Telling the Asheville story and keeping our vibrant Blue Ridge Mountain region top-of-mind for media nationwide is a constant focus of Explore Asheville’s Public Relations team.

Here’s just a sampling of recent news clips about the Asheville area from regional and national news outlets, many of which are a result of the PR team’s efforts.


December 2020

Parade | It’s Lit! The 50 Best Christmas Light Displays in Each State Will Bring You a Whole Watt of Holiday Cheer 

Taste of the South | Explore Where the Locals Love to Eat


November 2020

NBC Today Show | How to achieve vacation vibes right in your own hometown

Viva Glam Magazine | The Windsor Boutique Hotel is a Must-Visit in Asheville, North Carolina

Kidding Around Greenville | Drive Thru This Huge Dreamy Holiday Light Exhibit in Asheville

Sometimes Home | Master Guide To 20+ Winter Events In North Carolina For 2020 (That Are Mostly Outdoors)

The Scout Guide | 4 Outdoor Spaces to Visit this Winter 

Conde’ Nast Traveler | 30 Best Places to Spend Christmas: The World’s Most Festive Cities

Poppin’ Smoke | Where to Spend Winter: Vacation Rentals to Get You Out of Your House

Only In Your State | This Year, You Can Drive Your Own Car Through Winter Lights At The North Carolina Arboretum

Money | The 10 Best Places to Retire in America

More Than Main Street | The Biltmore With Kids: How to Have a Fun & Successful Day!

Redbook | 33 Best Christmas Towns That’ll Instantly Transport You to the North Pole

Fodor’s Travel | Everything You Need to Know About Planning a Micro Wedding

Insider | 16 of the most festive places to spend the holidays in the US

Business Jet Traveler | 7 Hotels and Resorts You Can Rent During the Pandemic 

Conde’ Nast Traveler | 14 Reasons We Can’t Wait to Travel in 2021

Good Grit Magazine | Blue Ridge Nightlife

Getting on Travel | Bent Creek Lodge in the Blue Ridge Mountains: A Natural Getaway 

Woman’s Day | 33 Best Christmas Towns That’ll Instantly Transport You to the North Pole

Travel Pulse | Asheville Is a Dreamy LGBTQ Getaway

Raleigh What’s Up | Asheville Stay – Downtown Asheville Getaway

Be My Travel Muse | The 9 Best Winter Vacations in the U.S.

MSN News | Holiday road trips you can still take amid coronavirus

Quench Your Adventure | Asheville Guide: Where to Stay, Where to Eat, & Where to Go

The Family Vacationer | Asheville, North Carolina

Atlanta Journal Constitution | Art museum expansion creates space for permanent collection, traveling exhibits

The Points Guy | 5 awesome road trips you can take from Nashville

Y’all.com | Old Holiday Traditions In Asheville, NC Continue With New Ones

Food Network | 20 Edible Gifts for the Person Who Takes Their Pantry Very Seriously

Marriott Bonvoy Traveler | ‘Tis the Season for a Holiday Road Trip from Atlanta to Asheville

Conde’ Nast Traveler / Yahoo News | The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

The Scout Guide | 6 Must-Visit Art Galleries in Asheville, North Carolina 

Vie Magazine | Destinations to Fall For

ChristinaGalbato.com | Best Places to Travel in the US in the Winter 

Trips to Discover | 14 Best Winter Road Trips in the U.S. for the Holidays


October 2020

Travel Awaits | 9 Best Asheville Breweries To Experience

Trips to Discover | Top 12 Road Trip Destinations in the U.S for a Weekend Getaway

Departures | Reserve a Suite at These 11 Luxury Hotels to Celebrate the Holidays in Style

Travel & Dish | Asheville – A Year Round Getaway

Our State | 8 Must-See Museums in Asheville

Travel on Points | Finding New and Hidden Gems During COVID

All Recipes | 6 Hands-on Food Experiences You Can Have (Safely) This Fall

Oprah Magazine | 15 Best Thanksgiving Getaways for Families or Couples

Food & Wine | An Appalachian Witch Forager on the Magic of Plants

Lucy on Locale | Asheville, North Carolina Travel Guide

USA Today | New Orleans, Charleston, other Southern tourist destinations warily welcome back visitors

Jetset Christina | The 5 Best Destinations to Travel in November 

Nashville Lifestyles | 4 Best Places to See Fall Foliage

Planet IMEX | Keeping Asheville top of mind for meetings

Travel Awaits | 7 Magical U.S. Towns To Visit During Christmas

Reader’s Digest |11 Amazing Black Artists Who Have Been Flying Under the Radar

Style Blueprint | 3 Unique Vacation Rentals To Book NOW!

