Buncombe County

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Food & Drink

WEAVERVILLE: | Blue Mountain Pizza | Glass Onion | Pizzeria | Stoney Knob Cafe | Tommy's Family | Twisted Laurel |

One of the best meat-filled subs in Western North Carolina at the Greek Restaurant, Pizzeria, located in Weaverville, NC.  Get there before 4 p.m.

Local Area Dining

WEAVERVILLE: | Blue Mountain Pizza | Glass Onion | Pizzeria | Stoney Knob Cafe | Tommy's Family | Twisted Laurel |

HENDERSONVILLE: Mona Lisa of Orlando

ASHEVILLE: - Our Choices: | The Corner Kitchen | Rezaz | Vinnie's Italian of Brooklyn | Pomodoros Greek and Italian | 131 Main of Charlotte | Carrabba's Italian Grill | - Resort Environment: | Biltmore Estates | Grove Park Inn & Resort - Excellent and well-run Chain Restaurants - | P.F. Chang's China Bistro | Olive Garden | Longhorn Steak House | Outback Steakhouse | Red Lobster | Texas Roadhouse | TGIF at Biltmore Forest |

Other Popular Asheville - | 12 Bones on River Walk (lunch only) | Asheville Brew'n View | Mellow Mushroom |-

Best China Buffet - | Asiana (South Asheville) | Newer - Shogun Buffet Hibachi Grill (South Asheville) | -

Top Ten McDonald's in the World - | McDonald's Player-Grand Piano in Biltmore Village |

Progressive Downtown Asheville: | Admiral | Bouchon | Curate | French Broad Chocolates | Isis | Market Place | Sunny Point Cafe | Imperial Life (PM Only) | Rhubarb | Ruth Chris | Tupelo Honey Cafe | White Duck Taco Shop | Zambra |

Asheville and Nearby Breweries - | UpCountry Brewing | Asheville Brewing Company | French Broad Brewery | Green Man Brewery | Highland Brewing Company | Lexington Avenue Brewery | Nantahala Brewing Company | Oskar Blues Brewery | Pisgah Brewing Company | Thirsty Monk Pub and Brewery | Wicked Weed Brewing | Wet Your Whistle in Western North Carolina |

Regal Cinemas Biltmore Grande Stadium 15


Cities/Towns: Alexander - Arden - Asheville* - Barnardsville - Biltmore Forest - Black Mountain - Candler - Leicester - Montreat - Skyland - Stocksville - Swannanoa - Weaverville - Woodcliff

Unique places in Asheville: Asheville Annual Film Festival - Asheville Art Museum - Asheville Art Tours - Asheville Community Theatre - Asheville Hot Air Balloons - Arboretum - Biltmore Village - Biltmore Estate - Biltmore Estrate Winery - Blue Ridge Parkway - Cold Mountain Music Festival - The Cove - Colburn Earth Science Museum - Craggy Gardens - Diana Wortham Theatre - Folk Art Center - Folkmoot USA International - French Broad River Festival - Goombay Festival - Grove Park Inn - Grove Park Inn - Gingerbread House Competition - Handmade in America - Lake Eden Arts Festival (The Leaf) - Montreat College - Mountain Sports Festival - Orange Peel - Pisgah National Forest - Playback Theatre - Riverlink - River Artists - Romantic Asheville - Tanglewood Summer Camp - Thomas Wolfe House & Visitor Center - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Western North Carolina Farmer's Market - University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) - Web cam/Asheville (See more university listings below)

Local Newspaper (s) - (Daily News) - Asheville Citizen-Times (Community News) - Asheville Tribune, Black Mountain News, Mountain Xpress, Weaverville Tribune

Local Newspaper (s) - (Daily News) - Asheville Citizen-Times (Community News) - Asheville Tribune, Black Mountain News, Mountain Xpress, Weaverville Tribune

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Appalachian Fresh-Grown Foods
Apple Growers - Bakers - Caterers - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - Distributors - Family Farms - Farm Tourism - Grocers - Restaurants - Roadside Stands - Tailgate Markets - U-Pick Farms - Wineries


Webcam located in downtown Asheville looking north towards Mt. Mitchell and the Black Mountains.  Other sites to the north would include the town of Weaverville, Mars Hill, Burnsville, The Grove Park Inn, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, which winds its way around Asheville from the north, then east, south, and west towards Brevard, where it passes the highest point on the Parkway allowing views of Cold Mountain and the Smoky Mountains.  The Parkway ends near Harrah's Casino.
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Asheville Webcam looking north towards Mt. Mitchell in the Black Mountains along with the Blue Ridge Parkway


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In 2001 Asheville was crowned "Freakiest City in America" by Rolling Stone Magazine.


