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What makes Asheville great?
Our beloved city has a small-town feel with big-city culture. Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the 10th largest city in North Carolina, with over 83,000 city residents, and more than 230,000 residents in Buncombe County combined. The city is known for its thriving arts and music scene, world-class cuisine; “Appalachia meets art-deco” history, and countless adventures for outdoor enthusiasts. Here are some of our most recent accolades!

Condé Nast Traveler: "The 30 Best Small Cities in America" , "Friendliest Cities in the U.S." (August 2015), "America's Best Beer Cities"  (January 2015),  “Friendliest Cities in the U.S." (August 2014)

Travel + Leisure: "World's Best Cities" (July 2015); #1 "Quirkiest Town,"  (August 2014)

Business Jet Traveler: "Best U.S. Foodie Meccas." (June 2015)

TravelChannel.com: "Top 5 Pet-Friendly Towns." (April 2015)

THRILLIST:  "America's 12 Greatest Music Cities." (April 2015), "7 Most Underrated Food Cities in America." (March 2014)

The Huffington Post:  "The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South." (March 2015), "The 13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America." (October 2014)

Matador Network: #1 "The 20 Coolest Towns in the U.S." (February 2015)

Gear Patrol:  "25 Best Places to Travel in 2015." (January 2015)

TripAdvisor.com:  "Top Romantic Trip Destinations." (January 2015)

Frommer's: "Best Places to Go in 2015." (December 2014)

Forbes:"America's Smartest Cities"  (November 2014)

National Geographic Travel:  "World's Best Cities." (October 2014)

USA TODAY: "Southern Literary Destinations." (August 2014)

Outside: "Best Towns Ever." (August 2014)

Real Estate Scorecard : "Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More." (July 2014)

Livability.com: "Top 10 Foodie Cities 2014"  (June 2014)

Departures: called Asheville "The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America." (June 2014)