Asheville continues to pick up plenty of great national press, with especially big notices in the past few years. This past year was no exception, as prominent people continue to notice Asheville.

Besides the ever-present tourism spotlight, Asheville food and music also picked up some great national exposure. The biggest accolade was received in early December when Lonely Planet named Asheville its top U.S. Destination for 2017. Here’s a running list compiled by

  • Readers of Condé Nast Traveler picked Asheville as #10 among “The Best Small Cities in the U.S,” and #7 among “The 2016 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.”
  • Travel + Leisure selected Asheville as #10 on its ranking of “The Best Cities in the U.S.”
  • THRILLIST named Asheville one of its “25 Best U.S. Cities to Spend a Weekend.”
  • Asheville restaurants continued to gain national notice. To name two biggies: Bon Apetit named Buxton Hall restaurant one of 50 Best New Restaurants in the U.S. named Asheville restaurant Local Provisions one of the 21 Best New Restaurants in America.

The music scene also got some great national press when NPR’s World Cafe came to town. The Grey Eagle hosted World Cafe and a special February concert which featured The Honeycutters and the Jon Stickley Trio. But the World Cafe “Sense of Place” crew also visited with a host of other great local bands, including River Whyless, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Get Right Band and more.

One of the reasons Asheville continues to gain in notoriety is its appetite for taking normal daily activities, and putting a progressive and different spin on it. A prime example of this would be the Blind Pig Supper Club.

Learn more about the underground supper clubs popping up by watching this short video.