The attraction to Asheville, NC

Altitude with attitude.

The mountains of Asheville are endowed with obvious natural beauty, but it’s the attitude of the people who have come to call this home that is the city’s most appealing attribute . This character of the citizenry combines to make a colorful tapestry of artistry, culture, commerce and an enthusiastic reverence for nature.

Biltmore in Asheville, NC

Biltmore in Asheville, NC

The beauty of Western North Carolina inspired George Vanderbilt to build the aptly named, Biltmore, the nation’s largest home, and has become home to others who are seeking a balance of beauty and a higher quality of life. Asheville makes an impression that is not easily forgotten. No matter what your interests are, there is something for everyone in Asheville; from the arts to the great outdoors, you can find it.

The same qualities that make life at Falcon Ridge so appealing are the features that attract people to Western North Carolina and Asheville in particular. It’s the rare combination of mountain retreat with the best of urban living. Everything you could possibly need is here…superb medical facilities and hospitals, a thriving business environment, including great restaurants and outstanding shopping. Then, there are cultural attractions: music, entertainment, the folk art center, the arboretum, the farmers’ market, in addition to the city’s magnificent architecture and romantic getaways. Fresh mountain air seems to foster creativity.

But perhaps most important are Asheville’s natural resources that make possible a life of recreation that’s as great as all outdoors. From rock climbing, biking, skiing, hiking, white water rafting and kayaking to the more tame pursuits of golf and tennis – Asheville’s mild four-season climate and recreational options make for a thrilling combination.

Just like George Vanderbilt, you will be inspired to build a lasting legacy for your family at Falcon Ridge.

The allure of Asheville isn’t a secret anymore, people from across the county flock to the city to take in the picturesque views, sip craft brews at one of the dozens of breweries, or sample one of the many nationally recognized restaurants. Known for its cutting-edge culture and down home hospitality, Asheville makes an impression that is not easily forgotten.  Here are some of the most recent Asheville accolades:


Matador Network selected Asheville for the number-one slot on its round-up of “The 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S.”

The Huffington Post featured Asheville on its list of “The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South.”

Condé Nast Traveler included Asheville among its “America’s Best Beer Cities” round-up.

Asheville appears at #3 on a list of the “Coziest Cities in America” by Elle Décor.


Asheville is among Frommer’s’ “Best Places to Go in 2015.”

Asheville is considered one of “America’s Smartest Cities” by Forbes.’s Travel Blog chose taking a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway as #1 on its list of “Seven Things You Absolutely Must Try in a National Park.”

USA TODAY picked Asheville as one of the 10 best places to see “The Brightest Fall Foliage Around the USA.”

Asheville was featured in a round-up by The Huffington Post on “The 13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America.”

A National Geographic Travel book named Asheville one of the “World’s Best Cities.” included Asheville on its list of “The 10 College Towns With the Best Music Scenes in America.”

Asheville is among’s “Most Romantic Fall Getaways.”

USA TODAY selected Asheville as one of the top “Southern Literary Destinations.”

In a bracket-style vote, Outside Magazine readers picked Asheville as one of this year’s “Best Towns Ever.”

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted Asheville #10 among the “2014 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”

Asheville was highlighted as one of “America’s Five Best Beer Cities” by Wine Enthusiast.

Real Estate Scorecard recognized Asheville as the “Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More.” listed Asheville among its “10 Beer Towns With a Mountain Biking Problem.”

Departures called Asheville “The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America.”


Asheville Brewing Company earned a spot (#11) on Travel+Leisure’s list of “America’s Coolest Breweries.”

Asheville topped VegNews‘ round-up of “12 Dreamy Towns for Vegan Living.”

Southern Living called Asheville one of the “Tastiest Towns of the South”


Fodor’s named Asheville as a Best Destination for Fall Foliage in a feature on the TODAY Show.

Readers of Condé Nast Traveler ranked the Spa at the Inn on Biltmore Estate as one of the top 75 spas on the U.S. mainland.

Outside magazine and American Rivers named Asheville among America’s best river towns.

Asheville maintained its “Beer City USA” reign, tying with Grand Rapids, Mich. in the fourth year of an online poll posted on

Asheville won the 2012 Reader’s Choice Awards on for Most Romantic Place in the USA and Canada.


Condé Nast Traveler‘s annual Reader’s Choice Awards Poll chose two Asheville properties among the best in the nation. The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa was rated a Top U.S. Resort, and the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was rated at Top U.S. Hotel.

Asheville is named “Best Place to Start a Fall Foliage Tour” by

Asheville comes in at #10 in’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for top food and wine destinations in the U.S.

Good Morning America featured Asheville as one of its “Most Beautiful Places in America.”

Online poll on “Asheville, BeerCity USA 2011 makes it a three-pete” Asheville won with more than 46% of the vote and significant support from outside North Carolina.

Livability lists McCormick Field, the home of the Asheville Tourists, as one of the top 10 minor league stadiums.

The Donald Ross-designed course at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa makes the reader-nominated list of “125 Top Golf Resorts.”

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