A picturesque setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains makes Asheville, North Carolina, a popular destination for active adult retirees. The acclaimed city is known for its thriving art and music scene, as well as its Art Deco architecture, eclectic shops and charming restaurants. Seasonal events and festivals also offer an ever-changing line-up of attractions that appeal to both locals and visitors alike.
Location and Climate
The Asheville area is located in Western North Carolina, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Its higher elevation makes Asheville cooler than other parts of North Carolina, while also offering four distinct seasons, including hot summers and snowy winters. Summer days are warm and comfortable, with average high temperatures in the low to mid-80s.
During the winter months, typical daytime temperatures are in the high 40s and nighttime lows can drop to the mid- to high 20s. Asheville's fabulous climate is perfect for many outdoor recreations, such as hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, whitewater rafting and horseback riding.
Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, drive along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway or take a zip line tour to see the area in an exciting new light. Downtown Asheville is known for its eclectic architecture, which include Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles.
This creates a beautiful backdrop for a bustling, artistic city where visitors can browse over 30 galleries, shop at assorted boutiques or stop for a bite at a locally-owned coffee shop, cafe or restaurant. Local clubs and performing arts centers also offer live music in styles from bluegrass to classical to alternative rock and beyond.
Those who love to shop will not be disappointed by Asheville's impressive array of shopping districts, malls and outlet centers. For local charm and specialty boutiques, head to either Grove Arcade or Biltmore Village, revitalized historic districts.
Familiar stores can be found at the Asheville Mall, while bargain hunters won't want to miss Doncaster Outlet, Specialz Outlet or the new Asheville Outlets, which will be fully complete in Spring 2015.
The Asheville area features some fabulous historic sites, as well, such as George Vanderbilt's 250-room Biltmore House estate, author Thomas Wolfe's boyhood home and the Victorian-era Smith-McDowell House-Museum. Just a few of the area's other diverse museums include the Asheville Art Museum, the Asheville Pinball Museum and the Wheels Through Time motorcycle museum.
Active adults who decide to settle in the Asheville area are more likely to find age-targeted communities than developments with age restrictions. Yet these open-age communities often provide a fabulous retirement setting with low-maintenance homes and appealing amenities.
Biltmore Lake is a popular Asheville community, centered around a large lake of the same name. Active adults also like the close-knit neighborhood setting of smaller developments like Pinebrook Farms or Bee Tree Village. Whether planning a visit or looking for a retirement destination, Asheville is the perfect place to get in touch with nature or enjoy the city's thriving art and music scene.