The travel guide gurus at Fodors.com have put together a list of top places to go in the world in 2011 and we are proud to announce that Asheville made the cut along with worldwide destinations such as Tokyo, Nicaragua, Copenhagen, and Morocco! Fodor’s representatives met with Asheville tourism officials recently and stressed Asheville’s unique mix of urban shopping and outdoor activities. Asheville has become a destination of note starting to enjoy the same pedigree afforded to Charleston or New Orleans.
Asheville was recently named Beer City USA, beating out Portland and San Diego. The thriving industry now boasts 10 microbreweries and the recent Winter Warmer Beer Festival sold out within 2 days. A local company called Brews Cruise has become successful by offering tours of the microbreweries, which have become a favorite of many guests at our Asheville B&B.
The Biltmore Estate continues to drive the Asheville tourism industry bringing in over a million visitors a years and boasts the most visited winery in the country. Asheville’s location on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the most traveled scenic byway in the country located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, offers a multitude of outdoor adventures and scenic beauty.
The visual and performing arts scene continues to expand. There are over 50 performing arts groups either in Asheville or within a short drive. Construction on our new Performing Arts Center will begin in 2012 and will rival the Peace Center in Greenville, SC when completed. There are over 30 art galleries downtown and another 140 in our River Arts District, which continues to expand with new galleries and restaurants.
Come stay at the 1889 WhiteGate Inn, a romantic Asheville B&B and the closest Bed and Breakfast to Downtown, and discover what the hype is all about!