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

Asheville, NC Official Travel Site:  https://www.exploreasheville.com/

Asheville NC travel Guide:  https://www.romanticasheville.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...

Our room, the Mockingbird room, was large enough for two people with lots of luggage, and the bathroom was perfectly sized and extremely clean.

— Kyle, Nashville, TN

We’ll no longer look elsewhere for Asheville accommodations, and have already recommended it to others we know planning to visit the town in the near future.

— Todd & Cherryl Sullivan, Inianapolis, IN

A Note from Your Host…

The Holiday’s are upon us!  It doesn’t seem possible.  But shortly the inn will be decked out for the end of the year and we will be busy baking mince pies and other holiday treats.  And of course we have some specials and suggestions for our guests as well.

Be sure and  check out our Biltmore Christmas Special.  Four floors of the Biltmore decorated from top to bottom for Christmas with an evening visit which includes rooms not open during the day. The fireplaces are lit and trees aglow as you tour the house.  This year’s theme is “Hearth and Home”.  It’s a Christmas tradition not to be missed!

In addition to the display at the Biltmore, you will want to visit the Grove Park Inn to view the finalists in the National Gingerbread House Competition, on display from November 27, 2016-January 5th, 2017.  On a smaller scale, the Smith-McDowell House is an Antebellum Mansion  built in 1840 which offers a Victorian Christmas Display from November 17th.  At the Carolina we follow our family tradition of honoring Thanksgiving by refraining from decorating until after that holiday.  But once Thanksgiving is over, we give in to a whole hearted love of Christmas with a live tree decorated with glass ornaments and small trees in every room.  Special holiday baking is also a in important part of the month!

Share your Asheville Experience with someone else with the following  gift suggestions:

  1. Share your love of Asheville with someone else and purchase a gift certificate to stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast.  We can tailor this to meet your budget and needs.
  2. Bring a touch of the Carolina B&B to your home with a purchase of my cookbook, Our Family Table: Recipes and Lessons From A Life AbroadOrder now for shipment in time for Christmas.
  3. In conjunction with the publication of my cookbook, we will be offering a cooking package , Cooking With Susan,  at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast this winter.  Book one, two or three classes and enjoy two days in Asheville at our B&B while learning some of the recipes and lessons I learned in 27 years overseas.  For more details, click here:  Cooking with Susan  Call 828-254-3608 for more information or to book.