Asheville Travel Guide
If you loved The Hunger Games and can't sit still until the next film installment hits theaters, might we suggest some HG-related tourism? This week, we'll highlight a few Hunger Games locations that you can visit...without having to fight anyone to the death.
Seeing the locations used in The Hunger Games is pretty cool. We've already shown you the forest and the Capitol, but if you want a slightly more behind-the-scenes feel, check out the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville, NC.
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Update: @AshevilleTravel informs us in the comments that they hear Obama is making this romantic getaway for just himself and Michelle. Awww.
"Staycations" are officially so over; forget that the word ever existed, because spring is in the air and cabin fever is running high. Like many Americans who spent the winter working overtime, President Barack Obama is making plans for a quick getaway to reconnect with his family. They'll be packing up for a long weekendthis weekendamong the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina.
It won't be his first visit to the town however, as Obama was last here in late 2008 and business kept him away from the golf courses and nature he openly admired. And that's where you'll find him now: on the golf course and possibly even chowing down on ribs at 12 Bones Smokehouse, where he dined last time.
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Sure, the Biltmore Estate in western North Carolina is America's largest home. And it's great to spend a few hours touring the home, trying to wrap you head around what it was like to live there while realizing that you're a have-not.
But besides checking out the Lady on the Hill, the estate's 8,000 acres have a lot more to offer--like booze.
Western North Carolina perks up in the fall: The leaves are changing, the weather is cooler and downtown Asheville is the place to be--especially for those interested in unique architecture. A big city it isn't, but it certainly delivers some thrills.
There may be a few more weeks of summer, but we're already longing for the cooler breezes of sweater weather. The Field to Table Festival at the grand Biltmore mansion hits a couple of our fall-plan hot buttons: The setting is impeccable and the potential menus, delicious.
Sustainable agriculture experts will be on hand September 19 through 28 to discuss the estate's River Bend Farm and its efforts to work with area farmers. Pairings from the estate winery will also be available when you sit down to a delicious local meal. Whether you combine the trip with a tour of the mansion and farm or just come by for the food, it's a trip that's perfectly in season.
For the last 30 years, downtown Asheville, North Carolina has come alive with its street festival, Bele Chere. This year, the celebration of beautiful living takes place July 25-27. Downtown is transformed into a huge entertainment venue, with revelers roaming about--without having to worry about traffic.