In addition to being Western North Carolina’s business hub, the Asheville area is world renowned as a bustling tourist destination, named one of 15 must-see travel destinations in the world by Frommer’s travel guides. And, you might find it interesting to know that the President of the United States chose Asheville as the destination to take his wife on a romantic spring vacation. A statement issued by the White House noted,

“The president first visited the Asheville area during the campaign, and he liked it so much that he vowed to take his family there. The president and first lady are planning to spend a quiet weekend enjoying some of the many things this beautiful part of the country has to offer.”

Find out for yourself what makes the Asheville area a vacation destination worthy of a president!

View art and architecture; Asheville has more art deco architecture than any other city outside of Miami. If shopping is your thing, check out the local crafts at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just outside of downtown. Many of the craftspeople offer demonstrations and are happy to talk about their craft.

Biltmore Village is another shopping destination that can’t be missed. Located right outside the entrance to Biltmore, America’s largest home and most visited winery, the Village has tree-lined streets, al-fresco dining and cobblestone paths.

There are plenty of historic homes made into bed and breakfasts in Montford, just outside of downtown Asheville. Book a stay, or arrange for a tour of the neighborhood and the magnificent historic homes.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which connects the Great Smoky National Park with the Shenandoah National Park and runs right through Asheville, is a great launching point for hiking and biking, or for those looking for a scenic picnic at an overlook.

Mountain adventures await your visit to the Asheville area, whether you’re planning a culinary travel experience with a tour of restaurants and microbreweries, or if you’re checking out the area’s top-rated outdoor sports activities. There’s so much to see and do in Asheville, that the only problem is narrowing the options!