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If you like to eat, drink, listen to live music, or even go a little crazy and do all three at once, Asheville, North Carolina is an ideal vacation spot. Described as one of the nation's premier food destinations, there are so many delectable dining options in Asheville that you can take a guided walking tour to sample the locally roasted coffee, artisan cheeses, meats, fresh baked bread and handmade chocolate. Perhaps this tour could be complemented by a "brews cruise" that proves why Asheville has been voted "Beer City USA" for the last three years. Asheville's music scene is jam packed due to a number of energetic playhouses, seasonal festivals, and nightclubs.
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    Food, Fun and Art in the Blue Ridge Mountains

    Asheville is a home away from home. A place filled with tons of art, great clothing shops, vintage vibes and fantastic food. My friend and I stayed in Sweet Peas Hostel, a quaint, clean and contemporary hostel that was perfectly located in the heart of downtown. We checked out Laughing Seed Cafe with its eclectic vegetarian options and tasty menu but nothing beats French Broad Chocolates which is a chocolate lovers dream. It's a good thing I don't live too close by because I would be there every week licking my spoon clean. To start off a day we ate a fantastic breakfast at Early Girl Eatery and spent the day meandering down the streets venturing in and out of great little shops ranging from hand made jewelry, fun clothing and beautiful artwork and ended the day at a relaxed bar listening to live music.

    There is something for every type of traveler from the singles hanging out at bars and meeting new people, couples snuggling up at super cute bed and breakfasts and families enjoying the food and fun of the outdoor adventures. Asheville is a fun getaway for travelers near and far.

    A Wonderful Little City

    Asheville is a beautiful little city that is right next to the Great Smoky Mountains. This allows for some good hikes and other nature activities such as hot springs and zip lines. Asheville also runs right through one of the most scenic drives in the US, Blue Ridge Parkway, which features waterfalls, and amazing look out points.

    Even though Asheville is a small city it has a lot of interesting places to go out at night. My favorites were the Arcade bar which featured old video games from my days as a teenager. Another great bar was the Yacht club which requires a $1 membership to enter, but it has great food and a cool vibe. Also you can act like you are all exclusive because you are a member of a Yacht club.

    Wonderful Weekend Getaway

    Asheville is a wonderful weekend getaway especially if you live in North Carolina. Driving into the city --- surrounded by mountains --- is beautiful. The streets are packed with adorable shops, street performers, and yummy restaurants. I toured the Biltmore Estate and had a drink at the Omni Grove Park Inn (President Obama had stayed their the week before). I highly recommend visiting both.
    I visit ashviile mainly to see the biltmore place. other than that I don't see many activities unless you like outdoor activities like hiking or biking. It was a nice place for getaway. quiet and peace.
    Hotels around here get pricier around the tourist season and especially so when there are festivals like the Bel Chere. The Grove Park Inn and Resort is where the celebs and big wigs stay while in town and the general public is free to roam the resort grounds (but you can't use the resort ammenities) where there are two small museums (if memory serves) and a studio where art can be purchased. Worth a trip just to look around if you have some time to kill in Asheville.
    Georgeous area. Biltmore house is breathtaking and the outdoor activities in the area are limitless. Highly recommend - especially in the fall/winter for seasonal events and beauty!
    Great for people who like outdoor activities (hiking, biking, outdoor photography, etc...) but for others, I wouldn't recommend a trip here unless you want to sit around all day in a nice hotel next to the Biltmore (it's great for the more indoorsy type, but it is VERY tiring and you will NOT be able to see everything in one day {gardens, winery, house, etc..} and it's very expensive). Fun for outdoor people, not so much for others.

    Small City for Arts

    Asheville is known for its thriving art scene. AmericanStyle Magazine has selected Asheville as the "#1 Small City for Arts in the USA" for 2011. The city has also been heralded for its thriving arts culture by the New York Times, Southern Living and Travel + Leisure.

    River Arts District

    The River Arts District offers visitors an exclusive look into the studios where artists work. More than 165 artists have workshops in 18 industrial buildings. Many artist studios are open to the public each Saturday and Sunday; some are open every day. Studio Strolls are held each June and November and other events are hosted daily.

    The Biltmore Estate

    Who doesn't like looking at beautiful homes? Satisfy your lust for extravegant homes with a tour of the largest privately-owned home in the U.S. built by George Washington Vanderbilt in the late 1800's.
    Cost: From $39
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    Whitewater Rafting

    Add some adreneline to your trip with a whitewater rafting tour on the beautiful French Broad River.
    Cost: From $44
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    Brews Cruise

    Sample brews from 9 of the city's breweries in a city voted "Beer City USA" for three years in a row.
    Cost: From $45
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    Navitat Canopy Adventures is a world-class zip line canopy tour that showcases the natural beauty of western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The tour is located just 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville, N.C.
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