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Why Visit Asheville

Asheville's an Appalachian Shangri-La. Asheville is a year-round resort town, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, draws a funky mix of New Agers, fleece-clad mountain bikers, antiques lovers and old-time farmers. And what's there not to like? Charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan for a town of about 73,000, Asheville has a Southern appeal all its own. There are lazy cafes and buzzing bistros, Art Deco skyscrapers and arcades reminiscent of Paris,kayaking & white water rafting and one of the world's largest private homes — the Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance-style mansion with 250 rooms. No wonder so many locals first started out as tourists.

Visit Asheville and who knows - you may find yourself living there soon!

Our Asheville vacation rental cabins are perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, weekend destinations, girl getaways and celebrating special milestones. You may be considering a visit to The Biltmore Estate for the first time or be celebrating your wedding anniversary in a private mountain cabin, our fabulous vacation rentals will exceed your expectations.

Discover Downtown

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. 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. Shoppers inspect unique boutique finds, or people simply enjoy fine cuisine and people-watching.

Asheville skipped the urban renewal process that stripped the character from many downtown areas. 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.

TRIVIA: Celebrities Living in & Around Asheville

Asheville's beautiful mountain seclusion has long lured many interesting people to reside here, including famous artists and musicians. It's also the birthplace of one of America's most influential authors and world-famous singers.

Gladys Knight, also known as the “Empress of Soul,” resides just outside of town in Fairview. She made it big in the 60s and 70s with her R&B and soul music. In addition to being a Grammy-winning musician, Gladys also won a lot of fame with her acting career. Most recently she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.  TRIVIA:  Gladys and her husband, William McDowell, live on the main road to the Charmed Cottage.  You will pass by her estate as you drive to and from downtown. Their estate is visible from the road.

Steve Martin is a comedian and an entertainer at the core. You may have seen him in such films as It's Complicated or Bowfinger. Steve is also a veteran cast member of Saturday Night Live. A lot of movie fans don't know that he is an a accomplished musician too, the banjo his instrument of choice. Fitting for a local resident here in the Southern Appalachians. Today Steve resides in Brevard.

Warren Haynes is a legend living in our own time. He is currently the vocalist and songwriter for Gov't Mule, and has been a long time member of the Allman Brothers Band as well as the Dead. Thanks to Warren Haynes, Asheville has celebrated the holiday season in a special way with national acts and local talent at the annual Christmas Jam for the last 20 years.

Harry Anderson is best known for his character as the judge in the 1984-1992 television series Night Court, but he got his start in entertainment with his skills as a magician. He moved to Asheville from New Orleans for its positive atmosphere in a mountain setting.

Bernard Goldberg has won ten Emmy awards for his career in journalism. He is currently a correspondent for HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and a commentator for Fox News.

Roberta Flack is an accomplished singer and songwriter who was born in Black Mountain, NC. Her style of music usually falls under jazz, soul, R&B and folk. She is the only artist besides U2 ever to win the Grammy Record of the Year in two consecutive years, with "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" in 1973 and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" in 1974.

David Holt has dedicated his life to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. This four-time Grammy winner is best known for his legendary banjo skills, which he uses to capture the essence of Southern Appalachia. Although originally from Texas, David has called the Asheville area home since the late 1960s, often performing with Doc Watson.

Andie MacDowell's childhood vacation home in Arden, NC is now the Blake House Inn. She first made it big as a model in the early 80s, then achieved stardom in her career as an actress in 1993 when the movie Groundhog Day was released. Andie currently resides in Biltmore Forest.

Adam Copeland, otherwise known as professional WWE wrestler "The Edge," recently moved to Asheville after a match at the US Cellular Center convinced him of just how great this place really is. It seems even the toughest of men can feel at home in this charming mountain town. In an interview with the Asheville Citizen-Times, he said "I've always liked this town. We walked around the downtown and really got a feel for what it's like — an old-fashioned downtown... We liked the art, and it seemed like it was pretty cool culturally — and we love the mountains and the seasons."

GO PLAY in Nearby Towns


An idyllic setting where the population hovers around a mere 2,500, Weaverville might surprise you as an anything-but-sleepy mountain town. Known for its lush and lively downtown, Weaverville is just minutes away from inspiring views on the Blue Ridge Parkway and the pastoral scenes of historic Reems Creek Valley. You can’t help but feel welcomed in a community whose reputation for hospitality and healthful climate dates back to the 1800s.

Start the day with a walk down tree-lined Main Street, where you’ll follow your nose to fresh gourmet coffee and artisan baked goods. As the sun warms, feed the ducks under the willow trees at Lake Louise Park. Or, get your vintage fix as you browse shop-to-shop for antique treasures.

High quality refreshment is easy to come by here. Sample a local brew and made-from-scratch pub food at Jack of Hearts in the Old Firehouse. Looking for nightlife? The patio at Blue Mountain Pizza is always buzzing. And, the locals will surely invite you in for free live music and a slice of Carolina Dreamin’ pizza.


