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With a population of around 83,000 and growing, Asheville is the largest city in Western North Carolina. The population of Asheville's Metropolitan area (MSA), covering the counties of Buncombe, Haywood, Henerdon and Madisonand is around 424,000.
Asheville's 10 largest employers are; Mission Health Systems, Buncombe County Schools, Ingles Markets, State of NC, Buncombe County, VA Medical Center, City of Asheville, Wal-Mart, Asheville Buncombe Community Technical College.
Asheville is surrounded my the Blue Ridge Mountains which offers a beautiful backdrop to the vibrant city of Asheville. Asheville's theme is a cosmopolitan country. Asheville is alive with music, crafts, theatre, concerts, clogging, dancing, and plenty of clubs and breweries.
Asheville, named for "Beer City USA" , and is the craft brewing center of the southeast. There are more breweries in Asheville per capita than any US city. There are plenty of beer cruises, beer tasting, and brewery festivals to keep you entertained. Asheville's culinary scene is busting at the seams with a wide choice of culinary specials. The Daily Meal ranked Asheville as the number one city in America. Good Morning America named Asheville as one of “10 most beautiful places in America.
Asheville music scene is great, from local on street performers, playing their jazz, saxaphonist playing the blues, to banjos and fiddles playing blue grass, it's all here on our downtown streets. The orange Peel Club which draws national concerts, was named one of the best rock venues in America by Rolling Stone Magazine.
And of course we are home to the largest private residence in America, being the Biltmore house, owned by George Vanderbuilt, boasting over 250 rooms, built in 1895, 178,000 square feet.
You will love the well known Blue Ridge Parkway.scenic mountain region embracing the Southern (and highest) portion of the Appalachian mountain range winding its way 469 miles through mountain meadows and past seemingly endless vistas. Opening up vast mountain areas all around Asheville NC for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The Parkway forms a broad avenue of approach, and at the same time a high balcony from which to view the natural wonders of this mountain region. This great 469 mile scenic parkway follows closely the highest ridges between the Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, attaining altitudes of more than 6,000 feet and averaging between 3,000 and 4,000 feet. it is designed especially for leisurely enjoyment of the scenic wonders along the way - a high road of adventure intended for gypsy-like travel on the ride -awhile, stop-awhile basis. The numerous overlooks provide parking areas from which to enjoy some of America's finest scenic views. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers fantastic scenery, from every angle, great for bicycles, motorcylces, sports cars and of course just family outings.
The French Broad River flows through Transylvania County, Henderson County, Buncombe County, through Asheville city, through Madison County, through Marshall and into Tennessee to the Douglas Dam, then it flows through Bays Mountain and joins the Holston River in Knoxville TN. The French Broad River was originally named that because it was one of two rivers in WNC, the river that flowed into French territory was called the French Broad River and the one which flowed into the English territory was called the English Broad, and "Broad" was due to the width of the river.
The U.S. Cellular Center (formerly the Civic Center) has a 7,000 and a 2,400 seat arena. The center hosts the Asheville Symphony Orchestra amongst many other venues. The Diana Worthman Theatre, a 500-seat venue that’s part of a downtown cultural and educational center. Pack Place. Asheville has a vibrant and thriving nightlife, from streeet musicians, to concerts, clubs, funky restaurants, fine dining, drum circle,and the recently opened Altamont Theatre, a 120-seat performance spot that boasts some of the best acoustics in the area.
The Asheville Regional Airport is located about 30 minutes south of downtown Asheville, it's very convienantly located for comuters.
Asheville is also known for it's River Arts District, Carrier Park, West Asheville, Montford Historic District, the famous Grove Park inn, Mission Hospital, dance, literature, music, theatre with SART world premiere plays, Mountain Dance and Folk Festivals, Leaf Festivals, Asheville Lyric Opera, Toe River story Telling, Spruce Street Market, Southern Highlands Craft Fair, NC Arboretum, Asheville Museum, Shindig on the Green, Asheville Yoga Fest, Folkmoot USA, Beer City, Bee City, Blue Ridge Parkway, French Broad River, Dian Worthman Theatre, Grandfather Mountain, Pack Square. drum circle, The Grande Biltmore Estate, horse riding, hiking, ballooning, rock climbing, river rafting, Farmers Market, And there are plenty more Asheville festivals; Belle Chere, Moogfest, Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, zip lining. Now you know why it’s so hard to get any work done here LOL.
One of Asheville’s newest festivals, the Mountain Sports Festival hosts an array of outdoor gear demonstrations, live music and craft beer each Memorial Day weekened in nearby Carrier Park. For those who find large scale festivals to big for their liking, there’s a smaller but still vibrant event in September, the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, a family friendly celebrating the funkier side of Asheville’s underground arts and music. Every April, Asheville has boasted Hatch Asheville, a arts festival that brings in people from around the world to discuss and showcase; architecture, design, technology, fashion, film, journalism, music and photography.
Asheville has a sizable and rapidly evolving food scene. They city has about 250 independent restaurants and 12 farmers marketsr with dozen breweries. Asheville has won a national online poll for the coveted title of “Beer City USA”. Livability.com named it one of the country’s top-10 “surprisingly vibrant food cities”. The best of the cities culinary offerings is celebrated at events like the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association’s Tast of Asheville, an annual gala featuring cuisine and spirits from dozens of area eateries, wineries and breweries.
Asheville is full of galleries and shops displaying all manners of art, from traditional to more modern.Outdoor enthusiasts find no shortage of activities in Asheville. Asheville has a stunning leaf season. TripAdbisor recently named the city the best place in the nation to view fall foliage. The Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center hosts exhibits, talks and workshops that celebrate the legacy of the college, a noted avant-grade institution from 1933-1957. The performing arts also flourish in Asheville, with dozens of venues hosting live music, readings, theatre, and comedy on a nightly basis.
Just about any given night, bars, breweries, clubs and restaurants around the city feature live music of various genres. There’s also a great comedy scene, and both amateur and professional stand-up comics performing several times a week at several venues. The annual Laugh Your Asheville Off, held in July, is the biggest comedy festival in the southeast.
Some of the area’s biggest art events take place in Asheville. In July and October, the US Cellular Center is home to the four-day Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, which has taken place for more than 60 years. At the event, more that 200 local and regional craftspeople fill the center, offering their creations of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, , paper, wood, and jewelry. A new event The Big Crafty, has exploded in popularity in recent years. Held in July and December at Pack Place, it’s a kind of community bazaar, with quirky hand made crafts, local food, beer and music.
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