An oasis deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville boasts landmarks such as the historic Biltmore Estate, as well as the popular Omni Grove Park Inn Resort. The city is home to approximately 84,458 residents who enjoy beautiful mountain living in a gracious urban city with a small-town atmosphere.
As of August 2013, the median sale price for an Asheville home was $223,600, an increase of 13.6% over same period last year. Of those properties sold, 68.7% were single-family homes, while 13.2% were condominiums and 18.1% were other property types. Among all Asheville homes, 56.3% are owned and 43.7% are rented or are considered rent to own homes. The annual residential turnover is 19.95%.
Located in a historic barn thats part of the Biltmore Estate, the Deerpark Restaurant offers traditional regional fare. Menu items for their famed Sunday brunch include crawfish etouffe benedict, praline pecan French toast and white whiskey cured salmon gravlax.
For a more quaint experience, Tupelo Honey Caf,is a longtime local favorite. It has regional delicacies such as sweet potato pancakes with peach butter, traditional shrimp and grits, and Southern fried chicken with country ham and mushroom marsala.
Located in the Omni Grove Park Inn, the Blue Ridge is a luxurious farm-to-table restaurant featuring weekly specials, such as a prime rib buffet, a seafood buffet and a champagne brunch.
Asheville is home to two large shopping malls and several shopping centers. Asheville Mall is the largest shopping center in western North Carolina and includes retail favorites, as well as plenty of snack bars and restaurants. There's also a convenient playground for the kids. The Biltmore Square Mall has more than 60 stores, in addition to a movie theater and a popular food court.
For specialty shopping, youll enjoy visiting the Grove Arcade, where you'll discover a wealth of regional craft stores and boutiques. These locally-owned shops include Appalachian Strings, where you'll find handmade guitars and folk instruments, Asheville NC Homecrafts, which features home-spun yarns and fibers, and Bath Junkie, which sells an array of bath crystals and lotions, handmade soaps and even pet pampering items. You'll also find Mountain Made, a popular gallery that features locally-crafted pottery, textiles, blown glass, paintings and other works of art. The Grove Arcade also boasts a beautiful outdoor market filled with local artists selling their handiwork, as well as area farmers selling produce.
Bele Chere: Held every July, this three-day street event is Ashevilles premier music festival
Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Held every August, this three-day event features tastings of regional as well as international wines, coupled with a variety of artisan dishes prepared by regional chefs.
Lake Lure Olympiad: Held in August, this three-day sport festival includes a golf tournament, sprint runs and other athletic competitions, all held in a breathtakingly beautiful outdoor venue that served as the filming location for the blockbuster "Dirty Dancing."
Asheville boasts a large number of local art galleries, thanks to the many artists who make Asheville their home. It also has a number of performance venues which feature year-round dance and theatrical performances, from both local and national touring companies.
Asheville is an especially popular mecca for musicians. Regular music events include concerts by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, a yearly concert series of international performers at Biltmore Estates and regular performances of opera, classical music, popular music and jazz at venues such as the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Appalachian and bluegrass music also are common at regular events throughout the year.
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