Amazing Asheville by Lan Sluder is the new guidebook to Asheville and the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. It candidly covers all the best places to stay, eat and explore in Asheville's exciting Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and elsewhere in the North Carolina mountains. In more than 150,000 words, it also covers the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Biltmore House and Biltmore Estate and the hundreds of thousands of acres of national and state forests in Western North Carolina. This is THE guide that gives you the ins and outs of enjoying the mountains and saving money on your Asheville and North Carolina mountains vacation. Written by an Asheville native and award-winning author of more than a dozen books on travel and retirement, Amazing Asheville provides readable, easy-to-use information on Asheville's many B&Bs, mountain lodges, resorts and vacation cabins. It tells you where to find great food and drink -- from bistros where locals go to five-star splurge places. It explains where to go for the most amazing experiences for your vacation. And Amazing Asheville doesn't just stick to the city of Asheville. It covers many interesting small towns and villages in the mountains around Asheville. It details where to go for the best outdoor activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains -- hiking, scenic drives, camping, wildlife spotting, birding, river rafting, boating, gem mining, fishing, rock climbing, exploring waterfalls and the backcountry, and more. Whether your interest is outdoor adventures, art and crafts, clubbing and nightlife, music and culture, architecture, outdoor adventures or just having fun in the highest, coolest mountains and most-visited national parks in the East, Amazing Asheville is the guide for you. When you order Amazing Asheville, you can go to the related Amazing Asheville website, http: //www.amazingasheville.net, for the latest updates on dining, lodging, attractions and breaking news on Asheville and the NC mountains.
LAN SLUDER is an Asheville native. A former business newspaper editor in New Orleans, magazine editor and publisher and advertising agency owner, Sluder is the author of more than a dozen books on travel and retirement including Fodor's Belize, Easy Belize, Frommer's Best Beach Vacations: Carolinas and Georgia and Living Abroad in Belize. Recently he also wrote a book on bridge for new players: Play Bridge Today. Sluder has contributed to many newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Caribbean Travel & Life, Where to Retire, Chicago Tribune, Bangkok Post, Charlotte Observer, Belize First, Toronto Globe & Mail. Sluder and his wife, Sheila M. Lambert, an attorney, live on a mountain farm near Asheville, a part of which has been in his family since the early 1800s. He and his wife have two children, Rose Lambert-Sluder (who contributed many photos to Amazing Asheville) and Brooks Lambert-Sluder.