Asheville, North Carolina Attractions
The Asheville, North Carolina area, named a must-see destination in 2007 by Frommer’s and one of a dozen top travel destinations in the world, citing a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous historic and architectural attractions, unique shopping , local arts, cuisine. Asheville has also been recognized for its splendors by dozens of magazines, Web sites and publications in recent years, ranging from the designation by Frommer’s to being selected by AARP magazine as a top 15 dream town. In 2008, Topretirements.com found Asheville to still be the runaway favorite dream retirement town.
Outdoor recreation and outdoor adventures are seemingly endless in the Western North Carolina Mountains, the outdoor playground of the Southeast. The great outdoors here are so spectacular that they netted Asheville the ranking of number 1 of 10 Great Adventure Towns by National Geographic Adventure magazine. Visitors enjoy whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking and experiencing the highest peaks in the entire Eastern U.S.
Downtown Asheville is a rare place. Asheville skipped the urban renewal process that stripped the character from many downtowns. Today, its rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect backdrop to the city’s energy. Artists and street musicians converge with tourists and locals for vibrancy rarely found in a city of this size. There is always something happening downtown. People sip cups of Joe at one of several locally-owned coffee shops; sample a pint at one of the cities many breweries or listen to live music at a local club. They go on art walks, winding their way through downtown’s 30-plus galleries. Shoppers inspect unique boutique finds, or simply enjoy fine cuisine.
Asheville restaurants run the gamut from Mexican-California fusion to eclectic international Vegetarian and four-star cuisine to down-home cooking. The city’s vibrant restaurant scene goes well beyond its Southern cooking roots. Expect the extraordinary in Asheville, whether it’s organic, hormone-free beef, mountain trout caviar or sweet potato salad. Asheville is abundant with local Farmers Markets, many of them exclusively organic, providing chef’s with seasonal offerings and the freshest produce. There are several local farm to table restaurants, the newest being Nova, a downtown locale dedicated to using local ingredients. Asheville is also a great spot to relax at one of the many sidewalk cafes. Many restaurants also feature live music from jazz to bluegrass.
Asheville’s seasons are a palette of colors and experiences. Asheville blossoms every spring so take a scenic drive or hike the surrounding forests. Summertime in Asheville is alive with music, festivals and performances. Take a picturesque drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and see some of the best foliage in the east. Asheville’s splendid mix of mild temperatures with its proximity to snow-covered mountains makes it the ideal winter destination. Celebrate the holiday season in Asheville and visit the Biltmore Estate in all its festive splendor. In Asheville, you’ll find plenty to do no matter what time of year it is and here at Pinecrest we will help you, in any way we can, to ensure that your Asheville experience is everything you want it to be.