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Top Choice House in Asheville

Biltmore Estate

The country's largest privately-owned home, and Asheville's number-one tourist attraction, the Biltmore was built in 1895 for shipping and railroad heir George Washington Vanderbilt II. He modeled it after the grand…
Top Choice Modern American in Asheville


Walking by, you might guess this little concrete bunker was a dive bar. That's what they want you to think. This purposefully inconspicuous West Asheville spot is one of the state's – perhaps the country's – finest …
Top Choice Bar in Asheville

Southern Bar

Fantastic new spot with upscale Southern pub grub (truffled deviled eggs, chicken 'n' waffles), a breezy patio and a long bar slinging fancy retro cocktails and local brews.
Top Choice Mexican in Asheville

White Duck Taco Shop

The chalkboard menu at this downtown taco shop will give you fits - every taco sounds like a must-have flavor bomb: spicy buffalo chicken with blue cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, mole-roasted duck. Even better? Th…
Top Choice Tapas in Asheville


This convivial place celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of traditional Spanish tapas, with a few Southern twists here and there: tender lamb skewers with Moorish spices; spicy chorizo wrapped in potato…
Museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Mountain Farm Museum

Adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, this excellent collection of historic buildings evokes life on a typical farmstead of the late 19th century. Together these structures paint a poignant picture of the moun…
House in Asheville

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

This downtown memorial, with a small museum and a separate house tour, honors Look Homeward Angel author Thomas Wolfe. The author grew up in Asheville, which was the inspiration for the novel's setting.
Park in Asheville

Chimney Rock Park

Views of the Broad River and Lake Lure are superb from atop the namesake chimney - a 315ft granite monolith. An elevator takes visitors up to the chimney, but the real draw is the exciting hike around the cliffs to …
Vegetarian in Asheville

Rosetta's Kitchen

An institution among Asheville's dreadlocked set, where you can belly up to the counter for a bowl of peanut-butter tofu (looks awful, tastes heavenly) at 2am.
in Asheville

Early Girl Eatery

Order a tofu scramble or a plate of free-range roast chicken in this neighborhood café's sunny, crowded dining room, overlooking a small city park.