Art and Tourists In Asheville

The list of largest employers in Asheville, North Carolina reads like most small cities in the U. S. — the usual suspects being education, health systems, and government at various levels and functions. But with my feet finally on the ground in downtown (with the arrival of better weather), it’s clear to me that tourism plays a big role here (tell-tale sign: Christmas stores). Art is an important attraction along with the natural beauty and the Biltmore estate.

The streets were crowded today with shoppers because, well, it’s Black Friday. But there are also plenty of places to shop and plenty of variety — including touristy Christmas ornaments. My daughter, who attends college here, reports the streets are lively here much of the time.

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  1. Karen Karabell wrote:

    Andy, my oldest son graduated from UNC-Asheville. We adore that town (and regret that we have no excuses to return these days). I am following your observations with great interest.

    Posted 28 Nov 2014 at 6:37 pm
  2. Michael wrote:

    Make sure to eat at Farm Burger while you’re there!

    The folk art center is also very cool.
    http://www.southernhighlandguild.org/pages/folk-art-center/general-info.php

    Posted 06 Dec 2014 at 11:39 pm