Best of Asheville

Each year Asheville, NC receives numerous accolades. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites from the last few years. We think you’ll see that Asheville is a great place to visit and a better place to live.



  • Named #1 “Best in the U.S. Destination for 2017” (Lonely Planet: January)
  • Included on lists of “The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017” (Harper’s Bazaar and Esquire: January)
  • Selected as one of the “18 Best Cities in America for Solo Travelers” (Travel + Leisure; January)
  • Picked as round-up of in “The 7 Under-the-Radar Cities You Must Visit This Year” (Tasting Table: January)


  • Topped the list of “The 12 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.” (Condé Nast Traveler: May)
  • Ranked #1 among “The Best Cities for Beer Drinkers – 2016 Edition” (SmartAsset.com: December)
  • Among the “Most Beautiful Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.” (TripstoDiscover.com: August)
  • Selected as #10 of “The Best Cities in the U.S.” (Travel + Leisure: July)
  • Featured at #11 on the list of “The Best Cities in North America” (Travel + Leisure: February)
  • Named one of the “Best Foodie Destinations in the USA” (U.S. News & World Report: February)
  • Named among the “Where to Go in 2016” destinations (Budget Travel: January)
  • Ranked among the “Best New Cities for Beer Lovers” (Fortune: March)


  • Among “Best US Foodie Meccas” (Business Jet Traveler; June)
  • Among “Top 12 Foodie Cities for Meetings” (Collaborate Magazine; April)
  • Featured among “The 9 Most Romantic Cities in the South” (Huffington Post; March)
  • #1 of “The 20 Coolest Towns in the US” (Matador Network; February)
  • Among “Top Romantic Trip Destinations” (TripAdvisor.com; January)
  • Among “America’s Best Beer Cities” (Condé Nast Traveler; January)


  • #1 Destination in America for 2015 (Frommer’s Travel Guide; December)
  • One of 10 best places to see “Brightest Fall Foliage Around the US” (USA Today; November)
  • Featured in round-up of “13 Greatest Destination Food Towns in America” (Huffington Post;
  • One of “The 10 College Towns With the Best Music Scenes in America” (MusicSchoolCentral.com; October)
  • Voted #10 of the “2014 Friendliest Cities in the US” (Condé!Nast Traveler readers; August)
  • Named “Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More” (Real Estate Scorecard; July)
  • Named “Coolest Small City” (BuzzFeed.com; June)
  • Named one of the “7 Most Underrated Food Cities in America” (ThrillList.com; March)
  • Made the list of “Top 10 Cities to Visit for Earth Day 2014” (SaveOnEnergy.com; March)
  • Featured Asheville as one of its “Five Secret Foodie Cities” (Forbes; January)


  • One of the “Best Meeting Sites in the South Readers’ Choice Awards” (ConventionSouth.com; December)
  • Cúrate included among “2013 Diners’ Choice Top 100 Best Restaurants in America” (OpenTable.com; December)
  • Named #1 of “12 Dreamy Towns for Vegan Living” (VegNews.com; July)
  • Featured as one of the top “5 Beer Cities to Hit This Summer” (Forbes; May)
  • Named one of the “Tastiest Towns in the South” (Southern Living; May)


  • Named the nation’s 85th Clean Cities Coalition by the U.S. Department of Energy (October)
  • Ranked #8 of 22 as America’s Best College Town (Travel & Leisure; July)
  • Named among America’s best river towns (Outside Magazine and American Rivers; June)
  • Ranked #13 of 91 “Medium Sized Cities” and #75 out of 398 “All Cities (2012 Best Cities for Job Growth; Forbes.com; May)
  • Voted one of the 10 best locations in the “Best Active Destinations” category (10 Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards  10Best.com; February)
  • Named #1 on list of “Best Places to Retire” (TopRetirements.com; February)
  • Ranked as one of 10 “Great Sunny Places to Retire” (AARP; January)
  • Listed among 10 “Destinations on the Rise” (TripAdvisor.com; January)
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