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Take a guided tour that explores the architecture, people and historical places of Asheville's past. Visit 30 stations downtown that depict local artworks and represent the town's historical significance. Listen as you learn how the Grove Arcade was the first indoor mall in the southeast, where the Thomas Wolfe angel was created, and much more.
Build an appetite for Asheville with Eating Asheville Walking Food Tours that take you on a two and a half hour gastronomical journey through Downtown. Operators Joshua Bailey and Stephen Steidle, culinary connoisseurs themselves, have fostered relationships with a plethora of restaurants and bars in the historic neighborhood. The establishments illustrate the farm-to-fork philosophy, ensuring your meal is high on the freshness radar. Sample an array of cuisines, from Indian to Tuscan, that sum up Ashville on a plate. Don't fret if you're not much of a foodie, the informative guided tour will get you acquainted with the town's rich history and local culture.
For more than two centuries, Pack Square has marked the center of downtown. As Asheville has grown from a small country town to a metropolitan area, Vance Monument and the fountain on Pack Square have remained icons of the bustling city. Visit the art museum, sit and enjoy a mocha latte, have dinner at an outdoor café and people-watch as visitors and residents alike are drawn to the sounds of live music drifting from surrounding restaurants and clubs. The city's Renaissance Plan for the square assures a promising future.
After catching a movie at The Fine Arts Theatre, or a show at the Diana Wortham Theater, or enjoying any of the attractions in Downtown Asheville, you'll surely be hungry. Bistro 1896 is just the thing to top off the day. An elegant, comfy feel and a menu that provides many wonderful choices await patrons of this established restaurant. You'll find yourself at home in an atmosphere that's somewhere between fancy and casual. There is also a coffee bar and patio. An extensive selection of wine and spirits and a full lunch menu is also available.
The Kenilworth Inn is a monumental Inn sited at Asheville in North Carolina. The historic Inn was constructed in 1918. It is a fine model of the mammoth Tudor Revival style of architecture. It stands stern as a tribute to the American architecture for a large span of time. It has predominantly been an eight-storied hotel. Presently, it stands as a fully renovated and reconstructed historic landmark. The modernized apartments and eloquent floor plan add up to the elegance. A range of amenities are available in the rooms; such as microwave, fine restroom facilities, dryer, dishwasher and much more. One can experience a fine stay at this opulent Inn.
Thomas Wolfe, one of the greatest Southern literary icons, once lived here. See the home that Thomas Wolfe grew up in and depicted in his famous novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Though damaged by arson in 1998, much has been restored to the delight of visitors. There are guided tours, trails, outdoor exhibits, monuments, a visitor's center and a gift shop. Each fall, the Thomas Wolfe Festival is held here as well.
The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a minor basilica which stands tall in the downtown neighborhood of Ashville. Established in 1906 it is said to have the greatest dome in the entire of North America. The intimidating structure of the basilica is inspired by the Spanish Baroque style of architecture. The interiors of the church are equally mesmerising. Several statues of saints make the interiors enchanting, thereby giving the basilica an ancient feel. The stained glasses on walls and the serene ambiance of the church make the experience worthwhile. Both self-guided and guided tours of the basilica are available for visitors. The Basilica of St. Lawrence is worth visiting for its sheer grandeur.
Spanning more than 8000 acres (3237 hectares), this spectacular mansion has kept its original flair since it opened to the public over a century ago. There are breathtaking gardens, a winery, a delightful gift shop and a dairy with scrumptious ice cream and much more. Let's not forget the grand tour of the home and property itself, which is an experience you will not soon forget. The exciting Antler Hill Village and Winery is located here as well.
Dr. Robert Moog's breakthrough invention in the 1960s, the Moog synthesizer, changed the face of the music industry. To this day the electronic device, albeit an upgraded version, is painstakingly manufactured by hand at the Moog factory. Book a tour at this historic landmark in downtown Asheville, managed by Moog Music Inc, for an enriching and melodious experience. Before you actually see the system, the exterior facade is painted to look like it. Inside the establishment, witness the designing and assembling process of the instrument. In addition, don't miss the opportunity to produce your own sounds on the synthesizer at the only store of its kind.