Asheville, NC, Guide and Information

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Asheville, NC Guide

About Asheville

You expect a lot from a city nicknamed “The Paris of the South,” and Asheville, North Carolina, lives up to it in every way. Overflowing with artists and innovators, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking the French Broad River, Asheville cuts a fine figure in the landscape and in the hearts and minds of its fans. Whether visitors have been there a dozen times or if they’re planning their first trip, thoughts of strolling the city’s streets delivers a jolt of anticipation.

Many travelers who come to Asheville think they’ll have to choose between the great outdoors, the great restaurants and breweries, and the great art and music scene. They’re mistaken.

The North Carolina Arboretum and Western North Carolina Nature Center put wildlife encounters and miles of hiking trails just minutes from downtown (and if you want big adventure, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is only 90 minutes away).

Dinner at Rhubarb and Corner Kitchen delivers big flavor of innovative chefs, but barbecue from Buxton Hall Barbecue, sushi from Wasabi, or elevated pub grub from Pack’s Tavern or a burger and brew from Lexington Avenue Brewery satisfies. And speaking of satisfaction, the city’s brewery scene is one of the best in the nation, and a visit to Highlands Brewing Company, Burial Beer or Hi-Wire will show you exactly why, but you can find excellent cocktails and great wine – thanks to Santé Wine Bar and restaurants like Chestnut – all over town.

On every street you’ll find buskers and bands, art galleries and studios, and more evidence of the city’s creative spirit. And if that’s not enough, catch a show at Orange Peel, head into the Asheville Art Museum or explore the River Arts District.

Fall is prime time here, as the mountains show their best colors, and a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must, though the view from a hot air balloon with Asheville Adventures puts the mountains in perspective. But it’s not the only color show: spring’s wildflowers put on a great show as well.

So, when should you visit Asheville? The answer’s always now. No matter what you want to do, what you want to eat or how you want to relax, it’s waiting in Asheville. In just a weekend you can get a taste of this town, but it’s only a big enough bite to hold you over until your next visit (which we know you’ll be planning soon).

SEED TO SHELF, HEMP AND HEALTH

Franny’s Farmacy is committed to supporting the health and wellness of our customers and community. Our products are…

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We are a full service bar and upscale cigar lounge with the largest walk-in humidor in Asheville

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Instant Karma, an Asheville tradition since 1995, offers an eclectic mix of funky, spiritual, current, new age and old school items.

The first thing…

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The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's premier wildlife park! This page is managed by the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, a 501c3 whose mission is to…

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Down Dog is a hot yoga studio offering a variety of classes open to all fitness levels, and a bar serving beer and wine allowing off-leash dogs to…

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Tukit Tour Co. is the most fun and easy way to explore Asheville. What is a tuk? It's the ultimate fully electric, 6-seater vehicle and tour company…

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¡Bienvenidos a todos! As local Chef Hector’s debut restaurant, Salsa’s serves Mexican-Caribbean cuisine that’s fresh, funky, and always delicious…

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Asheville's bougie bodega, coffee shop and favorite grab-and-go. Champagne, European wines, superb coffee drinks and plates and THE SPOT for luxurious…

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Come experience the fun and excitement of mining for gems! Located along the banks of the Rocky Broad River in historic Chimney Rock Village, it’s a…

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The day we opened the Corner Kitchen in 2004, this house was 109 years old. It was built around 1895 as part of Biltmore Village. George Washington…

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Our retail shop is open! We have a larger selection available on our website - Shopmoonlightmakers.com. Free shipping + curbside pickup available!

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Husband and wife team Jason and Carolyn Roy opened the original Biscuit Head restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, to share their love of southern

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Stay close to the airport in Asheville

Our Clarion® Inn Asheville Airport hotel in Fletcher is an ideal home base for business and leisure…

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Asheville's premiere location for sushi and Asian fusion cuisine.

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We are serving traditional Japanese ramen,and tapas, our products Mostly from local and house make ,and daily broth !

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Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a mountain oasis with an eclectic feel. Our area is a magnet for outdoor sports…

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Purl's Yarn Emporium is a family owned yarny place for stitchers to find yarn, tools, books, help, & community! Shop online or in our new brick &amp…

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Wehrloom Honey comes to you from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Graham County, where our hives are located, is made up of 2/3 national…

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Great food delivered fast by our delivery heroes to your home or office. We offer a large selection of local restaurants in each market for both…

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Handmade sandals, custom leather belts, and vintage belt buckles.   EVAR HECHT | OWNER

– Sandal Maker, Leather Crafter

 

Since my first…

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ASHEVILLE'S ORIGINAL LOTION CANDLES! Lotion candles, solid perfumes, lip balms, all natural skin care including roll-ons, body butters, mango…

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We offer the finest herbs, spices, teas, exotic rices & sea salts. We carry many hard to find spices and products you cannot find in your grocery…

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Local families and visitors from across the country rely on Tops for Shoes for fashion footwear in sizes and widths. You'll be amazed by the…

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Direct Importer of Beads and Jewelry making supplies. We offer retail and wholesale pricing, online and in our showroom. Specializing in gemstone…

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White Labs Kitchen & Tap is a boutique restaurant and tasting room that showcases the delicious art of beer-infused and fermented foods. Featured…

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Our menu features the seasonal best from local farmers, fresh catches from the coast of the Carolinas, incredible local micro-brews, specialty…

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For the freshest sushi and a full range of Hibachi grill options in Asheville, choose Hana Japanese Restaurant. You'll feel like you're stepping…

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Downtown Asheville's Corner Store with More! Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Hookahs, Drinks, & Snacks. Open until 1:30 am on Friday and Saturday!

