The Asheville area continues to top “best of” lists by publications and organizations around the country. The city has been recognized for its food, beer, arts, outdoor recreation, architecture and overall quality of life. Hear what people are saying.
Who wouldn’t want to live in Asheville? Recent accolades include:
- Forbes names Asheville as Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2012.
- Asheville again rises to the top of AmericanStyle magazine's Top 25 Small City Arts Destinations, narrowly beating Santa Fe in the annual readers' poll. (May 2011)
- TopRetirements.com: Asheville was rated number one in TopRetirement.com’s list of the most popular retirement towns for 2010. (February 2010)
- Livability.com placed Asheville on its Top 10 lists for Best Pet Cities, Best Film Festivals, Best Foodie Cities, and Best Golf Cities. (January 2012)
- Fodors.com names Asheville as one of the "21 Places We're Going in 2011," highlighting the city's food and drink scene and its artsy vibe. (January 2011)
- Livability lists McCormick Field, the home of the Asheville Tourists, as one of the top 10 minor league stadiums. (March 2011)
- TripAdvisor.com: Asheville is one of the Top Destinations on the Rise for Travel and Tourism. (January 2012)
- TripAdvisor.com: Asheville was named #1 place to view fall foilage in 2010. (September 2010)
- “Happiest City in America" based on New York Times best-selling travelogue The Geography of Bliss & featured on ABC’s 20/20
- "One of 10 Best Places for Second Homes" according to Barron's
- "One of 10 Most Surprisingly Vibrant Food Cities" by Livability.com
- "#6 Among U.S. cities as a Place to Do Business" by Forbes.com
- "#1 Small City for the Arts" in 2010 according to AmericanStyle magazine
At an average elevation of 2,340 feet above sea level, Asheville enjoys four distinct seasons. Spring arrives early in the Blue Ridge Mountains with an explosion of floral variety, and an average temperature of 62.9 degrees. Because of the elevation, summers are cool, with an average high temperature of 82 degrees and an average low of 61. Fall brings crisp days and brilliant foliage with average temperatures of 56 degrees. Winter’s average temperature is 40 degrees, with an average annual snowfall in Asheville of sixteen inches. The highest and southernmost ski slopes in the eastern U.S. are nearby.
Educational opportunities for seniors abound. The campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) is situated close to the heart of the city on 175 acres. UNCA is home to the NC Center for Creative Retirement and its College for Seniors, a lifelong learning program. Two eight-week terms in fall and spring, a four-week winter term and a special summer term offer a wide variety of more than 230 courses each year. Most courses are taught by peer instructors, but at least one course each term is taught by an outstanding UNC Asheville faculty member. Classes are held in the Reuter Center on the UNC Asheville campus. In the fall and spring terms some classes are also held at Deerfield.
Other nearby institutions of higher learning include Western Carolina University (WCU), Warren Wilson College, Mars Hill College, Brevard College and Montreat College. WCU and UNCA have expanding graduate programs.
Recreational opportunities for an active senior lifestyle are limitless! Asheville’s nine parks provide swimming pools, tennis courts, and a Nature Center with a variety of animals native to this region. Asheville has 21 summer playgrounds, eight neighborhood recreation centers, and two senior citizens' centers. The Asheville Racquet Club, located next door to Deerfield, is home to numerous senior tennis groups. Two public golf courses and three country clubs provide superior play ten months a year. Two great national forests offer fishing, hiking trails, and rock climbing. The North Carolina Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville offer tranquil settings to experience nature’s beauty and abundance. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway give the area both unlimited recreational opportunities and scenic splendor.
Enjoy one of the nation’s top destinations. To learn more, visit www.exploreasheville.com.