Asheville Named “Coziest City in America”

Honeywell Heaters recently released its annual poll: Top Ten Coziest Cities in America. At the top of the list—as in #1—was Asheville.

The culturally sophisticated Western North Carolina town beat out 2) Boston MA, 3) Salinas GA, 4) Portland OR, and 5) Portland MA. According to the poll requirements, cities were judged on a number of criteria, factoring in restaurants, coffee shops, museums, florists, breweries, bed-and-breakfasts, specialty grocery stores, bookstores, and bakeries. Asheville, of course, is no stranger to national recognition, having garnered a number of coveted awards and accolades over the years, such as:

10 Best Places to Retire (US News & World Report)
World’s Best Cities (National Geographic Travel)
Best Places to Go (Frommer’s)
America’s Smartest Cities (Forbes)
Most Romantic Fall Getaways (Travel + Leisure)
25 Best Places to Travel (Gear Patrol)

French Broad Crossing: Inspired Living just minutes from Asheville

Imagine living in your own national park. French Broad Crossing—a Southern Living “Inspired Community” overlooking the majestic French Broad River—is just a short, 30-minute drive from the dining, shopping, entertainment, and cultural attractions of historic downtown Asheville. French Broad Crossing is the only gated community located directly along the French Broad River, third oldest river in the world, and it’s surrounded on all sides by carefully preserved mountain forests, held in conservation for future generations. Some of the community’s highlights include: 

Expansive lots • Incredible views of river, mountains, and national forest • Low density community • Land protected by the Southeast Regional Land Conservancy • Immediate access to the French Broad River • Southern Living Inspired Community • Wide range of finished amenities • Unlimited outdoor activities and recreation

A world of adventure in every direction

French Broad Crossing gives you the best of both worlds—a private living experience in a natural setting that serves as a launching point for discovery: outdoor recreation, live entertainment, dining, shopping, and more.

Outdoor Recreation

Homeowners have instant access not only to the French Broad River, but to a vast array of hiking, biking, camping, and fishing in Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fine Dining

Downtown Asheville delivers the culinary options of a cosmopolitan city. Whether it is fine dining or casual fare, Southern cuisine or international, there are cafes and restaurants to satisfy every palate.

Boutique Shopping

Western North Carolina has as many options for shopping as it does for outdoor recreation. In addition to Asheville, there are a number of charming mountain towns that offer unique crafts, contemporary art, rare antiques, designer clothing, and more.

Cultural Attractions

Asheville has been called the “Paris of the South,” and rightly so. It presents visitors with big-city cultural options, such as historical landmarks, thrilling entertainment, live music, family theaters, and award-winning museums.

Festivals & Events

There’s always something going on here. Each season ushers in its own unique mountain celebrations that are designed to engage every member of your family.


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A New Legacy Can Begin Today

Come discover one of the best mountain communities in North Carolina near Asheville, offering homeowners access to an unprecedented living experience on the French Broad River. Look out across the river to gorgeous mountain views. Spend an afternoon with friends and family at our inviting River Lodge. This is where you belong. Your new legacy can begin now.