is nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains
in Western North Carolina. Asheville boasts pleasant year-round weather and 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 also part of the four-county Asheville metropolitan statistical
area, the population of which was estimated by the Census Bureau in 2006 to be 398,009.
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.
Asheville Regional Airport
(AVL), 8 miles from the cottages, offers jet and commuter service on Continental, Delta, DayJet, Northwest,
and US Airways; direct flights are available from Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati,
Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis, and Newark. 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.
Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport
(GSP) located in Greenville, South Carolina,
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
(CLT) located in Charlotte, North Carolina, or
McGhee Tyson Airport
(TYS) 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.
train station to Asheville is in Greenville, South Carolina
or Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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.
Asheville is serviced by Greyhound Bus, 2 Tunnel Rd,
+1 828 253-8451. Daily 8AM-9PM.
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
- Civic Center Garage - First hour free & $0.50 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum
$4. After hours rate is $1 per exit.
- Rankin Avenue Garage - First hour free & $0.75 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum
$6. After hours rate is $1 per exit.
- Wall Street Garage - First hour free & $0.75 per hour thereafter. Daily maximum
$6. After hours rate is $2 per exit.
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 - $2.00; 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.
- Beaver Lake Cab Co,
+1 828 252-1913.
- Jolly Taxi,
+1 828 253-1411.
- Metro Cab,
+1 828 254-1155.
- New Blue Bird Taxi Co,
+1 828 258-8331.
- Red Cab Co,
+1 828 232-1112.
- Yellow Cab Co,
+1 828 252-1913.
- Your Cab,
+1 828 259-9904.
Bike rentals are available at BioWheels, 81 Coxe Ave,
+1 828 236-BIKE. Self-guided tour routes, maps and guidebooks are available for
bicycle rides on the area forest lands, on the Blue Ridge Parkway and around downtown
All buses in the Asheville Transit System are equipped with bike racks.
Asheville Transit 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 nation's 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
- 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.
- The Biltmore Estate, 1 Approach Rd,
1-800-624-1575. 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 $29-$49, Youth price half-admission,
Children 9 and under are free.
- 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
- The City Building. 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.
Asheville City Hall
- Drhumor Building. The Drhumor (pronounced "drummer") is a boldly detailed, Romanesque
Revival style building constructed in 1895.
- Flat Iron Building, 20 Battery Park Ave,
+1 828 258-3999. 8AM-5:30PM. A uniquely triangular shaped building bordering Wall
Street and Battery Park Avenue constructed in 1926.
- Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. 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 an influential public market with several restaurants,
vendors, and mountain craft shops.
- Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Completed in 1913, this historic resort hotel is
an important example of the Arts and Crafts style.
- Jackson Building. Bordered by South Market Street and South Pack Square, completed
in 1925. A Neo-Gothic style skyscraper complete with gargoyles and a bell tower.
- 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
- S & W building, 52-58 Patton Ave. Another Art Deco masterpiece designed by architect
- Thomas Wolfe House, 48 Spruce St,
+1 828 253-8304. 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.
- Vance Monument. 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.
- 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.
Basilica of St. Lawrence
- Basilica of St. Lawrence, 97 Haywood St. 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.
- 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.
- 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
- First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church St. Commissioned in 1884, the Gothic Revival
style brick nave and tower feature deep-corbelled cornices, hood-molded windows
and blind arcading at the eaves.
- 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.
- 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
- Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church St. 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.
- 16 Patton, 16 Patton Ave,
+1 828 236-2889. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su (May-Oct) 1PM-6PM. Original contemporary fine
art by southeastern artists including paintings, sculpture, glass, ceramics and
- American Folk Art & Framing, 64 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 281-2134. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Represents southern folk and visionary
artists, as well as regional potters who adhere to the folk pottery traditions.
- Appalachian Craft Center, 10 N Spruce St,
+1 828 253-8499. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. Authentic mountain handicrafts including pottery,
face jugs, quilts, mountain-made toys and handmade rugs.