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Asheville's Own Flying Nun - (with hairy legs)
Click here to watch the rare Flying Monk-Nun species caught on tape in the wild.

Western North Carolina's Asheville Citizen Times dissing America's Fallen


"Asheville City Councilman Cecil Bothwell was there, and former state representative and state Democrat Party leader Patsy Keever attended. Buncombe County Commissioner Ellen Frost was also there." - Asheville Citizen Times, August 5, 2014.

Former elected atheist councilman: "Human fetus is not a child, but a parasite to is mother."


Mountain Country Media

KISS Country 99.9 FM, Asheville, NC.  You will need to register to listen to the live broadcast from the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Country Radio Streaming - KISS FM 99.9, Asheville, Western North Carolina!


Far-left Progressive Media

WCQS offers programming from National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Radio International (PRI) as well as locally-hosted music and talk programs.

NPR / PRI Radio Streaming - Asheville and Mars Hill, Western North Carolina!

Conservative Media

570 A.M. Clear Channel Radio


Fruit of the Loom Media

"Cecil Bothwell's poem about cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and TV" - ihempusa

Progressive Rap. An elected Asheville City Counsel Member doing his shtick!

Getting America's farmers back on their feet. Why smoke it! GROW IT! Hemp for products SOLD to corporations. - Webmaster


"If you don't like it here, leave" Media

Hey, retired grandparents! Bring your grand kids down to Asheville to complete their progressive education

Asheville Topless Continues



Bumcombe County Democrats say they own the county. But these people standing in line may have another opinion


The Real Sights and Sounds of Buncombe County Area

Asheville Event And Festival Calendar

Capital At Play Magazine

"Capital at Play examines the faces of capitalism. We feel the need to show that while a calculated monetary perspective may please stockholders, the real reason that people are in business is to fulfill a more emotional and personal need. We present, in one location, functional information which capitalists need or want, but often do not have the time to collect in today’s information rich culture. We profile those who take the risk, those who share that risk, and those who support them, inspiring others to do likewise, while giving back economically and socially to the communities that support us." - Capital At Play


Grande Cinema Stadium

New Biltmore Park Town Square with new Grand Stadium Theater as end showcase.

Also visit Asheville's Fine Arts Theatre

OpenTable - Asheville

Asheville's Fine Dining Experience

Biltmore Estate

Click here to go to the world famous Biltmore Estates in Asheville, NC.

The Grove Park Inn

Enjoy the old world charm of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa of Asheville, North Carolina.

Biltmore Village

Check these wonderful shoppes located outside the Biltmore Estate, south of Asheville.

WNC Farmers Market

Fantasic place for flowers, organic food, fresh farm produce, and canned fresh food products.

Bountiful Gardens Project

"The Grassroots Revival, a community activist/social change/sustainability gathering at Bountiful Cities' Pearson Drive Community Garden in Montford, was an amazing collaboration of people and organizations in Asheville working to strengthen community and sustainability." - Bountiful Project.


Coming soon! Craggy Mountain Line Inc. is a non-profit organization which was formed in 2001 in order to acquire the last three miles of the Craggy Mountain line, an historic section of railroad located in Buncombe County, North Carolina.  The line will be preserved in an operable state and open to the public. Historic railroad equipment has been acquired and is currently being restored to it's original condition for display on the line.


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The Laurel Of Asheville

"We're a monthly publication in Western North Carolina that brings you the arts and culture of communities across the mountains." - The Laurel Of Asheville


WNC Visitor's Guide

"The mountains are generally separated into four distinct zones or regions. The Western Mountains, extending from Andrews and Murphy in the far western corner to Waynesville, the Central Mountains from Waynesville through Asheville to the Burnsville area, the Northern Mountains from Burnsville to Sparta, and the Foothills, extending along the full length of the mountains from Columbus to North Wilkesboro." - Asheville Guidebook

Chamber of Commerce

Come for the abundant natural beauty, friendly atmosphere, wealth of year-round outdoor activities, rich history, and lively local arts and music scene.   Homepage also includes a scrolling Calender of Events.

