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 Asheville area has been recognized by a wide range of print and on-line publications – compiled by Asheville Metro Business Research Center. Here are some accolades from recent years:

2014

- Best Romantic Fall Getaways in Travel and Leisure: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/most-romantic-fall-getaways/11

- Asheville named on of friendliest cities in US: http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-08-04/friendliest-and-unfriendliest-cities-in-us

- National Geographic names Asheville as one of Best Spring Trips

2013

- Best of WNC 2013 http://bestofwnc.com/category/asheville/.

- Tastiest Towns of the South http://www.southernliving.com/travel/asheville-north-carolina-00417000082316/.

 

2012

- Asheville maintains its ”Beer City USA” reign in the fourth year of an online poll posted on Examiner.com. (May 2012)

- 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. (June 2012)

- Outside Magazine and American Rivers name Asheville among America’s best river towns. (June 2012)

Interesting Links:
www.exploreasheville.com
http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/09/30/travel/30hours.html?_r=0
http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/travel/05asheville-headsup.html
http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/cultural-crossroads

2011

- Good Morning America festured Asheville as one of it’s “Most Beautiful Places in America.” (August 2011)

Asheville again rises to the top of AmericanStyle magazine’s Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations (May 2011)

The Donald Ross-designed course at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa makes the reader-nominated list of “125 Top Golf Resorts.” (April 2011)

Fodors.com names Asheville as one of the “21 Places We’re Going in 2011,” (January 2011)

2010

- Ranked #9 of 10 Best Places for Second Homes, Barrons, March 2010

2009

- Ranked #8 of Top 10 Metro Areas for Quality of Life, Business Facilities Magazine, July 2009

- Ranked #2 as One of the Nation’s Top Arts Destinations, American Style Magazine

- Ranked #6 Best Metro Places for Business & Careers, Forbes.com, March 2009

- Included in 21 Best U.S. Towns for Baby Boomers’ Active Retirement

2008

- 11 of 20 Best Places to Retire, Black Enterprise magazine, October 2008

- 7 of Top 10 Best Midsize Cities for Doing Business Inc.com, July 2008

- 2 of the Top 25 Small-City Art Destinations for 2008 AmericanStyle magazine, June Issue 2008

- 26 of 200 Large Metros Best Places for Business & Careers Forbes, March 2008