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  • 1. Asheville Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1948, the 68,000-square-foot museum kept the footprint of the old Pack Library, a 1926 Italian Renaissance–style building that...Read More

  • 2. Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

    Downtown | Store/Mall

    At this unusual bookstore and bar, you can relax on an overstuffed chair or sofa while sipping one of 80 wines and champagnes by the glass....Read More

  • 3. Biltmore House and Estate

    Biltmore Village | Historic Home

    Built in the 1890s as the home of George Vanderbilt, the astonishing 250-room French Renaissance château is America's largest private house...Read More

  • 4. Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

    Downtown | Store/Mall

    This is what an independent bookstore should be, with an intelligent selection of new books, many author appearances and other events, and a...Read More

  • 5. Mountain Dance & Folk Festival

    Downtown | Festival–Sight

    The oldest folk music festival in the country was established in 1928 by the folk music collector Bascom Lamar Lunsford. It takes place annually...Read More

  • 6. North Carolina Arboretum

    Greater Asheville | Garden

    Part of the original Biltmore Estate, these 434 acres completed Frederick Law Olmsted's dream of creating a world-class arboretum in the western...Read More

  • 7. Sierra Nevada Brewery

    Greater Asheville | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Sierra Nevada, one of the country's largest national craft breweries, situated its East Coast brewery and distribution center on a 190-acre...Read More

  • 8. Thomas Wolfe Memorial

    Downtown | Historic Home

    Asheville's most famous son, novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900–38), grew up in a 29-room Queen Anne–style home that his mother ran as a boardinghouse...Read More

  • 9. ASAP

    Downtown | Library/Archive

    More than 1,200 small family farms, tailgate markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and similar organizations in the region belong to the Asheville...Read More

  • 10. Asheville Cotton Mill Studios

    River Arts District | Store/Mall

    This 1887 brick building, one of the oldest industrial buildings in Asheville, is a former factory once owned by Moses H. Cone, whose family...Read More

  • 11. aSHEville Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Among the exhibits in this small, 3,000-square-foot women's cultural center, whose ambitions sometimes exceed its abilities to execute, are...Read More

  • 12. Asheville Museum of Science

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The Colburn Earth Science Museum moved to a new space in the heart of downtown Asheville and has expanded into a full-fledged science museum...Read More

  • 13. Asheville Pinball Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    One of the more unusual attractions in town is the Asheville Pinball Museum, an arcade featuring dozens of vintage pinball machines and video...Read More

  • 14. Basilica of St. Lawrence

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    A collaboration of Biltmore House head architect Richard Sharp Smith and the Spanish engineer-architect Rafael Guastavino, this elaborate Catholic...Read More

  • 15. Biltmore Village

    Biltmore Village | Historic District/Site

    Across from the main entrance to the Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village is a highly walkable collection of restored English village–style houses...Read More

  • 16. Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Although it was around less than 25 years, the famed Black Mountain College was important in the development of several groundbreaking 20th...Read More

  • 17. Botanical Gardens at Asheville

    Greater Asheville | Garden

    Adjoining the University of North Carolina–Asheville campus, this 10-acre site has walking trails and displays of native plants, including a...Read More

  • 18. Cathedral of All Souls

    Biltmore Village | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most beautiful churches in America, the Episcopal Cathedral of All Souls was designed by Richard Morris Hunt following the traditional...Read More

  • 19. New Belgium Brewery

    River Arts District | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Fort Collins, Colorado-based national craft brewery New Belgium opened its $175 million Eastern U.S. brewery and distribution headquarters in...Read More

  • 20. North Asheville Tailgate Market

    Metro North | Market/Bazaar

    Asheville's oldest tailgate market has about 40 vendors selling local produce, fruit, meats, breads, and crafts. ...Read More

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