Click on one of these to see what our local events are.
French Broad white water rafting trips take you down the world`s
third oldest river and is a great activity to add to your Asheville
vacation. We can help you get discounted tickets to both French
Broad Rafting and Nantahala Rafting.
For more info.
Fish in the rich trout streams, including the stocked Laurel River just outside of Bear River Lodge. Want a
guided trip? We have connections.
Hike along wandering trails. We are two miles from the Appalachian Trail and half a mile from the Laurel River
trail. Maps available.
For more info.
Horseback riding in the beautiful North Carolina mountains at Sandy Bottom Trail rides.
For more info.
Local craftsman excel at furniture making like those at FireWalker Galleries in Marshall (where the latest DIY
Blog Cabin front door was created) ,New Leaf Historical Woodworking and Fiddlestix in Mars Hill. At RiverDance
we are working to showcase many of their works. For more info.
Wireless Hot Spots
Library, in Madison, Mars Hill and Hot Springs, (828) 649-3741
7 South Main Street, (828) 649-1617
Stuff 133 South Main Street, Marshall, (828) 649-9711
Well Bred Bakery and
Cafe 26 N. Main, Weaverville, (828) 645-9300
Bruegers Bagels 671
Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, (828) 254-1560, 160 Hendersonville Road, (828)
Cafe , 60 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, (828) 252-4426
French Broad River Rafting
Nantahala River Rafting, 1.888.905.7238
Broad Rafting, 800-570-7238
USA Raft, 1(866) USA-RAFT,
Finn Rafting, 877-520-4658
Heron, (888) 426-7238
Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, (800) 959-3513
Pine Ranch, (828) 649-3176
Repertory Theater - Mars Hill, NC (15 miles)
SARTs purpose has been to produce quality theater by a professional
non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the
rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of
original plays. 828-689-1384
Flat Rock Playhouse
- Flat Rock, NC (57 Miles) One of the finest local playhouses in the United
States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. Flat Rock is the State
Theater of North Carolina.
The North Carolina Stage Company
is an intimate off-Broadway venue in the heart of downtown Asheville, (828)
The Barter Theater -
Abingdon, Va (95 miles), Barter is the State Theater of Virginia
The Montford Park
Players, Asheville (828) 254-1320.
Theater, voted the "Best Theater Group in Western North Carolina"
NC Stage Company Theater,
Asheville (828) 350-9090.
Asheville Bravo Concerts brings world
renowed performing to Asheville featuring ballet, operetta, symphony and
musicals, (828) 255-5887.
These Hills tell the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee through
music, drama and elaborate costumes (866) 554-4557.
The Asheville Ballet,
Orchestra, (828) 254-7046.
Asheville Lyric Opera,
Wortham Theater offers the best in live theater performance, music and
dance, (828) 232-1536.
Brevard Music Center offers 80 music events ranging from Broadway to
chamber music, jazz and more (828) 862-2100.
University of Tennessee
Volunteers Knoxville (90 minutes)
, semi pro baseball
Bobcats, NBA - Charlotte(3 hours)
Tennessee Titans , NFL
- Nashville (4 hours)
NHL - Nashville (4 hours)
NHL - Raleigh (4 1/2 hours)
Recreation and Hiking
Canopy Adventures lets you soar through the treetops on ziplines, (828)
Appalachian Trail, voted the most
popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors, (828) 254-3708.
Laurel River Trail, less than 2 miles from
RiverDance. The Laurel River Trail is an excellent (rare) level ground hike in
the Southern Appalachians.Beautiful scenery,a wild river and a distinct
endpoint on the French Broad River. Old logging ruins, beaver signs and lots of
"wildness" characterize this 4 hour walk. Best hiked in fall or
winter. One of the best hikes around Hot Springs NC
Max Patch, On the Appalachian Trail, this 4,600-foot
mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre
tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. On a clear day, you
can see from Mt. Mitchell on the east to the Great Smoky Mountains on the
south. What a picnic spot! And great for star gazing and enjoying wildflowers.
Lovers Leap Trail, The hike is 45 minutes
to 1.5 hours depending on how much time you take to enjoy the views, wild
flowers, rhododendron and scenery. Individuals in moderate physical condition
can enjoy this hike.
Creek Golf Club was designed by Hawtree & Son who developed Royal
Birkdale site of the 2008 British Open (828) 645-4393.
The golf course at The Grove Park Inn was rated among the top 10
courses in North Carolina, (828) 252-2711.
For an overview of whats happening for kids go to www.asheville.macaronikid.com
Asheville's Fun Depot offer family
entertainment with go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages and more (828)
Smoky Mountain Railroad offers a 4.5 hour trips in beautiful Western North
Carolina (800) 872-4681.
a variety of attractions from the "Museum of the Cherokee Indian", to
the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Cooperative,
voted "Travel Attraction of the Year" by the Southeast Tourism
Society for 2006, (800) 438-1601.
