The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains is the best selling regional guidebook to Asheville and vast mountain region of North Carolina. This 4th edition has in-depth coverage of all of the cities and towns, from the tiniest villages to the major cities of Asheville, Boone, Hendersonville, Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and Waynesville More than 50 cities from the foothills to the highest peaks are presented along with recommended restaurants, accommodations, key facts, local attractions, and things to see and do. 508 pages in length, with 15 area maps and over 100 original illustrations by the author, the fourth edition is the only book available that presents every one of the more than 200 attractions in the mountains, from tiny historical museums, art and craft galleries and state and local parks to blockbuster attractions like Biltmore Estate, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian Trail and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Complete coverage not only of attractions, accommodations and restaurants but also valuable relocation information, festivals and events, things to do, outdoor recreation from camping to whitewater rafting, kid's activities, daytrips, history, tours, shopping and much more. The Ultimate Guide is the only book you will need to plan your vacation, or to help facilitate your relocation to the mountains. Recommended by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Biltmore Estate, Southern Living Magazine and numerous Visitor Centers throughout the mountains.
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Lee James Pantas has lived in the Asheville area since 1989. He has a Master's degree in Ecology from the University of Vermont, and has worked as a research scientist, military officer, lecturer, parapsychologist, marketing director, realtor, track coach, painter and illustrator in Vermont, Georgia, the orient, Brazil, Colorado, Connecticut and North Carolina. Well-known throughout North Carolina for his award-winning, exquisitely detailed pen and ink drawings, Mr. Pantas has completed more than 2,000 private and corporate commissions. Mr. Pantas is also known for his imaginative visionary and fantasy paintings. He is currently at work on a ten-year project, Liza's Reef, a series of paintings of an imaginary coral reef. The goal of the project is to raise funds for American environmental organizations and orphanages in the South Pacific.Review:
Because it was written by someone who actually lives here, a recognized local expert and professional artist and author, the book has a sense of caring, commitment and completeness that is often lacking in regional guides written by visiting authors. Thoroughly researched, organized for easy use, and illustrated with over 100 of Pantas' own gorgeous pen and ink drawings --Hendersonville Times-News
At 508 pages in length, Pantas' 4th edition of his best selling guidebook is by far the most comprehensive guidebook to the mountains out there. Coverage includes in-depth looks at every single city and town in the mountains, as well as all of the many cultural and physical attractions in Western North Carolina. The Ultimate Guide has proven over the years to be a valuable resource not only for the many tourists and visitors who flock to our mountains, but also for those folks who are considering Western North Carolina as a place where they might like to live. All of the important information and resource contact information one would need to make such a move can be found in the Ultimate Guide. All in all, it is a unique and valuable resource for promoting our mountain paradise. --Asheville Citizen Times
A highly recommended book for anyone planning a trip to Western North Carolina the 4th Edition of The Ultimate Guide by Lee Pantas surpasses in scope the previous three editions with expanded coverage not only of Asheville and Hendersonville but of every other town and village. Easy to read and use, this beautifully illustrated guidebook is a testament to the vibrant culture and stunning nature beauty of our mountains. Everything a visitor could possibly need to know to plan a visit is included in this gem of a book. Hats off to Mr. Pantas for making this edition the best yet! --Mountain Journal
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Book Description R. Brent & Company, 2011. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110978816072
Book Description R. Brent & Company, 2011. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # VIB0978816072