Asheville Travel Guide

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Asheville Things to Do

  • Biltmore Estate

    While visiting the Biltmore Estate we went to Antler Village for lunch and were so very glad we chose to dine at Cedric's Tavern. A most upscale pub in keeping with the style and ambiance of the Estate. The service was excellent and our meals were most delicious. I went with the cold salmon salad which was fabulous - filling but not heavy, while my...

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  • Mt. Mitchell Golf Course -Great Views &...

    This is a terrific course to play while in the Western North Carolina area. The course is in the valley of the mountains so most of it is flat as opposed to terrain changes of mountain courses. A must play for golfers visiting the Asheville area. We play it anytime we are in the Asheville area and always enjoy our round. Just be aware it is "cart...

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  • Reems Creek Golf Course: Enjoyable &...

    Wow! This is a fantastic course with spectacular views of the western Carolina Mountains. The course has lots of elevation changes creating a lot of challenge. It is a must to pay attention to the score card for distance and landing area. Often a great shot can be a challenge due to sidehill, downhill, uphill lies. Water comes into play on a few...

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Asheville Restaurants

  • Great Food & Great Service!

    We happened onto to the restaurant after accidentally shopping at the Biltmore Square Mall across the street- one of 12 clearance stores in the US. Fantastic deals on this holiday weekend. The Tavern was perfect for our after shopping dinner. A very varied menu and good selection of wine and beer. The trout is excellent as are the fried oysters....

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  • A Scrumptious & Romantic Dining...

    Under slightly rainy skies we settled into our table for our dinner at the Sunset Terrace. Despite the rainy evening, the scenes were still magnificent (and yes we were dry). The service was excellent as Anna our waitress and Vincent, the manager, assured our service was perfect. Starting with the luscious oysters on the half shell, we then shared...

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  • A "Must Do" for great beer and great...

    We popped in for an afternoon beer at this fresh and welcoming bar, restaurant and brewery. Sitting outside under big umbrellas was perfect on this sunny afternoon. The beers were delicious, especially the cool cucumber. Oops not sure of exact name but it is the cucumber beer. Refreshing setting and the menu looks tasty. We will be back for lunch...

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Asheville Nightlife

  • Weekend rocking

    This place is fairly new and MUCH better than what was there before. We walked by on a Saturday, not knowing it had changed hands. We saw the new name on the awnings out front and went in to check it out. UNIT 50, a pretty well known local band, was rockin' the place down. We shared a big basket of tatsy wings and had a few beers... they have...

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  • wine bar

    sante is a upscale wine bar located in the grove arcade in downtown asheville. sante has both an excellent wine and beer selection. a very nice place to have an after work drink in downtown asheville. casual.

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  • the wood is good

    The real Irish atmosphere comes out at the Wood on Sunday afternoons when they have live traditional Irish music. It was one of the reasons (oh, and maybe some more IPA) we stayed in town so late and even thought of spending the night. We were glad we did. The music was excellent with the band featuring a harpist, a few fiddlers and a guitarist...

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Asheville Transportation

  • Park in a Public Parking Lot - then walk

    Asheville is definitely a walking town. It has narrow streets, limited street parking and if you attempt to drive to find a parking spot, you are going to quickly get frustrated. We learned that the best way to enjoy the town, be relaxed is to locate at Public Parking Garage. Using our handy Asheville Map - for visits in town we would pick a...

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  • BEST WAY TO GET AROUND IS MOTOR SCOOTER

    GETTING AROUND ASHEVILLE ON A MOTOR SCOOTER IS GREAT FUN. NO PARKING PROBLEMS. SO MANY GREAT RESTAURANTS AND BARS. FROM QUITE EXPENSIVE TO A GREAT DINNER FOR $12. TONS OF STORES TO SHOP AND BY VIRTUALLY ANYTHING. I WILL NEVER LEAVE ASHEVILLE!

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  • Getting around Asheville

    Asheville's downtown is easy to walk. From Civic Center parking garage I walked less than half a mile one way to cover the area.But if you stay a few miles away you first have to get to downtown from your motel. Ask at the lobby or: - call a taxi (numbers here)- take a bus; there are almost 20 bus routes run by Asheville Transit Services...

