The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Media & Libraries

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Biltmore House on Biltmore Estate, pen and ink drawing by Lee James Pantas
To purchase a print of this drawing by author/artist Lee Pantas, visit Cherry Orchard Studio


Newspapers & Magazines
Asheville Citizen-Times: The region’s largest circulation daily newspaper. 14 O’Henry Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-252-5610, 800-800-4204.
Hendersonville Times-News: Hendersonville’s daily newspaper. 106 Henderson Crossing Plaza,, Hendersonville, NC 28792; 828-692-0505.

In addition to the daily papers, there are a number of other publications available that feature information on current attractions, restaurants, art gallery exhibitions and outdoor recreation activities.

Appalachian Voices: Bi-monthly newspaper published by Appalachian Voices, a nonprofit grass roots organization. Articles of general interest about the mountains, with focus on the environment. 1171 Grand Blvd., Boone, NC 28607; 828-265-1500
Blue Ridge Outdoors: Monthly free publication covering all outdoor sports in the southern mountains. (434) 817-2755.
Bold Life: Monthly free magazine featuring Hendersonville and Asheville area dining, art, music, people and culture. PO Box 1070, Flat Rock, NC 28731; 828-692-3230.
Fairview Town Crier: A free monthly publications. This not-for-profit newspaper offers news and events about Fairview, a mountain community just south of Asheville. P.O. Box 1862, Fairview, NC 28730, 828-628-1422.
Iwanna: The classified newspaper of Western North Carolina. Anything and everything for sale.
The Laurel of Asheville: Monthly free magazine focusing on the arts and culture of the Asheville area. 46 Haywood Street, Suite 210, Asheville, NC 28801; 828-670-7503.
Mountain Xpress: A free weekly independent news, arts, and events newspaper for Western North Carolina. Excellent entertainment coverage, local commentary. P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-251-1333.
Rapid River: Monthly free arts and culture magazine serving Asheville and Western North Carolina.85 N. Main Street, Canton NC 28716; 828-646-0071.
Sophie: Complimentary monthly magazine for today's women, distributed throughout Western North Carolina.
Smoky Mountain News: Information from the western North Carolina region covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain county. PO Box 629, Waynesville NC 28786; 828-452-4251
Take Five: A weekly tabloid insert in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Fridays. It features a complete theater and events listing, articles and reviews. 14 O’Henry Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-232-5964, (800) 800-4204.

Radio Stations originating in Asheville
AM Stations:
WWNC/570  (Country) 828-257-2700
WKJV/1380 (Gospel) 828-252-1380

FM Stations:
WCQS/88.1  (Public Radio) 828-210-4800
WNCW/88.7 Spindale (Public Radio) 828 -287-8000
WLFA/91.3 Christian)
WOXL/96.5  (Light Rock Mix)
WPVM/103.5  (Progressive News/Talk) 828-258-0085

Television Stations
WLOS TV/13  ABC affiliate based in Asheville offering the best coverage of the mountains. 828-684-1340
Fox Carolina/21 Coverage of the mountains, originating in Greenville SC. 864-213-2102

Asheville: Asheville/Buncombe Library System: The main library, Pack Memorial, is located next to the Civic Center at 67 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-250-4700.

Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Black Mountain Branch: 105 Dougherty St., Black Mountain NC 28711, 828-250-4756
Buncombe County Law Library: 60 Court Plaza, Asheville NC 28801, 828-250-4734
East Asheville Branch: 902 Tunnel Rd., Asheville NC 28805, 828-250-4738
Enka-Candler Branch: 1404 Sand Hill Rd., Candler NC 28715, 828-250-4758
Fairview Branch: 1 Taylor Rd., Fairview NC 28730, 828-2506494
Leicester Branch: 1561 Alexander Rd., Leicester NC 28748, 828-250-6480
North Asheville Branch: 37 Larchmont Dr., Asheville NC 28804, 828-250-4752
Skyland/South Buncombe Branch: 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville NC 28803, 828-250-6488
South Asheville (Oakley) Branch: 749 Fairview Rd., Asheville NC 28803, 828-250-4754
Swannanoa Branch: 101 West Charleston St., Swannanoa NC 28778, 828-250-6482
Weaverville Branch: 41 N. Main Street,  Weaverville NC 28787, 828-250-6482
West Asheville Branch: 924 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28806, 828-250-4750


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