Just 25 miles from our Lake
Lure vacation rental cabins is the resort
city of Asheville, North Carolina. Home
to the Biltmore Estate
Asheville was named a must-see destination
in 2007 by Frommer's and boasts a thriving
arts community, diverse outdoor adventures,
a vibrant and inviting downtown, numerous
historic and architectural attractions,
and unique shopping options.
Asheville is that type of unique, special
place that lingers sweetly in your mind and
memories for years to come. The city's rich
architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco,
Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect
retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that
emanates from the locally owned-shops and art
galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting
entertainment venues. Known as an art colony,
a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries,
statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of
the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.
A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology
in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself
on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates
this culture with annual events such as Shindig
on the Green. Asheville’s diverse music
scene ranges from bluegrass native to the area
to major national acts, opera, ballet, country
music and experimental jazz.
Downtown Asheville is a rare place. Artists
and street musicians converge with tourists
and locals for a vibrancy rarely found in a
city of this size. There is always something
happening downtown. People sip cups of Joe at
one of several locally-owned coffee shops, listen
to live music at a local club. They go on art
walks, winding their way through downtown's
30-plus galleries. Downtown Asheville shops
and galleries feature a unique mix of locally-owned
establishments. Downtown art galleries offer
specialized items such as custom jewelry, quilts,
furniture and one-of-a-kind gifts. The city
is pedestrian friendly, with wrought-iron benches
throughout downtown, and many eateries have
open-air dining sections that allow visitor
to enjoy the city’s mild weather. In downtown
Asheville, it is a pleasure - not a stress -
to go shopping.
Asheville skipped the urban renewal process
that stripped the character from many downtowns.
Today, its rich architectural legacy with its
mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical
styles is the perfect backdrop to the city’s
edgy energy. The city earned an international
reputation as a premier health resort in the
1890s. By the 1920s, Asheville was a destination
for the rich and famous, including F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
Today's visitors find a city steeped in history.
Step back in time and experience Gilded Age
elegance at America’s largest home, George
Vanderbilt’s 250-room Biltmore House.
Relive the Victorian era at the circa 1840 Smith-McDowell
House-Museum, Asheville's oldest home. Explore
the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the acclaimed author's
boyhood home and the inspiration for his novel
"Look Homeward, Angel."