- Ariel Gallery, 46 Haywood St,
+1 828 236-2660. 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.
- Asheville Area Front Gallery, 11 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 258-0710. Tu-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 11AM-3PM. Owned and operated by the Asheville
Area Arts Council, provides exhibition space for established and emerging local
- Asheville Gallery of Art, 16 College St,
+1 828 251-5796. M-Sa 10AM-5PM. A partnership of 29 professional, regional artists
offering original two-dimensional works from representational to abstract.
- Bella Vista Art Gallery, 14 Lodge St (in Biltmore Village),
+1 828 768-0246. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12AM-3PM. Representing local, national, and international
emerging artists. Focused on Art that will last for generations.
- The Bender Gallery, 57 Haywood St,
+1 828 225-6625. M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Premier studio glass gallery featuring
a variety of glass disciplines by regional and national artists.
- Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center, 56 Broadway St,
+1 828 350-8484, . W-Sa 12PM-4PM. Explores the history and legacy of Black Mountain
- Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 251-0202. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su (April-Oct) 12PM-5PM. Presents contemporary Southeastern
fine art and crafts.
- BoBo Gallery, 22 Lexington Ave,
+1 828 254-3426.
- Crucible Glassworks, 106 N Lexington Ave,
+1 828 236-0920. Handmade glass art.
- Fine Arts League of the Carolinas, 362 Depot St,
+1 828 252-5050. M-F 10AM-5PM. Featuring art school students work.
- Flood Gallery, 109 Roberts St. Seeks out art that is provocative, challenging, daring,
relevant, and important.
- Gallery Minerva, 12 Church St,
+1 828 255-8850, . M-Th 11AM-6PM, F-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 1PM-5PM.
- Grove Arcade Arts and Heritage Gallery, 1 Page Ave (in the Grove Arcade, Suite 115),
+1 828 255-0775. M–Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Features regional crafts with an emphasis
on wood, jewelry, fiber and clay as well as a selection of Cherokee crafts.
- The Haen Gallery, 52 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 254-8577. Daily 11AM-7PM.
- Jewels That Dance, 63 Haywood St,
+1 828 254-5088. M-Sa 10:30AM-6PM and Su in December 1PM-5PM. Premier jewelry gallery
and working studio. Featuring contemporary and classic fine jewelry.
- Kress Emporium, 19 Patton Ave,
+1 828 281-2252. 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
- K2, 59 College St,
+1 828 250-0500. M-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. The Kress Emporium's sister gallery.
- Larson Porcelain & Design, 1 Page Ave (in the Grove Arcade, Suite 140),
+1 828 350-7707. Heirloom quality porcelain.
- Merrimon Galleries, 365 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 252-6036. Classic and contemporary oils, photography and sculpture.
- Mountain Made, 1 Page Ave (in the Grove Arcade, Suite 123),
+1 828 350-0307. M-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Featuring the work of over 80 Western
North Carolina artisans.
- Odyssey Gallery, 238 Clingman Ave,
+1 828 285-9700. F 10AM-4PM. Functional and sculptural work by national ceramic
- Olga Dorenko Fine Art Gallery, 1 Battle Sq,
+1 828 225-4148. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM. Features work from Russian born artist.
- Overstrom Studio, 35 Wall St,
+1 828 258-1761. Tu-Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-4PM. The working studio, gallery, and loft
of internationally recognized jewelry designers Michael Overstrom and Susan Overstrom.
- Pura Vida, 39-B Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 439-5451. Offers a strong blend of local and regional artists.
- Red Square Gallery of Russian Art & Culture, 7 Rankin Ave,
+1 828 225-8777. Tu-Sa 11AM-7PM. Work by Russian artists.
- Satellite Gallery, 55 Broadway St,
+1 828 505-2225. Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. Contemporary artists with roots in urban and pop
- Studio Chavarria, 84 Walnut St,
+1 828 236-9191. Tu-Sa 9AM-6PM. An exclusive members-only salon and fine art gallery.