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Experience our nature inspired salt cave located in downtown Asheville. Our salt cave has an enriched microclimate, which allows the body and mind to…

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Experience the Steaks that come from the southern Brazil, 14 different cuts of Slow-Cooked meats and pineapple seasoned to perfection, plus 30 items…

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We are a locally owned restaurant and full bar serving up casual, creative Meditterranean-inspired comfort foods in the heart of Pack Square Park…

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The Sweet Biscuit Inn is an elegant seven-bedroom Bed and Breakfast Inn with a Carriage House, located in Asheville, North Carolina's quiet wooded…

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Baymont Inn Asheville/Biltmore is moments away from the Biltmore Estate, Downtown Asheville, River Arts District and walking distance to Biltmore…

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IT STARTED WITH A CRAVING...
In the summer of 2016, Kirsten and her daughter were looking for a place in South Asheville to sit and enjoy a slice of…

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For centuries the cigar rolling process has remained unchanged. Except for a few simple tools -- the table, a small wooden board, and the chaveta, a…

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We Are A Different Breed We are a different breed of pet supply store. Located in the heart of beautiful and vibrant West Asheville, NC, we…

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Enter the Earth's retail store is located the historic Grove Arcade in Asheville, NC. We also have a wholesale warehouse and vend at gem shows across…

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At vineyard vines, we think every day should feel this good! Got a question? Give us a call at 800-892-4982.

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THE BMW PERFORMANCE CENTER

An open track, the Ultimate Driving Machine®, and you in the driver’s seat. This isn’t fantasy; you’re at the BMW…

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The Fairfield Inn & Suites Asheville Airport/Fletcher is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina just a short drive…

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Kim and Jillian are excited about opening this business and continuing  to connect to local beekeepers, artists and creative people in general who are…

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70,000 Square Feet of Shopping in a Historic Tobacco Barn. Largest selection in North Carolina Open all year. March-December Hours- Mon - Thurs: 10Am…

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THE WORLDS COOLEST STORE! Unique Up-cycled Furnishings, Re-purposed Artist Designed Pieces, Antiques, Salvage & much MORE!   Home of unique…

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Less than ½ mile from downtown Asheville, on a quiet street in the historic Montford district, Carolina Bed & Breakfast is your home away from home…

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Cantina Louie is a swanky little spot where you can grab all of your favorite Mexican eats.

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Sweeten Creek Antiques is a diverse and eclectic antique market in Asheville just outside of Biltmore Village, and a proud advocate of green industry…

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Come in to The Dog Door and discover the key to your dog. You will open up a world of understanding unlike anything you have experienced before, and…

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Cosmic Vision is downtown Asheville's greatest deal, for all of your clothing needs and more. All our profits help communities locally and globally.

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Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed…

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It’s familiar. But, it’s better than ever before. The first thing you’ll notice is the new Holiday Inn sign outside. Inside you’ll see stylish…

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Ben & Jerry's super premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, and non-dairy. Catering, special events, and weddings. Peace, Love, & Ice Cream.

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Welcome to the Holiday Inn & Suites Biltmore Village!   Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, our hotel is one of the newest hotels our top…

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The Times Bar is a trendy craft cocktail bar and coffee shop nestled in the heart of downtown Asheville, located in the historic S&W Cafeteria…

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more than a business, a mission


“We aren’t just a business that sells bee products, we care about bees.” – Jillian + Kim

Years before the move down…

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A self-taught painter and sculptor originally from Casablanca, Morocco. We operate a gallery dedicated to his work and career in the River Arts…

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Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina was founded in 1926 by Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem to provide a means of…

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Scroungers Paradise sells everything under the sun.

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Our home is on the National Historic Register and located within walking distance of downtown Asheville and 3 miles from Biltmore Estate.

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Pack’s Tavern is a locally owned and operated Restaurant and Bar in downtown Asheville. We hope everyone notices the family atmosphere that we try to…

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Experience the best of all worlds, luxury and natural beauty, Nestled among nearly 40 acres, Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is bordered by the…

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WNC Bridge Foundation’s mission is to provide funds to assist in meeting the health challenges of persons in the communities of Western North Carolina

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Here at Mount Inspiration, we believe in creating mission-driven products that are sustainable, using 100% organic and recycled materials, and made in…

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With over 24 years in business we are one of the first full-service bead shops in the country offering a unique collection of beads from the world…

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Ten Thousand Villages is a global maker-to-market movement. Creating opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income, we bring their…

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Opened 31 Dec 13! Off the Wagon is a dueling piano bar that will rock the downtown music scene! Get ready for great music, great drinks, great fun -…

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Located in the heart of Asheville, Mellow Mushroom offers pizza, sandwiches & salads with gluten free & vegan options. Spring water dough, fresh…

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Our store boasts an incredible selection of gems, mineral specimens, fossils, meteorites, tektites and eclectic jewelry.

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We serve Lunch and Dinner daily and Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Our style would best be described as eclectic American. There is EASY parking right…

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For forty years Earth Guild has served the handcraft community — beginners, amateurs and full-time craft professionals — with tools and materials and…

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