Asheville is a vibrant city with beautiful geography, lively arts, and culture, and it is also known for its popular breweries and beer scene. As an Asheville Wedding Photographer and Asheville Engagement photographer, I love that I get to work here and call this place home.

A performer at Merlefest 2019 captured in photos with an acoustic guitar.

Oh, you haven’t truly experienced Asheville until you’ve dived into its vibrant music scene! The city is buzzing with sounds from the historic The Orange Peel, where legends have strummed and fans have reveled, to Rabbit Rabbit, Asheville’s newest hot spot for outdoor concerts and heart-thumping gigs. Let’s not forget The Grey Eagle, an intimate venue that’s like the city’s musical heartbeat—a place where both emerging and established artists sling tunes that stick to your soul. And, if you want a little open-air jamming, Salvage Station is where it’s at, with its riverside revelry and lively beats. Asheville’s music doesn’t just delight the ears; it’s the rhythm of the city, with every strum and beat echoing through the heart of its culture. From spontaneous street performances to festival fervor and standout shows at these iconic venues, Asheville’s tunes are always in tune with the good times

A year in review black and white photo of two people standing on a rooftop captured by Asheville NC photographer, Michael Freas.

Notable architecture in Asheville includes its Art Deco Asheville City Hall, and other unique buildings in the downtown area, such as the Battery Park Hotel, the original of which was 475-feet long with numerous dormers and chimneys; the Neo-Gothic Jackson Building, the first skyscraper on Pack Square; Grove Arcade, one of America’s first indoor shopping malls; and the Basilica of St. Lawrence. The S&W Cafeteria Building is also a fine example of Art Deco architecture in Asheville. The Grove Park Inn is an important example of the architecture and design of the Arts and Crafts movement.

The Montford Area Historic District and other central areas are considered historic districts and include Victorian houses. Biltmore Village, located at the entrance to the famous estate, showcases unique architectural features. It was here that workers stayed during the construction of George Vanderbilt’s estate. The YMI Cultural Center, founded in 1892 by George Vanderbilt in the heart of downtown, is one of the nation’s oldest African-American cultural centers.