- Vadim Bora Gallery & Studio, 30 1/2 Battery Park Ave,
+1 828 254-7959. Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM. European salon style gallery features works from
international artists hand-picked by painter, sculptor, and owner Vadim Bora.
- Vitrum Gallerie, 10 Lodge St,
+1 828 274-9900. M, W-Su 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Contemporary glass art.
- Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St,
+1 828 254-9234. 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.
- YMI Cultural Center, 39 S Market St,
+1 828 252-4614. Tu-F 10AM-5PM. Houses numerous exhibits, many dealing with the
history of African Americans in Western North Carolina.
- Asheville Art Museum, 2 S Pack Sq,
+1 828 253-3227. 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
- Colburn Gem and Mineral Museum, 2 S Pack Sq,
+1 828 254-7162. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Adult $4, Senior/Student/Child $3,
Children under 4 are free.
- The Health Adventure, 2 S Pack Sq,
+1 828 254-6373. 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.
- The Smith-McDowell House Museum, 283 Victoria Rd,
+1 828 253-9231. Th-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 12PM-4PM. Asheville's first mansion and oldest
surviving structure. Adult $7, Child $3, Children under 5 are free.
- WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd,
+1 828 298-5600. Daily 10AM-5PM. A living museum exhibiting plants and animals that
are native to the Southern Appalachians. Adults $7, Seniors $4, Youth $3.
- Asheville Brews Cruise,
+1 828 545-5181. 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.
- 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.
- Haunted Ghost Tour,
+1 828 355-5855. Adults $18, Children $10.
- Historic Trolley Tours,
1-888-667-3600. 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.
- 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. 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). $22.
- Urban Trail. 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.
- Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Held annually at the end of January.
- Jazz After Five, 1 Page Ave (in the Atrium of Historic Grove Arcade). 5PM-8PM. Held
in the third Friday of each month from January through April.
- Asheville Herb Festival, WNC Farmer's Market. 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.
- Mountain Sports Festival. Pro and amateur athletes compete in mountain sports. Live
music, food, and demos. Held each May.
- Downtown After Five, North Lexington Ave at I-240 and Hiawassee. 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.
- Shindig on the Green, Martin Luther King Jr. Park. 7PM-10PM. Music and dance traditions
of Southern Appalachia. Held from the end of June through the beginning of September.
- Bele Chere, Downtown Asheville. 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.
- Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Diana Wortham Theatre. Mountain fiddlers, banjo
pickers, dulcimer sweepers, and dancers. Held the first weekend in August. $20/night
adults, $10/night children, 3-night package $54.
- Goombay! Festival. An African-Caribbean style festival. Held each August.
- Organicfest, Battery Park Avenue and Otis Street (by the Grove Arcade). 10AM-6PM.
A festive day of live music, organic food and drink, organic and green goods, and
fun activities for kids of all ages.
- Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, Lexington Avenue. A unique all local music
and arts event held each September.
- Great Smokies Craft Brewers Brewgrass Festival, Martin Luther King Jr ballfield.
12PM-7PM. Over 30 American breweries showcase more than 100 different beers, along
with music from national and regional bluegrass musicians. Held each September.
- Fiesta Latina. A celebration of Latin American culture.
- Asheville PrideFest. A forum for building community and to honor the many facets
of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered family.
- Asheville Film Festival. Held annually each November.
- Asheville Civic Center, 87 Haywood St,
+1 828 259-5544. The Arena has a capacity of 7,654.
- Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall, 185 Clingman Ave,
+1 828 232-5800. Has a capacity 550 and is a non-smoking venue.
- The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 225-5851. 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.
- The Emerald Lounge, 112 N Lexington Ave. A hot spot for live music and dancing.
- The Rocket Club, 401 Haywood Rd,
+1 828 505-2494. Daily 2PM-2AM. Capacity of 600, full liquor bar.
