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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 and craft, music, outdoor recreation, architecture and overall quality of life. Who wouldn’t want to live in Asheville?

Accolades range from the designation of “Most Hospitable City” by Airbnb, and Lonely Planet’s article naming Asheville “America’s Next Major Music City,” to recognition for the Asheville area arts community, outdoor adventures, cuisine, organic and vegetarian eats, and much more.

Recent recognition includes:

  • Top 50 “The 100 Most Loved Travel Destinations Around The World” (Tourism Sentiment Index, January 2023)
  • “Best Of The Best Destinations 2023” (Tripadvisor – Travelers’ Choice Best Of The Best)
  • “Best Places To Travel In 2023 For Fresh Air & Nature” (Travel + Leisure, January 2023)
  • “#1 Small Towns, Big Flavor” (Yelp 2022 Foodie Cities)
  • “#1 The 7 Best Fall Travel Destinations” (Fare Compare, August 2022)
  • Top 10 “Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 2020-2021” (U.S. News & World Report)
  • “Top 15 Cities in the U.S.” (Travel + Leisure, September 2021)
  • “The Best Cities In The World For Beer Drinkers” (Money, July 2021)
  • “Best Destinations in the U.S.” (Tripadvisor – Travelers’ Choice Awards, February 2021)
  • “America’s Best Mountain Towns” (Travel + Leisure, January 2021)
  • “The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler, 2020)
  • Top U.S. Foodie Destinations of 2020 (Yelp, January, 2020)
  • One of the “Best Craft Beer Cities in the U.S. (Travel + Leisure, October 2019)
  • One of the “9 Best Mountain Towns” in the U.S.” (Jetsetter, August 2019)
  • “#1 Foodie City in the World” (Global Traveler, 2018)
  • One of “Top 10 Music Cities in the U.S.” (National Geographic Traveler, 2018)
  • One of “Top 15 Cities in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler, 2018)

“After 22 years of living on the coast of Maine, our move to Deerfield and Asheville has shown that the Blue Ridge mountains are every bit as stunning and we have taken advantage of all the fun roads to drive and beautiful nearby areas to visit.”

Gordon & Judy

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