This blog post was updated on October 25, 2018.
When the Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains give you a warm embrace, you are bound to be a pretty little city. Asheville is that lucky duck, a mountain town buried in North Carolina’s east. Asheville is electrifying upon first entering, a place were you instantly feel a little bit cooler. When spring and summer are shining on this town, you can expect Asheville to win you over even more.
Play Ball Like the Babe at McCormick Field: Situated on the side of a hill, surrounded by leafy trees, McCormick Field is Asheville’s baseball home and heritage. Babe Ruth himself played on the field, hitting a few out of this small ballpark. Opened in 1924, McCormick Field is now home to the Colorado Rockies A-minor league team, the Asheville Tourists. Attending a game where the Babe played is just one of Asheville’s many possibilities for travelers, or tourists in this sense.
Join the Asheville Drum Circle on Friday Night: You can feel the free spirit vibe to Asheville literally every Friday night, weather permitting. In Pritchard Park, locals and tourist bring their drums and percussion instruments to the space for a little show to kick off the weekend. The long-standing tradition in Asheville is something you don’t see in every little mountain town.
Stop to smell the roses at the Biltmore Gardens (in photo): If you are committing to the steep entrance fee to see the Biltmore Estate, you might as well get your money’s worth and linger on the property of America’s largest home. The 250-room French chateau style country cottage built for George Vanderbilt stands on acres of formal and informal gardens, largely designed by the famed Frederick Law Olmsted. Rose, spring, wall, azalea, you name the garden. It’s here.
Pop in on Asheville artists at the River Arts District: This unique neighborhood close to the French Broad River is a sea of artist studios, over 165 to be exact. The studios set up in 18 turn-of-the-century industrial buildings and usually their doors are open to the masses. Travelers can pop in and see just what mediums Asheville’s artists are configuring. Some of the best days to visit are on Friday and Saturdays. If you are hitting up Asheville in June, try to schedule your visit around the Bi-annual studio stroll when artists hold demonstrations and all access studios.
Cool off with Asheville’s Brews: Asheville has quickly become a stop on every craft brew lover’s tour of the U.S. Dozens of breweries call Asheville home. It all began with Highland Brewing Company back in 1994. Sippers can cool off with refreshing ales at one, two or the whole dozen of the craft breweries in town including Wedge Brewing, Craggie Brewing Company and Green Man Brewery.
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