Area Attractions

There is so much to do in our town that it is almost impossible to list it all.  For a good overview of the activities available to you in Asheville we are happy to refer you to two excellent (and compendious) websites: www.romanticasheville.com and www.exploreasheville.com

At the same time, we enjoy doing many of the same activities as our guests and we are happy to help you out with specific suggestions!

The following is a list of activities and locations we recommend along with links to blog posts with more information about what you can expect.

Things to do in Asheville

Historic and Cultural

The Biltmore Estate: http://www.biltmore.com

Asheville Historic Trolley tours: http://www.ashevilletrolleytours.com

Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville: http://www.graylineasheville.com

Thomas Wolfe Memorial: http://www.wolfememorial.com

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association: http://www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/members.html

The North Carolina Arboretum: http://www.ncarboretum.org/

Our Latest Historic & Cultural Adventures

Theater

Diana Wortham Theater: http://www.dwtheatre.com

Shakespeare in the Park: http://www.montfordparkplayers.org

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater: http://www.sartplays.org

Asheville Community Theater: http://www.ashevilletheatre.org

Our Latest Nights Out at the Theater

 

Uniquely Asheville

The Asheville Tourists (Single A Baseball): http://asheville.tourists.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t573

Asheville Food Tours: http://www.ashevillefoodtours.com

Yadkin Valley Wine Tour: http://www.yadkinwinetours.com

Farmer’s Market: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/asheville/

Hickory Nut Gap Farm: http://www.hickorynutgapfarm.com

Tailgate Markets: http://www.buyappalachian.org/filter/group/tailgate (Spring through Summer)

LaZoom Tour Company (Comedy and Art Tours of Asheville): http:// www.lazoomtours.com

Asheville Hot Air Balloons:  http://www.ashevillehotairballoons.com

Asheville Brewery Tour:  http://ashevillebrewerytours.com/

Shopping: http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/shopping/index.aspx

Grove Arcade: http://www.grovearcade.com

Biltmore Village: http://www.biltmorevillage.com

Adorn Salon & Boutique:  http://www.adornsalonandboutique.com

Restaurants

Asheville Independent Restaurant Association: http://airasheville.org

Nightlife

Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues:

French Broad Chocolate Lounge: http://www.frenchbroadchocolates.com

Sante Wine Bar: http://www.santewinebar.com

The Grey Eagle:

The Orange Peel: http://www.theorangepeel.net

Day Spas

The Secret Spa: http://www.thesecretspa.com

Sensibilities: http://www.sensibilities-spa.com

Shoji Retreat:

Around Asheville: Outdoor Sports and Activities

Chimney Rock: http://www.chimneyrockpark.com

Asheville Cycling:

Blue Ridge Parkway: http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

Asheville Fly Fishing:

Golf: http://www.golflink.com/search.aspx?q=Asheville+golf

Skiing: http://www.asheville.com/sports/ski.html

Whitewater rafting: http://www.frenchbroadrafting.com,

Pisgah National Forest: http://www.pisgahforest.com/public-lands/pisgahnationalforest/

Waterfalls: http://www.romanticasheville.com/waterfalls.htm

Festivals

Shindig on the Green: Saturday Evenings July and August

Brew Grass Festival

Asheville Film Festival

LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival)

The Southern Highland Craft Festival

Asheville Antique Fair

River District Artists: http://www.riverdistrictartists.com (Studio strolls-second weekend of June and November)

Seasonal Sizzle: Throughout the month of December, fireworks, shopping, markets, parades, visits from Santa, and more.

These are only the best-known and largest festivals occurring in the Asheville area. We encourage you to visit http://www.exploreasheville.com for an up-to-date listing of all of the events throughout the year.

Our Guests Say...

It is nestled in a cute neighborhood and is VERY close to downtown – you can walk everywhere.

— Erin, Wilmington, NC

Breakfast was different both mornings, but equally good. I loved that they always had nuts, cookies or chocolate available to satisfy any cravings.

— Harry, Atlanta, GA

A Note from Your Host…

January is almost gone (just like the snow which is melting fast).  Now is the time to think seriously about Valentine’s Day.  This year, due to some happy circumstances around dates, it’s not too late!  Yes, our rooms are booked for Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13th.  But there is still availability for Sunday and Monday, February 14& 15th, with the added bonus that the 15th is Presidents Day, a holiday for many!  Get credit for celebrating the true Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and book an overnight stay at the Carolina.  We will be doing our best with hearts and flowers and special dishes all weekend long.  There are fireplaces in every room while many of our rooms have Jacuzzi or whirlpool bathtubs.  A hotel is okay for some things, but it takes a Bed & Breakfast to really achieve romance!  Call now 828-254-3608.

Looking forward, the Biltmore opens a special exhibit, Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns In Film, on February 12th. Gowns from films set in the years from 1645 to 1935 will be displayed in the rooms of the house along with the never-before exhibited wedding veil of Jacqueline Kennedy.  As visitors to last year’s Downton Abbey Exhibit discovered, the addition of mannequins and period costumes adds life and interest to the Biltmore rooms!  Winter Tickets are available from us for $45/person

The inn is open Weekend and Holidays only until Mid-March.  Please check our website for availability.