March 6, 2008

Asheville's Accolades

While Asheville has received many accolades in past years, the 2007 Southern Living Reader's Choice Awards show that readers rank us at the top in 5 out of 15 categories! Categories include best family vacation (Disney - no surprise there), shopping (Atlanta), beach towns (Destin, FL), various restaurant categories, and city/town categories. Here's how Asheville shaped up.

Mountain Destination
Another expected victory for Asheville, with all the city has to offer by way of food, fun, and culture - plus gorgeous mountain surroundings.

Best Scenic Highway
The Blue Ridge Parkway - the best part about this highway through the mountains is that you don't have to pay for it! (Unlike Virginia's Skyline Drive.)

Best Resort/Hotel
Asheville took both the #1 and #3 spots - no surprise the Grove Park Inn & Inn on Biltmore Estate, respectively, won these.
Best Country Inn/Bed and Breakfast
Again, GPI ranked in this category, taking the #2 spot.
Public Gardens
Biltmore took the #2 spot. The Estate's kick-off to Spring, the Festival of Flowers, is just around the corner! One more sign that we're close to moving out of this cold weather slow season.


Shellmo said...

I just read yesterday on yahoo headlines that Asheville was named one of the best weekend get-a-way spots. Sounds like I'll have to visit!

Keri said...

Asheville's reputation is definitely growing by the day. It seems like everywhere you look it's recommended in some category of life or travel! Fortunately, there's a great reason for that - it's fun and beautiful! I made the conscious decision after two visits to move here, and after 5 years I'd recommend it to absolutely anyone, because there is something for every interest here. You'd enjoy it I'm sure! We'd love to have you in Asheville! I'd recommend mid-Spring, or (of course) leaf season in the Fall.