If you are new to Asheville, here are some links and useful information that will help you get settled in. Go to for a newcomer’s guide and find out about auto registration, driver’s licenses, utilities, government services and much more. Also check out the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at: for additional resources.

10 Favorite Things

Aside from the business of getting things set up, these are 10 of our Favorite Things to see and experience in Asheville:

   1) Biltmore Estate

   2) Downtown Asheville

   3) Arboretum

   4) River Arts District

   5) Grandfather Mountain

   6) Navitat Zipline

   7) Blue Ridge Parkway

   8) Rooftop Bar Tours

   9) LaZoom Tours

   10) Grove Park Inn


There is much more to see and do…visit

Grove Park Inn - Sunset Terrace

View from Mt. Pisgah Inn (Blue Ridge Pkwy)

Asheville is known for it’s culinary diversity, and is often referred to as a “Foodie City”. It is also know for the vast array of breweries in and around the city. Asheville was first named Beer City USA in 2009 and has remained at the top of the list since then. While there are way too many restaurants and breweries to list here, check out for a comprehensive listing of restaurants, breweries, wineries, rooftop bars and more!

Team Picks

There’s nothing like a good referral, so we asked our Black Locust Builders team members for their favorite restaurants and breweries in and around Asheville and here are their picks…


All Souls Pizza

Artisanal pizza, Italian (River Arts District)

Gan Shan West

Asian comfort dishes (West Asheville)

Burial Beer Co.

Craft beer (Asheville's South Slope)


Liberty House Coffee and Cafe

Coffee and breakfast (North Asheville)

Copper Crown

Neighborhood bistro (East Asheville)

Burning Blush Brewery

Craft beer (Mills River)


Cornerstone Restaurant

Breakfast, lunch, dinner (East downtown)

Luella's BBQ

Bar-B-Que (North & South Asheville)

Hi-Wire Brewing

Traditional, craft beer (Asheville’s South Slope)


S&W Market

Food hall and event space (Downtown)

Rocky’s Hot Chicken

Hot fried chicken, soul food (West & South Asheville)

Green Man Brewery

English styles, seasonals (Asheville’s South Slope)


Vinnie's Italian

Italian (North Asheville)

Pisgah Inn Restaurant

American, southern (Pisgah Forest)

Highland Brewing

Craft beer (East Asheville & Downtown)