Fun Facts about Asheville Area

Our blue mountain majesty beckons you!  Asheville, North Carolina has been in the national spot light for almost 20 years.  Here’s what they’ve said about us…

“The 50 Most Alive Places to Be” (Modern Maturity, 2000)

“Happiest City for Women” (Self, 2002)

“Best Places to Reinvent Your Life” (AARP Magazine, 2003)

“Best Outside Towns” (Outside Magazine, 2006)

“Top Seven Places to Live in the U.S.” (Frommers, 2007)

Happiest City in America” (New York Times & featured on ABC’s 20/20)

“One of 10 Best Places for Second Homes (Barron’s, 2010)

“10 Most Beautiful Places in America” (Good Morning America, 2011)

“25 Best Places for Business and Careers” (Forbes, 2012)

“Top 25 Small Cities for Art” (American Style magazine 2000 to 2012)

“Beer City USA” (voted 2009 to 2012)

“Top 10 Foodie Cities” ranking Asheville #2 in the U.S. (Livability, 2012)

The city of Asheville is located in Buncombe County, North Carolina located in the western part of the state.  It is considered the seat since it is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 12th largest city in North Carolina. The city’s population was about 90,000, according to the 2016 United States census. It sits in Buncombe County which has a population of 258,000 in 2017.  It is growing at about 2% per year.  Our crime rates are below the national average.

It is home to America’s largest privately owned residence, The Biltmore Estate, with 250 rooms. Built in 1895 by George and Edith Vanderbilt, of the famous railroad wealth family, the house and grounds are stunning!

Our medical industry is thriving!  Western North Carolina’s largest employer is Mission Hospital employing over 3000 people.  There several other large hospitals in the area as well.  People retire here for some of the best medical services in the country.

The weather allows for 4-seasons and is temperate.  Because we are higher in altitude, the humidity in the summer is mild in comparison to the rest of the state and in the South.

If you are an active outdoors person, discover the Blue Ridge Mountains year-round. Explore many waterfalls, wilderness trails, bike trails, or paddle a pristine river. Enjoy several canopy tours and zip line experiences.  Hike, bike, run, kayak, fly-fish…or take a spa day.  We have many spas and massage therapists here to choose from.

Take a vineyard or brewery tour and taste the latest from our area’s winemakers and brew-masters.   If you are a foodie…Eat just about any type of food available in big cities but with local farm fresh cuisine.

We have many eclectic small mountain towns scattered throughout.  Enjoy unique lodging, arts, crafts, music, festivals, shopping, dining, and galleries here.

Immerse yourself in the heritage, southern hospitality and history of this extraordinary place. Enjoy other major attractions such as Chimney Rock State Park, Pisgah National Forest, and Grandfather Mountain.

Delight in relaxation and tranquility with a breathtaking drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway (469 miles) or thrilling outdoor sports adventures.  This beautiful land of soaring peaks, lush green valleys, rushing streams, valley lakes, and stately forests beckons you.   North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains abound in sights, sounds and flavors in every season.

Asheville’s motto “ANY WAY YOU LIKE IT” and “ALTITUDE AFFECTS ATTITUDE” rings true. 

Make it your home and experience some heaven on Earth!