Asheville, NC sits more that 2,200 feet above sea level, and encompasses forty-one square miles, making it one of the largest cities in the state of North Carolina. Asheville is surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Smoky mountains, with two of the Southeast's highest - Mt. Mitchell (6,684 feet) and Mt. Pisgah (5,721 feet) - to its north and south. Asheville's location in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains and high quality of life make it attractive as a place where lifestyle complements business opportunity and is home to a growing number of education and medical facilities - as well more than 9,000 businesses that include restaurants, museums, boutiques, retail outlets and independent breweries.
In Asheville, cultural and community celebrations are a way of life and Asheville is home to some of the most widely attended and celebrated festivals in the Southeast. Street entertainers make downtown an exciting and fun place to be,
and it seems almost every street is lined on both sides with a variety of uncommon businesses, including boutiques, farmer's markets, and great restaurants, as well as more than 30 art galleries in the downtown area alone.
Some of the best golf experiences can be found right here in Asheville and there are multiple choices in both private and public courses. Being situated at the junction of the French Broad and Swannanoa Rivers, makes fishing and other water sports popular past times in Asheville and you can also find some of the best whitewater rafting in the region and many lakes in the area for boating.
In Asheville you might go out in town to play a game of golf or tennis, simple amble about the historic district or hit the Blue Ridge Parkway to discover the best mountain views and picnic spots. Whatever your pleasure, Asheville can accommodate.
Asheville regularly appears in national lists as one of the top cities in the arts, business climate, outdoor recreation opportunities, retirement, manufacturing, and quality of life. Two of the most recent accolades were appearing in the Forbes magazine list for Top Ten Best Places for Business and Careers, and being named the number two Arts Destinations among Small Cities in America by AmericanStyle magazine.