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For 17 years, third-generation and FAA–certified sky engineer R. Addison M. Brown has hoisted panorama junkies into the heavens by harnessing the power of hot, blustery air. The pilot and up to 12 passengers clamber into the gondola just before sunrise, the time of day when winds are calmest and giant pumpkins transform back into balloons. The buoyant sky vessel carries its sightseeing cargo aloft like a helium-filled donkey, rising 500–2,000 feet above ground level as the sun begins its own ascent over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Ghost Hunters of Asheville tours guide ghost-seekers on nightly paranormal pursuits, leading them to the most haunted haunts of downtown and Montford. Each 90-minute walking tour enlightens small groups of striders on the habits of Asheville's most ethereal residents, guaranteeing the capture of paranormal photographs and inundating brains with ghost stories, historical facts, and paranormal information—the three pillars of all American education through the 1970s. Downtown tours leave from Battery Park Book Exchange at 9 p.m., ushering tour-takers to more than 12 unearthly destinations, including Asheville's most haunted street and the site of the city's public hangings.
Electro Bicycle Tours’s Kettler Twin electric bikes assist riders with a motor that provides extra power to match how hard they’re pedaling. Three “assist” settings allow riders to customize the added speed, from a minimal boost to a high setting that helps bikes easily mount Asheville’s hills and then laugh at them. Alternatively, riders can switch the assist off to pedal using their strength alone. Sightseers can rent the bikes to carve their own paths through the city or let someone else do the navigating on scenic tours of Asheville that include a stop at the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Electro Bicycle Tours also teams up with the Asheville Brewing Company to offer Bike and Brew capers about town.
The guides who founded Better Tours of Asheville draw on experience leading excursions in far-flung locations in Puerto Rico, France, and Italy. Now, they accompany groups past the basilica and other historical buildings in the town, delivering stories developed through constant research and an ability to smell fossils. The guides divulge colorful tidbits of local history during pub crawls through storied taverns with group drink specials and allude to haunting tragedies along ghost tours that occasionally yield eerie photos of orbs, wisps, and buildings an inch from where they normally are.
Asheville changed drastically in the half-century following 1880. Railroad workers broke through the Appalachian Mountains' natural barrier and connected the city to the world, forever changing its culture and social zeitgeist. Though decades have passed, Brenda Seright Williams still feels the impact of this period, and the tour guide isn't content to let it fade into history. As it says on her website, she believes "the study of those who came before can inspire us to stretch our own limits."
Her Urban Trail walking tours not only explore the 19th century’s Gilded Age but also tiptoe through four other time periods, including the Frontier Period and the Age of String Cheese. Alternatively, Brenda shifts the spotlight to Asheville's pivotal female figures during the aptly named Herstory tours. However, neither of these excursions are cookie-cutter adventures. To weave her stories, Brenda has conducted more than 100 interviews and spent countless hours researching minute details and the correct pronunciation of the word "pioneer."