic Center 2004
Asheville Altitude Basketball 2001 NBA Development League Asheville Civic Center 2001–2005

Other sports

Area colleges and universities, such as the University of North Carolina at Asheville, compete in sports. UNCA's sports teams are known as the Bulldogs and play in the Big South Conference. The Fighting Owls of Warren Wilson College participate in mountain biking and ultimate sports teams. The College is also home of the Hooter Dome, where the Owls play their home basketball games. The Civic Center is home to the Blue Ridge Rollergirls, an up and coming team in the sport of Women's Flat-Track Roller Derby.

Recreational sports

Asheville is a major hub of whitewater recreation, particularly whitewater kayaking, in the eastern US. Many kayak manufacturers have their bases of operation in the Asheville area.[45] Some of the most distinguished whitewater kayakers live in or around Asheville.[46] In its July/August 2006 journal, the group American Whitewater named Asheville one of the top five US whitewater cities.[46] Asheville is also home to numerous Disc Golf courses. Soccer is a huge recreational sport in Asheville as well. Many games are held at Asalea Park. HFC is the local soccer club in Asheville.

Performing arts

The Asheville Community Theatre was founded in 1946, producing the first amateur production of the Appalachian drama, Dark of the Moon. Soon after, the young actors Charlton Heston and wife Lydia Clarke would take over the small theatre. The current ACT building has two performance spaces - the Mainstage Auditorium, which seats 399 patrons (and named the Heston Auditorium for its most famous alumni); and the more intimate black box performance space 35 Below, seating 40 patrons.

The North Carolina Stage Company is the only resident professional theatre in the downtown area.

The Asheville Lyric Opera recently celebrated its 10th anniversary by featuring a concert by Angela Brown, David Malis, and Tonio Di Paolo, veterans of the Metropolitan Opera.[47] The ALO has typically performed three fully-staged professional operas for the community in addition to its vibrant educational program.

In 2004, the Asheville Arts Center opened. It is a theatre, dance and music studio designed for arts education. The Grand Hall of the Arts Center is a regular venue for local bands as well as the Asheville Movement Collective.

The Asheville capoeira performance movement was solidified with the arrival of world renowned Mestre Pe de Chumbo Mestre Pe de Chumbo to the area in 2006. The capoeira group continues to give performances in the streets, on the stage and during festivals. Due to this group's cumulative efforts in the art of capoeira and in developing community, the Asheville Culture Project (ACP) was established in 2010. The ACP is a community arts initiative that offers a space for the integration of cultural performing arts, community and social justice. The cultural center offers the community performances, classes and outreach.

Places of worship

Places of worship in Asheville include the Catholic Basilica of St. Lawrence, the Episcopal St. Luke's Church, and the Conservative Jewish Beth Israel Synagogue.

Film and TV

Although the area has had a long history with the entertainment industry, recent developments are cementing Asheville as a potential growth area for both film and TV. The Asheville Film Festival has completed its sixth year, and the city is an annual participant in the 48-Hour Film Project.[citation needed] The city's public access cable station URTV began broadcasting programs in spring 2006. Films made at least partially in the area include A Breed Apart, Searching for Angela Shelton, Last of the Mohicans, Being There, My Fellow Americans, The Fugitive, All the Real Girls, Richie Rich, Thunder Road, Hannibal, Songcatcher, Patch Adams, Nell, Forrest Gump, Mr. Destiny, Dirty Dancing, Bull Durham, The Private Eyes, The Swan, The Clearing and 28 Days. Locally produced films include Golden Throats of the 20th Century and Anywhere, USA, a winning film at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[citation needed]


Asheville is in the "Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville-Anderson" television DMA and the "Asheville" radio ADI for the city's radio stations.[48]

The primary television station in Asheville is ABC affiliate WLOS-TV Channel 13, with studios in Biltmore Park and a transmitter on Mount Pisgah. Other stations licensed to Asheville include WUNF, PBS station on Channel 33 and The CW affiliate WYCW on Channel 62. Asheville is also served by the Upstate South Carolina stations of WYFF Channel 4 (NBC), WSPA-TV Channel 7 (CBS), WHNS-TV Channel 21 (FOX), and MyNetworkTV station WMYA Channel 40. SCETV PBS affiliates from the Upstate of South Carolina are generally not carried on cable systems in the North Carolina portion of the DMA.

The Asheville Citizen-Times is Asheville's daily newspaper which covers most of Western North Carolina. The Mountain Xpress is the largest weekly in the area, covering arts and politics in the region.

Famous residents



Points of interest

Sister cities

Asheville has six sister cities:[70]


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  70. ^ "Asheville Sister Cities." Asheville Sister Cities Inc. Retrieved on July 8, 2008.

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Downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville

The city of Asheville [1] is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Asheville serves as the county seat of Buncombe County. The city has a population of approximately 75,000 and is the largest city in Western North Carolina, the ninth largest city in the State.


Asheville is a popular tourist destination and is known as a liberal, artsy community. This "Paris of the South," has also been described as the "San Francisco of the East," "New Age Mecca," and "Land of the Sky." It's a city of which Rolling Stone magazine dubbed "America’s New Freak Capital." But Asheville is by no means simply a haven for Hippies and 'Out There's', as Money magazine has called Asheville one of the "Best Places to Retire," and AARP cites it as one of the "Best Places to Reinvent Your Life." Self magazine proclaims Asheville as America’s "Happiest City." PETA lists Asheville as "America's Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small City." Author Lee Pantas, in his guidebook The Ultimate Guide To Asheville & The Western North Carolina Mountains says it all in describing Asheville "as a city not easily forgotten once visited". From its titles alone one can easily see that Asheville is the place to go to see diversity in action.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 47 50 57 68 76 82 84 83 77 68 57 48
Nightly lows (°F) 28 30 35 45 53 60 63 62 56 45 35 29
Precipitation (in) 2.6 3.1 4.0 3.3 2.9 3.5 3.4 4.0 3.1 2.7 2.6 2.7

Check Asheville's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Asheville has four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Year-round, the average relative humidity in the morning is 90% and in the afternoon is 58%. Summers are mild and afternoon thunderstorms are not uncommon. In the fall (peaking in October), the area is very popular with "leaf lookers", people who visit Asheville and the surrounding mountains to see the area's splendid foliage. Winters are generally mild and major snow storms are rare- usually the area receives multiple snow flurries averaging an inch or two at a time, normally melting off in a day or two.

Downtown Asheville
Downtown Asheville

By plane

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) [2] is Western North Carolina's largest airport. It offers jet and commuter service on Continental, US Airways, Northwest Airlines, and Delta through its carriers – Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair. Asheville has non-stop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New York City, Newark, and Orlando. It is located fifteen miles south of downtown Asheville near the town of Fletcher. Ground transportation and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal.

Flights into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) [3] located in Greenville, South Carolina, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) [4] located in Charlotte, North Carolina, or McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) [5] located in Knoxville, Tennessee, are sometimes cheaper than flying directly to Asheville. Greenville is about a 1.5 hour drive, Charlotte and Knoxville are both about 2 hour drives.

By train

The closest Amtrak train station to Asheville is in Greenville, South Carolina or Spartanburg, South Carolina.

By car

Asheville is located at the junction of Interstate 26 and Interstate 40, with an I-240 connector that passes through downtown. Mountainous, curvy, and scenic sections of highway are found along the interstates in all four directions while traveling into Asheville. The Asheville area is also served by 10 US and state highways. The Blue Ridge Parkway has four primary accesses in Asheville at US 25, US 70, US 74A & NC 191.

By bus

Asheville is serviced by Greyhound Bus, 2 Tunnel Rd, +1 828 253-8451, [6]. Daily 8AM-9PM.  edit

Get around

By car

A car is definitely your best bet. Street parking is metered Monday through Saturday, 8AM–6PM at $1 per hour. Street parking is free on Sundays, evenings and official city holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas). In addition to street and garage parking, there are several surface lots throughout downtown.

There are three parking decks, accessible 24 hours a day. Attendants are on duty 10AM–7PM Monday through Friday.

  • Civic Center Garage - First hour free & $0.50 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum $6.
  • Rankin Avenue Garage - First hour free & $0.75 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum $8.
  • Wall Street Garage - First hour free & $0.75 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum $8.

By taxi

Within the City of Asheville, fares are as follows: For the initiation (drop) of the meter - $2.50; For each one-tenth mile after initiation - $0.25; For each passenger in excess of two - $2; For each two minutes of waiting time or fraction thereof after the first two minutes - $0.40

  • Airport Limousine & Taxi Service, +1 828 253-3311.  edit
  • Beaver Lake Cab Co, +1 828 252-1913.  edit
  • Jolly Taxi, +1 828 253-1411.  edit
  • Metro Cab, +1 828 254-1155.  edit
  • New Blue Bird Taxi Co, +1 828 258-8331.  edit
  • Red Cab Co, +1 828 232-1112.  edit
  • Yellow Cab Co, +1 828 252-1913.  edit
  • Your Cab, +1 828 259-9904.  edit

By bike

Bike rentals are available at BioWheels, 81 Coxe Ave, +1 828 236-BIKE, [7].  editSelf-guided tour routes, maps and guidebooks are available for bicycle rides on the area forest lands, on the Blue Ridge Parkway and around downtown Asheville.

