What began as a primitive outpost in 1797 has grown into Western North Carolina’s largest city. Welcoming visitors with its myriad of recreational activities, live music venues, fashionable restaurants and relaxing Marriott hotels, Asheville presents beautiful mountain scenery and tops it with a strong dose of Southern hospitality.
Asheville’s setting in the Appalachian Mountains lends itself to all manner of outdoor pursuits. The famed Appalachian Trail runs near the city, as does the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Whitewater rafting is a popular activity and can be enjoyed on the nearby Green, French Broad and Ocoee Rivers.
In downtown Asheville, attractive hotels and one-of-a-kind restaurants intermingle with locally-owned shops, like Malaprops bookstore and Mast General Store. The Grove Arcade is a block-long historic building now converted into a modern shopping arcade filled with local crafts, boutiques and restaurants. Also downtown is the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, housed in the author’s boyhood home.
Many guests of Marriott’s Asheville hotels come to the city to visit the 250-room Biltmore Estate, America’s largest private residence. Built as a private retreat for the Vanderbilt Family, the magnificent structure has become a destination for visitors to experience their own retreats in the poetic North Carolina Mountains.