About RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide

About RomanticAsheville.com & Community Partners

RomanticAsheville.com is locally-owned and operated. It was founded in 2003 by Mark File to help couples plan a romantic getaway to Asheville. What started as a hobby grew into into one of the top travel websites in the entire Southeast USA. The 800+ page guide has expanded to include 16 counties in western North Carolina - roughly a 90-mile radius of Asheville. The website received 5.5 million visits in 2018 from 205 countries! You certainly don't have to be a couple to benefit from this guide... many singles, friends and families use it to plan a mountain vacation.

Each year, RomanticAsheville.com gives back at least 25% of revenue in paid and in-kind sponsorships to 200 non-profits in tourism, arts, heritage and environment. From our annual Giving Calendar fundraiser for land conservancy to special campaigns to restore trails or buy fire equipment to fight wildfires, we appreciate your support!

RomanticAsheville.com is a constant work in progress, updated almost every day and new features added frequently. There's never a shortage of new places to discover. Due to our passion of exploring the mountains, the outdoors section is the biggest on the site with 130+ hiking and waterfall guides.Another favorite is Biltmore Estate. We are on the estate every month, and RomanticAsheville.com now has 20+ pages about Biltmore. Likewise, we never tire exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Suggestions and corrections are appreciated! There is so much happening in the Asheville area, so it's easy for us to miss something. Please contact us.

Mark File

Here's founder Mark File in his element: shooting waterfalls. In 2018, he received the prestigious CHARLES KURALT AWARD by the NC Travel Industry Association for bringing exceptional, positive public attention to the State of North Carolina through some form of mass communication.

Recent Special Fundraisers
With the help of our generous readers, here are a few recent projects that we supported:

  • Our Giving Wall Calendar 2019 benefits two land conservancy organizations. The 2020 NC Waterfalls Calendar will expand to benefit five land conservancies (read more). Our 2017 & 2018 calendar fundraiser raised $30,000 for the great work on the to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area.
  • In August 2017, we partnered with the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to raise $12,000 for trail rehabilitation and repairs at Craggy Gardens on the Parkway. Read more.
  • In response to the wildfire in the Lake Lure area in November 2016, we matched a GoFundMe campaign for the Chimney Rock Volunteer Fire Department and raised $5,555 for them to purchase equipment to help battle future forest fires.

Some Community Partners We Support

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
Designated by Congress and the President in recognition of our region's unique character, culture, and natural beauty, they protect, preserve, interpret, and develop the unique natural, historical, and cultural resources of Western North Carolina. See our 2017 Waterfalls Calendar with 100% of proceeds going to BRNHA.
NC Arboretum
North Carolina Arboretum Community Partner
This 434-acre public garden is an affiliate of the University of North Carolina to cultivate connections between people and plants with gardens, trails and many special events and exhibits. 
The Pisgah Conservancy
The Pisgah Conservancy
This new non-profit group is raising funds and coordinating projects to protect Pisgah National Forest (Ranger District) and help fund some much needed repairs. We are delighted to be a Founding Member!
Conserving Carolina
Conserving Carolina
Since 1994, they have protected 42,000+ acres in more than 150 projects in western North Carolina. They work every day to create a network of protected farm, forest, park and natural lands.
Friends of DuPont Forest
Friends of DuPont Forest
Volunteer service organization working to enhance the public use and enjoyment of the DuPont State Recreational Forest while protecting its natural resources. Funds help with trail building and maintenance, along with building projects.
Blue Ridge Parkway Association
Blue Ridge Parkway Association
The officially designated marketing partner of the Parkway, they are a membership organization that publishes the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner each year. 
River Arts District Artists
River Arts District Artists
This membership group supports and promotes the vast array of artists and working studios in 22 former industrial and historical buildings along French Broad River in Asheville. 
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Since 1974, they have conserved over 70,000 acres of unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.
RiverLink Asheville
RiverLink
This regional non-profit spearheads the economic and environmental revitalization of the French Broad River and its tributaries as a destination for everyone to live, learn, work and play.
Friends of the Smokies
Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
They assist the National Park Service to preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains by raising funds and public awareness, and by providing volunteers for needed projects. Total disbursements to the Park surpass $50 million.

Our Region: We now cover 16 WNC counties!

NC Map
The coverage area for RomanticAsheville.com now features most of western North Carolina, including Buncombe County (Asheville), Swain County, Graham County, Macon County, Jackson County, Transylvania County, Haywood County, Madison County, Henderson County, Polk County, Rutherford County, McDowell County, Burke County, Yancey County, Mitchell County and Avery County. (Click map for larger version. From NCDOT.)

More Info

Our fourth annual RomanticAsheville.com "Giving Calendar" for 2020 features gorgeous waterfalls of the North Carolina mountains. 100% of the proceeds go to conserving land and water resources in our... read more
Great news! We are accepting new sponsors for added promotional opportunities in 2019. Tell your story to our millions of readers. RomanticAsheville.com began in 2003 (yes, before Facebook!) as a... read more