Amazing Asheville by Lan Sluder is the new guide to Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina mountains.

Welcome to Amazing Asheville


This is your guide to visiting and enjoying Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina mountains.


Our goal is to help you get the most out of your visit to Asheville and the mountains. Is your interest mainly in the resort city of Asheville, with its great B&Bs, historic inns and other wonderful places to stay ... in good food and drink at hip bistros, brewpubs and cafés ... in art and crafts, historic architecture, music, museums or literature?  Maybe your interests are outdoors -- in the Great Smokies National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway or exploring the fascinating Biltmore EstateHiking, camping, fishing, golfing, snow skiing, tennis, ziplining? Sightseeing, picnicking?  Or all of the above.


This guide covers it all. And of course we show you how locals do it all without spending a lot of money. This guide helps you s-t-r-e-t-c-h your vacation dollars.


We’ve packed a lot of information in this web guide – but if you want even more, in an easy-to-use portable package, we have published a book with even more information.  Amazing Asheville, Guide to Asheville and the Beautiful North Carolina Mountains is available in e-book or paperback editions.


Please make yourself at home in Asheville and in the many small, charming mountain towns and villages in the region. Perhaps you’ll even end up, as so many others have, deciding to relocate to the mountains.


By the way, my name is Lan Sluder. I’m an Asheville native, although I’ve spent a good deal of time in other parts of the world, too. A former newspaper editor, I’ve written about a dozen books on travel and retirement, including guides for Fodor’s, Frommer’s, Moon and Equator.


But now, please enjoy exploring Amazing Asheville and the highest, coolest mountains in Eastern America.


For the latest news about Asheville and Western North Carolina, visit our Breaking News section.


Special thanks to Rose Lambert-Sluder, Jessamyn Weis, Sheila M. Lambert, the National Park Service, Biltmore and the Library of Congress for photos and other materials used in this website.


See also the sites of the Law Firm of Sheila M. Lambert ( and Organic Pottery by Sheila M. Lambert (








Amazing Asheville by Lan Sluder is a guidebook to Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. It candidly covers all the best places to stay, eat and explore in Asheville's exciting Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and elsewhere in the North Carolina mountains. In more than 150,000 words and 400 pages it also covers the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore House and Biltmore Estate and the hundreds of thousands of acres of national and state forests in Western North Carolina.


This is THE guide that gives you the ins and outs of enjoying the mountains and saving money on your Asheville and North Carolina mountains vacation.


Available as a paperback book, & in Kindle and Nook editions

Order the 408-page paperback edition from Amazon for US$19.95 or less

Order the KIndle edition from Amazon for US$7.95 or less

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ASHEVILLE Relocation, Retirement and Visitors Guide by Lan Sluder has been published in paperback and ebook formats. The 538-page book is available on Go HERE to order your book from Amazon for $4.95 to $24.95.









The new best-selling edition of Fodor's The Carolinas & Georgia is now available. Lan Sluder, who has authored numerous books on Asheville and North Carolina, along with more than 15 books on Belize and books on other subjects, updated the Asheville & NC Mountains, Great Smoky Mountains and NC Coast sections.






All content copyright © Lan Sluder except selected photographs used by permission and brief quotations or other fair use text, which are owned by the copyright holder.

We have made every effort to confirm the accuracy of information on this website, and in the Amazing Asheville book and ebooks, but travel information is subject to frequent change, and no warranty is made, express or implied. Please notify us of any errors or omissions, and we will attempt to correct them as soon as possible. All opinions expressed are those of the author, Lan Sluder, unless otherwise noted.