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Asheville is an idyllic city with distinct southern charm, set on the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It offers an abundance of outdoors activities for single adventures and families, cowboys to personal shoppers. The first, most noticable trait of Asheville is its breath-taking natural landscape. Visitors enjoy picturesque snow-caped views in the winter, rapturous bloom in the spring, warm summer days for laying on the porch or taking a hike in the summer, and the rainbow of leaf colors in the fall. The city Asheville itself is friendly and full of Americana, from its BBQ pits to its local shops to its historical Art Deco architecture. Visitors will also have plenty of opportunities to learn about the rich cultural heritage of the region from visiting nearby Native American heritage sights or touring the area locally-owned shops. All seasons, Asheville attracts those itinerant, adventurous souls who flock to Asheville to participate in outdoors activities like rock climbing, fly fishing, hiking, biking, camping, skiing, horseshoeing or kayaking. Those who prefer to sightsee enjoy Asheville for its natural exquisiteness, seen through driving through Blue Ridge Parkway, a quick but pleasant ride from Asheville. In the past 15 years, downtown Asheville has experienced a huge rejuvenation, reaffirming its nickname “Paris of the South”. Within its Art Deco 1920s style décor, Asheville has spawned creative new restaurants, unique boutiques and galleries, and a diverse selection of performance venues that provide plenty of opportunity for visitors to get a feel for Asheville's unpretentious allure.
Each year the Southern Highland Craft Guilds Fairtakes place in July and October. Over two hundred guild members participate and sell their wares. Live musical performances highlight the traditional folk music of the area, including bluegrass and americana. Think of the Cold Mountain soundtrack; the movie was set in the area. Craft educators put on demonstrations of traditional crafting techniques like dyeing and basket weaving.