Go Asheville

A complete guide to the Asheville area.

Area Entertainment

Take5online gives you current entertainment information and is provided by the folks from at the Asheville Cititzen Times newspaper.

Mountain Xpress

We focus on local politics, civic issues and the area's vibrant arts and entertainment scene – reporting the news with a magazine flair. Our opinion section offers a popular forum for the debate of local issues, thanks in large part to the lively submissions of our regular readers who constitute a diverse blend of the region's most active and independent-minded residents. Mountain Xpress also includes the area's most comprehensive calendar – a one-stop source for what's happening in the region.

The Tribune Papers

Growing conservative newspaper for Asheville, Hendersonville, and Weaverville.

UNC of Asheville

University of North Carolina extensive of Asheville, off of I-26 North.

Warren-Wilson College

The College was founded by Presbyterians in 1894 and maintains a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The roots of this historic relationship continue to nurture the College's commitment to community, social responsibility, the value of work, and openness in the pursuit of truth.

Montreat College

Montreat College seeks to become the leading provider of Christ-centered higher education, enriching lives through engagement in its communities and by promoting responsible growth, culture, and spiritual life.

Billy Graham's Cove

Resting on 1,500 beautiful acres in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, The Cove is a place away from the outside distractions of a busy world. It was created from a God-given vision of Billy and Ruth Graham to be a special place where people can come and experience God and His Word in a way that transforms their lives.


One of the fastest growing community colleges in the U.S with annual enrollment of over 25,000 students.


WNC Magazine

"WNC magazine is a bimonthly publication that captures the grandeur of the North Carolina mountains and the lifestyle of its residents through stunning photography and captivating storytelling. Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, crafts, architecture, history, and foodways of Western North Carolina. Written and designed to appeal to residents, visitors, and second-home owners, WNC is the only magazine focused on the entire 24-county region and delivers a readership that reaches far beyond." - WNC Magazine


Biltmore Park Town Square

Find your perfect place at Biltmore Park® Town Square. Humming with life, this vibrant town center in Asheville, NC, is a fresh re-imagining of the Main Streets of the past, made to meet today’s standards of smart growth, green living and reduced driving.

Asheville Golf Courses

Why not take a few swings whle looking for a job?

Grove Arcade

The renovated Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville.

Folk Art Center

The Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.  The Center is easily available from eastern Asheville via an exit on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Guild Crafts

Area Galleries

Visit the Unique Potters of Western North Carolina Visit the Unique Potters of Western North Carolina.

Asheville Underground

The photos of Zen Sutherland (Asheville, flickr.com)

Asheville Tourists

Throughout the country thousands of minor leaguers delight fans, night in and night out, by leaving everything they have on the playing field in their ultimate desire to reach the major leagues. By no means are these players making "major league" money and that sometimes shows in how they play as well. Errors are just as common place as the stellar play, thus enhancing the innocence factor, as these players continually work to hone their skills.

The Western North Carolina Community Media Center is a local, private 501 (c)(3) Arts Service Organization that provides a public forum for a free exchange of ideas to build community dialogue.

Asheville Hot Air Balloons

Ballooning is wonderful.  Try it!  (Graphic owned by Asheville Hot Ari Balloons. )

WNC Area Radio



The Growing River Walk Arts District

Click here to watch promotional video of the arts available in the River Arts DistrictThe River Arts District consists of galleries, working artist studios, businesses, a brewery, restaurants, a music venue, performing arts venues, and more.  Studio hours vary from artist to artist, making a visit like a expedition to see what and who you can find. Check out the calendar for artist’s open studio hours.
Click Here For River Arts District Web Site
This unique neighborhood along the French Broad River is home to more than 165 artists with working studios located in 18 turn-of-the-century industrial buildings.