Departures | The Best Holiday Vacations in the US to Book for a Festive Getaway

Parade | 14 Fall Foliage Trips to Plan Right Now Because Leaf Peeping Season is At Its Peak 

Travel Pulse | The Best Outdoor Destinations for Natural Social Distancing This Fall

AliciaTenise.com | Things to Do in Asheville during COVID

More than Main Street | Winter Getaways: Top 10+ Places to Visit in December in the Southeast USA

Charlotte on the Cheap | Scenic drives for North Carolina fall color


September 2020

South Magazine | Fall for Asheville (pp. 96 – 103)

Trips to Discover | 14 Best Winter Road Trips in the U.S. for the Holidays

Charlotte Agenda | Asheville getaway: 35 things to do in N.C.’s coolest mountain city

Trip Savvy | The Spookiest Road Trips in the United States

CEO World | Top 10 Places in The US to Visit in The Fall, 2020

Style Blueprint | What’s New in Asheville? (A LOT!)

Southern Living | 2020 Southern Living Idea House: A Dreamy Blue Ridge Mountain Hideaway

AFAR | 16 Fall Road Trip Ideas Throughout the U.S.

Market Watch (originally published by Livability.com) | Itching to get away? Here are the best destinations in every state to keep your social distance

AccuWeather | Top places to visit for fall scenery

HoneyFund.com | Escape to the Mountains for an Asheville NC Honeymoon

Travel Pulse (also published on MSN) | The Best Fall Foliage Destinations for Bike Trips

Travel World Magazine | Atlanta to Asheville: What It’s Like To Take a Pandemic Road Trip

Town & Country | 5 Best U.S. Road Trips to Take

Veranda | Our Favorite Home and Luxury Brands Helping to End Hunger in America

Your Tango | How To Plan A ‘Micro Wedding’ + 15 Best Packages, Destinations & Ideas

The Manual | What Does It Mean to Be a Beer City?

Bham Now | 5 short road trip destinations to enjoy colorful foliage this fall

Reader’s Digest | 20 Hidden Travel Gems That Are Way Cheaper in the Offseason

Edge Media Network | A Taste for Travel: 5 Must-Eat Destinations This Fall

Veranda (also published on MSN and Yahoo) | 12 Idyllic Destinations to Spend the Holidays at This Winter

USA Today | Fall outdoor getaways that won’t break the bank

Nashville Scene | Quarantripping Around the World in Asheville

American Way | Local Takes: Asheville

USA Today | Shop and dine while maintaining social distance in these picturesque places

Conde Nast Traveler (also picked up by Yahoo) | 3 Best Day Trips from Charlotte

MSN | Vacation Inspiration: 10 Places to Go in October


August 2020

The Travel 100 | How to Plan Your Perfect Weekend in Asheville, NC

New York Times | Enjoy that Last Gasp of Summer

AAA Go Magazine | Tasty Trails

Travel + Leisure | 10 Best Fall Vacations for Foliage Views, Fewer Crowds, and Stunning Scenery

Southern Living | What to Expect for Fall Foliage in Asheville This Year

Veranda | 14 Thanksgiving Destinations to Satisfy Your Wanderlust This Fall

Matador Network  | The top 10 destinations in the US for LGBTQ travelers this fall

Reader’s Digest (also published on MSN.com) | 13 Great Last-Minute Mountain Escapes

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) | Virtual Experiences — the Next Best Thing in Destination Marketing

Washington Post | America’s fall destinations will have to balance coronavirus safety with a tourism comeback

AARP | 9 Beautiful Destinations to View Fall Foliage

Men’s Journal | Neighborhood Heroes: Asheville, NC’s Bryan King, 12 Bones Smokehouse and Brewing

Chowhound |Chow Chow Is the Best Thing to Happen to Sandwiches Since…


May – July 2020

Travel + Leisure | The Top 15 Cities in the United States (Asheville #9)

WSPA-TV | Destination Vacation Heading to Asheville NC

Today’s Hotelier | Nation works together to overcome unprecedented challenges

All Recipes | Community Organizations Across America Join Forces with Farmers to Save Crops, Feed Neighbors in Need

Travel Awaits | Beautiful Carolinas Road Trip: Asheville to Myrtle Beach

WRALMountain road trip ideas: waterfalls and mountain picnics

AFAR | The Best Small Cities in the United States in 2020

CircaWanderlust | 11 Best Southern Cities Everyone Needs to Visit in the U.S.

FoodFindsAsia | 7 Great Spots for Beer Fans and Wine Lovers

Simply Buckhead | Tap Into Asheville

Best Cities | America’s Best Small Cities

MSN | The Most Charming Small City in Every State

Trips to Discover | 12 Best Places to Travel with Your Dog in the U.S.

Forbes | The South’s Most ‘Tasteful’ Small Towns

Domino | Add East Fork Pottery’s Open-Air Gathering to Your Summer Mood Board

Fayetteville Observer | Looking to get away? Consider these options

Trazee Travel | A Relaxing Escape to Asheville, North Carolina

Food & Wine | Summer Recipes (story features Chef Katie Button or Curate)

AAA Talks | An Inside Look at the Art and Artists of Asheville