Kudos for Asheville


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


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


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


#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 movie maker 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


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


“Best Place to Start a Fall Color Tour” Livability.com, 2011


“10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Destinations” Yoga Journal, 2011


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


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


“One of 15 Destinations on the Rise” TripAdvisor, 2011


“21 Places We’re Going in 2011” Fodor’s, 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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