All buses in the Asheville Transit System are equipped with bike racks.

By bus

Asheville Transit [8] provides bus service that is regular but infrequent outside of downtown; inside downtown walking is almost always faster. Buses run from 6AM-11:30PM Monday through Saturday. Routes radiate from the Transit Center, located downtown at 49 Coxe Avenue next to the U.S. Post Office. Bus fare is $1 for adults and $0.50 for seniors and handicapped individuals. A "fare-free" zone exists in the downtown area containing almost all of the businesses, restaurants and attractions of downtown. Riders can take any bus in the system within the Free Zone at no charge.



Asheville is nationally renowned for its unique architecture, especially downtown and around the Biltmore Estate. The city suffered greatly during the Great Depression, and consequently little development happened during the time. This actually had a positive effect, as the city's famous Art Deco Architecture of the Roaring 20's was saved from destruction. Therefore, today, Asheville boasts the nations most complete collection of Art Deco structures. Other architectural styles, of course, are present in abundance throughout the city; from the Neo-Gothic Jackson Building "Skyscraper" to the Modern BB&T Tower.

Buncombe County Courthouse
Buncombe County Courthouse
  • Battery Park Hotel, 1 Battle Sq. A 14-story building faced with brick, limestone and terra cotta trim with a Mission Revival style roof, erected in 1924.  edit
  • The Biltmore Estate, 1 Approach Rd, 1-800-624-1575, [9]. A French Renaissance-inspired chateau; with over 250 rooms, it is the largest single family home in the U.S. and the largest privately-owned house in the world, just a few minutes outside the city and should be on any visitor's itinerary. Basic admission includes access to the fabulous gardens, stables, expansive hiking trails, winery and self-guided house tour. Adults $45-$60, Youth price half-admission, Children 9 and under are free.  edit
  • Buncombe County Courthouse, 60 Court Sq. M-F 8AM-6PM. Completed in 1928, the outside features complex setbacks, window groupings and overlay of Neo-Classical Revival ornamentation. The Neo-Classical interior lobby contains a sweeping marble staircase, bronze and glass screens, a coffered ceiling with ornate plasterwork and a mosaic tile floor.  edit
  • The City Building, [10]. Designed by Art Deco architect Douglas Ellington and completed in 1927, the City Building is constructed out of Georgia Pink marble, brick, and terra cotta. The steeped, octagonal shaped roof is the logo of the City of Asheville.  edit
Asheville City Hall
Asheville City Hall
  • Drhumor Building. The Drhumor (pronounced "drummer") is a boldly detailed, Romanesque Revival style building constructed in 1895.  edit
  • Flat Iron Building, 20 Battery Park Ave, +1 828 258-3999, [11]. 8AM-5:30PM. A uniquely triangular shaped building bordering Wall Street and Battery Park Avenue constructed in 1926.  edit
  • Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave, [12]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Commissioned by Dr. E. W. Grove, the Grove Arcade is an elaborate Tudoresque building occupying an entire city block. It is particularly worth noting, as it was, when it was built in 1927 by architect Charles N. Parker, one of the nation's most unique and interesting buildings. On each side of this city landmark, four giant arches allow entrance into the building. On the main side facing the equally impressive Victorian Battery Park Hotel, are two monumental gryphons, guarding the entrance into the expansive interior, which features oak shopfronts, spiral staircases, and opulence around every corner. Today, it serves as as an influential public market with several restaurants, vendors, and mountain craft shops.  edit
  • Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave, [13]. Completed in 1913, this historic resort hotel is an important example of the Arts and Crafts style.  edit
  • Jackson Building, [14]. Bordered by South Market Street and South Pack Square, completed in 1925. A Neo-Gothic style skyscraper complete with gargoyles and a bell tower.  edit
  • Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. Features robust brickwork and a tall portico of paired Ionic columns. A three-story, blind arched window is on its Woodfin Street side.  edit
  • S & W building, 52-58 Patton Ave. Another Art Deco masterpiece designed by architect Douglas Ellington.  edit
  • Thomas Wolfe House, 48 Spruce St, +1 828 253-8304, [15]. Tu-Sa 9AM-12PM, Su 1PM-5PM. A sprawling frame Queen Anne-influenced house immortalized in the epic autobiographical novel Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe.  edit
  • Vance Monument, [16]. Stands about 10 stories high, in the middle of Pack Square, Asheville's version of Times Square, Place de la Concorde and Piccadilly Circus. It is the heart of both downtown and the entire city.  edit
  • YMI Building, at the corner of South Market and Eagle St. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. A simplified English Tudor Cottage style with pebble-dashed walls, red brick quoin trim, multi-pane windows and hipped roofs.  edit


