National News about AVL


In 2017, U.S. News & World Report provides a good overview of Asheville, NC, for tourists and newcomers. Follows are some excerpts:

"Hailed as 'The Land of the Sky,' Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At an elevation of just over 2,000 feet, Asheville sits along the Blue Ridge Parkway and between the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests. The area boasts an outdoor-friendly culture that’s complemented by a hip downtown.

"Asheville's proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has propelled this relatively small metro area to the top of many travelers' must-visit lists. As a result, cultural attractions that cater to visitors have flourished in the region – much to the benefit of residents. With more than 25 art galleries, studios and museums within a half-mile radius of the downtown area, Asheville tends to draw creative types. The area's sidewalks become an impromptu stage for musicians and performers, and public art is scattered throughout the metro area. Meanwhile, the region is overflowing with craft breweries and farm-to-table restaurants.

"Despite becoming a hot tourist destination, Asheville maintains a down-to-earth vibe. Those who move here from other parts of the country seem to appreciate the overall friendliness of this place – not to mention the mountain views."

"Asheville will be evaluated for the Best Places to Live Ranking in 2018."

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BEST-KEPT SECRETS: Asheville, 'the coolest town in the US'

The News & Observer reports that 30 years ago Asheville was a slow, nothing-to-write-home-about mountain town. But that's all changed in the last couple of decades. One excerpt about Asheville from a News & Observer article in 2015 is kind, accurate and remains true today, as follows:

"Now Asheville is a little piece of Paris tucked into the Blue Ridge, a walkable, inclusive haven for inventive minds, musicians, entrepreneurs, brewers and bon vivants. In fact, its civic concerns are now signs of success — the challenges of preserving its sustainability, affordability and cool cachet."

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