Free Your Spirit & Wallet: Summer Travel Savings

May 12, 2009


ASHEVILLE, N.C., May 12 /PRNewswire/ — As consumers seek inexpensive ways to exercise their right for some much needed R&R this summer, Asheville has launched CoolAshevilleSavings.com. Named one of the world’s must-see destinations by Frommer’s and recently ranked a top 10 value destination for couples in search of romance ( D.K. Shifflet & Associates), Asheville is a world-class destination that’s not really expensive.

CoolAshevilleSavings.com helps budget-conscious travelers maximize value and stretch vacation dollars when planning a cool escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Deals Twitter Feed – access our deals news feed, streaming live from Twitter, for exclusive giveaways and deals – @AshevilleDeals
  • FREE Things to Do - festivals, entertainment, outdoor adventure, self-guided tours, family fun
  • Top 10 Insider Travel Savings Tips - secrets for saving in Asheville…get a room that fits both your budget and your needs using the Visitor Center Concierge or pick up a Blue Ridge Go Card to save on multiple attractions
  • Wallet Friendly Itineraries – under $100, under $50, under $25 and free!
  • Park the Car Adventures - when gas prices inevitably climb, be ready with park-the-car adventures
  • Deals, Coupons & Travel Packages - attraction coupons, packages, dining specials, accommodations with free breakfast, AAA discounts, budget lodging

Asheville’s Top 5 Free Things to Do

  1. Explore a National Park – This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the national park system. The Smokies are a nearby natural wonder and always free to explore.
  2. Have a Play Date – Take in Asheville’s best outdoor theatre with the Montford Park Players. Each summer, North Carolina’s longest-running outdoor theatre troupe puts on amazing performances of Shakespearean plays for free.
  3. Revel in Mountain Views – Soak in the famous and free vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive up Town Mountain near the historic Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa or cruise America’s favorite scenic highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  4. Cool Off at a Waterfall – The hundreds of waterfalls in the mountains surrounding Asheville are part of what make the region one of the most beautiful in the world.
  5. Tempt Taste Buds at the Tailgate - Stop by one of Asheville’s many tailgate and farmers’ markets, known for free samples of local flavors and farm-fresh treats.

Free Festivals

  • Mountain Sports Festival: Each spring, pros and spectators flock to Asheville for free music and entertainment with events ranging from intense trail running to laid-back disc golf to thrilling whitewater kayak clinics. (May 29 – 31, 2009)
  • River Arts District Studio Stroll: Tour studios, meet with artists and purchase artwork. (June 13-14, 2009)
  • Bele Chere: The largest free outdoor street festival in the Southeast and a summer staple in Asheville. (July 24 – 26, 2009)
  • Shindig on the Green: Crowds with lawn chairs and blankets in tow gather on summer Saturday evenings to enjoy the region’s stirring Appalachian mountain music and dance traditions. (Saturday evenings July – Sept.)

SOURCE Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Source: newswire

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