Mountain is famous for its 260 degree views and the Mile High Swinging
Bridge, (828) 733-4337.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is s the
nations most popular park. It extends for 70 miles along the North
Carolina/Tennessee border, (828) 497-1904.
Sliding Rock is the king of the swimming holes in the
mountains, (828) 877-3265.
Railroad is a Wild West theme park featuring a three mile steam powered
train ride, (828) 264-9061.
a quaint town 20 miles South of Asheville
Dupont State Forest, a
wonderful place to hike and visit waterfalls near Brevard
Asheville Buncombe Technical
College, Your local community college with campuses in Asheville, Enka and
University of North Carolina at
Asheville, The only designated liberal arts institution in the 16-campus
University of North Carolina system
College, Founded in 1853, the oldest college in the mountains.
Western Carolina University, in
Cullowee, part of the University of North Carolina system
Mars Hill College, ranked as one
of the top 50 Comprehensive Colleges in the South, according to U.S.News &
Magazines Focusing on our Area
Homes Southern Style
Smoky Mountain Living
Our State Magazine
The Laurel of
North Carolina, general information on visiting North Carolina
The Asheville Visitors Center
provides a wealth of information on things to see and do in and around town,
History and Museums
Biltmore Estate, The largest house in America. An Asheville trademark.
Grove Park Inn, an
upscale "Arts and Crafts" style hotel.
The Grove Arcade, A historic
shopping area in downtown Asheville.
Wolfe Childhood Home
Colburn Earth Science Museum is an
interactive earth science museum, (828) 254-7162.
The Carl Sandburg House in
Flat Rock is wort a journey in itself, (828) 693-4178.
The Health Adventure is a fun-filled
educational museum that sparks curiosity about health and science (828)
Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centerfeatures
a 24 minute move about the unique culture of the Blue Ridge, (828) 298-5330.
In Hot Springs
Town of Hot Springs, a resort destination since the early
1800s, has long been renowned for its healing mineral springs and scenic
Visit Hot Springs,
details about the many activities in and around town.
The Hot Springs Spa
offers a great way to relax and enjoy nature.
Mountain Magnolia Inn, fine dining and lodging
in Hot Springs
Trailfest - Celebrating the Appalachian Trial.
Broad River Festival - The French Broad River Festival
Bluff Mountain Music
Festival - Bring your dancing shoes
Dining (Thanks to Visit Hot Springs)
Imagination Ice Cream Cafe
Town of Marshall, the
county seat of Madison County.
Library System, A new building in Marshall houses the main library. Branch
libraries are found in Hot Springs and Mars Hill. Join the Friends of the
Library group to be part of the community.
Zumas Coffee, 7 South Main Street,
Bacchus Bistro, 18 South Main Street, (828) 649-0000
French Broad Cafe
Palace Grill (coming soon)
In Mars Hill
Town of Mars Hill,
Resting amidst the rolling ridges and valleys of the picturesque and serene
Southern Appalachian Mountains is the quaint college community of Mars Hill,
Mars Hill College, ranked by US
News and World report as one of America's 50 best colleges. Mars Hill has a
rich 149-year heritage and a tradition of serving many thousands of young
people from throughout North Carolina and the world.
Mars Hill Farmers Market, Held on Saturdays in Mars Hill
College from April to December. Excellent choices of homemade jams, goat
cheese, farm produce, arts & crafts.
El Dorado Grill, 14 South Main Street, (828)
Main Street Deli, 40 S
Main St, (828) 689-9849
Welcome To Weaverville,
a charming small town six miles North of Asheville.
Garden Inn and Spa, Luxurious Spa Treatments, Bed & Breakfast, Japanese
Gardens, & Waterfalls. A full service inn & spa
Well Bred Bakery and
Cafe 26 N. Main, 828-645-9300
Knob Cafe, 337 Merrimon Avenue, (828) 645-3309
Blue Mountain Pizza, 55 N. Main St, (828)
to Asheville and the surrounding WNC area
The Center For Creative
Retirement has the threefold purpose of promoting lifelong learning,
leadership, and community service opportunities for retirement-aged individuals.
Appalachian Craft Guild, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway,
wending it's way from the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain
National Park, this is one of the most scenic drives in the nation.
Gardens, preserving and promoting the native plant species and habitats of
North Carolina Arboretum,
A 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of
the Pisgah National Forest.
Art Museum, An innovative museum that houses 20th Century American art,
with an emphasis on North Carolina work.
Humanity Store, 30 Meadow Rd Asheville, NC 28803, Items, including
furniture and home construction items are available for purchase to benefit
Honey Cafe, 12 College Street, (828) 255-4863
Bones Smokehouse, 5 Riverside Drive, (828) 253-4499
Lobster Trap, 35 Patton Avenue, (828) 350-0505
The Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way, (828)
Cafe, 379 Biltmore Avenue, (828) 253-0570
Antiques Tobacco Barn,
75 Swannanoa River Rd Asheville, NC 28805, Consignment dealers offer a huge
selection of furniture, antiques and older items.
www.visitnc.com, General info about North