Looking for a lively urban experience? Downtown Asheville is home to lots of art galleries, boutique shops, craft galleries, as well as a thriving culinary and music scene. You’ll hear drum circles, singers or banjo players out on the street, entertaining sidewalk audiences.
Visitors have been coming to Asheville for nearly one and a half centuries! Railroad companies began to transform the area from wilderness to a destination for outdoor adventure in the 1880’s. Looking for a unique, daring experience? French Broad Adventures offers zipline canopy tours – 10 separate lines with hand-braking, so you control your experience! If that’s not your thing – kayak, raft, or go tubing on the French Broad River, the third oldest river on Earth. You can find more information about Asheville’s outdoors scene at the bottom of this article!
Waterfalls? There are many sparkling, roaring waterfalls around Asheville that are a pleasure to see and even feel; some of them can even be enjoyed from the road! 60-ft Looking Glass Falls, Soco Falls, and Toxaway Falls can be viewed from your car. The Dry Falls are a must-see: A 75-foot waterfall you can see from an observation deck, and, thanks to a cliff overhang, you can have the rare treat of walking behind a powerful cascade! You and your grandkids are sure to be amazed. More information down below!
Historic homes? Visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, the childhood home of the world-renowned novelist Thomas Wolfe, or visit the Biltmore Estate, a Chateauesque-styled private estate built in the 1890’s. This regal residence was built by George Washington Vanderbilt and is a prominent example of the Gilded Age, where you can explore it by self-guided or guided tours throughout the mansion and its grounds.
Lunch | Tupelo Honey
Serving made-from-scratch Southern food and American cuisine, Tupelo Honey is a must-visit. They have dozens of menu items including 4 different salads, BLTs and burgers, fried chicken, steaks, salmon, and shrimp & grits. They have an expansive Kids menu with dishes like veggie burgers, cheeseburgers, grilled or fried chicken, and even trout and BBQ!
12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
Dinner | The Stone Ridge Tavern
Our publisher’s favorite, the Stone Ridge Tavern is family owned and operated, and convenient to I-26. Menu items include steaks, chicken tenders, seafood, gyros, pasta, burgers, soups, salads, and more, all prepared to perfection! Grandchildren? There are 8 different menu options for them. Full bar.
1003 Brevard Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
Bed and Breakfast | Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast
Located just one mile north of downtown in the heart of the historic Montford district. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, this 1905 English Tudor style B&B inn overlooks lush grounds and woods, restored with elegance and grace. Here, you can experience privacy, relaxation, and pampering. Innkeepers Dan & Diane Rogers look forward to helping you enjoy your visit to Asheville.
249 Cumberland Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Links for more information
ExploreAsheville.com – Everything you could ever want to know about Asheville!
Outdoor Fun – Companies and businesses that offer rafting, kayaking, zip line tours, fishing, climbing, hiking, and other endless adventures!
French Broad Adventures – Blue Heron Whitewater – Headwaters Outfitters – French Broad Outfitters – USA Raft – Asheville Outdoor Center – Rolling Thunder River Company – Pure Vida – River and Earth Adventures – Smoky Mountain Adventure Center – Wai Mauna Asheville SUP Tours – Wildwater Rafting – Zen Tubing – The Adventure Center of Asheville – Navitat Canopy Adventures