The BB&T Building, an Asheville landmark, is the tallest building in the city. With web cams in all four directions, you have the best view of downtown and the surrounding mountains. On the North Web Cam, you’ll various downtown scenes, Merrimon Avenue, the Mellow Mushroom, and the Civic Center. On the East Web Cam, you’ll see the Vance Memorial and Pack Square, anchored by the Courthouse and the City buildings. Off to the left is Town Mountain and the red roofed, historic Grove Park Inn off Charlotte Street. The South Web Cam brings you views of Biltmore Avenue with the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and beyond into Biltmore Village, across the street to the entrance to the Biltmore House. The West Camera pans downtown with a peak at Prichard Park and College Street, then straight out Patton Avenue over the Smokey Park Bridge. Church Street, and the historic Methodist and Presbyterian churches, is on the left.
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East View – Arguably the best web can view is of Pack Place and City County Plaza. Both the Court House and the City Building have stunning architecture with period detail. Pack Square is home of the Health Adventure, a fun place for kids to explore and play. The last full weekend in July, Pack Square and other streets in downtown Asheville are closed off to traffic for Belle Chere, a free outdoor street fair event with music, food, arts and crafts. To the left of the Plaza is Town Mountain, and beyond the Tunnel is the newer section of Asheville with many restaurants and the Asheville Mall.
North View – Just North of the BB&T building, is Haywood Street. On this easily walkable street you’ll find the Woolworth Walk, home of booths of 150 local artists and a restored soda fountain. Keep walking to a favorite local shop, Earth Guild, where you can find items for all sorts of crafts, from knitting to batik. The area’s major venue for concerts and conventions, the Civic Center, is across the street from the iconic Spanish Renaissance style Basilica of St. Lawrence. The Thomas Wolf Memorial is also on the north side of town. Just beyond the city center is the historic neighborhood of Montford. Twenty minutes up Merrimon or I-26, past UNCA and the Botanical Gardens, is the small town of Weaverville.
West View - West of the BB&T Building is the Kress Emporium, which features 80 regional artists. The next block over is Prichard Park, a triangular downtown park with seating, chess players, and people enjoying lively discussions, and is known for its drum circle on the weekends. To the right is Tupelo Honey, which caters to a wide variety of palates, presenting dishes like Southern Fried BLT and Tupelo Tofu Wings and Ten Thousand Villages, a one-stop trip around the globe. This volunteer run shop represents more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries in a fair trade store. A few blocks further is The Grove Arcade, featuring boutique shopping and eclectic dining in a building dating back to 1929. Across the Smokey Park Bridge is Leicester and Candler, and further out Interstate 40 is the town of Waynesville.
South View- South of the BB&T Building is the old-timey Mast General Store on Biltmore Avenue, across the street from the historic Fine Arts Theater, which plays independent films. Past Blue Spiral Art Gallery, Barleys Taproom and Pizzaria, is the bright red, double decker bus, the Double Decker Coffee Company , serving coffee, smoothies, and desserts, with seating upstairs. Further down Biltmore Avenue is the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a venue for bands in the evenings, and a laid back church on Sunday mornings. A few miles south leads you to Biltmore Village to the left, and the Biltmore House to the right. Rezaz Mediteranan Cuisine has an excellent grilled Caesar Salad and varied menu. Biltmore Village is home of the historic All Souls Church and Parish House, whose bells toll throughout the day. Continuing south on Biltmore Avenue, it will become Hendersonville Road, and take you to the charming town of Hendersonville, about 25 minutes away.