Click on the links below for information about our geographical region:

Western North Carolina adventures – Although this website is titled “Romantic Asheville,” it offers a myriad of information about things to do and places to see throughout Western North Carolina, i.e., timely information about festivals, hiking trail information, etc.

Asheville – Asheville is a splendid place to visit, whether you’re seeking beautiful mountain scenery, contemporary art galleries, fine organic cuisine, outdoor adventures or a romantic getaway. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable statesmen and luminaries, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America. The city’s rich architectural legacy, with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles, is the perfect backdrop to the energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues.

Hendersonville – Hendersonville is located 22 miles south of Asheville on a plateau with an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. The breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains provide the backdrop for an unforgettable visit.

Carl Sandburg Home – This National Historical Site is located on 264 acres in Flat Rock.  In addition to tours of the Sandburg Home, visitors can enjoy over five miles of trails, stroll through gardens, and greet the descendants of Mrs. Sandburg’s dairy goat herd.  A typical visit lasts 2 hours. Ron Partin, one of our members, volunteers to conduct house tours every Saturday morning.

Dupont State Forest is a 10,000 acre (40 km²) tract, featuring nearly 100 miles (160 km) of multi-use trails and roads and six splendid waterfalls. The recently released movie The Hunger Games was filmed entirely in North Carolina and parts of it in Dupont State Recreational Forest.

Friendship Force Journey Coordinator Resources   – This PDF document provides information about local Western North Carolina attractions.  A very helpful guide for both locals and visitors.

Friendship Force Journey Guidelines for Ambassador and Host Coordinators – This PDF document is the FFI reference manual for Journey Coordinators.