Living in Asheville
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and named the #1 U.S. Travel Destination by Lonely Planet, Asheville offers the best in outdoor living along with state-of-the-art healthcare, creative arts, music, and cuisine. The unofficial capital of Western North Carolina, Asheville is also home to the historic Grove Park Inn and Biltmore House, the largest private home in the United States.
Four Season Outdoor Living
Asheville is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise within easy access to the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, French Broad River, and and numerous waterfalls. With 1.1 million acres of protected forest nearby, opportunities abound for hiking, biking, fishing, birdwatching, and paddling.
Located just 10 minutes from Ashecroft is the Bent Creek Experimental Forest and NC Arboretum with lush seasonal gardens, babbling brooks and miles of trails.
Dining in Asheville
An outstanding foodie destination, Asheville has a diverse range of farm-to-table eateries and gourmet dining options, offering both local and global cuisine.
Voted “Beer City USA” four years straight, Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in America. With the region’s array of micro breweries, full-scale breweries, and cideries, Asheville offers nothing short of a brewing extravaganza.
Arts & Music
As for creative spirit, if you can dream it, Asheville Arts is doing it. Glass blowing, pottery, weaving and basketry, artisanal jewelry, painting, sculpture, wood turning, folk art, and mountain crafts are all showcased in Asheville, home of the finest traditional and contemporary art in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The River Arts District is the jewel in the crown of art in Asheville, while the Downtown Asheville Arts District offers an additional 20 galleries.
While the area’s musical roots are mountain bluegrass, the variety of Asheville’s music scene will amaze you. We’ve got Gypsy Jazz, old time R&B, Cajun, Jazz, Punk, Gospel, Metal and Hip Hop, and everyone from Willie, Dylan, and Sweet Baby James performing at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
Staffed by over 1,000 physicians certified in more than 50 specialties including cardiology, oncology, neuroscience, ob/gyn and orthopedics, and ranked Number 1 in North Carolina, Mission Health is one of the top health systems in the nation. Mission Health’s “Centers of Excellence” include a recognized Level II trauma center and Mission Childrens Hospital.
The Biltmore Estate and Grove Park Inn
The 1895 Biltmore House, a 250-room limestone marvel opened to the public since 1930, is the largest private residence in the U.S., with over four acres of floor space. Built by George Vanderbilt whose descendants still own it, the house is surrounded by the 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate’s woodlands, meadows and gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New York’s Central Park.
The Grove Park Inn is another renowned Asheville landmark, the Appalachian destination of presidents, kings, moguls and Hollywood stars since it opened in 1913. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel is a prime example of Arts and Crafts design. The 18-hole golf course was designed by Donald Ross, designer of Pinehurst and many of the most famous golf courses in America.