The Salvage Station

March Cat Fly Film Festival



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Theater / Music

"I would like to invite you to an exciting, inspiring, and enlivening season of music with the Asheville Symphony. "  Daniel Meyer, Musical Director Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, has been called a riotous explosion of color and enthusiasm - an accelerated onslaught of ecstasy, and is one of America's most exciting and respected jazz dance companies. "The Magnetic Theatre is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast (that we know of) dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country. Our motto is “New Plays, Locally Grown,” because almost all of the more than four dozen plays we’ve debuted since 2009 (three of which we’ve taken to The New York International Fringe Festival) have been written, directed, designed, performed, and staffed by Asheville residents." - Magnetic Theatre
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Asheville Symphony

Diana Wortham Theatre Magnetic Theatre

Asheville Jewish Film Festival

Asheville Film Festival

5 Point Adventure Film Festival

Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival


Live Sunday Streaming From One Of The Largest Growing Church In America, Biltmore Baptist

"in the summer of 2000, received 2nd prize in the prestigious Monaco International Jazz Composition in 1998, and was a composer fellow at the Centrum Arts Colony in Port Townsend, WA in June 2005. In 2007 he received a “Professional Development Support Grant” from the Tennesee Art's Commission. He has been Composer-in-Residence at Virginia Intermont College (1999) where he scored music in collaboration with the dance department and was composer –in–residence at the Oxford Music Academy Summer workshop in 2002. In 2009 Mr. Stevens was named a “Steinway” Performing Artist (the first ever for the City of Memphis.)"  Acoustic Swing in the style of Django of Asheville, WNC.   The musicians who perform with the AJO rank among some of the finest jazz musicians in the area.  Band members bring their experiences performing with luminary groups such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mel Tormé, When Swing Was King, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadian's, and Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau.
Michael Jefry Stevens One leg Up Asheville Jazz Orchestra
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White Horse Cabaret

Gracious Light Music


The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina is the nation's premiere Live Music Hall and Concert Venue featuring the very best in live music and cultural arts.
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The Orange Peel

The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina is the nation's premiere Live Music Hall and Concert Venue featuring the very best in live music and cultural arts. Acts appearing on stage have included Bob Dylan, Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, Damian Rice, Sam Bush and many more. Our warm atmosphere and beautiful facilities are also ideal for private events and parties of all kinds. As we say in Western North Carolina, "See ya at The Peel!" Source - Orange Peel

Other Demographics

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If you're moving with your family down to Asheville from, let's say, the mid-western suburbs of northern New Jersey, you might want to know these surprising stats.


A Brief History of the Formation of Buncombe County

Source: Mountain Area Information Network / Buncombe

Buncombe County has changed in form since its inception, but it was always within the folds of the Appalachian mountains, judged to be the oldest in the world. Named after a Revolutionary War figure, Colonel Edward Buncombe, the county was formed from parts of Burke and Rutherford counties in 1791.

Buncombe County was initially much larger than it is today. It once incorporated all of Rutherford County west of the mountains and most of the western part of Burke County while, to the south, it reached to the South Carolina border and then ran westward all the way to the Tennessee line. It has gone through at least ten distinct permutations from its creation until present day. Today it consists of 646 square miles lying on the western slopes of the eastern continental divide. It is bounded on the north by Madison and Yancey counties, on the east by McDowell and Rutherford, on the west by Madison again and Haywood, and finally on the south by Henderson county. It is roughly bisected by the French Broad river which has the distinction of being the third oldest river in the world as well as one of the few rivers to flow from south to north.

At the county's center lies Asheville, the county seat, named after Samuel Ashe, governor of North Carolina from 1796-1798. Originally Asheville was named Morrisville and known in Thomas Wolfe's novel Look Homeward Angel as Altamont.

Although the Cherokee have lived in this area for a long time, longer than any of the European immigrants, they say that they were not the first ones here. They tell strange tales of tiny white men with 'almond shaped eyes' living in this area long ago. These tales seem to be buttressed by the word the Native American Crow as well as early adventurers such as trappers and members of military survey expeditions through this area. Other accounts tell of accidently discovered graveyards consisting entirely of tiny graves.

Mysteries and legends abound in the early history of this area. Tales of Spanish miners who were slaughtered on the banks of a river due west of the county and their laboriously lode of silver dumped into the depths of the river and the opening to the mine hidden again forever. They had been drawn to the area by tales of gold and gems to find silver.

In their feverish efforts to extract the mineral they neglected to provide for themselves, electing instead to rob the nearby tribe of Cherokee. The tribe were at first patient but the increasing boldness of the small party of Spaniards ultimately had to be dealt with in swift, bold methods.Geologically, the area is rich in a variety of minerals and other natural resources as a result in its early era of considerable volcanic activity.


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"Some of the best, pleasurable, and crisp finger-picking magic this side of the Appalachians." - Pasckie Pascua, The Indie, Asheville, North Carolina.

Patrick Fitzsimons sings the best of mountain music.


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