- Stella Blue, 31 Patton Ave. An art bar featuring national and local acts.
- Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St (at the Civic Center). Has a capacity of
- Tressa's Jazz & Blues, 28 Broadway St,
+1 828 254-7072.
- Asheville Community Theatre. A volunteer-driven community theatre.
- Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre. Western North Carolina's first modern dance
company. A diverse repertory reflects both traditional and experimental forms of
- Asheville Lyric Opera. Productions of opera, operetta, and musicals, performed in
the company's home, the Diana Wortham Theatre.
- Asheville Symphony. Presents seven full orchestra concerts a year at the Thomas
Wolfe Auditorium in the Asheville Civic Center.
- Diane Wortham Theatre. 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. 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. 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. 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.
The Blue Ridge Parkway
- Blue Ridge Parkway,
+1 828 298-0398. 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.
- Botanical Gardens at Asheville. 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.
- North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Wy,
+1 828 665-2492. 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.
- 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.
- Climbmax, 43 Wall St,
+1 828 252-9996. 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.
- Asheville Drifters Fly Fishing Adventures,
1-828-215-7379. $175-375. Rafting:
- French Broad Rafting Expeditions,
1-800-570-7238.Adults $30-$45, Youth $25-$39.
- Rock 'n' Water Adventure Outpost,
+1 828' 689-3354. Offers whitewater rafting, guided "back country" waded fly fishing,
mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding.
- Southern Waterways,
+1 828 232-1970. Adults $30-$64, Youth $20-$44.
- 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.
- Berry Patch Stables, 300 Baird Cove Rd,
+1 828 645-7271. Riding and equestrian center. Trail rides & lessons.
- Biltmore Estate Equestrian Center,
+1 828 225-1454. Lessons, guided trail rides, shows, clinics, and camps.
- Food Lion Skate Park, corner of Flint and Cherry Streets,
+1 828 225-7184. 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.
- The Asheville Tourists, 30 Buchanan Pl (McCormick Field). 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.
- The Asheville Grizzlies, 30 Buchanan Pl (Memorial Stadium). A professional minor
league men's football team.
- Asheville Yoga Center, 239 S Liberty St. Offering all styles of Hatha yoga. Drop
in rate is $11 for one hour classes, $14 for 1.5 hour classes.
- Lighten Up Yoga, 60 Biltmore Ave. Classes in the style of Iyengar. Drop in rate
- Namaste Yoga and Healing Center, 57 Broadway St. Drop in rate is $15.
- One Center Yoga, 120 Coxe Ave, Suite 3A. Drop in rate is $12 for 1 hour classes,
$15 for 1.5 hour classes.
- South Asheville Yoga, 2 Town Square Blvd. Drop in rate is $11 for on hour classes,
$14 for 1.5 hour classes.
- West Asheville Yoga, 602 Haywood Rd. 1 hour classes are $6-$11, 1.5 hour classes
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.
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. 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.
- Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, 55 Haywood St. 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.
- Mast General Store, 15 Biltmore Ave. Has an old-fashioned to modern day assortment
of products. Old-time candy in barrels to hiking and camping equipment and apparel.
- Lexington Avenue is one of Asheville's hippest streets. For your music needs
Static Age Records
, specializing in vinyl, punk rock and heavy metal. Instant Karma and the
Octopus Garden specialize in smoking accessories along with a wide variety
of other products. Hip Replacements has some great vintage clothing, while up the
block Spiritex 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, and stop by one of the many restaurants on Lexington for a quick
bite. On the next block up is the Chevron Trading Post for all of your beading needs,
and Tops for Shoes, 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
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:
River Arts District
- New Morning Gallery. Probably the best collection of regional Arts and Crafts in
Western North Carolina. The gallery features ceramics, glass, jewelery and furniture
from local Appalachian artisans. It is located in front of Bella Vista Art Gallery
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 Owned by Marty and Eileen Black and inhabited by a
mixed group of artists and studios.
