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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. 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 Gustavin, this elaborate Catholic...Read More

  • 3. Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

    Downtown | Store/Shop/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

  • 4. Biltmore House and Estate

    Biltmore Village | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 5. Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The famed Black Mountain College (1933–57), with its final location at Lake Eden about 16 miles east of Asheville (now the site of a camp for...Read More

  • 6. Brew-Ed Asheville Brewery and History Walking Tours

    Downtown | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    This tour company offers in-depth tours of two or three breweries and brewpubs on the South Slope of downtown Asheville. The owner and chief...Read More

  • 7. Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    One of the largest crafts events in the Southeast, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is held for three days twice a year, in mid-July...Read More

  • 8. Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

    Downtown | Store/Shop/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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. North Carolina Arboretum

    Greater Asheville | Garden/Arboretum

    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

  • 11. Shindig on the Green

    Downtown | Festival–Sight

    Pack a picnic and bring a folding chair or blanket for this free mountain-music concert. Shindig on the Green has been held for more than 50...Read More

  • 12. Sierra Nevada Brewery

    Greater Asheville | Winery/Brewery/Distillery

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

  • 13. Thomas Wolfe Memorial

    Downtown | House/Mansion/Villa

    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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Asheville City Market

    Downtown | Market/Bazaar

    Sponsored by ASAP, nearly everything at this downtown market is local. Offerings vary but usually include produce, free-range eggs, homemade...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS)

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    The Colburn Earth Science Museum, formerly on Pack Square, moved to a new space in the heart of downtown and has expanded into a full-fledged...Read More

  • 18. Asheville Pinball Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    One of the more unusual attractions in town is the Asheville Pinball Museum, a combination museum-arcade of vintage pinball machines and games...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Botanical Gardens at Asheville

    Greater Asheville | Garden/Arboretum

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

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