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Monday, December 23, 2013

Movie Film Locations near Asheville in the NC Mountains

Last of the Mohicans Film Location at Chimney Rock
The beautiful scenery from Asheville and the North Carolina mountains appear in many movies. Most recently, The Hunger Games filmed in several locations near Asheville. According to Travel Guide, here are the top 10 movie locations in western North Carolina (read more at

1. Biltmore: First seen on the big screen in 1952 in The Swan starring Grace Kelly. Other movies filmed here include Hannibal, Return to Secret Garden, The Clearing, My Fellow Americans, Richie Rich, and Being There.

2. Chimney Rock: The park just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the filming of the Last of the Mohicans starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

3. Lake Lure: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey 1980s hit Dirty Dancing. The Dirty Dancing Festival is held each August.

4. DuPont State Forest: The Hunger Games filmed in 2011 by the waterfalls. Read more about this and other Hunger Games locations, including the ghost town used for District 1, at 

5. Downtown Asheville: Conquest of Canaan  was the first movie filmed in Asheville, in the 1920s.

6. Great Smoky Mountains: The Fugitive with Harrison Ford filmed at Cheoah Dam. Nell with Jodie Foster filmed at Fontana Lake. Ride by this location on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad.

7. Grandfather Mountain: Several of the running scenes filmed for the 1994 Academy Award winning Forrest Gump.

8. Blue Ridge Parkway: Patch Adams and The Green Mile filmed along Parkway.

9. Black Mountain: 28 Days starring Sandra Bullock was filmed in 1999

10. Cold Mountain: While the 2003 movie was not filmed here, explore the areas featured in the best-selling Charles Frazier novel.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Asheville NC Top Things to Do 2014

Based on content accessed by one million readers, Travel Guide has released its Top 20 Things to See & Do during romantic getaways to Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains:

1. Biltmore House: The estate includes America's largest castle and most-visited winery, along with grand gardens. It’s the perfect spot to experience the “Downton Abbey” lifestyle.

2. Blue Ridge Parkway: One of the most scenic drives in the country features breathtaking mountain views, hiking, museums, camping and picnic spots.

3. Waterfalls: Of the hundreds of waterfalls near Asheville, most are located in state and federal parks with no admission fee. See our Top 40 Waterfalls.

4. Hikes: The best way to appreciate the outdoor splendor is hiking one of the hundreds of trails, ranging from multi-day treks on the Appalachian Trail to short strolls in Nantahala National Forest. See our Top 100 Hikes.

5. Downtown Asheville: In addition to browsing 200+ local stores, boutiques and art galleries, visitors love the street performers and Friday night drum circle.

6. Accommodations: Elegant bed and breakfasts, hip hotels and secluded log cabin rentals provide the perfect romantic getaway with options for all tastes.

7. Fall Color: Each autumn, the spectacular leaf color show in the Blue Ridge Mountains is the favorite time of year for visitors. 

8. Restaurants: The Asheville culinary scene has exploded with farm-to-table restaurants with local food and world-class chefs.

9. DuPont State Forest: There is no admission fee to enjoy the hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails to several waterfalls.

10. Sliding Rock: This natural waterslide, located in Pisgah National Forest near Brevard and Looking Glass Falls, is the top summer spot to stay cool.

11. Events: Each week, there are street festivals, concerts, plays, art tours and other events in and near Asheville, and many of them are free.

12. Mt Mitchell: The highest mountain in the eastern United States has a road to the top for panoramic views from the observation deck.

13. Great Smoky Mountains: This International Biosphere Reserve is home to rugged mountains, historic buildings, and 100,000 different types of plants and animals.

14. The Hunger Games: Film locations for the blockbuster movie include a ghost town and waterfalls.

15. Graveyard Fields: This mile-high meadow on the Blue Ridge Parkway has trails and waterfalls.

16. Beer: Asheville’s title of “Beer City USA” is well earned with 20 craft breweries in western North Carolina.

17. Zip Lines: Canopy tours zip visitors through the mountain forests, over rivers and across valleys.

18. Chimney Rock Park: This famous rock formation in Hickory Nut Gorge overlooking Lake Lure provides mountain views, great hiking and a 400-foot waterfall.

19. Art: Hundreds of galleries and artist studios feature many art festivals, shows and tours.

20. Linville Falls: The most photographed waterfall in North Carolina cascades into Linville Gorge.

For more information, go to the 600-page online Asheville travel guide at