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Nationwide recognition

Asheville pops up on national rankings for a variety of things: Modern Maturity named it one of “The 50 Most Alive Places To Be,” AmericanStylemagazine called it one of “America’s Top 25 Arts Destinations,” Self magazine labeled it the “Happiest City for Women,”  it is one of AARP Magazine’s “Best Places to Reinvent Your Life”, 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, In August 2006 Asheville was named one the “Best Outside Towns” by Outside Magazine. In his 2008 book, The Geography of Bliss, author Eric Weiner cited Asheville as one of the happiest places in the United States. In 2011, Good Morning America selected Asheville as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” In 2007, Asheville was named one of the top seven places to live in the U.S. by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated,  and No. 23 of 200 metro areas for business and careers by Forbes. It was also named one of the world’s top 12 must-see destinations for 2007 by Frommer’s travel guides.

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 area and near the Biltmore Estate.

About Asheville

Asheville : Edgy, Artsy and Inviting

Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.

A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.

There’s something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclecticdowntown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.

Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 11th largest city in North Carolina. The City is home to the United States National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), which is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. The U.S. Census Bureau determined that Asheville’s population in 2010 was 83,393. Asheville is a part of the four-countyAsheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the population of which was estimated by the Census Bureau in 2010 to be 417,012.

Asheville History

Asheville at the Crossroad

Asheville was a primitive outpost in 1797. Frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett traveled through in the early days. Asheville was little more than a crossroads of Indian trails on a plateau surrounded by mountains and rivers on all sides.

The railroad transformed Asheville and Buncombe County into a resort and therapeutic health center when it arrived in 1880. Asheville became a Mecca for visitors searching for a mountain escape, its population climbing to nearly 30,000 seasonal residents in 1890.

Rich Architecture

Asheville had no money to invest in urban renewal projects that were so popular in other cities following Black Monday. The magnificent buildings built during the boom years were spared the bulldozer as a result of Asheville commitment to repay its debt.

This is why Asheville is a snap shot of what an American boomtown looked like during the turn of the century. It isn’t unusual to find quaint mom and pop shops in elegant surroundings.

Pioneers, Philanthropists and Artists

Asheville has always drawn visionaries, poets and explorers.

George W. Vanderbilt came to Asheville in the late 1880s and quickly purchased 120,000 acres to build his grand estate. The endeavor took six years and Vanderbilt commissioned renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to design the grounds and gardens, and celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to help him plan the house. Biltmore Estate has withstood the test of time and modern mansions are dwarfed by the regal home.

Thomas Wolfe was born in Asheville and grew up in his mother’s rambling boardinghouse, known as “Dixieland.” Wolfe is one of the giants of American literature, and Asheville is the backdrop for his autobiographical novel, “Look Homeward, Angel.”

NC Mountain Land Locations and Attractions:
| Blue Ridge Parkway | Chimney Rock | Asheville | Boone | Banner Elk | Valley Crucis | Blowing Rock | Lake Lure | West Jefferson | Jefferson | Beech Mountain | Spruce Pine | Little Switzerland | Cherokee | Bryson City | Waynesville | Maggie Valley | Murphy | Lake Chatuge | Pisgah National Forest | Nantahala | Grandfather Mountain | New River | French Broad River | Tuckeseegee River | Lake James | Fontana Lake
GA Mountain Land Locations and Attractions:
Georgia Mountains | Smoky Mountains | Stone Mountain State Park | Blairsville | Blue Ridge Georgia | Hiawassee | Ellijay | The Hiawassee River | Lake Chatuge

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