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.
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
Our Region: We now cover 16 WNC counties!
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.)