Question: Why do so many people that visit the Asheville area on vacation end up moving here? Answer: Once they visit, they love it so much they either stay, or make plans to move to the area in the future. A truly eclectic, comfortable, and beautiful mountain city, Asheville is so inviting, you'll want to make it your home town. No wonder Relocate America picked Asheville as the Top City to move to!
Whether you spend the day exploring downtown Asheville and Weaverville or a trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will not be at a loss for magnificent views and crisp mountain air. But there are more than just mountains to discover in this breathtaking haven.
What To Do
The area is abundant with activities. Whether you are an outdoors adventurer, a shopper, or a festival patron, the area offers a lifetime of adventure. Probably so much opportunity you will have a hard time doing and seeing all that is offered.
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Located between the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains, the region is well known for hiking, camping, fishing and many, many other outdoor activities. Asheville was voted the best city in the U.S. for outdoor adventure in 2007.
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Shopping & Dining
For a relatively small city (population 68,000), Asheville and the quaint surrounding towns offer many unique shops, boutiques, and world famous cuisine. For those who need something from the mainstream world, Asheville boasts two malls and several shopping areas with almost every franchise change store available.
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Almost every town, city, and hamlet in the area holds a festival of one sort or another. Most revolve around the rich mountain heritage of the region. Twelve months out of the year, you will be hard pressed not to find a craft, music or arts festival going on somewhere within an hour’s drive.
Some of the larger local events:
Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast. Music on twelve stages, Arts, Crafts, food and fun the last weekend of July.
LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) is a spirited celebration of regional and world folk arts. Includes music, dancing, concerts, handcrafts and healing arts.
Shindig on the Green Gather on Saturday nights during July and August for bluegrass on stage and in informal jam sessions under the trees in downtown Asheville. A genuine glimpse into the traditions of Appalachia.
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others join together on the first weekend in August in downtown Asheville.
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Continuing Education opportunities are available at UNC Asheville and the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement (NCCCR). The areas premier university and a world renowned center for creative retirement located just minutes from Pinebrook Farms.
Asheville has the largest medical campus in the thirteen county area with Mission Hospitals, an award winning healthcare center and 6 time “Best Heart Hospital” in the US.