Hey guys. My name is Catherine Rand, and for my blog this year, I’ll be talking about how Asheville has gotten so popular, especially as a tourist hot spot. But even at the beginning of the foundation of the city, Asheville has been known as a place of adventure.
Tourism plays a large part in the population growth each year. People come here for the mountain views and historic sites. When people think of “the locals” of somewhere they probably think of people that live here. This is true. But if you took the extra mile with this statement you would know this also means the people that have grown up here especially the families that have a history of their past relatives living here. Believe it or not some or even most of the people that live here don’t to the popular places as much as tourists do. For example, I live in Biltmore Forest and I haven’t been to the Biltmore Estate in 6 years and the last time I was there was for a fourth grade field trip. Some people think that the reason us locals don’t go as often is because we are either too busy or been a whole bunch of times already. We love this city more than the many tourists and that’s just a fact. I mean don’t get me wrong, Asheville has traditionally been a tourism destination because of its unique landscape and outdoors, and therefore, Asheville has always depended on the profit tourists give it as a city. One of the first reasons Asheville became such a great destination is because of it’s clean air. People would tell others that they should come to Asheville for not only a new start but also for the clean air and environment.
About 1 million people visit Asheville’s most historic landmark per year. Every season offers different events for all ages. About 360,00 people visit it at Christmas time. In the spring and summer they will host several outdoor concerts and on the fourth of July the estate puts on a firework show for summer visitors. The locals of Asheville also go to these shows and concerts. Some families have made it a tradition to go to the Biltmore Estate for Christmas every year. Local schools often take their students on a field trip to the dairy farm which is located on the estate. It is fun for all ages. The vast plains and grass fields are a perfect place for a picnic or to take pictures. The view never gets old. The Biltmore Estate also holds wedding receptions, or even the ceremony itself. The Estate is also a wonderful destination for honeymoons or just a getaway. Unlike other popular cities, Asheville has some things that are unique. For example, the Grove Park Inn, Frying Pan Tower, the blue ridge parkway and many more. But with the tourism growing more and more every year, the locals have made a realization that the more and more visitors this city has, the less uniqueness it holds. But no matter what we do, Asheville will keep getting larger. There was a vast amount of apartment complexes and hotels built in 2016 and some are still in the process. This also has a big effect on the tourism levels. George Vanderbilt opened the house to friends and family in 1895. The inn on the Biltmore Estate is where the majority of tourists stayed in 2001. Since then it has gotten it’s name out by it being the largest privately owned home in America. If you want to share any Asheville places that you think are neat or special to you, let me know!