Basilica of St. Lawrence
Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood St, [17]. Designed and built in 1905, the Basilica is on the National Register of Historic Places and was elevated in status to a Minor Basilica in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. Features the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America. This place is gorgeous and a must-see.  edit
  • Central United Methodist Church, 27 Church St. Erected in 1902, the imposing limestone church presents Romanesque Revival style massing and forms, but the detailing more closely reflects the Gothic Revival style. A five-bay loggia, set between two pinnacled towers, fronts the large, gable-roofed auditorium.  edit
  • First Baptist Church, 5 Oak St. In Art Deco/Romantic style, Douglas Ellington's first big commission in Asheville. A beautiful distinctive dome with a copper cupola cap.  edit
  • First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St, [18]. Commissioned in 1884, the Gothic Revival style brick nave and tower feature deep-corbelled cornices, hood-molded windows and blind arcading at the eaves.  edit
  • Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 47 Eagle St. A redbrick late Victorian Gothic church featuring a tin-shingled roof where three towers are topped by ornamental sheet-metal finials. A large number of Art Glass windows ornament the towers and walls. Built in 1919.  edit
  • St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1 Dundee St. A Gothic-style building with a gable roof nave. The brick walls are laid with a darker shade of headers presenting a horizontal texture to the building's surface on every face. The interior contains a rich display of well maintained dark woodwork fashioned in various Gothic motifs. The pulpit, lectern, altar and other furnishings are all original to the church and are decorated with trefoil arch panels, quatrefoil incisions and other Gothic elements.  edit
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St, [19]. Designed in 1912, the Tudor Gothic Revival style brick building with granite trim features a simple, gable-roofed sanctuary with transepts and a short corner tower.  edit
  • 16 Patton, 16 Patton Ave, +1 828 236-2889, [20]. Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su (May-Oct) 1PM-6PM. Original contemporary fine art by southeastern artists including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and fine craft.  edit
  • American Folk Art & Framing, 64 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 281-2134, [21]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Contemporary Southern folk art, NC wood-fired pottery, and custom picture frames.  edit
  • Appalachian Craft Center, 10 N Spruce St, +1 828 253-8499, [22]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Authentic mountain handicrafts including pottery, face jugs, quilts, mountain-made toys and handmade rugs.  edit
  • Ariel Gallery, 46 Haywood St, +1 828 236-2660, [23]. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. A contemporary craft cooperative featuring handmade work of local artists. Original works in clay, fiber, furniture, glass, metal, jewelry and book arts.  edit
  • Asheville Area Front Gallery, 11 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 258-0710, [24]. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Owned and operated by the Asheville Area Arts Council, provides exhibition space for established and emerging local artists.  edit
  • Asheville Gallery of Art, 16 College St, +1 828 251-5796, [25]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. A partnership of 29 professional, regional artists offering original two-dimensional works from representational to abstract.  edit
  • Bella Vista Art Gallery, 14 Lodge St (in Biltmore Village), +1 828 768-0246, [26]. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su Closed. Representing local, national, and international emerging artists. Contemporary fine art.  edit
  • The Bender Gallery, 57 Haywood St, +1 828 225-6625, [27]. M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Premier studio glass gallery featuring a variety of glass disciplines by regional and national artists.  edit
  • Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center, 56 Broadway St, +1 828 350-8484, [28]. W-Sa 12PM-4PM. Explores the history and legacy of Black Mountain College.   edit
  • Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 251-0202, [29]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su (April-Oct) 12PM-5PM. Presents contemporary Southeastern fine art and crafts.  edit
  • BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave, +1 828 254-3426, [30].  edit
  • Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, 362 Depot St, +1 828 252-5050, [31]. M-F 10AM-5PM. Featuring art school students work.  edit
  • Flood Gallery, 109 Roberts St (on the second floor of the Phil Mechanic Studios building), [32]. Seeks out art that is provocative, challenging, daring, relevant, and important.  edit
  • Gallery Minerva, 12 Church St, +1 828 255-8850, [33]. M-Th 11AM-6PM, F-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 1PM-5PM.  edit
  • The Haen Gallery, 52 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 254-8577, [34]. M-F10AM-6PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM.  edit
  • Jewels That Dance, 63 Haywood St, +1 828 254-5088, [35]. M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM and Su in December 1PM-5PM. Premier jewelry gallery and working studio. Featuring contemporary and classic fine jewelry.  edit
  • Kress Emporium, 19 Patton Ave, +1 828 281-2252, [36]. M-Th 11AM-6PM, F-Sa 11AM-7PM, and Su in season 12PM-5PM. Featuring more than 100 distinguished artists and craftspeople, all showcased in the historic Kress Building.  edit
  • K2 Studio, 59 College St, +1 828 250-0500. M-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. The Kress Emporium's sister gallery.  edit
  • Merrimon Galleries, 365 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 252-6036. Classic and contemporary oils, photography and sculpture.  edit
  • Mountain Made, 1 Page Ave (in the Grove Arcade, Suite 123), +1 828 350-0307, [37]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Featuring the work of over 80 Western North Carolina artisans.  edit
  • Odyssey Gallery, 238 Clingman Ave, +1 828 285-9700. F 10AM-4PM. Functional and sculptural work by national ceramic artists.  edit
  • Olga Dorenko Fine Art Gallery, 1 Battle Sq, +1 828 225-4148, [38]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. Features work from Russian born artist.  edit
  • Overstrom Studio, 35 Wall St, +1 828 258-1761, [39]. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-4PM. The working studio, gallery, and loft of internationally recognized jewelry designers Michael Overstrom and Susan Overstrom.  edit
  • Pura Vida, 39-B Biltmore Ave, +1 828 439-5451, [40]. Offers a strong blend of local and regional artists.  edit
  • Red Square Gallery of Russian Art & Culture, 7 Rankin Ave, +1 828 225-8777, [41]. Tu-Sa 11AM-7PM. Work by Russian artists.   edit
  • Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St, +1 828 505-2225, [42]. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. Contemporary artists with roots in urban and pop counter cultures.  edit
  • Studio Chavarria, 84 Walnut St, +1 828 236-9191, [43]. Tu-Sa 9AM-6PM. An exclusive members-only salon and fine art gallery.  edit
  • Vadim Bora Gallery & Studio, 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave, +1 828 254-7959, [44]. Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM. European salon style gallery features works from international artists hand-picked by painter, sculptor, and owner Vadim Bora.  edit
  • Vitrum Gallerie, 10 Lodge St, +1 828 274-9900, [45]. M, W-Su 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Contemporary glass art.  edit
  • Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St, +1 828 254-9234, [46]. M-Th 11AM–6PM, F-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM–5PM. More than 150 exhibiting artists and artisans selling and making jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts in nearly 20,000 square feet of air-conditioned, quality display and studio space.  edit
  • YMI Cultural Center, 39 S Market St, +1 828 252-4614, [47]. Tu-F 10AM-5PM. Houses numerous exhibits, many dealing with the history of African Americans in Western North Carolina.  edit
  • Asheville Art Museum, 2 S Pack Sq, +1 828 253-3227, [48]. Tu-Th 10AM-5PM, F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. A collection of the very best of 20th and 21st century American art. Adults $6, Students/Seniors $5, Children under 4 are free. Free admission the first Wednesday of every month 3PM-5PM.  edit
  • Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum, 2 S Pack Sq, +1 828 254-7162, [49]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Adult $4, Senior/Student/Child $3, Children under 4 are free.  edit
  • The Health Adventure, 2 S Pack Sq, +1 828 254-6373, [50]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. A health and science museum dedicated to improving health awareness, promoting wellness lifestyles, and increasing science literacy through programs and exhibits. Adult $7, Senior/Student/Child $5, Children 2 and under are free.  edit
  • The Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Rd, +1 828 253-9231, [51]. Th-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Asheville’s first mansion and oldest surviving structure. Adult $7, Child $3, Children under 5 are free.  edit
  • WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd, +1 828 298-5600, [52]. Daily 10AM-5PM. A living museum exhibiting plants and animals that are native to the Southern Appalachians. Adults $7, Seniors $4, Youth $3.  edit
  • Asheville Brews Cruise, +1 828 545-5181, [53]. A personalized tour and VIP treatment at three of Asheville's finest local microbreweries -- Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, French Broad Brewing Company, and Highland Brewing Company. $39 per person, $74 per couple; inquire about Asheville locals discount.  edit
  • Autorickshaw Tours, 235 Montford Ave, +1 828 777-1014. Tours last approximately one hour and run 10:30AM-4PM by reservation on weekends. A historic/architectural tour of Montford including Riverside Cemetery. The autorickshaw holds two per tour. $35 for two people.  edit
  • Ghost Hunters of Asheville, +1 828 779-4868, [54]. Ghost Hunters of Asheville offer three separate 90-minute ghost tours covering different aspects of historical, haunted Asheville. Guests enjoy free use of ghost-hunting tools and paranormal photographs are guaranteed. Adults $17, Children $9.  edit
  • Haunted Ghost Tour, +1 828 355-5855, [55]. Adults $18, Children $10.  edit
  • Herstory Asheville: A Tour that Tells the Rest of the Story, 828-423-3819 (), [56]. Come hear tales of the famous, the infamous, and the unsung heroes of the female persuasion in engaging detail. Our 90-minute walking tour covers the history of downtown while spotlighting the women who helped shape Asheville. Tours leave daily from The Old Kentucky Home, Julia Wolfe's former boarding house at Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Reservations required. Adults $18, Children $10.   edit
  • Historic Trolley Tours, 1-888-667-3600, [57]. Sightsee Asheville aboard a vintage Trolley. Fully narrated, covers all major points of interest in Asheville including: the Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Village, the Grove Arcade, the Montford Historic District, the downtown shopping and restaurants district, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the Asheville Museum and Art Gallery district, the Asheville Chamber and Visitors Center. Adults $19, Children $12, special group rates available.  edit
  • LaZoom Comedy Tours, 90 Biltmore Ave (departs from the French Broad food Co-op across the street from the Orange Peel), +1 828 225-6932, [58]. LaZoom Comedy Tours is "A Tour with a Twist!" You'll get all of the facts plus loads of fun. Your costumed tour guide will take you and your family on a 90 minute adventure covering all of the points of interest. This isn't your grandma's tour (but she can still come). Adults$22 Seniors $18 and Children $12 Under 5 Free.  edit
  • Urban Trail, [59]. A self-guided walking tour in downtown Asheville, tracing the footsteps of Asheville’s historic past. Twenty-seven "stations" are highlighted in this continuous 1.6 mile loop, from churches and buildings to streets and landmarks. Guided tours are available April through November on Saturdays at 3PM. Tours leave from the front desk inside Pack Place. Headsets and maps are available for self-guided tours. $5.  edit
  • Lake Eden Arts Festival, [60]. Twice each year, multicultural music and arts non-profit event held at scenic Camp Rockmont  edit
  • Asheville FringeArts Festival, [61]. Held annually at the end of January.  edit
  • Jazz After Five, 1 Page Ave (in the Atrium of Historic Grove Arcade), [62]. 5PM-8PM. Held in the third Friday of each month from January through April.  edit
  • Asheville Herb Festival, WNC Farmer's Market, [63]. The largest Herb Festival in Southeast, offering herb plants, herbs, books, soaps, herbal crafts, vinegars, medicinal herbs, lotions, tinctures, teas, dried flowers, herbal baked goods, and herbal gifts. Held each May. Free.  edit
  • Mountain Sports Festival, [64]. Pro and amateur athletes compete in mountain sports. Live music, food, and demos. Held each May.  edit
  • Downtown After Five, North Lexington Ave at I-240 and Hiawassee, [65]. 5PM-9PM. Held the third Friday of each month from May through September, featuring free outdoor local music and plenty of shopping and eating opportunities. Free.  edit
  • Shindig on the Green, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, [66]. 7PM-10PM. Music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia. Held from the end of June through the beginning of September. Free.  edit
  • Bele Chere, Downtown Asheville, [67]. Bele Chere is touted as the largest street festival in the Southeast. Hundreds of artists, artisans, musicians, and performers come from all over the region to take part in the festivities. Held annually on the last weekend of July. Free.  edit
  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Diana Wortham Theatre, [68]. Mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, and dancers. Held the first weekend in August. $20/night adults, $10/night children, 3-night package $54.  edit
  • Goombay! Festival, [69]. An African-Caribbean style festival. Held each August.  edit
  • Organicfest, Battery Park Avenue and Otis Street (by the Grove Arcade), [70]. 10AM-6PM. A festive day of live music, organic food and drink, organic and green goods, and fun activities for kids of all ages.  edit
  • Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, Lexington Avenue, [71]. A unique all local music and arts event held each September.  edit
  • Great Smokies Craft Brewers Brewgrass Festival, Martin Luther King Jr ballfield, [72]. 12PM-7PM. Over 30 American breweries showcase more than 100 different beers, along with music from national and regional bluegrass musicians. Held each September. $30.   edit
  • Fiesta Latina, [73]. A celebration of Latin American culture.  edit
  • Asheville PrideFest, [74]. A forum for building community and to honor the many facets of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered family.  edit
  • Asheville Film Festival, [75]. Held annually each November.  edit
  • Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood St, +1 828 259-5544, [76]. The Arena has a capacity of 7,654.  edit
  • Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall, 185 Clingman Ave, +1 828 232-5800, [77]. Has a capacity 550 and is a non-smoking venue.  edit
  • The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 225-5851, [78]. Box office open W-Sa 12PM-5:30PM. Standing capacity of 942, shows local and nationally touring acts. In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named the Peel one of the top five rock clubs in America. Non-smoking.  edit
  • The Emerald Lounge, 112 N Lexington Ave, [79]. A hot spot for live music and dancing.  edit
  • The Rocket Club, 401 Haywood Rd, +1 828 505-2494, [80]. Daily 2PM-2AM. Capacity of 600, full liquor bar.  edit
  • Stella Blue, 31 Patton Ave, [81]. An art bar featuring national and local acts.  edit
  • Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St (at the Civic Center). Has a capacity of 2,431.  edit
  • Tressa's Jazz & Blues, 28 Broadway St, +1 828 254-7072, [82].  edit
  • Asheville Community Theatre, [83]. A volunteer-driven community theatre.
  • Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, [84]. Western North Carolina's first modern dance company. A diverse repertory reflects both traditional and experimental forms of modern dance.
  • Asheville Lyric Opera, [85]. Productions of opera, operetta, and musicals, performed in the company’s home, the Diana Wortham Theatre.
  • Asheville Symphony, [86]. Presents seven full orchestra concerts a year at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the Asheville Civic Center.
  • Diane Wortham Theatre, [87]. Located within the Pack Place Education Arts and Science Center on Pack Square, the theatre offers live performances of music, theatre and dance by nationally touring artists and professional regional arts groups.
  • enigmatic theatre company, [88]. Asheville's only theatre company dedicated exclusively to the production of new work. Typically produces two-three full length works or collections of one-acts per year.
  • Montford Park Players, [89]. Free Shakespeare and other classic plays held at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre in Montford.
  • North Carolina Stage Company, Stage Lane across from Zambra Restaurant off of Walnut Street, +1 828 350-9090, [90]. Asheville's only professional theatre. Voted Best Local Theatre by readers of Mountain Xpress for four years running. Winner George A. Parides Award for Outstanding Professional Theatre, North Carolina Theatre Conference. NC Stage Company, now in its sixth season, has something either in rehearsal or performance 49 out of 52 weeks.
  • Funny Business Comedy Club, 56 Patton Ave, +1 828 318-8909 (), [91]. Shows Fri & Sat, 8PM & 10:30PM. Full bar, two drink minimum. Seats 200. $13.  edit



