Blog Cabin 2009: Asheville Living

Discover the sights and sounds of Asheville, a short drive from Little Pine and Blog Cabin 2009.

Blue Ridges

Blue Ridge Mountains

Asheville Mountain View

A famous vista, showing the many layers of the Blue Ridge Mountains, provides ample evidence of how the mountain range acquired its name. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Biltmore in Spring

Biltmore House and Gardens

Asheville's Biltmore Estate

The historic Biltmore Estate, completed in 1895 and home to George Vanderbilt, holds the distinction of being the largest privately owned home in the United States. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The house and grounds at the Biltmore Estate are beautiful in every season but are especially inviting at Christmas and during spring's annual Festival of Flowers.

New Morning Gallery

Asheville's New Morning Gallery

New Morning Gallery

Photo By: Bob Schatz View original photo.

Bob Schatz

The Asheville area's eclectic art galleries and boutiques range from sophisticated showrooms to funky artist studios. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

New Morning Gallery in historic Biltmore Village is one of the best-known galleries and showcases a distinctive array of ceramics, woodcrafts, garden art and unique contemporary furniture. The gallery also sponsors the annual Village Art and Craft Fair.

Black Mountain

Black Mountain near Asheville, N.C.

Black Mountain

Photo By: Stewart Young View original photo.

Stewart Young


A mother and son take in the shopping in downtown Black Mountain, N.C. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)—photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The quaint town of Black Mountain, N.C., is located in the Swannanoa Valley about 15 miles east of Asheville. It's known for its historic downtown, mountain crafts, antique galleries, and a variety of music and art festivals.

Street Music

Street Musician Bobby Sax

BobbySax

Bobby Sax, street musician and fixture in downtown Asheville, plays the saxophone in the heart of town. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Sky Club

Take in the sunset at the Sky Bar.

Asheville Sky Club

A couple takes in the sunset from the rooftop of the Sky Bar located at the famous Flatiron Building in downtown Asheville. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Get to the Point

Diners at Sunny Point Cafe

Sunny Point Cafe

You can dine organically at Sunny Point Cafe in hip West Asheville. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Famous Falls

Couple at Linville Falls

Linville Falls

A couple shares a contemplative moment at Linville waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest, about 65 miles north of Asheville. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The main falls at Linville are likely the most photographed waterfalls in North Carolina.

Grey Eagle

Couple Dancing at Grey Eagle Music Hall

Dancing at Grey Eagle

Dance the night away at one of the premier music venues in the Asheville area, The Grey Eagle Music Hall. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The Grey Eagle is a listening-room style venue that features an eclectic mix of rock, folk, traditional and Americana music. It's also home to Twin Cousins Kitchen, an onsite restaurant specializing in Louisiana and New Orleans cuisine.

Market Music

Musicians at Asheville Farmers Market

Farmers Market Musicians

A fiddler in an impromptu performance at one of the many farmers markets in the Asheville area. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Western North Carolina fosters an active regional and traditional music scene with a variety of music festivals and performance venues.

Fall From Above

Hot Air Balloon Over Fall Foliage

Hot Air Balloon Near Asheville

A hot air balloon drifts lazily over Enka Lake in the fall. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

White Water

The Asheville area offers whitewater rafting.

Whitewater Rafting Near Asheville

Asheville and the surrounding area is known as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Asheville received a ranking by Outside magazine as best whitewater town in the country.

Street Beats

Street Musicians in Asheville

Asheville Street Musicians

Downtown street musicians jam in front of the Flatiron Building in Asheville. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Art Scene

Couple Shopping at Asheville Boutique

Asheville Boutique Shopping

The vibrant arts community in Asheville is in evidence at L.O.F.T, a popular boutique. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Asheville is known for its art galleries and boutique shopping on almost every downtown street.

Evening Sky

Asheville Downtown Skyline

Asheville Evening Skyline

The downtown Asheville skyline is seen on a fall evening. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Learn more about Asheville and western North Carolina at ExploreAsheville.com

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