Asheville, NC is the largest city in Western NC, and is a popular tourist destination due to it’s thriving artistic community, beautiful mountain views, and close proximity to some of the most beautiful areas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is special due to it’s ability to provide all the entertainment options and features of a large city, but still provide that “in the mountains” feeling.
Asheville NC is also home to one of the most beautiful castles and estates in the world, Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains in and around the Asheville area, and decided to build his home here in 1889. Biltmore house is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet.
Also in Asheville you’ll find many great restaurants, Bed & Breakfasts, shopping, and some of the best craft beer breweries in the US.
Normally, we would provide hotel options first, but we’re making an exception for Asheville due to its numerous and wonderful Bed & Breakfasts. We’ve personally stayed in a number of them, and have enjoyed our stays immensely each time.
Bed & Breakfasts in Asheville provide you with the opportunity to stay in old historic homes, meet fasciting and interesting people, and eat some of the best “home cooked” gourmet meals in the city. Seriously consider the various Bed & Breakfast options for your vacation, you won’t regret it.
Regardless of your budget, Asheville has a perfect hotel for you. You’ll feel right at home at the many different Asheville hotel options, and you can even bring your pet to many of them. Hotels are available in the city, and in a number of areas just outside the city as well.
Many people prefer mountain cabins due to their larger size and the “living in the mountains” experience they provide. Asheville offers numerous cabin rentals to meet your budget, size, and needs. Many people write off cabins as being too expensive, but in fact they are often more affordable than hotels, especially when traveling as group or family.
Asheville area cabins offer seclusion, fantastic views, and features often not available with traditional hotel stays.
When visiting Asheville, you’ll never lack for things to do. Asheville is full of things to do and places to see, and close by to a number of very popular Blue Ridge attractions.
Biltmore Estate – The most popular attraction in Asheville. People from all over the world come to visit this beautiful and historic estate built by George Vanderbilt in 1895. Biltmore Estate offers tours of the famous estate and home, dining at one of the top rated restaurants in Asheville, luxurious hotel accommodations, and tours of their award winning winery. The estate is famous for not only it’s beautiful design and architecture, but also for it’s gardens.
Biltmore Village, just outside of the entrance to Biltmore, offers numerous shopping locations, and fantastic restaurants, including the Corner Kitchen where President Barack Obama ate when visiting Asheville.
The Blue Ridge Parkway – Plan your adventure along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway! The Parkway runs right through Asheville and offers access to some of the most popular destinations on the parkway, including scenic views, historic locations, hiking trails and waterfalls.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most travelled scenic roads in the world. Get more details and plan your trip using our FREE Blue Ridge Parkway Travel Guide.
Ziplining – One of the most unique ways to experience the mountains is by zip lining between them and through the forests. Navitat Ziplines, just a few minutes outside of Asheville is one the best zipline experiences we’ve ever had. You can read all about one our visits to Navitat.
Navitat is located in a beautiful mountain area north of Asheville. They have multiple zip lines courses, and excellent guides that will not only be sure you’re safe, but will teach you about the mountains, trees and wildlife in the area. Definitely an experience you don’t want to miss.
Dining – Our personal favorite part of Asheville is all the wonderful dining options. Some of the top rated places to eat include: Tupelo Honey Café – located in Downtown Asheville, The Market Place – located in Downtown, The Red Stag Grill – located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Biltmore Village, The various restaurants at the Omni Grovepark Inn (our personal favorite is the Sunset Terrace), Strada Italiano – located in Downtown, and finally the Corner Kitchen – located in Biltmore Village. There are of course numerous others, but these are all highly rated and some of our personal favorites.
Shopping – Next to dining, shopping in Asheville is one of the most popular things to do. Downtown Asheville offers a numerous unique speciality shops and boutiques. You’ll find antiques, jewelry, speciality clothing, outdoor gear, children’s wear, crafts, arts, and many different “one of a kind” shops. Many of these items are hand crafted right in Asheville.