The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Blue Ridge Parkway, +1 828 298-0398, [92]. Some of the most beautiful (and abundant) waterfalls can be reached via the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park your car on any Parkway overlook and there will most likely be a trail nearby. Popular spots include Mount Pisgah (15 miles south on the Parkway), Graveyard Fields (25 miles south on the Parkway), Craggy Gardens (24 miles north on the Parkway), and Mount Mitchell, the eastern United States highest mountain (35 miles/1 hour drive north on the Parkway). The Parkway intersects Asheville at US 25, US 70, US 74A & NC 191.  edit
  • Botanical Gardens at Asheville, [93]. Open from dawn to dusk. A half-mile loop across streams, through meadows, and over a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove with an authentic log cabin. Just three miles north of downtown beside the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Free.  edit
  • North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Wy, +1 828 665-2492, [94]. April to October: 8AM-9PM, November to March: 8AM-7PM. A 434-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Parking is $6 per personal motor vehicle.  edit
  • Pisgah National Forest, +1 828 257-4200. Much of Western North Carolina is covered by national forest, making it a hiker’s paradise. For maps or information on great places to hike, call the National Forest Service.  edit


  • Climbmax, 43 Wall St, +1 828 252-9996, [95]. Tu-F 11AM-10PM, Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 1PM-6PM. An indoor rock climbing gym in downtown Asheville. Bouldering $8.50, Rope Climbing $12.50, Staff Belay $17, Full Instruction $35.  edit


  • Asheville Drifters Fly Fishing Adventures, 1-828-215-7379, [96]. $175-375.  edit


  • French Broad Rafting Expeditions, 1-800-570-7238, [97]. Adults $30-$45, Youth $25-$39.  edit
  • Rock 'n' Water Adventure Outpost, +1 828' 689-3354, [98]. Offers whitewater rafting, guided “back country” waded fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.  edit
  • Southern Waterways, +1 828 232-1970, [99]. Adults $30-$64, Youth $20-$44.  edit
  • Lake Julian, off of Long Shoals Road in South Asheville, +1 828 684-0376. Paddleboat and canoe rentals $5/hour, fishing boats $7.50/four hours, kayaking programs $5/half hour, $10/hour, $15/two hours, windsurfing lessons available by appointment only.  edit


  • Berry Patch Stables, 300 Baird Cove Rd, +1 828 645-7271. Riding and equestrian center. Trail rides & lessons.  edit
  • Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center, +1 828 225-1454, [100]. Lessons, guided trail rides, shows, clinics, and camps.  edit


  • Food Lion Skate Park, corner of Flint and Cherry Streets, +1 828 225-7184, [101]. M-F 12PM-dark, Sa 10AM-dark, Su 1PM-dark. An outdoor skateboarding park in downtown Asheville. Weekdays $2 for city residents, $4 for non-residents. Weekend/Holiday $3 for city residents, $5 for non-residents.  edit
  • The Asheville Tourists, 30 Buchanan Pl (McCormick Field), [102]. Come support Asheville's own minor league baseball team! The Tourists offer a full season running from May through early September, and every Thursday is 'Thirsty Thursday' where a cup of draft beer is only $1. Adults $7, Children, Seniors, & Military $6.  edit
  • The Asheville Grizzlies, 30 Buchanan Pl (Memorial Stadium), [103]. A professional minor league men's football team.  edit
  • Asheville Yoga Center, 239 S Liberty St, [104]. Offering all styles of Hatha yoga. Drop in rate is $11 for 1 hour classes, $14 for 1.5 hour classes.  edit
  • Lighten Up Yoga, 60 Biltmore Ave, [105]. Classes in the style of Iyengar. Drop in rate is $15.  edit
  • Namaste Yoga Sanctuary, 57 Broadway St, [106]. Drop in rate is $15.  edit
  • One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave, Suite 3A, [107]. Drop in rate is $12 for 1 hour classes, $15 for 1.5 hour classes.  edit
  • South Asheville Yoga, 2 Town Square Blvd, [108]. Drop in rate is $11 for 1 hour classes, $14 for 1.5 hour classes.  edit
  • West Asheville Yoga, 602 Haywood Rd, [109]. 1 hour classes are $6-$11, 1.5 hour classes are $9-$14.  edit


Asheville does not necessarily have a specific commercial district but rather it resembles a long line, curving through the mountains. Beginning directly west of downtown, Merrimon Avenue has many low density restaurants and small shopping strip malls. It is the typical American shopping street and many locals consider it “The Strip.” As you move east towards the city-center, the modern Merrimon Avenue merges with Patton Avenue (which is considered the city’s ‘Main Street’), forming an immediate contrast between the old and the new. Patton Avenue then directly cuts through the center of downtown, ending at the city’s heart, Pack Square, home to the Vance Monument, located directly in front of City-County Plaza.

Surrounding this area, Downtown, you will find many boutiques, cafes, museums, and interesting historical buildings. At the eastern end of downtown, a tunnel is carved directly into Sunset Mountain. The recently renovated street leading out of downtown and into the mountain goes into the edifice as College Street and comes out as Asheville’s most celebrated shopping street, Tunnel Road.

Tunnel Road is very commercial and hosts mostly large corporate chains. Recently, construction has boomed along this stretch, and reaching towards the skies above the restaurants and stores you will see some brand new hotels. Finally, Tunnel Road transitions into South Tunnel Road, which is home to the city’s main mall and smaller chain shopping centers. This area of town is not at all touristy, and prices are average and intended for locals.

At the end of South Tunnel Road there is a vast shopping center that extends across the Swannanoa River and up over the mountain, eventually overlooking the Industrial district, containing a relatively new and quite controversial shopping complex along the river, having the city’s Super Walmart as its flagstore. It was built upon the rubble of the abandoned Sayles-Biltmore Bleachery, which used to bleach paper for the US Treasury's currency manufacture.

