Asheville

Asheville Travel Guide

A hipster haven with a gorgeous mountain backdrop, Asheville has a rich history (a luxe Vanderbilt estate is the top attraction) as well as plenty of au courant enticements. Its thriving microbrewery and locavore scene lures the cultured traveler, and even quirky cultural offerings such as the Friday-night drum circle downtown, a weekly institution. Add miles of panoramic vistas of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains—including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail—and Asheville travel offers a multi-sensory experience. Read on in this Asheville travel guide to start your own path here:

Things Not to Miss in Asheville

• Explore the Biltmore
 • Hike a piece of the Appalachian Trail
 • Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway
 • Enjoy some farm-to-table Southern cuisine
 • Hear live music at local hot spot The Orange Peel

When to Go to Asheville

Asheville does not have any unpleasant seasons, but there are some factors for planning your trip. The peak time to visit Asheville tends to be summer, in terms of crowds. Many people would also say that the prime time for travel to Asheville is in the autumn, when the fall foliage explodes with color. (Another spike in crowds happens in October, so book early. Spring has pretty color, too and lower prices. Winters—which light up during the holiday season—are mild.

Articles about Asheville

“When I left the bank in Charlotte,” Diane Flynt said, tromping through her north orchard in clogs, designer jeans, and an immaculate white blouse, “I wanted my final career to be working with the land—I’m an avid gardener, and I like making thing...
Vera Gordon, a retired educator in Brooklyn, New York, is a garden-variety traveler. Literally. Like more and more botanically minded tourists, she’s traversed the globe to experience its horticultural hot spots—and returned with fresh perspective...
Everyone knows where to find America’s boldest fall colors: the crimson of a maple leaf in Vermont, an oak’s burnished orange in the Smoky Mountains, the brilliant gold of an aspen in, well, you know. But what’s the fun of a great leaf-viewing loc...
A pair of newly restored houses allow a glimpse into the lives of two major historic figures. It took $2.5 million and nearly six years to repair the arson damage to Thomas Wolfe's childhood residence (52 N. Market St.; 828/253-8304; www.wolfememo...
If people tend to think of the South as a red-state monolith, then western North Carolina exists to shatter that common misperception—with a purple flourish. The region is peppered with hippie hideaways, old-order religious communities, and ideali...
Summer is on its way out the door, ushering in the brisk, fresh fall weather. To answer the questions of where to go and what to do, we’ve found six serene places perfect for taking advantage of this time, when the summer’s heat begins to dwindle....