Bring a picnic basket as for a scenic drive north from Asheville on Merrimon Avenue toward the town of Woodfin. Parks, lakes and tree-lined streets offer sunny spots to enjoy rolling hills with a mountain backdrop. Head over to Ledges Whitewater Park and watch kayakers practice basic skills in this gentler, rolling section of the French Broad River.

History buffs shouldn’t miss the nearby birthplace of Western North Carolina’s Civil War governor and most successful politician, Zebulon Baird Vance. Learn about antebellum farm life and Vance’s famous mountain family on a tour of this reconstructed pioneer homestead nestled in picturesque Reems Creek Valley.

Don’t miss the fun, quirky businesses of Woodfin. Get French roast with attitude at Asheville Coffee Roasters, enjoy the “World’s Best Carrot Cake” and the always-eclectic treasure trove that is Sanctuary of Stuff.

Black Mountain

The downtown area has many eclectic shops, attracting seasonal tourism, a main staple of the local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. The town is near several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat Conference Center. Singers Roberta Flack and David LaMotte, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.

Black Mountain College was formerly located within city limits, but the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center, dedicated to the experimental educational institution's history, is now located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Black Mountain also plays host to the Swannanoa Valley Museum. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the Museum.

Black Mountain is the setting for the 2009 novel One Second After, which was written by William R. Forstchen, a resident of the town; many local institutions and residents are featured in the novel, beneath a thin veneer of fiction.


Historic Downtown Hendersonville was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1988. It has become a vital part of the community’s economic and cultural growth. The serpentine street features planter boxes brimming with seasonal flowers and trees. Thriving businesses such as specialty shops, antique stores and restaurants offer something for everyone.

The historic district offers the visitor traditional southern hometown charm. Downtown hosts many activities including the NC Apple Festival held during Labor Day weekend, as well as, art shows, an antique show, car shows, and parades throughout the year.

Details - Chalet Quietude

Chalet Quietude

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 7

Chalet Quietude is a quiet place located in a tranquil forest on 3 acres with a great view. It is a mountain getaway for privacy and seclusion. Situated on a mountain ridge, most of the surrounding forest is vacant or undeveloped (about 400 acres) which adds to the privacy at the end of the road. The chalet is comfortable, cozy, an oasis of peace and has every amenity you could need. Luxury beds, linens, robes, fabulous hot tub (with that view) and a wood burning fireplace. A perfect chalet for your honeymoon, anniversary or family vacation. A large selection of DVD's will help fill the gaps when you're not out on an adventure. Relax in luxury, peace and extreme privacy in this mountain retreat. It is an easy drive (20 minutes) to and from Asheville...12 miles. 3 Bedrooms.

Details - Woodlands Chalet

Woodlands Chalet

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 8

The Woodlands Chalet is nestled in the forest on 2 acres. Having breakfast in the dining room and viewing the forest through the two large "picture" windows is one of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to enjoy a meal. Standing on one of the two large decks, you feel the canopy of the forest above you while you enjoy the fabulous forever view. Soak in the hot tub under the stars. Enjoy two distinct living areas, each with its own flat panel TV with a built-in DVD player. The lower living area has a wood burning stove for warming the winter chill. The furnishings and amenities are luxurious and everything you hope for. The large tub in the master bath is sure to give an individual, relaxing bath. The size of this chalet makes a perfect retreat for multiple family vacations or friends weekend getaway. It is also intimate enough for a romantic getaway. The chalet is located 13 miles from downtown easy drive. 3 Bedrooms & Sleeping area in lower living area.

Details - Charmed Cottage

Charmed Cottage

Comfortable for 1, yet SLEEPS up to 7

Charmed Cottage is peaceful! Surrounded by forest on 11 acres, the cottage has quite a bit of charm. It is located 18 miles from downtown Asheville...about a 30 minute drive. A spring fed stream runs through the property with gentle water falling you can hear from all three decks. The view is spectacular year-round and ever-changing. You're right at home with the luxurious furnishings, bed linens, robes and other amenities. The antique, mantled wood burning stove makes for cozy conversations and/or reading. The open floor plan and two living areas with windows everywhere bring the beauty of the forest to the indoors. A great wide open environment perfect for large families and/or friends to spend time together. You will also find it cozy enough for the two of you to enjoy a romantic vacation or honeymoon. Soak in the 5 1/2' claw foot tub and enjoy the forest at the same time. Four decks - one with the hot tub under the stars with that great view! You can always find a peaceful spot for you alone or sith with friends/family chatting the day away. 3 Bedrooms & Sleeping Nook.

Guest Letter:  Dear Brea,...I also wanted to let you know your name came up repeatedly when my friends and I stayed in Asheville in May at a different cabin.  I knew it wouldn’t be as good as your cabins but I was still surprised at how much we missed all your comforts.  The cabin and view were nice but the kitchen (which is my domain on vacation) was woefully under stocked with cheap pans, dull knives and garage sale dishes.  They didn’t even have salt and pepper in the cabinet!  The doorknob fell off the second day and we had to buy a screwdriver to put it back together since there were no basic tools in the house.  We also missed your fluffy robes and silky sheets.  You have ruined us for other rentals!!!    I hope we can visit one of your cabins again soon.  Cheryl