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Asheville Shopping

  • Great Deals! Huge Savings! Awesome...

    Where does all the unsold out of Season merchandise go for Dillard's. To their Clearance Centers. We happened on to the Dillard's Clearance Center, located in the Biltmore Square Shopping Center. We were not aware of these store clearance centers and were amazed at the fantastic "deals" on clothing. Most items are at least 50% off or more then they...

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  • Biltmore flowers to buy

    This place, left to the entrance to the Conservatory is full of potted plants and flowers cultivated by Biltmore gardeners. There are also various accesories, tools, and seeds for your garden.Well, if you are not from the USA, keep in mind that you are not allowed to import any living plants to most of the countries unless you obtain special...

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  • beer to go?

    Unfortunately this great looking beer store was closed Sunday afternoons or I'd have likely picked up some beers for the remainder of our road trip. Though from the window display they had a great selection of Belgian ales I'd have likely stuck with the local beers. Think globally friends, but please drink locally. Beer, what else? Life is too...

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Asheville Local Customs

  • Don't they celebrate Halloween?

    I was in Asheville some 2 weeks prior to Halloween. Before I had seen quite many Halloween decorations both in small Virginia towns and in Richmond, Virginia. So, I expected to see them in downtown Asheville again. I was mistaken. I didn't see any pumpkin, even one, in downtown. The only Halloween decoration I saw was a funny dressed human size...

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  • Blacksmith at work

    I saw a demenstration of blacksmith's work in the Historic Horse Barn in the Biltmore Farm Village. It included forging and shaping iron with a hammer and anvil. The metal was heated until it glowed orange as part of the forging process. The blacksmith created small decorative element used for stair railing.The forge, hammers, anvils and other...

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  • Woodworking

    I have seem woodworker at work in the Historic Horse Barn in the Biltmore Farm Village. The woodworker used original tools from the beginning of 20th century. In western North Carolina woodworker's skills were used, among others. in house building and wagon building.The owners of the Biltmore Estate, the Vanderbilts, established Biltmore Estate...

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Asheville Warnings and Dangers

  • Do not judge at first look

    If you ever go to Asheville downtown and park your car on higher lever of multistore garage you may see not the best face of the city - its skyline dominated by a few ugly high rise buildings including the tallest BB&T Bank Building with some neglected and messy houses below which mostly don't look charming. But, please, do not judge any place...

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  • 2 days is a minimum for Asheville!

    I've already visited quite many castles in Europe. Usually it's guided or self-guided tour around the interiors plus walk around surrounding gardens. Shortly 2-4 hours was usually enough time. But the Biltmore Estate is much more than the castle and gardens. It's an estate: huge property with a few more attractions at a distance of a few miles one...

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  • where is FEMA

    This was what it looked like around here the next day. Scary, eh? But don't be discouraged from visiting...this isn't the norm. Alls I'm sayin....this global warming is a real issue and I do believe as it gets more tropical and warm down here, we will be receiving more storms...Asheville is not prepared for this sort of thing in any way. It was sad...

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Asheville Tourist Traps

  • Without a $60 ticket, biltmore house...

    We finally executed our plan to goto Biltmore. However instead of just Biltmore, our plan was to first reach Biltmore take some snaps enjoy from outside and then move to Smoky Mountains, then overnight at Atlanta - spend the next day in Atlanta and return back to Charlotte. We enjoyed Smoky Mountains and Atlanta, but in Biltmore, the ticket counter...

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  • Biltmore Crowds - Get there Early

    When you visit Biltmore, Get there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. There will be crowds and they will be large. If you are planning to visit the Winery try and get there as soon as it opens. We did this and it was maybe a 5 minute wait. When we finished the tour and tasting the line was outside the winery and down the parking lot! For the...

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  • NO VACANCY for weekend!