Downtown Asheville is full of neat and quirky shops and prides itself on the lack of corporate chain stores. Spend some time exploring downtown (it's very walkable) and see what you can find. Here are some highlights:

  • The Grove Arcade, [110]. A newly-restored and exquisite building built by E.W. Grove, who also designed the Grove Park Inn in the 1920s. It is filled with specialty food markets, restaurants, and local mountain craft stores.  edit
  • Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St, [111]. An independent bookstore with a good selection and an open mind. Great staff recommendations. Grab a book or bring your own and relax in the cafe with coffee and a sandwich.  edit
  • The Chocolate Fetish, 36 Haywood St, [112]. A European-style chocolatier with some of the best truffles to be found anywhere. Although it's easy to spend a lot of money here, the pricing is quite reasonable given the quality and size of the chocolates.  edit
  • Mast General Store, 15 Biltmore Ave, [113]. Has an old-fashioned to modern day assortment of products. Old-time candy in barrels to hiking and camping equipment and apparel.  edit
  • Lexington Avenue is one of Asheville's hippest streets. For your music needs visit Static Age Records, specializing in vinyl, punk rock and heavy metal. Instant Karma [114] and the Octopus Garden specialize in smoking accessories along with a wide variety of other products. Hip Replacements [115] has some great vintage clothing, while up the block Spiritex [116] offers a wide variety of sustainably produced clothing. Buy a used book or read the newspaper or a magazine at Downtown Books and News. Get a tattoo at Liquid Dragon [117], and stop by one of the many restaurants on Lexington for a quick bite. On the next block up is the Chevron Trading Post [118] for all of your beading needs, and Tops for Shoes [119], the biggest shoe store in Asheville. While many wonderful stores and hot spots along this street are facing increasing pressure from landlords who want to "gentrify" the area, Lexington is still the best place to get a taste of Asheville's counterculture.

Biltmore Village [120] Just South of Asheville's downtown, and right outside the gates of the Biltmore Estate is the quaint village built around the 1890's called Biltmore Village. It is easily accessed from I-40 (Exit 50). A number of small independently owned retail stores which have carved out specialty niches can be found intermingled with restaurants beneath the shade of the tree-lined streets. Recently, National Specialty stores and a boutique Hotel have begun construction there. Of particular note are the following:

  • New Morning Gallery, [121]. Probably the best collection of regional Arts and Crafts in Western North Carolina. The gallery features ceramics, glass, jewelry and furniture from local Appalachian artisans. It is in front of Bella Vista Art Gallery [122]  edit

River Arts District [123] Wrapped along the river, and visible from the bridge over the French Broad River (i.e. from I-240 or Patton Ave.) is an enclave of Art Studios, Galleries, and restaurants that is still not quite user-friendly but accessible to the adventurous. Some worthy points of interest are:

  • The Old Cotton Mill Building [124] Owned by Marty and Eileen Black and inhabited by a mixed group of artists and studios.
  • The Phil Mechanic Building [125] Cutting edge Galleries, artists and a Bio-diesel plant can be found if you wander around inside the old building. Jolene Mechanic, the owner, is a great resource for getting to know the area.
  • 240 Clingman [126] This was originally a warehouse. Right after the Katrina Hurricane it was turned into a gallery by the owners of Bella Vista Art Gallery [127]. After they left, Jonas Gerard, from Miami, took over the space. He was featured on 20/20 and has some eye-popping art on display, and for sale.
  • The Wedge Filled with little art galleries, artists, a brewery, fine porcelain [128] and mechanical dinosaurs is interesting but not for the timid.

Head away from downtown and visit the WNC Farmer's Market [129] for a huge selection of locally grown and produced crops 'n' crafts. You could spend hours and still not see everything.




  • Doc Chey’s Noodle House, 37 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 252-8220, [130]. Su-Tu 11:30AM-10PM, Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Extremely affordable and consistently delicious Asian Fusion. $7-$9.  edit
  • Heiwa Shokudo, 87 N Lexington Ave, +1 828 254-7761. M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM & 5:30PM-9:30PM, Sa 12PM-3PM & 5:30PM-9:30PM. Traditional Japanese and sushi. $8-$15.  edit
  • Mela, 70 N Lexington Ave, +1 828 225-8880, [131]. Daily 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM. Authentic Indian food in a beautiful and exotic atmosphere. Full bar available. $9-$17.  edit
  • Wasabi, 19 Broadway St, +1 828 225-2551, [132]. Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. $8-26.  edit

Modern American

  • The Market Place, 20 Wall St, +1 828 252-4162, [133]. M-Sa, 5:30PM-9PM. Innovative "farm to table" cuisine. $22-30.  edit
  • Table, 48 College St, +1 828 254-8980, [134]. Closed Tuesdays. New-American cuisine with a daily written menu.  edit

Mexican/Latin American/Carribean

  • Limones, 13 Eagle St, +1 828 252-2327, [135]. Daily 5PM-10PM. Upscale fresh Mexican-Californian cuisine. Reservations recommended. $14-26.  edit
  • Mamacitas, 77A Biltmore Ave, +1 828 255-8080, [136]. Fresh, made from scratch Mexican cuisine. $3-$8.  edit
  • Salsa, 6 Patton Ave, +1 828 252-9805. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM, M-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, Sa-Su 12:30PM-3PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10PM. Mexican-Caribbean food.  edit


  • Bouchon, 62 N Lexington Ave, +1 828 350-1140, [137]. M-Sa 5PM-. French comfort food of the Lyon area of France and wine bar. $10-$20.  edit
  • Cucina 24, 24 Wall St, +1 828 254-6170, [138]. Closed Mondays. Traditional Italian. Reservations recommended. Lunch $7-11, Dinner $15-27.  edit
  • The Flying Frog Cafe, 1 Battery Park Ave, +1 828 254-9411, [139]. W, Th & Su 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM. Classical and innovative European and Indian cuisines. Reservations recommended. $17-33.  edit
  • Zambra, 85 W Walnut St, +1 828 232-1060, [140]. Tapas and Spanish cuisine in a very romantic atmosphere. $6-20.  edit


  • Early Girl Eatery, 8 Wall St, +1 828 259-9292, [141]. M-F 7:30AM-3PM, Tue-Thu 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 9AM-3PM. Made-from-scratch Southern regional cuisine using local organic produce and free-range meats. $4-$15.  edit
  • Ed Boudreaux's Bayou Bar-B-Que, 48 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 296-0100, [142]. Daily 11:30AM-11PM. Bar-b-que with 14 in-house sauces, large vegetarian menu, and stocks 140 different beers. $4-$10.  edit
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 College St, +1 828 255-4863, [143]. Tu-Su 9AM-3PM, Tu-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa until 12AM. Check this out for some delicious New Southern cuisine. $7-13.  edit


  • Chop House, 22 Woodfin St (adjacent to the Four Points by Sheraton), +1 828 253-1852, [144]. 6:30AM–11AM, 5PM–10PM. Signature steakhouse.  edit


  • Laughing Seed, 40 Wall St, +1 828 252-3445, [145]. M, W-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM. A vegetarian/vegan restaurant with a variety of international-inspired unique dishes. Jungle-themed elegant indoor dining or great outdoor dining on Wall Street, the heart of downtown. The bar Jack of the Wood is downstairs. $8-$16.  edit
  • Rosetta's Kitchen, 116 N Lexington Ave, +1 828 232-07, [146]. Vegetarian/vegan (mostly organic) food in a very unique atmosphere. It's open until 3AM on most nights, and you're sure to find an assortment of interesting characters no matter the time of day. $3-$9.  edit
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 254-1281, [147]. Known to locals as the APBC or Brew n' View, is a good place to relax with a beer, pizza (available by the slice), and watch a movie for $3. $5-$17.  edit
  • Circle in the Square, 640 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 254-5442, [148]. Delicious pizza's and scrumptious deli sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats.  edit
  • Horizons, 290 Macon Ave (at the Grove Park Inn), 1-800-438-5800, [149]. M-Th 6PM-9PM, F-Sa 6PM-9:30PM. A restaurant Frommer’s hails as "the finest in the area" and a AAA Four-Diamond award winner for 10 years. Reservations recommended. Prix Fixe $75-120.  edit
  • Marcos Pizzeria, 946 Merrimon Ave, [150]. New York style pizza. $7-$13.  edit
  • The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 254-2224. Serves acclaimed ice cream (vegan selections available) made on-site.  edit
  • Savoy, 641 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 253-1077, [151]. Daily 5:30PM-until. High quality fine dining with a focus on fresh seafood, pastas, and prime meats. Extensive wine list. Well worth the splurge! Reservations highly recommended. $19-46, Tasting menu $65-95.  edit
  • The Admiral, 400 Haywood Rd, +1 828 252-2541, [152]. Daily 5PM-2AM (lunch 2PM-5PM, dinner 5PM-10PM). Menu changes daily. $16-28.  edit
  • Lucky Otter, 630 Haywood Rd, +1 828 253-9595. A great choice for your burrito fix.  edit
  • Sunny Point Cafe & Bakery, 626 Haywood Rd, +1 828 252-0055, [153]. Su-M 8:30AM-2:30PM, Tu-Sa 8:30AM-9:30PM. A great brunch spot. $7-10.  edit
  • 12 Bones, 5 Riverside Dr, [154]. M-F 11AM-4PM. Winner of ABC’s Good Morning America “Best Bites Challenge” contest for its blueberry chipotle ribs. Get in line early! $4-18.  edit
  • Fig, 18 Brook St, +1 828 277-0889, [155]. M-Sa 11AM-3PM, 5:30PM-9PM (until 10PM F-Sa). Reservations recommended.  edit
  • Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine, 28 Hendersonville Rd, +1 828 277-1510, [156]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30PM, M-Th 5:30PM-9:30PM, F 5:30PM-10PM, Sa 5PM-10:30PM. A must-try, specializes in Mediterranean and Italian items, along with tapas and wines. Lunch $7-11, Dinner $16-24.  edit
  • Southside Cafe, 1800 Hendersonville Road, +1 828 274-4413, [157]. M-Sa 11AM-2:30PM and 5:30PM-10PM, Su 9:30AM-2PM. Fine dining, reservations recommended. $21-27, Tasting menu $70.  edit
  • Tomato Jam Cafe, 379 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 253-0570, [158]. M-F 6:30AM-6PM. Breakfast and lunch, sandwiches and salads. $4-$7.  edit


