Asheville is a chic and artsy town favored among both local and visiting artists. Home to University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville is not so much a college town as an energetic city full of vigor. One of the most popular attractions in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate. The one-time property of George Vanderbilt, Asheville’s Biltmore Estate is the largest home in America. Built more than 100 years ago, the Biltmore House features more than four acres of indoor space including 250 rooms, 65 fireplaces, a bowling alley, an indoor swimming pool and much more. Guests to the Biltmore are welcome to tours of the home and property, and can stay in the nearby inn located on the estate grounds.
If you like to shop, Asheville’s shopping district is certain to please. Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, the shopping district is home to a vast assortment of both old and contemporary shops, restaurants and art galleries. Foodies who like a bit of history with their meal would most likely enjoy a stop at the famed Café on the Square. Originally built as a drugstore in the 1800s, Café on the Square serves up delightful dishes with a side of Southern hospitality. Don’t miss an opportunity to drive along Blue Ridge Parkway while visiting Asheville. Frequently referred to as “America’s favorite drive,” the Blue Ridge Parkway offers unparalleled access to the southern Appalachians. From the snow-capped winter season to the blossoming summer, there is no bad time to visit Blue Ridge Parkway.