- The Phil Mechanic Building 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 This was originally a warehouse. Right after the Katrina Hurricane
it was turned into a gallery by the owners of Bella Vista Art Gallery. 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 and
mechanical dinosaurs is interesting but not for the timid.
Head away from downtown and visit the WNC Farmer's Market
for a huge selection of
locally grown and produced crops 'n' crafts. You could spend hours and still not
- Barley's Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 255-0504. Pizza (available by the slice), lasagna, and sandwiches; 52 beers
on tap. $6-$15.
- Doc Chey's Noodle House, 37 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 252-8220. Su-Tu 11:30AM-10PM, Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Extremely
affordable and consistently delicious Asian Fusion. Many vegetarian options. Don't
forget to try some of their rice seasoning because you will probably only find it
in an oriental market. $7-$9.
- Izzy's Coffee Den, 74 N Lexington. Features a relaxed atmosphere and quick take
- Mamacitas, 77A Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 255-8080. Fresh, made from scratch Mexican cuisine. $3-$8.
- One Love II, 42 Market St. Tu-Su. Traditional Jamaican.
- Rosetta's Kitchen, 116 N Lexington Ave,
+1 828 232-07. Serves vegetarian/vegan (mostly organic) delicious 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.
- Sisters McMullen Bakery, 22 Pack Place,
+1 828 252-9380. M-F 7:30AM-3:30PM. Carries a variety of delectable pastries.
- Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 254-1281. Known to locals as the APBC or Brew n' View, is a good place to
relax with a beer, have excellent pizza (available by the slice), and watch a movie
for $2. No smoking indoors, and the front patio has little to no cover from the
- Circle in the Square, 640 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 254-5442.
- The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 252-8362. Serves acclaimed ice cream (vegan selections available) made on-site.
- Marcos Pizzeria, 946 Merrimon Ave. $7-$13.
- Lucky Otter, 630 Haywood Rd,
+1 828 253-9595. A great choice for your burrito fix.
- Tomato Jam Cafe, 379 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 253-0570, . M-F 6:30AM-6PM. Great breakfast and lunch, sandwiches and
salads. Unique biscuit combinations. $4-$7.
- Bouchon, 62 N Lexington Ave,
+1 828 350-1140. M-Sa 5PM-. French comfort food of the Lyon area of France and wine
- Early Girl Eatery, 8 Wall St,
+1 828 259-9292. 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.
- Ed Boudreaux's Bayou Bar-B-Que, 48 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 296-0100. Daily 11:30AM-11PM. Bar-b-que with 14 in-house sauces, large vegetarian
menu, and stocks 140 different beers. $4-$10.
- 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.
- Laughing Seed, 40 Wall St,
+1 828 252-3445. 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.
- Mela, 70 N Lexington Ave,
+1 828 225-8880. Daily 11:30AM-2:30PM, 5:30PM-9:30PM. An authentic North and South
Indian restaurant that consistently offers delicious food in a beautiful and exotic
atmosphere. Full bar available. $9-$17.
- 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.
- Scratch, 109 Broadway St,
+1 828 505-2152. M-Sa 11AM-3PM & 5:30PM-12AM, Su 9AM-3PM. Made-from-scratch philosophy.
Lunch $7-11, Dinner small plates $6-12, Dinner entrees $20-26, Brunch $6-14, Bar
- Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 College St,
+1 828 255-4863. Tu-Su 9AM-3PM, Tu-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa until 12AM. Check this out
for some delicious New Southern cuisine. $7-13.
- The Admiral, 400 Haywood Rd,
+1 828 252-2541. Daily 5PM-2AM (lunch 2PM-5PM, dinner 5PM-10PM). Menu changes daily.
- Sunny Point Cafe & Bakery, 626 Haywood Rd,
+1 828 252-0055. Su-M 8:30AM-2:30PM, Tu-Sa 8:30AM-9:30PM. A great brunch spot. $7-10.
