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George Vanderbilt's historic country estate in Asheville, NC; Biltmore includes Biltmore House--America's largest home--plus gardens, winery, Antler Hill Village, historic farm, 4-star Inn on Biltmore Estate, shops, restaurants, branded products, and outdoor adventures. This National Historic Landmark is an amazing destination offering a wide range of activities for all ages.

Grovewood Village

Experience Asheville's historic arts and crafts destination. Located adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn, this site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries, an Arts and Crafts enterprise founded by Edith Vanderbilt and two inspired teachers, Eleanor Vance and Charlotte Yale. Today, the 11-acre property - listed on the National Register of Historic Places - is home to Grovewood Gallery, working artist studios, Golden Fleece restaurant, the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, and Asheville's only antique car museum. PLEASE NOTE: Our 2 museums are closed during the winter months of January - March. Grovewood Gallery and Golden Fleece restaurant are open year-round. Grovewood Village has no admission fees, and free parking is available on-site.

The North Carolina Arboretum The North Carolina Arboretum is an arboretum and botanical garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest at 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, southwest of Asheville, North Carolina near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region. It is open daily except for Christmas Day.

Lexington Glassworks

Lexington Glassworks, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC, was born out of the desire to create timeless and innovative hand-blown glass. Each piece is skillfully crafted using century old techniques and locally sourced material with the singular goal of creating top-notch work. The gallery features high quality custom lighting and handmade glass for any budget. Lexington Glassworks is a makers studio where the public is invited to view the artists at work. While here take the unique opportunity to enjoy a locally crafted beer, this is truly an Asheville experience. Note: Closed on Tuesdays

New Belgium Brewing Company One of the most popular brewing companies, New Belgium Brewing company hand-brews a wide variety of beers sure to please anyone's palate. The offer 90 minutes tours which are run daily, starting at 11:30 a.m. (Sundays 12:30 p.m.) and leave every hour on the half hour until 4:30 p.m. Beer sampling will occur during your tour. Tours are open to people of all ages. Kids are welcome on tours, but of course only those 21+ can sample beer.

Basilica of Saint Lawrence

The Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon & Martyr is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, United States. The church was designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino along with his fellow architect R. S. Smith and the Roman Catholic community of Asheville.[1] Pope John Paul II elevated the status of the church to minor basilica in 1993

Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center Traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian crafts, including century-old pieces, are displayed in this folk art center, which also houses the first craft shop in the U.S.

River Arts District

Visit the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists in this transformed historic industrial neighborhood. See artists at work making new creations, find original artwork and discover the jewel of the mountains in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Thomas Wolfe's childhood home, immortalized in his 1929 novel, "Look Homeward Angel," is preserved intact as a lasting monument to one of the 20th century's most prominent writers. The house, originally operated as a boardinghouse by his mother, retains most of its original furnishings and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. Tours of the 29 room house are offered hourly. The adjacent visitor center and museum highlight Wolfe's life and major literary accomplishments.

Downtown Asheville Art District

This listing is for Asheville's downtown art galleries. A group of commercial galleries, co-ops and museums with in a walkable area. Not to be confused with the river arts district, an area some distance from downtown with studios and artist galleries. For a list of galleries go the associated website and print out a map.

Highland Brewing Company Highland Brewing Company has crafted the highest quality beer with North Carolina mountain water since 1994. Family-owned and Asheville’s first legal brewery since Prohibition, it is a favorite destination for beer fans, music fans, and families. From the balanced, food-pairing favorite Gaelic Ale, to the tad aggressive, fruit and pine hop-burst of Highland IPA, the portfolio always showcases quality. Highland’s name honors the Scots Irish who settled in the Appalachian Mountains in the 18th and 19th centuries. To learn more about the nationally recognized solar array, tours, private events, free live music and more, visit the brewery for a pint or a tour!

Western North Carolina Farmers Market

The Farmers Market brings fresh-off-the-farm vegetables and herbs; locally raised beef; local honey; farm fresh eggs; artisan breads, cheeses and cookies; and lots more right to Asheville.

The Farmers Market is a N.C. “producers only” market, meaning the vendors at the market have grown or made the products that they are selling, providing you with the freshest produce around.

U.S. Cellular Center

The U.S. Cellular Center is the largest event venue located in downtown Asheville, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a history dating back over one hundred years, these facilities have played host to a variety of events, including concerts, meetings, trade shows, professional conferences and conventions, athletic competitions, and artistic performances. From Celtic Woman to Jerry Seinfeld, from leadership summits to the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, the U.S. Cellular Center is sure to have the perfect space for your event.

Asheville Mall Asheville Mall is a regional mall in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Mall is located off Interstate 240 in eastern Asheville. It is predominantly a one-story mall. Its anchors are Belk, JCPenney, and two Dillard's locations. It has 132 stores and is the largest mall in Western North Carolina. Click Here for a full list of stores

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