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By Melissa Reardon | WNC magazine | Nov/Dec 2013

With all the accolades showered upon our mountain city in recent years, scores of visitors come year-round—more than nine million in 2012 alone.

And any time friends or family call and joyously proclaim “I’m coming to Asheville!”—as they tend to do around the holidays—we locals are tasked with tailoring a tour to suit their interests. But who doesn’t want to show their guests a good time? Especially when you can get in on the fun and try a few of the restaurants and activities you’ve been putting off. Here are four itineraries to entertain the in-laws (or your own parents), friends with kids, foodies, and guests looking for a laid-back local experience.