Living in Asheville

There are many great reasons to work and live in the Asheville, NC area. There is ample dinning, shopping and entertainment to choose from but what draws so many people to this area is the climate, mountains, rivers and streams. Asheville has something to offer everyone who enjoys outdoor sports and recreation.

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Outdoor Activities

The mild climate, four seasons and mountain scenery of Western North Carolina make the outdoors a popular place to be year round. The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through Asheville and the Great Smokey Mountains are nearby. In and around these mountains, there are countless activities.


  • Biking and Hiking on thousands of miles of trails
  • Backpacking and Camping in the Blue Ridge Parkway and Pisgah National Forest
  • World-class Kayaking on the Green River in Flat Rock
  • White Water Rafting on the Nantahala and Nolichucky Rivers
  • Boating on Lake Keowee, Jocassee and James
  • Snow Skiing at Sugar, Beech and Wolf Laurel Mountains
  • Fishing and Hunting
  • Equestrian Events and Activities at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (Hosted the 2018 World Equestrian Games)
  • Tubing, Canoeing and Swimming
  • Zip-line and Tree Top Adventures
  • Golfing

The diverse culture that Asheville attracts has created a unique collection of studios, shops, pubs, restaurants and venues.

Food and Dining

Asheville has grown to become a culinary hotspot. The variety of options for local and international cuisine is seemingly endless. The food ranges from Ethiopian Injera platers to gourmet French desserts. Restaurants cooking with local and fresh ingredients are very popular. If you are interested in eating healthy and tasteful food, you will find many eateries catering to this lifestyle.


The River Arts District showcases sculptures inspired by recycled industrial parts.  Fine arts are displayed in the Biltmore Village. Artists of paint, glass, wood, jewelry, ceramic and more have studios and shops to visit.


Live performances at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues are frequent. The Flat Rock Playhouse is a local gem for live theater.


Asheville is centrally located only a few hours’ drive to many other popular day or weekend destinations like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dolly Wood, Cherokee, Charlotte, Carowinds, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Hilton Head and Atlanta.

A thirty minute drive from downtown Asheville there are several smaller cities that offer local culture.  Hendersonville, Waynesville, Black Mountain and Brevard each have a special quality of their own.