Asheville, North Carolina: A Unique Quality of Life
Asheville is the hub of Western North Carolina and serves as the cultural, medical and shopping center for the region. One of the largest industries is tourism. People from all over the United States and the world come to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the North Carolina Arboretum and Asheville's vibrant downtown. Other notable attractions include the Biltmore Estate, the Grove Park Inn Spa and Resort and the Folk Art Center.
Asheville attracts people from all over the country and indeed the world. Why? Because of the quality of life. Residents enjoy spectacular views, numerous outdoor activities, and four seasons of equal length. Our downtown has been nicknamed "The Paris of the South" and features more than 100 restaurants and sidewalk cafes as well as a large variety of live music venues. While the Blue Ridge Parkways and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are at our doorstep, the metropolitan areas of Charlotte, Knoxville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Atlanta are but a two or three-hour drive.
Asheville is that type of unique special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts, and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and home to notable luminaries, statesmen, and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming vibrant cities in America.