Asheville is one of the most progressive cities in all of North Carolina, and is a citadel for Western NC. It attracts people of all cultures because of its diversity and opportunity.
Asheville’s economic state is progressing faster than most of the cities still in recession, as more government jobs and factory jobs are opening up. However, there is no doubt that many of Asheville’s citizens have nothing to do with the government or factory jobs. There are many creative arts studios and artwork is everywhere. There are many vegans and vegetarians that shop regularly at the local farmers markets. And then there are the business men and women who work in the largest buildings inside the city.
While the city is undoubtedly diverse, the community manages to get along. This phenomenon is rarely seen anywhere else, and is what can set Asheville starkly apart from other metropolitan areas.
Asheville has been given many awards and nominations, many of which deal with art, culinary arts, beers, music, and tradition. The towns near the area (Western NC) are Waynesville, Canton, Clyde, and Sylva all of which boast rich heritage. The local heritage that can be found at festivals is unlike any other state. ‘Mountain heritage’ has its own music, food, dialect, traditions, produce, and more. Many people visit Asheville simply for their legendary festivals.
One of Asheville’s biggest economic income sources derives from tourism. Not only are there many museums, festivals (as we’ve already mentioned), attractions, hikes, drives, foods, music, art, etc (you get the picture) but there more exotic attractions near by such as gem mining, horse back riding, secluded cabins in the mountains, lakes for swimming, private tours, and even hot air balloons. Asheville’s tourism hasn’t declined in recent years, thanks to plenty of new activities. There are also plenty of rental houses available for people wanting to stay in a nicer, more personable house. Things change in Asheville, North Carolina, so every time you come back you will see something new. The innovation never stops, with great ideas such as “The Bar of Soap” which is a combination of a drink bar and a coin laundry. While you’re clothes are washed you can enjoy a beer and free Wi-Fi. The same goes for tourist attractions. The Nature center is always adding new events and exhibits. The parkway doesn’t change, but the scenery does. The biltmore house in all its splendor will open up new rooms regularly to give seasoned visitors a taste of what they might have overlooked. The tours are also done by different guides who always know a different spin on it. When you want to find out more information about Asheville Tourism, check out Asheville NC for more information. Its still in ‘beta’ but its growing fast. The more readers and view the site gets, the easier its going to be for it to get a new design and features. They have big plans, such as a community for Asheville and ways to connect with restaurants, jobs, events, and more.
Asheville is also an online community, that is to say, most people who live in Asheville have an online presence in Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Google Plus, or another social media site. While there is no real, community based social media, there is a Google+ page you should check out. Its the Asheville NC Network and its based off of the Asheville Network site.