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Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.
- The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
- AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
- No experience necessary
- We cater to all ability levels and ages


Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (4843)

Omni Resorts The Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn overlooks Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge mountains. Built in 1913, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Amenities include a 40,000 sq ft world-class spa, Arts & Crafts antique furnishings, Club Floor, Donald Ross designed golf course, tennis, swimming, Sports Complex, shops, fine dining and children’s programs.
290 Macon Ave.,Asheville, NC 28804


(800) 438-5800

The Orange Peel

The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina was voted one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 5 Rock Clubs in the country. Asheville’s premier downtown live music club is a smoke free facility that features a state of the art sound and lighting system. Musical acts appearing on stage have included Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and many more. Our warm atmosphere and beautiful facilities are also ideal for private parties and events of all kinds. We look forward to seeing you at the Peel!


Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations.


1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock, NC
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.


Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre

SART’s purpose has been to produce quality theatre by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays.


828-689-1384

Asheville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Our performances include hilarious segues characterized by G-rated humor reminiscent of Vaudeville days. Though centered in Asheville, our membership includes men from five western North Carolina counties. We enjoy a variety of vocal music activities throughout the area and take pride in our affiliation with the world’s largest singing fraternity—the Barbershop Harmony Society.


YMI Cultural Center

For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.


WNC Jazz Society

Performances on Sundays at Diana Wortham Theater present the best in straight-ahead, acoustic jazz at reasonable admission prices. Headliners have included Larry Coryell, Wycliffe Gordon, Freddie Cole, Bill Charlap, and Eric Alexander.


828-257-4530 Additional info about the Society, call Bo: 828-687-0407

Asheville and WNC Summer Camps

Looking for a summer camp in the cool WNC mountains, then look no further, as the Asheville.com camp directory lists a broad range of selections.


Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

This is the home of the Western North Carolina State Fair. The facilities include the McGough Arena, J. Clayton Davis Arena, Outside Warmup Rings, Sales Arena, Stall Barns, and Youth Building.


The Artists Resource Center

A relaxed place for artists to gather, rehearse, relax, collaborate, exhibit, and perform. The Artist Resource Center is located on 45 Wall Street.


828-252-8806

Song O’Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International)

Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary. Please visit our website www.songosky.org or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!


1-866-824-9547

Shindig on the Green

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2010 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, returned to its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Shindig on the Green has wrapped up the 2011 season, check back on Asheville.com for up to date details on the 2012 season as they become available. 2012 seaon opens up first Saturday in July.


828-258-6101 extension 345

The Old Farmers Ball

The Old Farmers Ball (OFB) is a large group of WNC (mostly Asheville) residents who, as a community, participate in, promote, and sponsor various community dance events each week.


Diana Wortham Theatre

Pack Place, Downtown. The intimate 500-seat theater is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. Performances normally last around two hours. Call for performance schedule.


828-257-4530

Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

The Red Stag Grill emanates Old-World ambience with hand-hewn tables, oak flooring, and intimate lighting. The menu features a masterful blend of chops, game and traditional favorites – all with an emphasis on the freshest local ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list. The restaurant also includes a dramatic lounge for socializing while enjoying brilliantly prepared libations. Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel.


(828) 398-5600

Country Inn and Suites Biltmore Square

Looking for a place to stay in Asheville, NC? With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, the Country Inn & Suites provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere sure to please business and leisure travelers. Our Asheville hotel near the Blue Ridge Parkway boasts beautiful views of the mountains. You’ll find culture, nature, history and fine dining in abundance near our Asheville, NC lodging.


(828) 670-9000

North Carolina Stage Company

Professional theatre in downtown Asheville. NC Stage is a local hit, having won the 2005 Mountain Xpress Best Local Theatre Company award as well as producing many stellar successful productions. All performances at NC Stage Company Theatre, located on Walnut Street. For more information of current prodcutions please visit www.ncstage.org or call the Box Office.


