Kudos for Asheville


Asheville has won national acclaim as a visitor, arts and crafts, food, cultural, entertainment, retirement and relocation destination:


#"1 Top Vegan-Friendly Small City" PETA 2020/2021


"#1 Best Place to Retire in America" Topretirements.com, 2020


"#5 America's Best Small City" (100,000 to 500,000)" America's Best Small Cities Ranking by Resonance Consultancy 2020


"#2 City in the Country for Shopping Local" Yelp 2018


“#1 Foodie City in the World” Global Traveler 2018


“#1 Most Hospitable City in the U.S.” Airbnb 2018


One of “Top 10 Music Cities in the U.S.” National Geographic Traveler 2018


One of “Top 15 Cities in the U.S.” Condé Nast Traveler 2018


One of “18 Top Destinations of 2018” Forbes Travel Guide 2018


 “Most Artsy” and “Sudsiest" U.S. City National Geographic Traveler 2018


One of “15 Best Places to Travel Alone in America” TripAdvisor 2018


One of “18 Best Places to Visit in 2018” CNN Travel 2018


#3 "Best Small Towns to Visit in USA" USA Today 2017


One of "Best Small Cities in U.S." Condé Nast Traveler 2017


One of "12 Best Music Towns in Nation" Expedia 2017


One of “20 Most Unique Cities to Visit in Your 20s” Carrental.com 2017


One of "15 Southern Cities All Food Lovers Should Visit Now" Southern Living 2017


One of “Coolest Places to Go in 2018” Forbes 2017


One of "Top 15 Cities in U.S." Travel & Leisure 2017


“Hippest City in the South” Fodor’s The Carolinas & Georgia 2017


One of "South's Top Food Cities" Garden & Gun 2017


One of "Top 17 Places to Visit in 2017" Harper's Bazaar 2017


One of "Top 17 Places to Visit in 2017" Esquire 2017


One of “20 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in America” TripAdvisor 2017


One of “America’s 15 Most Romantic Destinations for Winter Travel” TripAdvisor 2017


One of “30 Most Exciting Food Cities” Zagat’s 2017


#10 "Place for Satisfied Singles" SmartAsset.com survey 2017


"Best place in United States to Visit in 2017" Lonely Planet 2016


#1 of "The 12 Best Places to Retire in the U.S." Condé Nast Traveler 2016


#11 of "The Best Cities in North America." Travel + Leisure 2016


One of  "Best Foodie Destinations in the USA." U.S. News & World Report 2016


#10 of "Best Small Cities in America" Condé Nast Traveler reader poll 2016


#7 of "America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers." American Craft Week poll 2016


#7 of "Friendliest Cities in U.S." Condé Nast Traveler reader poll 2016


One of "10 Great Places to Retire for LGBT People," Topretirements.com 2015


"#10 Best City in U.S. and Canada," Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards Reader Survey 2015


"One of America's 12 Greatest Music Cities," Thrilllist.com 2015


"#1 in list of the "20 Coolest Towns in U.S." by MatadorNetwork.com 2015


"#1 most popular city for retirement out of 900+ U.S. cities" TopRetirements.com 2014


"Most Beautiful Place in America to Live and More" Real Estate Scorecard 2014


"#12 of Top 100 Best Places to Live in America" Livability.com 2014


America's #1 "Quirkiest Town," TravelandLeisure.com 2014


One of the top "Southern Literary Destinations" USA Today 2014


One of this year's "Best Towns Ever" Outside Magazine 2014


#10 among the "Friendliest Cities in the U.S."  Condé Nast Traveler 2014


 #4 of "Top 10 Foodie Cities" Livability.com 2014


"The Biggest Little Culinary Capital in America" Departures 2014


"A perfect dog-friendly city" Purina 2014


"Best city in America for locavores" The Daily Meal 2014


"The hippie capital of the South" Huffington Post 2014


#1 town to live and work in as a moviemaker MovieMaker magazine 2014


One of 6 top "Alternative Travel Destinations for 2014" Men's Journal and Business Insider 2014


One of  “Five Secret Foodie Cities” Forbes blog 2014


One of “20 Cities You Should Visit in Your 20s” Huffington Post 2014


"#1 of 12 Dreamy Towns for Vegan Living" VegNews 2013


"One of Top 5 Beer Cities" Forbes 2013


“One of 10 Tastiest Towns in the South” Southern Living 2013


“One of America’s Best River Towns” Outside 2012


“#1 Beer City USA” Imbibe Magazine online poll, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012


“Most Romantic Place in USA and Canada” About.com Readers Choice Poll 2012


“#1 Best Retirement Town” TopRetirement.com 2012


“America’s first Green Dining Destination” Green Restaurant Association 2012


“#2 Small City Art Destination” AmericanStyle 2012


“Top 10 Great Sunny Places to Retire” AARP Magazine 2012


“Top 10 Food & Wine Destinations in U.S.” TripAdvisor 2011


“10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Destinations” Yoga Journal 2011


"#2 Best Resort Area to Visit with Your Dog" DogFriendly.com 2011


“#1 Small City Art Destination” AmericanStyle 2011, 2010


“One of 15 Destinations on the Rise” TripAdvisor 2011


“#6 Among American Cities as Place to Do Business” Forbes.com 2010


“One of America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire” U.S. News & World Report 2009


“#1 Place to View Fall Foliage” TripAdvisor 2010


“Top 10 Undiscovered Food Locations” Huffington Post 2009


“One of Happiest Places in America” Geography of Bliss 2008


“One of Top 7 Places to Live in U.S.” Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated 2007


“One of 12 Must-See Places in World” Frommer’s 2007


“#1 of America’s Best Vegetarian-Friendly Small Cities” PETA 2006


“#1 Best Whitewater Town” Outside 2006


“New Freak Capital of the U.S.” Rolling Stone 2005


 “Happiest City in the U.S. for Women” Self 2002


“Top 10 Literary Destinations” USA Today 2002


“Top 5 Best Places to Retire” Money Magazine 2000


“#1 Small Town for Retirement” Modern Maturity 2000


“One of Top 5 Places to Retire” Places Rated Almanac 2000



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