After years of getting attention for its craft beer culture (Welcome to Beer City, USA!), Asheville’s restaurants and chefs have begun to garner national praise. And for good reason! From local farm-to-table fare to whole-hog barbecue, you’ll find it all (and all very well executed) right here in Asheville. Bouchon, Curate and 12 Bones are just a few of Asheville’s favorites you may have recently read about in the pages of GQ, New York Times and Bon Appétit.
The residents of Asheville, including many here at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, have poured their hearts and souls into the city’s arts community, creating an unparalleled culture for the people who live in and visit Western North Carolina. The Asheville Art Museum features 14-17 exhibits each year, focusing on 20th and 21st century American art with an emphasis on the southeast. Learn more about local history and culture at smaller museums in the area such as the Smith-McDowell House Museum and the Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center.
From the intimate 500-seat Diana Wortham Theatre to the Flat Rock Playhouse, which hosts more than 90,000 visitors each season, theatre lovers in Asheville have a wide variety of both venues and shows to get their fix. A favorite spot among The Cliffs at Walnut Cove residents is the Asheville Community Theatre, one of the country’s oldest community theatres, where the quality of performances is on par with those at theatres in larger cities around not only the country, but the world.
Western North Carolina is a nature lover’s dream! The area surrounding The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is filled with hundreds of hiking trails, some even right inside the gates of our private community. Pack a picnic and hit the trails for a family-friendly adventure on one of the popular waterfall hikes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Looking for something more vigorous? Summit Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River at over 6,500 feet, and take in a spectacular view while catching your breath!
From orchestral performances to indie rock shows, Asheville’s music scene offers something for everyone. Each summer, more than 30,000 people descend on the small town of Brevard, NC, a 30 minute drive from The Cliffs at Walnut Cove, for the seven-week Brevard Music Center Festival which has played host to Itzhak Perlman and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is a favorite for Walnut Cove residents with an appreciation for classical music, where many not only attend performances but are also dedicated volunteers. And then there’s The Orange Peel, recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top five rock clubs in the nation.
Welcome to Beer City, USA! How exactly does a city win this coveted designation? Combine several annual beer festivals with more craft breweries per capita than any city in the nation, and Asheville is tough to beat! While most restaurants and bars in the area carry a variety of local craft brews, one of the most popular ways to experience Asheville’s beer culture is the Brews Cruise. Visit several breweries, sample their beers, chat with the brewers and learn more about the city’s history, all while being safely transported by a designated driver and tour guide!
The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is home to spectacularly crafted houses with breathtaking views. However, there’s one home in Asheville that has no competition – the Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt and America’s largest privately owned home. Unlike many historical landmarks, the Biltmore Estate isn’t a site you visit once and mark off the list. The 35 bedroom home and surrounding 8,000 acres serve as a cultural hub in Asheville, playing host to concerts, seasonal celebrations, culinary festivals and much more.
While the focus at The Cliffs at Walnut Cove is on being healthy and happy, sometimes life has other plans. Thanks to Asheville’s Mission Health System, residents are in excellent hands for both immediate medical attention and routine care. Mission was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics for a record five consecutive years, and named as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Hospital Review.