Liquor is available by the drink in Asheville, but if you want to buy liquor by the bottle you must do it at state-run ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Commission) stores rather than at a traditional liquor store. If you plan to explore nearby counties keep in mind Madison County (to the north) and Yancey County (to the northwest) are "dry counties" and prohibit all alcoholic beverage sales. Open containers of alcohol are never permitted on the street; if you order a beverage you must finish it before leaving the restaurant or bar. Beer and wine are available for purchase at most markets, grocery stores and gas stations. The alcohol laws of the state prohibit the sale of alcohol after 2AM Monday through Saturday, and from 2AM until noon on Sundays. Pick up a copy or check the website of the local alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress [159] for an up-to-date, detailed guide for what is going on at each bar and club for the night.


  • Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave, [160]. A brewpub with their own locally-brewed beers on tap and a full liquor bar, piles of board games, and a large outdoor covered patio with giant movie screen.  edit
  • Barley's Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 255-0504, [161]. A popular destination with an expansive variety of beers, local, regional, and continental. 52 beers on tap. Small stage with live music 3-4 nights a week, no cover charge. Upstairs Billiard Room where smoking is allowed after 10PM, with four tables available by the hour.  edit
  • Bier Garden, 46 Haywood St, +1 828 285-0002, [162]. Daily 11AM-2AM. Over 200 beers from around the world and a full liquor bar. For the sports fans, they have 16 televisions including a 15-foot screen.  edit
  • BoBo Gallery, 22 N Lexington Ave, [163]. Club and dance music and a cutting edge underground art gallery.  edit
  • Cinjades, 22 N Market St. A popular dance club playing the best of 80's, 90's, and today.  edit
  • Club Hairspray, 38 N French Broad Ave, [164]. Daily. A gay/lesbian dancebar.  edit
  • Club Nashwa, 64 Carter St, [165]. A two level club playing Top 40 hits until 3AM on the weekends and live music during the week.  edit
  • Fred's Speakeasy, 122 College St, +1 828 281-0920, [166]. Tu-Sa 4:30PM-2AM. A small club and cigar bar. Karaoke on Wednesdays. Live music Thursdays thru Saturdays.  edit
  • The Frog Bar, 76 Haywood St (corner of Haywood St and Battery Park), +1 828 254-9411, [167]. Outdoor and indoor tables, house-made infused liquors. Infused cocktails $5.50.  edit
  • Green Man Brewing & Tasting Room, 23 Buxton Ave, +1 828 252-5502. M-F 5PM-10PM.  edit
  • Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub, 27 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 252-1922, [168]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 12PM-2AM. 40 different beers on tap, 140 bottles and a full bar. Live music three nights a week and Sunday afternoons. Nice outdoor deck.  edit
  • Hookah Joe's, 38 N French Broad Ave, +1 828 252-1522. Daily 6PM-2AM. Hookah bar with live music and bellydancing.  edit
  • Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave, [169]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 3PM-close. Serves its own locally-brewed Green Man Ales on tap and a limited selection of bottled beers.  edit
  • New French Bar, 12 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 225-6445, [170]. Tu-F 3PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-12AM. Good service, drinks, a fine courtyard and a view of the street.  edit
  • Sazerac, 25 Broadway, +1 828 376-0031, [171]. Daily 11AM-2AM. Classic Cocktails, Sumptuous Small Plates and Rooftop Revelry.  edit
  • Scandals, 11 Grove St, [172]. Th-Su 10PM-3AM. A huge gay-oriented nightclub with 3 dance floors and 4 bars.  edit
  • Scully’s Signature Dine and Drink, 13 Walnut St, +1 828 251-8880, [173]. Serves pub fare and a good selection of beers. Smoking allowed after 9PM. College crowds.  edit
  • Thirsty Monk, 92 Patton Ave, +1 828 254-5470, [174]. M-Th 4PM-12AM, F 4PM-2AM, Sa 1PM-2AM, Su 3PM-11PM. Pub specializing in Belgian beers.  edit
  • Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge, 7 Rankin Ave, [175]. Daily 3PM-2AM.  edit
  • World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park Ave, +1 828 225-6998. Three rooftop balconies where you can watch the sun set.  edit
  • Yacht Club, 87 Patton Ave, +1 828 255-TIKI. Daily 11:30AM-2AM. Tiki bar/restaurant serving lunch, dinner and a late night menu. Check out their specialty cocktails, particularly the 'Pain Killer', it's served on fire. Smoking allowed after 10PM.  edit


  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave, [176]. Locally brewed beer at $3.75 a pint.  edit
  • Usual Suspects, 791 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 350-8181. Closed Sundays. A hotspot for many locals with a large crowd of 'regulars', featuring beer and cocktails, a comprehensive wine list full of boutique wines, and a menu ranging from simple pub to more exotic fare. Smoking is allowed, dartboards are in the back.  edit


  • French Broad Brewery Tasting Room, 101 Fairview Rd, +1 828 277-0222, [177]. Until 8PM. Offers tastings, tours and live music five nights a week in a relaxed, intimate setting.  edit
  • Root Bar, 1410 Tunnel Rd, +1 828 299-7597, [178]. Home of the original sport of rootball (a cross between horseshoes and boccie)! A non-smoking bar. Beer only. $3-4.  edit


  • The Admiral, 400 Haywood Rd, [179]. A dive bar for the 'hipster' crowd. Smoking allowed after 10PM.  edit
  • The Rocket Club, 401 Haywood Rd, [180]. Daily 2PM-2AM.  edit
  • Tolliver's Crossing, 733 Haywood Rd, +1 828 505-2129, [181]. Irish pub.  edit
  • Westville Pub, 777 Haywood Rd, [182]. Daily 12PM-2AM. Non-smoking family-oriented bar with pub grub and live music.  edit
  • Bon Paul and Sharky's Hostel, 816 Haywood Rd (in West Asheville), +1 828 350-9929, [183]. The most budget-friendly place to stay in the city, this hostel is perfect for travelers and backpackers. Has a hot tub, foosball table, and much more. $13 camping, $22 dorm bunk, $55-65 private room.  edit
  • Days Inn, 120 Patton Ave, +1 828 254-9661, [184]. $69-$90.  edit
  • The Mountaineer Inn, 155 Tunnel Rd (between downtown and the Asheville Mall), +1 828 254-5331, [185]. $59-$99.  edit
  • The Rabbit Hole, 10 Alabama Ave, +1 828 279-2009, [186]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Located in West Asheville. Studio. Two night minimum stay. $95.  edit
  • Brookstone Lodge, 4 Roberts Rd (Exit 51 off I-40), +1 828 398-5888, [187]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Complimentary full breakfast, heated indoor pool. (35.555731,-82.5184181) edit
  • Courtyard Asheville, 1 Buckstone Pl, +1 828 281-0041 (fax: +1 828 281-1069), [188]. Located just minutes from Biltmore Estate and downtown. Forty restaurants within four blocks, full breakfast buffet, indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort, One Resort Dr (Exit 3B on I-240), +1 828 254-3211, [189]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. 125 acre year-round resort located one mile from downtown Asheville. Amenities include a newly redesigned 9-hole golf course, 14 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, two outdoor swimming pools, 34,000 sqft. of meeting space, and a dining room/lounge on property. $89-$189.  edit
  • Doubletree Hotel, 115 Hendersonville Rd, +1 828 274-1800, [190]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Located next to Biltmore entrance and Biltmore Village. $125-$300.  edit
  • Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, 22 Woodfin St, +1 828 253-1851, [191]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Located in downtown Asheville. Large outdoor pool, full service restaurant and bar. 2,400 sqft. of meeting space. $89-$209.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Asheville Airport, 550 Airport Rd (Off of I-26), +1 828 684-1213, [192]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 12PM. Free airport shuttle and on-site car rental desk, Christy's Cafe restaurant in lobby, proximity to WNC Agriculture Center, Asheville Airport, and numerous shops and restaurants, and 2,400 sqft. of meeting space. $69-$149.  edit
  • Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St, +1 828 252-8211, [193]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Located in downtown. $169-$209.  edit
  • SpringHill Suites, 2 Buckstone Pl, +1 828 253-4666 (fax: +1 828 253-6180), [194]. Complimentary breakfast, heated indoor pool and hot tub, free high speed internet.  edit
  • The Grove Park Inn, [195]. Probably the most famous hotel in Western North Carolina, and has housed such famous guests as O. Henry, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and, more recently, Daniel Day Lewis. A few years ago an amazing spa was added to the Inn. It has several delicious restaurants and comfortable rooms. It's one of the pricier Asheville options, but for good reason. You could spend hours exploring the hotel and still not see everything. In the winter months it houses the The National Gingerbread House Competition & Display and entries range from the heartfelt efforts of elementary age children to fantastic creations that must have taken months to prepare (a few years ago the grand prize in the adult category went to an elaborate and amazing reproduction of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry). The hotel even has its own ghost, the Pink Lady [196]. Even if you can't afford to stay here, stop by the bar and lounge right through the front entrance for a cocktail or, in the winter, some delicious hot cocoa by the roaring fireplace. Wander outside for some of the finest views in Asheville. $180-$670.  edit
  • Inn on Biltmore Estate, 1 Antler Hill Rd, 1-800-411-3812, [197]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Lavishly appointed rooms set on the grounds of the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate. The inn also offers Land Rover excursions, horseback riding and fly-fishing. $299-$2,000.  edit