    I arrived to Asheville at night on Thursday and stayed in Mountaineer Inn. I planned to stay in Asheville only one night. But next afternoon things changed as I liked Asheville so much that I wanted to stay one day more to see more. Unfortunatelly when I came back to Mountaineer Inn in the evening I was invited by NO VACANCY sign. The very helpful...

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Asheville What to Pack

  • Asheville is up in the mountains!

    For walking around Asheville, small, city backpack and surely bag for your camera - both better water-proof except in dry summer. Always comfortable walking shoes or boots depends on season and your activity. Sun-glasses especially in winter and summer and a rain coat, eventually less comfortable umbrella from fall to spring. Be prepared for hot...

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  • Packing List

    Obviously, don't forget your camera and any extra lenses you may have. Bring great hiking shoes and a coat if it's not summer. In the winter, it can get pretty nasty in terms of snow and ice. The roads especially along the Parkway are subject to closure due to the weather, so keep that in mind.

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  • Cooler in the mountains

    Whenever you travel to Asheville, count on it being 15° (8°C) cooler there than in, say, Charlotte. In the summer, that's a good thing. In the other 3 seasons, it may mean you will have to add one more layer of clothing. If the gardens on the Biltmore Estate is on your Asheville itinerary, bring a 35mm camera and lots and lots of film.

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Asheville Off The Beaten Path

  • The Antique Tobacco Barn & More

    We are not traditionally antique shopping people, but on our past visit we decided to look for some stained glass for some windows we had recently redone. A shop keeper in Black Mountain told us to go to the "Antique Tobacco Barn. It has everything!" She was correct this place is HUGE. We found an amazing selection of stained glass windows from...

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  • Art Deco masterpiece for sale now!

    S & W Building in downtown (56 Patton Ave.) - one of Asheville's most recognized art deco landmarks - was built in 1929-1930. It was deseigned by Douglas D. Ellington, an architect then living in Asheville (born in Clayton, NC). He designed numerous buildings in Asheville and also the University of Pennsylvania, and the famous Ecole des Beaux Arts...

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  • lake lure

    lake lure and chimney rock village is a very nice side trip from asheville. lake lure is a beautiful mountain lake and chimney rock village is home to chimney rock state park. the lake lure area offers boating, fishing, hiking, and a number of good bars and restaurants. lake lure is located about 30 miles east of asheville. from downtown take I-40...

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Asheville Sports & Outdoors

  • Climbing in downtown

    Walking along shopping street (Wall Street) in Asheville downtown I surprisingly saw an outdoor climbing wall. A young climber who tried to reach a top of the wall had many supporters and just watchers down. They applaused when he finally succeded. I got to know that it was a competiotion for advanced climbers run by ClimbMax Climbing Center. The...

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  • Need some high adventure?

    There are lots of places to go white water rafting in the greater Asheville area. You can stop at the tourist office in downtown or just up the parkway from downtown and get all the information you need to hit the rapids.

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  • Skateboarding

    To deal with the complaints about children skateboarding on city streets, local businesses built a skate park. The skate park was well-used when I was there, but kids still were doing it on the sidewalks in town. A skateboard, some knee pads, and a helmet.

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Asheville Favorites

  • Stay and Do in Asheville

    Asheville in a word is phenomenal! I don't know if my favorite part is the uniqueness of downtown or just the overall culture of the place. When we visit, we always stay in one of two places. The first is the Bohemian Hotel (http://www.bohemianhotelasheville.com). This is the most unique hotel I have ever been in. Even if you don't stay there, you...

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  • not too many shakes

    The band was quite good with a female harpist, a few fiddlers, and a guitarist. The traditional music fit the scene well with lots of families with kids like at a playground but managing to be non-obtrusive just the same. It was very much like what I’ve experienced in the UK where families are encouraged to bring their kids to the pubs especially...

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  • virtually unchanged since the Great...

    We ordered two Sheppard’s Pies and two of the house brewed beers. The latter were a bit too cold for their styles but it was very hot out so all was forgiven and they managed to warm up before we polished them off. My Golden Ale was a lightly hopped version of an English session ale that mimicked the style well though seemed to be missing...

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