Asheville, North Carolina has been recently been spotlighted as a key travel destination in 2018 due to the magnificence of the nearby Appalachian and Blue Ridge mountains and its rich history and culture. Nestled within the mountains, Asheville has a rich history dating back over three centuries. Recently, Asheville become a hotspot for both microbrewing, with over 20 different microbreweries established across the city, as well as ecotourism, due to its close proximity to the mountains. Visiting Asheville in the autumn is a perfect time to view the seasonal change in leaves across the region.
Asheville has a humid subtropical climate with more temperate temperatures due to its higher elevation (2100 ft; 650 m). At the start of November, expect average high temperatures around 60°F (16°C) and average lows around 40°F (4°C).
Asheville is in the U.S. Eastern Time Zone. The time will be -04:00h UTC/EDT through Saturday, November 3 and will change to -05:00h UTC/EST at 2:00am on Sunday, November 4 when Daylight Savings time ends. This means you will lose one hour on Sunday.
Attire at RSV Symposium 2018 is business casual. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort ranges may vary, a light sweater or jacket is recommended.
Here is an article, with illustration, on what business casual is in the United States.
High-speed Internet access is included in the sleeping rooms at the Grove Park Inn and Crowne Plaza Asheville. Wi-Fi will also be available in the meeting space at the Grove Park Inn during the program.
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Grove Park Inn is a AAA Four-Diamond resort located approximately 1.5 miles from downtown and 17 miles from the Asheville regional airport. To find out more about our meeting site, please visit the resort website.
Driving Directions to the Grove Park Inn
FROM I-26 & I-40 (THE ASHEVILLE AIRPORT): Take I-240 into Asheville. Exit 5B/Charlotte Street. From I-240 East, turn left on Charlotte Street or from I-240 West, turn right on Charlotte Street. Proceed north on Charlotte Street for approximately 0.7 miles. Turn right on Macon Avenue and continue for 0.8 miles. The Omni Grove Park Inn entrance will be on your left.
- Allegiant Air
- Continental Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- United Express
- US Airways
- New York – LaGuardia
Taxi cabs are available at the airport to take you to the Omni Grove Park Inn. The approximate price for one-way is approximately $50 (not including gratuity). Uber or Lyft are also available with a one-way ride to the Omni Grove Park Inn for approximately $30 (not including gratuity).
65 miles and 75 scenic minutes away. Approximately 1.2 million passengers a year are served by seven airlines offering 71 daily departures including non-stop service to 17 major cities across the U.S.
2 hours down the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains is the Carolinas’ premier air facility. Charlotte Douglas averages 684 daily departures and 34.5 million passengers annually. This airport is ranked among the nation’s top airports.
Getting Out to Other Nearby Destinations
Distances to Cities by Car
Atlanta, GA – 3.5 hours
Columbia, SC – 2.5 hours
Greenville, SC – 1 hours
Charlotte, NC – 2 hours
Gatlinburg, TN – 1.75 hours
Knoxville, TN – 2 hours
Additional Information for Global Travelers
Sessions at the event are conducted in English.
Help plan your trip by checking the current exchange rate of your currency to U.S. Dollars.
Tipping in the United States is customary.
A 15% to 20% tip is usually expected in restaurants, taxis, and for services you receive.
Dial 911 from most phones. Some hotel phones may require an additional number.
Please see the phone or hotel for specific instructions.
U.S. country code: +1
Asheville area code: (828)
U.S. telephone numbers have ten digits total, which includes the area code and a seven-digit phone number (e.g., 504.555.1234)
To make a call, dial “1,” then the area code, and then the seven-digit number
To call internationally from Asheville, dial “011,” then the country code, then the area code, and then the number
Voltage 120, frequency 60 Hz.
Adaptors that may be required are two flat blades or two flat blades with a round grounding pin.
The U.S. government requires residents of many countries to obtain a temporary visa before entering the United States. Recent changes to the visa application process may have increased the length of time required to receive your visa. It is very important to apply for a visa at least 90 days prior to departure.
For information on U.S. visa policies and procedures, visit US Department of State website.
VISA WAIVER PROGRAM
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.
In order to travel without a visa on the VWP, you must have authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to boarding an approved U.S. bound air or sea carrier. ESTA is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) automated web-based system to determine eligibility to travel without a visa to the United States for tourism or business. VWP travels must also have the correct type of passport.
To obtain a complete list of exempt countries and learn more, visit the Visa Waiver Program website.