Bed and breakfasts

Montford Historic District:

  • 1899 Wright Inn & Carriage House, 235 Pearson Dr, +1 800 552-5724, [198]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Within walking distance to downtown Asheville and a short drive to the Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway. Built in 1899, this authentically restored Queen Ann style home is now a comfortable home away from home. It has ten rooms, a large three-bedroom carriage house, beautiful gardens and a much-photographed front porch. $105-$340.  edit
  • A Bed of Roses, 135 Cumberland Ave, 1-888-290-2770, [199]. checkin: 3PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. A 1897 Queen Anne house. Four rooms and one suite. $109-$209.  edit
  • Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn, 46 & 48 Cumberland Ci, +1 828 251-2454, [200]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. An English-themed Colonial Revival home, a half-mile walk to downtown. Five rooms and three suites. $150-$395.  edit
  • AppleWood Manor Inn, 62 Cumberland Ci, +1 828 254-2244, [201]. checkin: 3PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. Built in 1912. Four rooms plus a suite and a cottage. $145-$225.  edit
  • Asheville Seasons Bed & Breakfast, 43 Watauga St, +1 828 236-994, [202]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. Beautifully restored historic home, all rooms with private baths and most with working fireplaces. Your hosts Ginger and Tom will offer you wine or beer upon your arrival and in the morning will cook you a wonderful breakfast, served with gourmet organic coffee. A half-mile walk to downtown. $109-$214.  edit
  • Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn, 288 Montford Ave, 1-800-381-3878, [203]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. Six rooms and a carriage house. $175-$285.  edit
  • Carolina Bed & Breakfast, 177 Cumberland Ave, 1-888-254-3608, [204]. checkin: 3PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. An Arts and Crafts home. Six rooms and one cottage. $145-$225.  edit
  • Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn, 254 Cumberland Ave, 1-888-743-2557, [205]. checkin: 3PM-5PM; checkout: 11AM. A turn of the century home. Three miles from the Biltmore Estate, fifteen minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and within walking distance to downtown. Great amenities and the food is fantastic! Five rooms and a Mini Suite. $160-$260.  edit
  • The Lion and the Rose Bed & Breakfast Inn, 276 Montford Ave, 1-800-546-6988, [206]. checkin: 3PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. Georgian mansion. Five rooms. $140-$225.   edit
  • Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, 249 Cumberland Ave, 1-888-811-3053, [207]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. A 1905 English Tudor style home. One mile from downtown. Five rooms. $105-$195.  edit

Chestnut Hill Historic District:

  • Beaufort House Victorian Inn, 61 N Liberty St, +1 828 254-8334, [208]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. An historic Queen Anne Victorian built in 1894. Once the residence of Charlton Heston and located only half a mile from downtown. Eleven rooms. Vegetarian & vegan friendly! $175-$335.  edit
  • Chestnut Street Inn, 176 E Chestnut St, 1-800-894-2955, [209]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. A grand Colonial Revival home that offers a feeling of relaxed sophistication and elegance. A quarter-mile from downtown Asheville. Eight rooms. $144-$249.  edit
  • Princess Anne Hotel, 301 E Chestnut St, +1 828 258-0986, [210]. checkin: 3PM-9PM; checkout: 12PM. Conveniently located and very comfortable. Newly renovated, most suites include small kitchen. Perfect for longer stays. Sixteen rooms. $129-$250.  edit
  • WhiteGate Inn & Cottage, 173 E Chestnut St, +1 828 253-2553, [211]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. Bills itself as "the closest Inn to downtown", built in 1889. Two rooms, six suites, and one cottage. $219-$415.  edit

Other Areas:

  • A Hill House Bed & Breakfast Inn, 120 Hillside St, +1 828 232-0345, [212]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. Eight rooms and a cottage. $115-$245.  edit
  • Aberdeen Inn, 64 Linden Ave, +1 828 254-9336, [213]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. Located in the Grove Park neighborhood of North Asheville. Six rooms.  edit
  • Acorn Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 25 Saint Dunstans Ci, +1 828 253-0609, [214]. checkin: 4PM-8PM; checkout: 11AM. A granite Arts and Crafts bungalow, located a half-mile from the Biltmore Estate. Four rooms. $90-$130.  edit
  • Blake House Inn, 150 Royal Pines Dr, 1-888-353-5227, [215]. checkin: 3PM-6PM; checkout: 11AM. An 1847 example of Italianate architecture with Gothic Revival influence. Nine miles south of downtown. Five rooms and one suite. $100-$185.  edit
  • Cedar Crest Victorian Inn, 674 Biltmore Ave, +1 828 252-1389, [216]. checkin: 3PM-9PM; checkout: 11AM. Built in 1891, Queen Anne architecture. One and a half miles from downtown Asheville. Ten rooms and two cottage rooms. $145-$300.  edit
  • Corner Oak Manor,, 53 Saint Dunstans Rd, +1 828 253-3525, [217]. checkin: 4PM-8PM; checkout: 11AM. A 1920 English Tudor, located a half-mile from the Biltmore Estate. Three rooms and a cottage. $135-$150.  edit
  • North Lodge on Oakland, 84 Oakland Rd, +1 828 252-6433, [218]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. One mile from downtown and a five minute drive to the Biltmore Estate. Six rooms. $135-$180.  edit
  • Oakland Cottage B&B, 74 Oakland Rd (Exit #50 off I-40, stay on Biltmore Avenue for 1.5 miles, left on Victoria Road for 1/2 mile right on Oakland Road, 200 yards on right), 1 866-858-0863, [219]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Bed and Breakfast, Circa 1910, 1.5 miles north of the Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village and 2 miles south of Pack Square. Spacious, family friendly two-room suites with a bit more space than your average B&B room. Cyclists welcome. Wireless internet access, complementary on-site laundry facilities, on-site massage available, full breakfast each morning. $80-$150. (N35°34'29&#34,W82°33'26&#34) edit
  • Sweet Biscuit Inn, 77 Kenilworth Rd, +1 828 250-0170, [220]. A 1915 Colonial Revival home in the Kenilworth neighborhood. Four rooms plus a suite and a carriage house. $125-$255.  edit
  • Inn on Main Street, 88 S Main St (I-26 West from downtown Asheville to Exit 19B to Main Street. Right on Main to the corner of Main and East.), +1 828 645-4935 (), [221]. An eco-friendly Victorian B&B 10 minutes north of downtown Asheville in Weaverville. $125-$165.  edit
  • Annie's Cozy Cabin, in Fairview (a 15 minute drive to Asheville), +1 828 669-1072 (), [222]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 10AM. Two bedrooms plus a futon sleeper in the living room and spacious front porch. $150-179.  edit
  • Asheville Cottages, 29 Brown Rd, +1 828 712-1789 (), [223]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. Offers cabins and cottages. $110-$190.  edit
  • Asheville Vacation Villas, 1 Resort Dr (Exit 3B on I-240), +1 828 254-3211, [224]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Located in a wooded area of the Crowne Plaza Resort beside the golf course. Studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom accommodations available, seasonally priced. $79-$279.  edit
  • Avondale Ridge View (, 150 Avondale Ridge Rd (Exit #53 off I-40, south on 74-A, turn right at first light onto Avondale Road, go 1/2 mile, veer right on Avondale Road, go 1/2 mile, turn right onto Avondale Heights Road, go 3/10 mile, turn right onto Avondale Ridge Road, go 1/10 mile to end of road, #150), 1 866-858-0863, [225]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 11AM. 6 BR 3 BA vacation rental, great for family reunions & small group gatherings, stunning 180 degree views, 3 levels all with decks, minutes to downtown Asheville, Wi-Fi, cable TV, charcoal grill on deck, washer/dryer, phone w free local & long distance calling, linens provided, bordering the Blue Ridge Parkway, minutes to the Biltmore Estate, and easy access to Chimney Rock Park via scenic Hwy 74-A. Covered Bicycle & Motorcycle storage (1 car attached garage) available upon request. $370-465 ntly, $1925-2415 wkly. (N35°32'56&#34,W82°29'47&#34) edit
  • Carolina Mornings, 1-800-770-9055 (, fax: 1-866-216-4390 or +1 828 398-0712), [226]. checkin: 4PM-7PM; checkout: 11AM. Downtown lofts, Biltmore Village condos, and surrounding area mountain cabins. Hot tubs, mountain views, eco-friendly cabins, over 80 properties to choose from. Two night minimum stay. $322-702/two night stay.  edit
  • Lake Eden Events & Lodging, +1 828 686-8742 (), [227]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 12PM. Beautiful seclusion with easy access to town, our historic 60 acre property provides the perfect retreat from the everyday world. $135-$425.  edit
  • Mountain Sun Way, in Fairview (a 15 minute drive to Asheville - 4WD or front-wheel drive and arriving during daylight hours is recommended), +1 828 669-1072 (), [228]. checkin: 4PM; checkout: 10AM. Two bedrooms. King size bed and whirlpool tub in master bedroom, gas-log stove in the living room, and Blue Ridge Parkway-like vistas. $165-199 + $30 booking fee + $100-300 refundable deposit.  edit


