Take a Short Video Tour and Experience Asheville!

Kayaking near Asheville  with the gals from Stella's Place
An LGBTQ Visitor's Guide to "The Welcoming City"
Considered "the Gayest Little City in the US" by the Advocate; Asheville is open, diverse, and accepting.  Add  in it's "welcoming" attitude and beautiful surroundings and you have the perfect destination for a visit, a wedding or relocation.  

Learn about all that Asheville has to offer in Our Destination Asheville Pamphlet
Discover the Universe at the Willis Observatory, one of the south's largest
Take a visual tour of Asheville and see what awaits you here in the mountains
One of many Art-Deco buildings downtown Asheville.
City County Plaza in Spring
Asheville's Riverside Drive
One of many waterfalls surrounding Asheville
Download your Gay Asheville Information Pamphlet Below

Fire Pit at Willis Observatory
Visit, Experience and Enjoy the Mysteries of Space at one of the
 Best observatories in the South - Just North of Asheville
5 Premium/research grade telescopes including: 
   2 telescopes used for Deep Space Object             
   Astrophotography, including PlaneWave 20, one of the best astrograph telescopes in North Carolina
   Solar telescope to view solar flares
View Planets, Stars and more and save the experience with special tech attachments allowing the viewer to capture photos and send to phone. 
More than just an observatory.  A visit includes tours, evening fire pit, and open for group outings, educational tours and parties. 

Outdoor Activities include: 
LED Bocce ball courts, fire pit, 
water rockets that go up 375'
10 foot Earth Ball  and more 

Also, the only UFO landing pad in America. 

Educational astronomy videos along with other fun videos shown at 70 seat video area on 7 ft by 11 ft screen
Willis Observatory is located at 1456 Bear Creek Road Bakersville, NC 
Tour tickets for visits are available Here. 

Additional information about the staff of professionals at Willis Observatory,
The programs and telescope features can be found on their website

​For more information on the Observatory or booking Star Parties 
Rev. Dr. Chris Ayers, Owner/Director
Chris and his wife, Vicky, own Willis Observatory. Chris is a retired liberal clergyperson, who continues to work for the equality of all people, especially LGBTQ people. Chris believes life and faith must be informed by science.