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Scenic Drives, Hiking Trails & Adventure!
Outdoor Activities In Asheville
Blue Ridge Parkway: The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the top reasons to visit Asheville. Take a scenic drive along a portion of the 469 mile parkway and explore the beautiful flora and fauna that the Appalachian Mountains have to offer. If you’re into hiking there are plenty to choose from with various levels of hiking. Be sure to check out Parkway’s website for a list of hikes or check out the visitor centre.
Craggy Gardens: Located at Milepost 364.4 – 367.6 along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Be sure to hike up to Craggy Gardens Pinnacle for a 360 degree view of the mountain range. June is a beautiful time to visit as the pink and purple rhododendrons bloom and blanket the mountain.
Chimney Rock State Park: Looking for a family friendly hike with panoramic views! Definitely check out Chimney Rock. There are a variety of trails to choose from and an option to take the elevator to the top. Kids will love checking out the Animal Discovery Den and if you’re adventurous, try rock climbing. Be sure to check out the State Park’s website for event info.
Navitat: If you’re looking for a ziplining adventure, this is one of our favorite places! Be sure to try the Tree Top Tour.
Asheville Jeep Tours: Experience the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from a custom-built Jeep with an expert guides to explore the mountains around Asheville. Their tours take you deep into the National Forests and give you an adventure of a lifetime!
Black Bolsam Knob: Located at milepost 420 you’ll take the Art Loeb Trailhead through the tall grasses and balsam fir trees. At the top you’ll be greeted by a wildflower covered mountain with 360 degree views.
French Broad Rafting: Fully guided rafting experience along the French Broad River. Get ready to paddle, splash and laugh through the class II to class IV rapids.
Zen Tubing:Enjoy a relaxing time while floating down the French Broad river. Zen Tubing will arrange for your tub and shuttle pick up after your float.
Lake Lure: This beautiful man made lake is located south of Asheville very close to Chimney Rock. It’s a wonderful place for a summer swim along the sandy beach or a walk along the Town Center Trail. Fun fact, Dirty Dancing was filmed at Lake Lure. If you’re a fan, be sure to check out the Dirty Dancing Festival every September.
Catawba Falls: Located in the Pisgah National Forest this 100ft series of waterfalls is an amazing sight to see. During the 3 mile (round trip) hike you’ll be immersed in mossy green forest. The trek is steady uphill but not too steep. There is a parking lot and restrooms. Catawba falls are currently closed for maintenance and will reopen in Spring 2023.
WNC Nature Centre: One of a kind experience with over 60 different species of animals. It’s a great place to visit with the family!
Asheville City Market: Check out the farmers market downtown on North Market Street, showcasing an array of local vendors. It’s open every Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm from April 2 to December 17, 2022.
Asheville Pop Up Picnic: Unique outdoor picnic experience. They set up the picnic and provide the food/drinks, all you have to do is show up. Whether the picnic is hosted at one of our homes or at a local Blue Ridge Mountain vista, it’s a fun and memorable time.
Drum Circle in Downtown: Check out this unique free experience downtown. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing or watching. The drum circle takes place every Friday from April to October.
Experience History & Fun In Asheville
Biltmore Estate: Visit America’s Largest Home built by the Vanderbilt Family is 175,000 sq.ft located on 8,000 acres. You could spend all day at the Biltmore Estate as there’s so much to see and do. We recommend doing the House and Garden tour. If you’re into wine, be sure to check out The Winery for a tasting. Be sure to check out their website for seasonal events. Monet & Friends is now showing until July 10, 2022.
Grove Arcade: A historical building with detailed architecture and a variety of shops and restaurants. A great place to visit on a rainy day.
Asheville Retrocade: Located inside the Grove Arcade, Asheville Retrocade has over 5,000 games to choose from.
Pinball Museum:Located in downtown Asheville, the Pinball Museum is home to 35 pinball machines. Enjoy a game with soda and snacks.
Asheville Museum of Science: North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery, and exploration. The museum is a great place to take the family.
Unforgettable Food & Delicious Drinks!
Asheville Restaurants & Breweries
Asheville restaurants and breweries are some of the best in the state of North Carolina. There is an array of cuisines to choose from.
Jettie Rae’s Oyster House: If you’re looking for seafood, Jettie Rae’s has the best in town. It’s a must visit place for east coast oysters!
Burial Beer Co: One of the best breweries in town with delicious food.
Sierra Nevada: One of the largest breweries in town and one to definitely visit.
Relaxation & Rejuvenation
Spa's & Wellness Centers
Asheville Wellness: Enjoy a yoga class at one of our vacation homes or trek up the mountain for a sunrise yoga session. Asheville Wellness Tours has a variety of experiences to choose from beyond yoga including forest bathing, meditation, tarot card reading, baby goat yoga and cooking classes.
Shoji Spa:Japanese inspired spa nestled into the mountain. Try the Japanese bath, outdoor salt tubs or a massage.
Hummingbird Candle Co: Located in downtown Asheville, this candle company hosts fantastic candle making classes for ages 7+. Great activity for a girls weekend or corporate event.
The Omni Grove Spa: This expansive 43,000 sq.ft space includes eucalyptus steam rooms, therapeutic waterfalls and an oversized, mountain view hot tub. A wonderful place to unwind and relax in Asheville.