Asheville has its own quirky style, as delightful as the people who call it home. Lately, Asheville has been recognized by several publications as a wonderful place to live. It’s true, but if you can’t live here, visiting is the next best thing! The area boasts great outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, float trips, nature tours and fly fishing. Farm-to-table restaurants abound and the booming beer industry has earned Asheville the title “Beer City.” There is a flourishing wine industry as well. The music scene is lively and varied; whether you prefer traditional mountain music, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock or new age, you’ll find your music in these mountains! Maybe you like art? Walk the River Arts District for a wonderful sampling of every medium imaginable. In the past year alone:
- Asheville made Zagat’s list of the “26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016”
- Conde’ Nast named Asheville one of its “Best Small Cities in the U.S.”
- Asheville is 21st in TripAdvisor’s list of the top 25 destinations in the U.S.
- From an October 2016 New York Times article titled “36 Hours in Asheville NC” “Asheville calls itself the Land of the Sky, but that barely scratches the surface. This city of just over 87,000 people, nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, is also the land of the arts, the outdoors and terrific cuisine, as well as a land of colorful history distinguished by Gilded Age opulence and literary inspiration.”
The Asheville, NC area is know for its many restaurants and fine dining. You can scroll through our list of restaurants for location and phone numbers.
Asheville has been named Best Mountain Destination, Best Southern Town and one of just a dozen Must See Destinations. There is much to do and see so take the time to plan ahead.
Asheville Swiss Chalets guests can purchase Biltmore Estate tickets from us for $65 (less than the gate price). We’ll make sure they’re waiting in your chalet for when you arrive.
Asheville is a pet-friendly city in many ways. This page has more information on where you can take your pet.
Dr. King’s Carolina Bison, camels and Watusi cattle are a sight to see! Tours available Tuesday through Saturday.
This page includes a list of Asheville NC golf courses, types of courses, location, contact information and pricing guide.
Hiking and Biking
The mountain trails of western North Carolina around Asheville are some of the most scenic for hiking and biking. There are many choices from gentle walks to strenuous exercise.
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides – Located just 30 minutes from Asheville, near Weaverville. Rated by one of our guests as “a 5-star experience so close to Asheville!”
Appalachian Spa – Therapeutic Massage & Mobile Onsite Day Spa Services. Experience the luxury of having a full-service spa in the calm and comfort of your own home.
There are many river rafting companies to choose from in the mountain area, from easy to more difficult.
General Area Resources
Each of the following guides and directories offer information for things to see and do, restaurants and lodging in Asheville and the surrounding areas.