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Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is a mountain treasure! Asheville's attractions, serene mountain setting, dining, great weather, cultural events, and hot springs - for those seeking health cures, first attracted folks to the area. Some of those people included the Vanderbilts - former owners and builders of the world famous Biltmore Estate. Asheville, NC is a must when planning your itinerary for your visit to the Smoky Mountains. And it's only an hour and a half away! Lodging, dining, attractions, real estate listings below will help in planning your trip.

BED & BREAKFAST INNS

A Hill House B & B, 120 Hillside St., Zip 28801, 800-379-0002
5 Rooms, 4 Suites, 1 Cottage

Abbington Green B & B, 46 Cumberland Cir., Zip 28801, 800-251-2454
5 Rooms, 3 Suites

Albemarle Inn, 86 Edgemont Rd., Zip 28801, 800-621-7435
10 Rooms, 1 Suite

Applewood Manor Inn, 62 Cumberland Cir., Zip 28801, 800-442-2197
4 Rooms, 1 Cottage

Asheville Season's B & B (formerly Katherine's), 43 Watauga St., Zip 28801, 888-325-3190
5 Rooms

Cedar Crest Victorian Inn, 674 Biltmore Ave., Zip 28803, 800-252-0310
9 Rooms, 1 Suite, 1 Cottage

Sourwood Inn, 810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy., Zip 28804, 255-0690
12 Rooms, 1 Suite, 1 Cabin

The Old Reynolds Mansion B & B, 100 Reynolds Hgts., Zip 28804, 800-709-049
10 Rooms, 1 Cottage

The White Gate Inn & Cottage, 175 E. Chestnut St., Zip 28801, 800-485-3045
2 Rooms, 2 Suites, 1 Cottage

HOTELS & MOTELS - Asheville

Baymont Inn - Biltmore, 204 Hendersonville Rd., Zip 28803, 800-301-2000
70 Rooms

Blue Ridge Motor Lodge, 60 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 254-0805
60 Rooms, 4 Efficiencies

Comfort Inn - River Ridge, 800 Fairview Rd., Zip 28803, 298-9141
146 Rooms, 24 Suites

Comfort Inn - West, 15 Crowell Rd., Zip 28806, 800-228-5150
63 Rooms, 12 Suites

Country Inn & Suites, 845 Brevard Rd., Zip 28806, 670-9000
57 Rooms, 13 Suites

Courtyard By Marriott, 1 Buckstone Pl., Zip 28805, 800-321-2211
78 Rooms

Days Inn East, 1500 Tunnel Road, Zip 28805, 800-DAYS-INN
122 Rooms, 7 Effiencies

Days Inn North, 3 Reynolds Mountain Rd., Zip 28804, 645-9191
49 Rooms, 8 Suites

Days Inn - Asheville Mall, 201 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 252-4000
128 Rooms, 20 Suites

Econolodge, 190 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 254-9521
53 Rooms

Econolodge, 1430 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 298-5519
139 Rooms

Forest Manor Inn, 866 Hendersonville Rd., Zip 28803, 800-866-3531
21 Rooms

Four Seasons Motor Inn, 820 Merrimon Ave., Zip 28804, 254-5324
20 Rooms

Haywood Park Hotel, 1 Battery Park Ave., Zip 28801, 866-678-2522
33 Suites

Holiday Inn East, 1450 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 298-5611
111 Rooms

Holiday Inn Express - Biltmore, 234 Hendersonville Rd., Zip 28803, 274-0101
71 Rooms

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1 Wedgefield Dr., Zip 28806, 665-6519
108 Rooms, 20 Suites

Howard Johnson Biltmore Inn, 190 Hendersonville Rd., Zip 28803, 800-446-4656 68 Rooms

Mount Vue Motel, 15 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 258-9001
9 Rooms

Plaza Motel, 111 Hendersonville Rd., Zip 28803, 274-2050
17 Rooms

Ramada Limited - Asheville, 180 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 254-7451
112 Rooms,3 Suites

Residence Inn by Marriott, 701 Biltmore Ave., Zip 28803, 800-331-3131
72 Suites

Richmond Hill Inn, 87 Richmond Hill Dr., Zip 28806, 800-545-9238
33 Rooms, 3 Suites

Sleep Inn - West, 1919 Old Haywood Road., Zip 28806, 670-7600
74 Rooms

Super 8 Riverfront East, 1329 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 298-7952
124 Rooms, 3 Suites

The Royal Inn, 1435 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 298-4000
84 Rooms

Travelodge - Asheville Mall, 199 Tunnel Rd., Zip 28805, 254-4311
77 Rooms

Whispering Pines Motel, 140 Smokey Park Hwy., Zip 28806, 665-1611
16 Rooms

Wingate Inn, 11 Rocky Ridge Rd., Zip 28806, 665-4242
93 Rooms, 83 Efficiencies, 10 Suites

SHOPPING

Atlantic Book and Folk Art
15-B Broadway, Asheville NC, 28801. Browse for out-of-print, used, and rare books at Atlantic Book and Folk Art. 828-255-7654

