Top 5 Reasons to Make Asheville Your 2014 Vacation Destination

Happy 2014! We hope the New Year brings you happiness, peace and new adventures to be had. Now is the ideal time to start planning ahead for your next vacation. Don't put it off and let the doldrums of every day life get in the way of taking some time out of your busy life to rest, relax, renew and rejuvenate yourself.

We hope that you are an avid reader of our Asheville Connections blog. If so, you know that Asheville and the surrounding Western North Carolina region offer a bountiful array of beauty to behold, things to do, places to go, and events to attend. Don't miss out on this year's excitement. Subscribe to our blog and keep up-to-date on all of the latest and greatest things going on here this year. 

We hope to entice you to make Asheville your vacation destination of choice for the 2014 calendar year. Discuss it with your family, friends and loved ones, block off your vacation dates on your calendar, secure your Asheville vacation rental, and start counting down the days until you're here.

If you need a little more convincing, here are our Top 5 Reasons to Make Asheville Your Vacation Destination.
Spa at Omni Grove Park Inn Asheville
5. You probably need a post-holiday getaway. The holidays are great for getting together with family and friends, but in reality they can often be very stressful. With the 2013 holidays behind us, now is the perfect time to give yourself the gift of relaxation. The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn is a world-class facility nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and renowned for its luxurious amenities and wide selection of spa treatments. It features a subterranean spa, cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels plus over 20 water features. It was named one of the Top 20 Resort Spas in the U.S. by the Condé Nast Traveler in 2013. Asheville also boasts over 600 licensed massage therapists, so find the one that suits your specific needs and let the relaxation and rejuvenation begin.

4. New year, new adventures. Start off 2014 by expanding your horizons. There are plenty of new experiences to embark upon during your stay in Asheville. Book a hot air balloon ride, a white water rafting adventure, a zipline canopy tour, or a horseback ride. There's also hiking, biking, sightseeing, and exploring to be done until your heart's content. Asheville has so many wonderful outdoor adventures, you'll have more things youAsheville Vacation'll want to do than time to do them in. That's good, though, because you'll find yourself returning to Asheville over and over again.

3. Your beer mug will runneth over. We talk a lot about the beer here in Asheville. Craft beer abounds and you'll find some of your favorite brews right in our city. Why not visit during Beer Week and try a beer run, tour a local brewery, or sample the latest seasonal creation. You can read more about this Beer City USA here.

2. You will eat well, very well. Asheville is on the cutting edge of the culinary scene. You'll find a wide range of options for every palate and an abundance of local farm-to-table offerings. From independently owned coffee shops to four-star fine dining restaurants, it's all here. We have some wonderful food festivals throughout the year, too. You can read more about Asheville's thriving culinary scene here.
Biltmore Sunset
1. The Western North Carolina scenery is breathtaking. The expansive views as far as the eye can see offer panoramic mountain scenery, lush valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and so much more. Local attractions like the Biltmore Estate, The Omni Grove Park Inn, Chimney Rock State Park, and Blue Ridge Parkway offer some of the best views around. Spend some time at one or all of them, or find your own favorites among the lesser known vantage points throughout the Western North Carolina wilderness. You'll find great mountain getaways throughout the Asheville area, too. It's your chance to stay in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and get your daily fill of crisp mountain air and endless natural beauty.

Well, there you have it. That's our list. These are only our Top 5, but we hope it's enough to inspire you to make Asheville your 2014 vacation destination. If you've traveled to Asheville previously, we'd love to hear what you'd put on the list of reasons to vacation here.

Cheers to the New Year and new adventures! We hope to see you soon.

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