The area code for Asheville is 828. For calls within the US or Canada, dial 1+area code+number. There are some public pay phones scattered around the city, but they are becoming increasingly rare with the predominance of cell phones. It is not safe to assume you will be able to find a pay phone at any given time. All ZIP codes in the city of Asheville begin with 288. The ZIP code of the downtown area is 28801.

Free wireless hotspots:

  • Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave, +1 828 255-4077, [229].  edit
  • Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 254-1281, [230].  edit
  • Asheville Visitors Center, 36 Montford Ave. M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 9AM-5PM.  edit
  • Biltmore Coffee Traders, 518 Hendersonville Rd, +1 828 277-9227, [231]. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-5PM.  edit
  • Buncombe County Courthouse area, in the City-County Plaza.  edit
  • Dripolator Coffee Bar, 190 Broadway, #102, +1 828 398-0209, [232]. M-F 7AM-9PM, Sa-Su 7:30AM-9PM.  edit
  • Malaprops Bookstore/Café, 51 Haywood St, +1 828 254-6734, [233]. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-7PM.  edit
  • Mountain Java, 870 Merrimon Ave, +1 828 255-3881.  edit
  • The New French Bar, 12 Biltmore Ave, [234]. Tu-F 3PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-12AM.  edit
  • True Confections, 1 Page Ave, Suite 147, +1 828 350-9478. M-Th 8AM-9PM, F 8AM-11:30PM, Sa 9AM-11:30PM, Su 11AM-5PM.  edit
  • World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park Ave (next to the Grove Arcade), +1 828 258-1058. 8AM-10PM.  edit

US Post Offices:

  • Downtown: 33 Coxe Ave. M-F 7:30AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-1PM.
  • North: 725 Merrimon Ave. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 9M-1PM.
  • South: 780 Hendersonville Rd (Suite 7). 8AM-5:30PM, Sa 9M-1PM.
  • East: 1141 Tunnel Rd (Suite C). M-F 8AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-1PM.
  • West: 1302 Patton Ave. M-F 8AM-5PM, Sa 9M-1PM.
View from Grandfather Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway
View from Grandfather Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A thirty-mile drive south to Flat Rock will bring you to the Flatrock Playhouse [235] where dramas, comedies, and musicals are shown April through December. Also in Flat Rock is the Carl Sandburg Home. This historic site consists of a 22 room house, barns, sheds, rolling pastures, walking trails, two small lakes, ponds, flower and vegetable gardens, and an orchard.

A thirty-mile drive west to Waynesville during the last weeks of July will bring you to Folkmoot [236], a festival of song and dance staged by performance groups from around the world.

The town of Brevard, an hour drive southwest, hosts the Brevard Music Festival [237] each summer. Lasting almost two months, a variety of musical events ranging from grand operas and symphony orchestras to Broadway musicals and pop concerts as well as renowned guest artists are featured.

A 45 minute drive north brings you to the Hot Springs Resort and Spa [238]. Reserve the jacuzzi-style tub of your choice, all individually enclosed and private. Bring a bottle of champagne and spend an hour or two. Hot Springs also has a few campgrounds and is passed through by the Appalachian Trail.

The Cradle of Forestry [239] is located about 20 miles southwest of Asheville off U.S. Highway 276 in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County. Visitors will find a number of hiking trails in the area. Open 9AM-5PM, mid April through the end of October. $5 for adults, 16 and under free.

A popular tourist attraction is Chimney Rock Park [240], located 25 miles (about a 30 minute drive) southeast of Asheville in scenic Hickory Nut Gorge. It's a privately owned park (not part of the US system) with a fairly high admission fee ($14 for adults as of 2009), but the views are incredible and there are six different hiking trails, ranging in difficulty from easy-to-moderate to moderate-to-strenuous. Open all year.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is on the border of North Carolina and Tennessee and is the country's most visited national park. A variety of trails for hikers of any age or skill level are available.

Gorges State Park [241] is approximately 45 miles southwest of Asheville, located in Transylvania County and joins the North Carolina/South Carolina state line. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit.

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From LoveToKnow 1911

ASHEVILLE, a city and the county-seat of Buncombe county, North Carolina, U.S.A., in the mountainous Blue Ridge region in the west part of the state, about 210 m. W. of Raleigh. Pop. (1890) 10,235; (1900) 14,694, of whom 4724 were negroes; (1906, estimate) 18,414. Asheville is situated at the junction of three branches of the Southern railway, on a high terrace on the east bank of the French Broad river, at the mouth of the Swannanoa, about 2300 ft. above the sea. The city is best known as one of the most popular health and pleasure resorts in the south, being a summer resort for southerners and a winter resort for northerners. It has a dry and equable climate and beautiful scenery. Among its social clubs are the Albemarle, the Asheville, the Elks, the Tahkeeostee and the Swannanoa Country clubs. An extensive system of city and suburban parks, connected by a series of beautiful drives, adds to the city's attractiveness. There are great forests in the vicinity. Among the public buildings are the city hall, the court house, the Federal building, the public library and an auditorium. In or near Asheville are a normal and collegiate institute for young women (1892), and, occupying the same campus, a home industrial school (1887) for girls, both under the control of the Woman's Board of Home Missions of the Presbyterian Church; the Asheville farm school for boys, an industrial school for negroes; the Asheville school for boys (5 m. west of Asheville); and the Bingham school (1793), founded at Pittsboro, N.C., by William Bingham (d. 1826), and removed to its present site (3 m. north-west of Asheville) in 1891. About 2 m. southeast of the city is Biltmore, the estate of George W. Vanderbilt, its 125,000 acres constituting what is probably the finest country place in the United States. The central feature of the estate is a château (375 X 150 ft.) of French Renaissance design, after the famous chateau at Blois, France. In the neighbourhood is a model village, with an elementary school, an industrial school for whites, a hospital and a church, maintained by Mr Vanderbilt. Both the château and the village were designed by Richard M. Hunt; the landscape gardening was done by Frederick Law Olmsted. A collection of woody plants, one of the largest and finest in the world, and a broad forest and hunting preserve, known as Pisgah Forest (ioo,000 acres), are also maintained by the owner. Asheville is a market for live-stock, dairy products, lumber and fruits, and has various manufactories (in which a good water-power is utilized), including tanneries, cotton mills, brick and tile factories, and a wood-working and veneer plant. The value of the city's factory products increased from $1,300,698 in 1900 to $1,918,362 in 1905, or 47 5%. The city was named in honour of Samuel Ashe (1725-1813), chief-justice of North Carolina from 1777 to 1796, and John Ashe (1720-1781), a North Carolina soldier who distinguished himself in the War of Independence, was settled about 1790, and was incorporated in 1835. The city's boundaries were enlarged in 1905.

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