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.
Planning Your Trip- Where to stay.
Asheville is a Destination City and as such has become a very busy one and books up rapidly on weekends and special holidays. There isn't much of a down season anymore.
Hotels, the Downtown area has seen a boom in building, especially hotels. However, you will find that rooms are comparable to larger cities in both amenities and price. When looking check out those hotels that have specials for LGBT community such as Renaissance Hotel.
If you are looking to save money, look to staying a little away from downtown such as Tunnel Road or out Patton Avenue, they are only minutes away.
Bed and Breakfasts in Asheville are very LGBT friendly for that personal stay. They also offer great amenities and are comparable in price to downtown hotel rooms. One that is located in Historic Montford and next to downtown offering great rates is A Bed of Roses.
Air B&B's in Asheville are quite numerous and many are gay and lesbian owned. Check out their listings in either Air B&B or Mister B&B.
Cabins and Vacation Homes are great for weekend or longer get-a-ways. Most all are located in areas surrounding Asheville about 20 minutes from downtown. There are a few that are pet friendly and many have hot tubs. Price depends on amenities and location.
One of many Art-Deco buildings downtown Asheville.
Planning Your Visit - Activities
Asheville is divided into many areas of interest. You can stop by the Asheville Visitor's Center and pick up area maps and brochures. There is no one Gayborhood or gay concentrated area like in other larger cities; as all of Asheville is gay friendly and gay businesses are interspersed throughout. The same holds true for living neighborhoods.
For History , you can enjoy driving through or taking a tour of Historic Montford and the famous Riverside Cemetery. Try a hop on tour with Grayline. Tickets available at hotels or at the Asheville Visitors center, located on Montford Ave.
Look for the famous Purple Bus, a Lazoom tour is not only informative, it is packed full of comedy and fun.
Antiquing - If you love to shop for antiques, you will find shops on Lexington Ave downtown as well as all around Asheville. Special auctions are held by Robert Brunk or Wilson & Terry Auctions.
Arts and Crafts - If you are looking for artwork, visiting studios or collecting, you have chosen the right place to visit. Downtown Asheville is full of galleries and shops. Check out the River Arts District or Biltmore Village for studios and more shops.
Outdoor Adventures - No matter what time of year, there is plenty to do and see.
Asheville is home to the North Carolina Arboretum with it's array of Native plants or stop by the Botanical Gardens, adjacent to University of North Carolina Asheville campus. And don't forget a drive and hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway or drive towards Highlands and the many waterfalls.
For the more adventurous, there are numerous white water companies, tubing on the French Broad, kayak adventures as well as zipline and trampoline.
Depending on your arrival dates, various LGBT groups have hikes and outings and welcome visitors to join them. Check Calendar of Events for notices.
Clubs - Asheville has changed like so many other communities with mainstream bars and pubs featuring gay evenings of entertainment and events. These straight and gay owned establishments are very "Welcoming" for everyone. The last of an LGBTQ club, gay owned is O.Henry's (the longest continuously operating gay club in North Carolina). They host events, drag shows and are a big supporter of the LGBTQ community.
The music scene in Asheville is very diverse and LGBTQ friendly. Many of the Brew Pubs throughout the city have entertainment on the weekends and you will find numerous LGBT members among the crowd. The music scene in Asheville is very diverse and LGBTQ friendly. Many of the Brew Pubs throughout the city have entertainment on the weekends and you will find numerous LGBT members among the crowd. For special venues and entertainment, see calendar