American Folk Art & Framing
Featuring North Carolina wood fired pottery, contemporary Folk art, and specializing in custom and preservation framing. 10-6 M-SA, SUN afternoon, and by appointment.
64 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 828-281-2134

Asheville Agricultural Systems
45 Banks Avenue, downtown Asheville. Browse through a large selection of organic gardening products foe soil or hydroponics. Suppliers of hydroponic systems and HID lighting from Sun System. Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 11-5. 828-253-4112. www.ashevilleag.com

Asheville DieCast, LLC
1434 Brevard Road (191), Asheville NC 28806. Collectible signs, banks and vehicle replicas. Open Monday-Friday 9-5:30, Saturday 9-5. 828-667-9690. www.ashevillediecast.com

Asheville, North Carolina Homecrafts
Located in the historic Grove Arcade, Asheville North Carolina Homecrafts feature locally made traditional and uncommon fiber art, baskets, old fashioned story dolls, quilts, and hand knitted hats from award winning goats and sheep. 828-350-7556

Art & Decor
Asheville, 1-26 Exit 2 behind Ethan Allen. Toll Free 888-881-7847. Over 20,000 rugs and home accessories, lamps, mirrors, framed prints, and original oils. Open Monday - Saturday 10-6, Sunday 1-6.

Art-I-Choke
Meet on-site artisans Tom & Lyndia Dunch, see their hand-wrought unique jewelry creations, and explore the works of many other area artists.

Asheville Wine Market
65 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville. We offer an international selection of wine, beer, and specialty foods. Taste with us on Saturdays from 1-3pm or see upcoming events on our website: www.ashevillewine.com. 828-253-6300.

ATTRACTIONS

Cedar Creek Stables
542 Cedar Creek Road, Lake Lure. Public horseback riding stables nestled in the beautiful mountains of western NC, offering a variety of activities including trail rides, pony rides, fishing, petting zoo and overnight trips. 828-625-2811. www.cedarcreekstables.com

Cherokee County Historical Museum, Inc.
87 Peachtree St., Murphy. Museum with over 2,000 items reflecting life of Cherokee during time of Cherokee Nation and "Trail of Tears" in 1838, as well as life of early white settlers in Cherokee County. 828-837-9792. www.cherokeecounty-nc.gov/departments/museum/

Cherokee Fish and Game Management
Cherokee offers some of America's best trout fishing. Our 30 miles of streams and 3 ponds are stocked with thousands of trout every year. 828-497-5201. www.cherokee-nc.com

Cherokee Indian Reservation
Cross the border onto the 56,000 acre Reservation of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and immerse yourself in native culture and natural beauty.

Chimney Rock Park
In one place, " The best of the Mountains". 75 mile views, 404-foot waterfall, 5 hiking trails, 26 story elevator inside the mountain. 25 miles SE of Asheville, NC. 800-277-9611 www.chimneyrockpark.com

Grove Arcade Public Market
Asheville's GroveArcade opened in 1929 as one of America's premiere buildings and thrived until 1942 as a public market. Now restored to its original splendor, it once again offers a unique shopping experience featuring fresh food, restaurants, and local crafts. www.grovearcade.com

Folk Art Center/Southern Highland Handicraft Guild
Milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville. Houses changing gallery of traditional and contemporary craft exhibits from guild members from 9-state southeast region. Permanent collection dates back to early 20th century. Free. 828-298-7962.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Includes 500,000 acres of natural, scenic beauty with over 800 miles of hiking trails, 10 campgrounds, 1,500 plant species, a variety of creeks and waterfalls, and a wealth of history. Visitor centers at Sugarlands and Oconaluftee are open all year, except Christmas Day. No entrance fee. 865-436-1200. www.gsmnp.com

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Half and Full day excursions through the scenic mountain and colorful countryside of Western North Carolina. Gourmet Dining and Mystery Theatre Dinner Trains. Year round service. 1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811 ext. ML www.gsmr.com

North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville. 426-acre arboretum located in Bent Creek Experimental Forest illustrating WNC's unique bio-diversity. Acres of gardens, hiking and mountain bike trails. Visitors Center, gallery exhibits and educational programs. 828-665-2492. www.ncarboretum.org

Pisgah National Forest
Waterfalls, wonderful hiking and camping opportunities, the Cradle of Forestry historic site, the Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness areas, and much more. Pisgah Ranger District Office and Visitor Center, Hwy 276 near Brevard. 828-877-3265.

DINING

Big Mountain Barbeque
2087 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC. Specializing in authentic hickory smoked BBQ. Catering available. Open Monday-Saturday 11-8.
828-454-0720.

Biltmore Coffee Traders
Located in the old Biltmore Hardware and Historic Biltmore Village, across from McDonalds. Open 6:30 am. Espresso, fresh roasted coffee, sandwiches, pastries and ice cream.

Mellow Mushroom
50 Broadway, Asheville.
828-236-9800
The classic in all American gourmet pizza and calzones. Mouth watering subs and salads, even for you vegans! Over 45 draught beers and loads of assorted bottled beer. A cool atmosphere makes for fun for the whole family. Located in Historic Downtown Asheville.
www.mellowmushroom.com