- 12 Bones, 5 Riverside Dr. 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.
- Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine, 28 Hendersonville Rd,
+1 828 277-1510. 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.
- Cucina 24, 24 Wall St,
+1 828 254-6170. Closed Mondays. Traditional Italian. Reservations recommended.
Lunch $7-11, Dinner $15-27.
- The Flying Frog Cafe, 1 Battery Park Ave,
+1 828 254-9411. W, Th & Su 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM. Classical and innovative
European and Indian cuisines. Reservations recommended. $17-33.
- Limones, 13 Eagle St,
+1 828 252-2327. Daily 5PM-10PM. Upscale fresh Mexican-Californian cuisine. Reservations
- The Lobster Trap, 35 Patton Ave,
+1 828 350-0505. Daily 5PM-. Focus on fresh seafood. Full bar available. $10-47.
- The Market Place, 20 Wall St,
+1 828 252-4162. M-Sa, 5:30PM-9PM. A world-class restaurant, a seasonal menu based
on local ingredients. $26-36.
- S&W Steak & Wine, 56 Patton Ave. Steakhouse classics.
- Table, 48 College St,
+1 828 254-8980. New-American cuisine with a daily written menu.
- Wasabi, 19 Broadway St,
+1 828 225-2551. Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. $8-26.
- Zambra, 85 W Walnut St,
+1 828 232-1060. Tapas and Spanish cuisine in a very romantic atmosphere. $6-20.
- Gabrielle's, 87 Richmond Hill Dr,
+1 828 252-7313, . Recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond Award for 16 consecutive
years. Reservations strongly recommended. Prix Fixe $65.
- Horizons, 290 Macon Ave (at the Grove Park Inn),
1-800-438-5800. 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. Jackets required
for gentlemen. Reservations recommended. Prix Fixe $75-120.
- Savoy, 641 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 253-1077. 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.
- Fig, 18 Brook St,
+1 828 277-0889. M-Sa 11AM-3PM, 5:30PM-9PM (until 10PM F-Sa). Reservations recommended.
- Southside Cafe, 1800 Hendersonville Road,
+1 828 274-4413. M-Sa 11AM-2:30PM and 5:30PM-10PM, Su 9:30AM-2PM. Fine dining, reservations
recommended. $21-27, Tasting menu $70.
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 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. 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.
- Barley's Taproom, 42 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 255-0504. 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.
- Bier Garden, 46 Haywood St,
+1 828 285-0002. 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.
- Blue Smoke Coffee, at Grove Corner Market and Red Bike Delivery, both located in
the Grove Arcade,
+1 865-963-1851. Locally hand-roasted coffee using green-renewable energy, organic,
fair trade and shade grown beans. $6-$15.
- BoBo Gallery, 22 N Lexington Ave. Club and dance music and a cutting edge underground
- Broadway's, 107 N Lexington Ave,
+1 828 285-0400. Members-only. Smoking allowed inside and on the outdoor deck. 80's
music Wednesday nights.
- Cinjades, 22 N Market St. A popular dance club playing the best of 80's, 90's, and
- College Street Pub, 4 College St,
+1 828 232-0809.
- Charlotte Street Pub, 157 Charlotte St. Daily until 2AM. Dark and smoky, with wooden
furniture and customers that seem like they've been sitting the same spot for years.
- Club Hairspray, 38 N French Broad Ave. Daily. A gay/lesbian dancebar.
- Club Nashwa, 64 Carter St. A two level club playing Top 40 hits until 3AM on the
weekends and live music during the week.
- Fred's Speakeasy, 122 College St,
+1 828 281-0920. Tu-Sa 4:30PM-2AM. A small club and cigar bar. Karaoke on Wednesdays.
Live music Thursdays thru Saturdays.
