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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. What’s a little less known is that Asheville and the surrounding areas also have some wonderful vineyards and wineries…one being the famous Biltmore Estate listed above as one of our ten favorite things in Asheville! Make sure to check out the tours, tastings and gorgeous views that some of the wineries and breweries offer, including Hendersonville’s
Crest of the Blue Ridge Wine Trail boasting several wineries (some are mentioned below) all of which produce high-quality wines. While there are way too many restaurants, breweries and wineries to list here, check out for a comprehensive listing of them as well as 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, breweries and wineries 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)

Liberty House Coffee and Café - Coffee and breakfast (North Asheville)

Copper Crown - Neighborhood bistro (East Asheville)

Cornerstone Restaurant - Breakfast, lunch, dinner (East downtown)

Luella's BBQ - Bar-B-Que (North & South Asheville)

S&W Market - Food hall and event space (Downtown)

Rocky’s Hot Chicken - Hot fried chicken, soul food (West & South Asheville)

Vinnie's Italian - Italian (North Asheville)

Pisgah Inn Restaurant - American, southern (Pisgah Forest)

Cúrate - Spanish tapas and wine bar (Downtown) 



Burial Beer Co. - Craft beer (Asheville's South Slope)

Burning Blush Brewery - Craft beer (Mills River)

Hi-Wire Brewing - Traditional, craft beer (Asheville’s South Slope)

Green Man Brewery - English styles, seasonals (Asheville’s South Slope)

Highland Brewing - Craft beer (East Asheville & Downtown)

Wicked Weed Brewing - Craft beer, sour beer (West Asheville & Downtown)



plēb urban winery - Asheville’s River Arts District 

Souther Williams Vineyard - Fletcher, NC  

Addison Farms Vineyard - Leicester, NC 

Burntshirt Vineyards - Hendersonville, NC 

Point Lookout Vineyards - Hendersonville, NC 

Silver Fork Winery - Morganton, NC 


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