828-350-9090, 828-669-4367

Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road

Located a few minutes from downtown Asheville, the Asheville Mall & the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road has over 45 restaurants within 5 blocks.  Amenities include indoor heated salt water pool & whirlpool, fitness room, complimentary fresh cookies and coffee, free USA Today paper, In-room coffee maker, iron & ironing board, LCD TV’s and free high speed Internet, jacuzzi rooms available. After a good night’s rest, join us for our complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet. Please call (828) 254-4311 to book your reservation today at Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road.

199 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC, 28805
(828) 254-4311

Warren Wilson College Theatre

Warren Wilson Theatre is the performance laboratory of the College’s Theatre Department. Here students and members of the community can enjoy active involvement in a literary and performing art with roots in the past and innovative possibilities for the future. Students perform as actors, work backstage as technicians, and have opportunities as designers, directors, and playwrights


828-771-3040

High Vista Weddings

You deserve an unparalleled setting and service…for your wedding day and you’ll find the best the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer when you visit High Vista Country Club in Mills River, NC where events are catered exclusively by Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge. With seating for up to 150 people in The Laurel Room and outdoor ceremony space that includes breathtaking mountain backdrops, High Vista Country Club is one of the finest destinations for an Asheville wedding. Since 2009, Frankie Bones Restaurant and Lounge has been the exclusive caterer for all events and has delivered outstanding restaurant quality food with detailed service. Our event planning team will guide you through the entire wedding planning process with site visits, venue layout, decorations consulting, menu planning and menu tasting. We will customize your event to deliver an experience for you and your guests that will provide memories for a lifetime.


828-274-7111, Sales - 828-712-9505

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors is a complete outfitter and guide service in Arden, NC and in Downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you love hiking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, or canoeing, Diamond Brand Outdoors is your one-stop shop for gear and information for your adventures in beautiful Western North Carolina!


Vincenzo’s Ristorante & Bistro

Downstairs, The Bistro offers a wonderful line-up of live, talented musicians providing Jazz, Blues and Standards every night, seven days a week. Vincenzo’s offers an award winning menu, the best Italian wine list in Asheville, beautifully crafted desserts and a great selection of fine coffees. visit www.vincenzos.com.


828-254-4698

Creperie Bouchon

Much of our fare is sourced locally from dedicated farmers, cheese mongers, and bakers. Taste the freshness and understand the dedication to quality to the products that come out of the creperie kitchen. We’ve got local musicians rolling through the Courtyard a few nights a week. Come check out some sweet sounds, righteous spirits & of course, crêpes! In addition to our selection of wines & beer, Crêperie Bouchon has spirits for all your adult beverage needs. Crêperie Bouchon is located in a wonderfully quaint space located off Lexington Avenue in the Courtyard between Broadway & Lexington, Walnut & Woodfin in Downtown Asheville, 62 1/8 North Lexington Avenue.


(828) 350-3741

U.S. Cellular Center

The U.S. Cellular Center is Western North Carolina’s preeminent multi-purpose event facility and is managed by the City of Asheville.  The facility first opened to the public in 1974 and has since hosted thousands of concerts, sporting events, trade and consumer shows, graduations, speeches and other types of events over the years.
- See more at: http://www.uscellularcenterasheville.com/VenueInfo.aspx#sthash.ABPbWuIh.dpuf


Asheville Community Theatre

Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.


828-254-1320

Zambra

Zambra, Asheville’s home for Spanish wine and tapas, has beenglowingly reviewed in Southern Living, The New York Times, The LosAngeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Charlotte Observer; andfeatured on the Food Network. We feature the finest Iberian wines, andour dining room is widely recognized as the area’s most beautiful.


828-232-1060

The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Asheville

Most people aren’t aware that Asheville is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.

