Travel and Lodging

Jared Kay

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects with Asheville in four places. (Asheville Convention and Visitors: Jared Kay, Amplified Media.)

Travel by Car

Asheville is nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains at the intersection of Interstate 26 and Interstate 40. By car, it’s about two hours from Charlotte or Knoxville, just over three hours from Atlanta, and less than five hours from Nashville. We recommend you consider the scenic route, a few segments of the Blue Ridge Parkway, at least one way. There are four parkway access points near the city, but this breathtaking itinerary does take a bit longer – especially if you stop for photos and attractions!

Travel By Air

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is 15 miles south of downtown Asheville and offers service on United, American and Delta. Ground transportation and rental cars are available, but you won’t need a car during our meeting.

You might also price flights into Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP)  located 90 minutes away in Greenville, South Carolina. Two hours of driving would also get you to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) or McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)  Knoxville, Tennessee.

Transportation to and from these airports will be your responsibility.

Jared Kay

A summer evening in Asheville includes music on almost every corner. (Asheville Convention and Visitors: Jared Kay, Amplified Media.)


Our headquarters hotel is the Renaissance Asheville, a Marriott property. Please register for your room through the conference registration page to take advantage of our block rate of $169/night, including taxes. If you choose to stay elsewhere, both mornings will begin with breakfast sessions on the top floor of the hotel at 8 a.m. Go to REGISTRATION to secure your room.

On The Way And While You’re Here

Make the most of your trip to Asheville by budgeting a little tourist time on the way there or on the way home. Enjoy downtown Asheville’s buskers and brew pubs, pay homage to Thomas Wolfe or F. Scott Fitzgerald, drive a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway or schedule a visit to the magnificent Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s mountain retreat. Learn more at Explore Asheville.


Click the map to see points-of-interest for the conference.

Map of Asheville conference points-of-interests