For the longest paved greenway for biking, jogging and walking near Asheville, head to Rutherford County to explore the 13.5-mile Thermal Belt Rail Trail. The converted rail line was completed in 2019 with a 12-foot wide trail connecting the towns of Ruth, Rutherfordton, Spindale and Forest City - with plenty to see along the way.
Stay in a bungalow or Victorian cottage adjacent to the historic Cedar Crest Inn, just three blocks from the entrance to Biltmore Estate. Each cottage has two guestrooms that can be booked together or separately. 5 cottage rooms and suites, $165-$349/room, complimentary three-course breakfast inside Inn, porches, gardens, afternoon wine, fully equipped kitchen available in Carriage House.
This charming Queen Anne Victorian in the Historic Montford District is a romantic retreat just five blocks from downtown Asheville. Relax on the front porch overlooking the rose gardens or take a soak in the whirlpool in front of the fireplace. 5 rooms including one luxury suite, $120-$230, private baths, roses (of course!
May 2020: Canceled 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.For a great date night at the theatre, check out North Carolina Stage Company. The professional equity theatre, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, presents high quality productions in a very intimate theatre (only 125 seats!). They even made the list of the Top 50 Best Small Stage Theaters in America.
Reopening Aug 1st! Pearson& 39;s Falls was closed in July 2020 due to COVID safety concerns but will reopen with some guidelines and limitations to keep from overcrowding. You must wear a mask when you cannot maintain a social distance. There will be a limit to how many people may be in the park at a given time, so visiting on weekdays is recommended to avoid crowds.
Get married on the beach or indoors with spectacular Lake Lure and mountain views of the Hickory Nut Gorge. Outdoor Venues: Lakeview Terrace with 180-degree lake views for a reception of up to 300 guests. The Beach Pavilion seats up to 120. Indoor Venues: Lakeview Restaurant and overnight lodging with vacation rental homes, condos and studios.
For Nantahala National Forest alerts regarding COVID-19, go to the National Forest Service website.Plan responsible recreation:Bring the food and water you need for the day and use the restroom before you leave home.Many forest areas have no restrooms and are far from towns that offer these services.
Whitewater Rafting Tips1. No experience is needed. You will have very experienced guides to lead you.2. Bring a change of clothes, towel and extra shoes for the trip to change at the outpost. During the summer, shorts, swimsuits and t-shirts are fine. In the spring and fall, wear wool garments, a jacket or sweater.
At milepost 297 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, explore the impressive Julian Price Park. It& 39;s only seven miles north of the Linn Cove Viaduct at Grandfather Mountain. The above photo was taken from the Parkway overlook at the lake. Rent a boat or canoe to explore the 47-acre Price Lake. Eat at one of the 100 picnic sites or hike around the lake.
Looking for ideas for what to do on a weekend escape, family vacation or girl& 39;s weekend in Asheville and the mountains? Since there are so many things to do and everyone has a different vision of the & 34;perfect& 34; getaway, here are 40 ideas to help you plan your trip:Hiking & Outdoor AdventuresTake a hike to fully appreciate the outdoor splendor of the North Carolina mountains.
Enjoy gorgeous mountain views from a log cabin situated on a hilltop overlooking an historic inn. Stroll the grounds and enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunset. 6 cabins, $209-$399, weekly & monthly rates, cable TV, DVD player, two pet friendly cabins, butterfly garden, on-site innkeepers, breakfast available.
Montreat is a secluded, beautiful village deep in a mountain cove near Black Mountain. It& 39;s best known for Montreat College, Montreat Conference Center and their wonderful 4th of July Parade. At the town center, find Lake Susan surrounded by the beautiful, historic stone buildings. With a population of around 700, Montreat consists of approximately 4,000 acres of land, 2,460 of which are protected under a conservation easement.
Hike on the highest trail east of the Mississippi! The Balsam Nature Trail near the Mt. Mitchell summit is an easy 3/4-mile easy loop hike. Go to the top of the observation deck, and as you head back to the parking lot, look for the Balsam Trail on the right. The trails ends at the parking lot. Walk through a dense fir forest, and stop at information stations along the way to learn more about the environment atop Mt.
Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee) are held in the Roan Mountain area (see our Roan Mountain Guide) on the third weekend of June. The North Carolina Rhododendron Festival is celebrated in the small downtown and creekside park (pic above) in Bakersville. The Tennessee Rhododendron Festival is held at the Roan Mountain State Park.
Looking for a new outdoor adventure? How about guided rock climbing and rappelling near Asheville? Chimney Rock Park is an incredible area that offers everything from beginner to advanced climbing opportunities throughout the year. They full and half days of single and multipitch climbing and rappelling at Chimney Rock Park, as well as a & 34;Intro to Climbing,& 34; a two hour experience that encompasses all that climbing has to offer!
Immaculately clean cottages give you the highest level of luxury you can experience in a vacation rental. All cottages have their own private hot tub, king-sized Sleep Number beds, fireplaces and super fast WiFi. 14 luxury cottages, $132-478 per night. Sleeps up to 6. Seven miles to downtown Asheville or Biltmore Estate, and only two miles from the NC Arboretum and Blue Ridge Parkway.
Places to Stay: Linville Falls & Lake JamesFind a big variety of cabin and cottage rentals, B&Bs and hotels near Morganton, including Linville Falls, Table Rock, Lake James and South Mountains - with lake and mountain views.History Museum of Burke CountyA must-stop in downtown Morganton! Take a free one-hour guided tour through a maze of rooms on two floors, packed with many thousands of fascinating items.
Cool Mountain Getaway, The Omni Grove Park InnEscape the heat for fresh mountain air! Stay now at the legendary resort in Asheville with plenty of amenities including their world-renowned Spa, dining options, and Blue Ridge vista views. Package includes an 18 discount on flexible rates, breakfast, dessert, and overnight parking.
Asheville Outdoor Center has been providing professional, affordable and hassle-free French Broad River trips since 1992, earning a host of awards and certifications. While this section of river is in the middle of the city, you would never guess it since the riverside is forested with views of wildlife along the way.
This elegant AAA Four Diamond Queen Ann Victorian, the closest bed & breakfast to Biltmore Estate, offer historic southern beauty with modern amenities. Three blocks from Biltmore& 39;s gate, and an easy ten minutes from downtown Asheville. 7 rooms, $199-$355 (double occupancy, one room sleeps 3 adults), fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, 2-course breakfast, WiFi, evening social hour.
Gorgeous Lake Junaluska opened as a mountain retreat for the Methodist church in the early 1900s. Many do not realize that this lake & 34;resort& 34; town is open for all to enjoy with plenty of things to do and places to stay. It& 39;s at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains near Waynesville and Maggie Valley, about 30 minutes west of Asheville.