- The Frog Bar, 76 Haywood St (corner of Haywood St and Battery Park),
+1 828 254-9411. Outdoor and indoor tables, house-made infused liquors. Infused
- Green Man Brewing & Tasting Room, 23 Buxton Ave,
+1 828 252-5502. M-F 5PM-10PM.
- Hannah Flanagan's Irish Pub, 27 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 252-1922. 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
- Hookah Joe's, 38 N French Broad Ave,
+1 828 252-1522. Daily 6PM-2AM. Hookah bar with live music and bellydancing.
- Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. 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.
- New French Bar, 12 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 225-6445. Tu-F 3PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-12AM. Good service, drinks,
a fine courtyard and a view of the street.
- Scandals, 11 Grove St. Th-Su 10PM-3AM. A huge gay-oriented nightclub with 3 dance
floors and 4 bars.
- Scully's Signature Dine and Drink, 71 Walnut St,
+1 828 251-8880. Serves good pub fare and a good selection of beers.
- Scratch, 109 Broadway St,
+1 828 505-2152. M-Sa 11AM-3PM & 5:30PM-12AM, Su 9AM-3PM. Craft cocktails featuring
house-made tonic, bitters, simple syrups and infused liquors. Also has a small bottled
- Thirsty Monk, 50 Commerce St,
+1 828 254-5470. Pub specializing in Belgian beers.
- Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge, 7 Rankin Ave. 3PM-2AM.
- World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park Ave,
+1 828 225-6998. Three rooftop balconies where you can watch the sun set.
- 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.
- Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave. Locally brewed beer at $3.75
- Northside Bar & Grill, 853 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 254-2349. A classic sports bar.
- 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.
- French Broad Brewery Tasting Room, 101 Fairview Rd,
+1 828 277-0222. Until 8PM. Offers tastings, tours and live music five nights a
week in a relaxed, intimate setting.
- Root Bar, 1410 Tunnel Rd,
+1 828 299-7597, . Home of the original sport of rootball (a cross between
horseshoes and boccie)! A non-smoking bar. Beer only. $3-4.
- The Admiral, 400 Haywood Rd. A dive bar for the 'hipster' crowd. Smoking allowed
- The Rocket Club, 401 Haywood Rd. Daily 2PM-2AM.
- Tolliver's Crossing, 733 Haywood Rd,
+1 828 505-2129. Irish pub.
- Westville Pub, 777 Haywood Rd. Daily 12PM-2AM. Non-smoking family-oriented bar with
pub grub and live music.
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.
- Asheville Visitors Center, 36 Montford Ave. M-F 8:30AM-5:30PM, Sa-Su 9AM-5PM.
- Buncombe County Courthouse area, in the City-County Plaza.
- Caffiend, 120 Merrimon Ave. Open 24 hours.
- Dripolator Coffeehouse, 144 Biltmore Ave,
+1 828 252-0021. M-F 7AM-11PM, Sa-Su 7:30AM-11PM.
- Grove Corner Market and Cafe, In the Grove Arcade,
+1 828 225-4949. M-Sa 8:30AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM.
- Malaprops Bookstore/Café, 51 Haywood St,
+1 828 254-6734. M-Th 8AM-9PM, F-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 8AM-7PM.
- Mountain Java, 870 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 255-3881.
- The New French Bar, 12 Biltmore Ave. Tu-F 3PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-12AM.
- 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.
- World Coffee Cafe, 18 Battery Park Ave (next to the Grove Arcade),
+1 828 258-1058. 8AM-10PM.
- Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave,
+1 828 254-1281.
- Biltmore Coffee Traders, 518 Hendersonville Rd,
+1 828 277-9227. M-F 7AM-6PM, Sa 9AM-5PM.
- Ideal Market Cafe, 733 Haywood St,
+1 828 258-5393. M-Sa 8:30AM-5PM.
- 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
A thirty-mile drive south to Flat Rock
will bring you to the Flatrock Playhouse
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
, 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
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
. 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
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 very popular tourist attraction is Chimney Rock Park
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 2005), 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 located 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
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.