Blog Cabin 2009: Views In and Around Asheville

Check out the amazing views Asheville, N.C., just a short drive from Blog Cabin 2009, has to offer.

Asheville at Dusk

Asheville Skyline Against a Mountain Backdrop

Asheville Skyline

Photo By: Bob Schatz View original photo.

Bob Schatz

Asheville's downtown features a visually distinctive mix of architectural styles including Art Deco, Beaux Arts, Neoclassical and Romanesque Revival. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway

Photo By: Valerie L. Jenkins View original photo.

Valerie L. Jenkins

The 470-mile Blue Ridge Parkway connects the Shenandoah National Park to the north with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to the south. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Mountain Views

Couple Enjoying Mountain Views

Stunning Mountain Views

A couple enjoys mountain views from an overlook along the Asheville corridor of the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The parkway, nicknamed "America's favorite drive," passes through highland vistas and mountain meadows, and past a variety of historic sites. The parkway is one of the most popular features in America's National Park System.

Triple Falls

People enjoy watching Triple Falls near Asheville

Triple Falls Near Asheville

This striking three-tiered waterfall in DuPont State Forest near Brevard, N.C., was featured in the film The Last of the Mohicans. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)—photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

This area of western North Carolina is known for its scenic beauty as "Land of Waterfalls."

Downtown Asheville

Fireworks at the Vance Monument in Asheville

Downtown Asheville

Photo By: John Fletcher, Jr. View original photo.

John Fletcher, Jr.

Fireworks light up the night sky in festive downtown Asheville. The structure in the foreground is Vance Monument, which marks the center of town. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Asheville Farmers Market

Couple Shopping at Farmers Market

Asheville Farmers Markets

A couple shops for fresh local produce at one of Asheville's many farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Grove Arcade

Grove Arcade Restaurant in Asheville, N.C.

Grove Arcade

Restaurants along Asheville's historic Grove Arcade are a popular nightlife spot for food, drinks and live music. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

This downtown building also is home to a variety of galleries, specialty boutiques, local crafts and antiques.

Pritchard Park Drum Circle

Drum Circle in Pritchard Park, downtown Asheville, N.C.

Asheville Drum Circle

The Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park is a downtown Asheville tradition. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Grove Park Inn

Couple Relaxing on the Grove Park Inn Terrace

Grove Park Inn Veranda

A couple enjoys the mountain views from the terrace at the famous Grove Park Inn Resort. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Opened in 1913, Grove Park is one of the South's premiere hotels. Famous guests over the years have included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harry Houdini, Will Rogers, George Gershwin, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Ford and eight U.S. presidents.

Grove Park Inn Spa

Grove Park Inn Spa

Mountain Retreat Spa

Photo By: John Warner Copyright 2003 View original photo.

John Warner Copyright 2003

The Grove Park Inn's impressive subterranean spa, built in the 1990s, is the recipient of many awards. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The Grove Park Inn's spa has received a number of awards, including a 2008 ranking as thirteenth in the list of the world's best hotel spas as selected by Travel + Leisure magazine.

Sliding Rock Falls

Sliding Rock, Asheville, North Carolina

Sliding Rock

A favorite family activity is taking a trip down Sliding Rock, a natural water slide in the Pisgah National Forest near Asheville. (Photo courtesy of the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

A 60-foot flat, smooth boulder, Sliding Rock drops sliders off in an 8-foot-deep pool of chilly mountain water.

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

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