 


The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

185 Clingman Ave., in the River District. Legendary music hall with groups playing every night. Call for schedule. Sassafras Cafe & Catering Co. serves dinner from 6pm until 10pm and snacks & sandwiches until close. Check calendar of events on Asheville.com


828-232-5800

Jack of the Wood Brew Pub

Where the Smokey Mountains meet the British Isles. Handcrafted beers and wine & spirits. One of Asheville’s favorite places to come and relax, listen to music, and enjoy fresh, locally sourced pub fare. Menu offers a broad selection of delicious meals. Located below the Laughing Seed Restaurant at 95 Patton Avenue.


(828) 252-5445

Pack’s Tavern

Located in the historic Hayes & Hopson building in the heart of Downtown Asheville’s newly renovated Pack Square Park, this locally owned tavern offers outstanding food in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Whether taking in our large eclectic menu in the beautifully restored interior, watching your favorite sports on the 10 big screens, enjoying some of Asheville’s greatest musical acts, or enjoying on of the more than 30 brews on tap while relaxing on the parkside patio; at Pack’s Tavern you will experience an atmosphere that is uniquely Asheville.
20 South Spruce Street, near the City Building.


(828) 225-6944

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Downtown The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…


254-7046

Cypress Cellar

321-C N. Main Street, Hendervonsille


828-698-1005

North Carolina Arboretum

A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails.


828-665-2492

Licklog Players

This group is an extremely broad-based group that covers a five county area in North Georgia and Western Carolina.


877-691-9906

Asheville.com’s Calendar of Events

Events for this week, as well as future events around the Asheville/WNC area.


Brevard Little Theatre

performs at the Barn Theatre at Brevard College.


828-884-2587

The Watershed

207 W. State Street, Black Mountain


828-669-0777

Hannah Flanagan’s Pub

27 Biltmore Ave., Downtown
300 N. Main Street, Hendersonville


828-252-1922, 828-696-1665

Casey Jones

4 McLean Road, Brevard


828-884-3733

Norton’s Grill

1078 Tunnel Road, Asheville


828-296-0066

ET’s Bar & Grill

2634 Hendersonville Rd, Arden


828-687-7530

Fred’s Speakeasy

122 College Street, Downtown


828-281-0920

Scully’s

71 Walnut Street, Downtown


828-255-7550

Moogfest

Moogfest, is a festival of 3 extraordinary days of music, plus exhibitions, installations, films, workshops, and discussions, all of which serve to help in celebrating the spirit and expansive vision of Bob Moog.


The Emerald Lounge

112 N. Lexington Avenue, Downtown


828-232-4372

Town Pump

135 Cherry Street, Black Mountain


828-669-4808

Broadway’s

107 N. Lexington Avenue, Downtown


828-285-0400

Smokey Tavern

18 Broadway, Downtown


828-253-2155

Magnolia’s Raw Bar & Grill

26 Walnut Street, Downtown


828-251-5211

The Hanger

Holiday Inn Airport, Fletcher


828-684-1213

Paddler’s Pub

Hot Springs


828-622-0001

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues

28 Broadway Avenue, Downtown


828-254-7072

Scandals Nightclub

11 Grove Street, Downtown


828-252-2838

Ruby’s Tap House

8 Beverly Road


828-299-3511

Sports Zone

2310 Hendersonville Highway, Arden


828-684-2646

College Street Pub

4 College Street, Downtown


828-232-0809

Reflections

170 Rosscraggon Road, South Asheville


828-687-1623

The Relaxed Reader

721 Haywood Road, Downtown


828-225-6677

Decades Bar & Grill

22 Woodfin Street, Downtown


828-253-1851

Stella Blue

31 Patton Avenue, Downtown


828-236-2424

Downtown After Five

As summer heats up the Appalachian sky, so does Downtown After Five! Every third Friday of the Month, the Asheville Downtown Association brings you live music and cold beer. As well as lots of food offerings from local restaurants. Downtown After Five is a free event. Please remember to bring your valid ID and cash to purchase T-shirts, beer, wine, soft drinks and food!


(828) 251-9973

O’Henrys

237 Haywood Street, Downtown


828-254-1891

Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.

675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville


828-254-1281