Asheville from Above

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Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.

A bastion of cutting-edge art and technology in the Blue Ridge, the city also prides itself on its fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville's historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.

There's something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.

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Experience Asheville from four YouTube Videos:

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 Great Smoky Mountains Downtown Asheville


ASHEVILLE: Edgy, Artsy and Inviting

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Beer, Biscuits, and Burgers: How to Eat and Drink Your Way Through Asheville, NC
by Scott Desimon

Click to read article from March 10, 2015 issue



Move over Downton Abbey.  It's time to experience George Vanderbilt's breathtaking 8,000 acre estate, just about two miles from Asheville's downtown area.  Tour the home, stroll the gardens and visit Antler Hill Village and winery.  Learn more.

Biltmore House  Biltmore Winery


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US Cellular Exterior

U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville, NC

87 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801

The U.S. Cellular Center is the largest event venue located in downtown Asheville, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With a history dating back over one hundred years, these facilities have played host to a variety of events, including concerts, meetings, trade shows, professional conferences and conventions, athletic competitions, and artistic performances. From Celtic Woman to Jerry Seinfeld, from leadership summits to the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament, the U.S. Cellular Center is the perfect space for this event.   

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Map to US Cellular Center 


Renaissance Hotel LogoWe have secured preferred lodging at the Renaissance Hotel in Asheville just a short walk away from the U.S. Cellular Center.   Your group rate offers nightly stays at $129/night.

 Click this link to book your room or call 800-468-3571 and mention Craft Beverages Unlimited.

Please note that this is our official Asheville hotel and the only one honoring our room rates and room blocks.  We have no affiliation with other hotel booking agencies.  Such companies trying to entice you to book with them are not sanctioned by this event and we encourage you to disregard their messaging.

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Driving to Asheville from the South East
Enter Asheville using Interstate 26 if you're coming from or via the coast of the Southeastern United States. Interstate 26 begins just north of Asheville, in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee, and terminates in Charleston, South Carolina. If you're coming from Savannah, Georgia, for instance, travel north on I-95, then hop on I-26 in Charleston. 

Driving to Asheville from the West and North East
Use Interstate 40 to drive to Asheville if you're entering from the west, such as from Knoxville, Tennessee, or from anywhere on the East Coast north of Charlotte, North Carolina. If you're coming from New York City, for example, travel southbound on I-95 and take I-40 from Charlotte into Asheville.

Asheville By Air

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL / KAVL) is a 20 minute drive to the US Cellular Center: From the airport, take I-26 W/US-74 W from Terminal Drive and Airport Rd. Then follow I-26 W to Haywood St. in Asheville. Take exit 4C from I-240 E. Turn left onto Haywood St and the US Cellular Center will be on the left. Click here for map.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT / KCLT) is 118 miles away and is about a 2 hour drive. Click here for driving directions.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL / KATL) is 215 miles away and is about a 3.5 hour drive. Click here for driving directions.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU / KRDU) is 237 miles away and is about a 3.5 hour drive. Click here for driving directions.



 Getting around Asheville is easy with a number of transportation services.

Please click HERE to see the wide variety of ground transportation available, or visit for information.


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