Just try to visit Asheville without falling madly, passionately in love with the Appalachian city of culture. Unlike anywhere else in the United States, Asheville is a blend of outdoor activities (the Blue Ridge Parkway passes right by), shopping and dining galore (think sustainably caught cornmeal-encrusted catfish and two organic bedding stores) ... Read more
and cultural pursuits like the Biltmore Estate, the second largest concentration of Art Deco buildings (just behind Miami), and a bevy of artists and craftspeople.

Asheville places to stay and top hotels

Asheville things to do and experiences

  • Biltmore Estate
    9.7308 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Winery, History Museum, Historic Site, Pool, Bowling Alley
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  • Blue Ridge Parkway
    9.9151 reviews
    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Park, Transportation, Road or Highway
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  • The North Carolina Arboretum
    9.556 reviews
    Outdoors, Garden
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  • Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
    9.550 reviews
    Brewery, Pub
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Spring and fall tend to be the best times to visit Asheville and the surrounding areas -- the weather is mild and the summer vacation crowds haven’t hit yet. In the spring, the mountains bloom with wildflowers, ... Read more
and in the fall, the leaves change color (best seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway). However, the colorful foliage draws a crowd, so be prepared for higher weekend hotel rates and heavier traffic on mountain roads. Winter is when skiers head to the surrounding mountain slopes, though Asheville itself doesn’t get much snow. If you’re driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in the winter, be sure to check road conditions ahead of time since winter weather has been known to close small sections of the road.

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Top Asheville restaurants

  • Tupelo Honey
    9.566 reviews
    Southern / Soul
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  • 12 Bones Smokehouse
    9.646 reviews
    American, Barbecue
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  • Curate
    9.943 reviews
    Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish
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  • Sunny Point Cafe
    9.639 reviews
    American, Breakfast & Brunch
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90 minutes from our property, Asheville is an easy day trip. Experience the Great Smoky Mountains on the drive to the Baltimore Estates, local arts and crafts stores, and great local restaurants.

Local from Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Asheville is a tourist's dream: a beautiful and walkable downtown, world-class restaurants, an abundance of award-winning craft breweries, outdoor adventures, local arts and crafts, a vibrant music scene (including street musicians!)...all surrounded by stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views. Whether you have a weekend for a quick visit or plan to stay a week or more, Asheville and the Western Carolina region will fulfill your itinerary. And yes, there is so much more to do than visit the Biltmore. While I do always recommend paying the price to experience the estate, it's not at the top of the list for me. The charm of Asheville comes in the local businesses, people, and landscape. The first time I came for a visit, my then fiance and I only had an overnight. We headed straight downtown to Jack of the Woods pub for some fish tacos, local Green Man Brewery beer, and live music. Then we walked around the historic downtown filled with Art Deco buildings, street music and unique, thriving local businesses. The next morning we grabbed some coffee from Biltmore Roasters before jumping on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a quick hike to Skinny Dip Falls and a scenic drive as we headed out of town. We fell in love. Years later we relocated for work and have not been disappointed. I am certain that you could live in this region for a hundred years and never do the same hike twice. Asheville and surrounding areas are saturated with hiking trails, parks, and activities galore to satisfy outdoor adventurers. A particular favorite is a lazy Saturday floating down the French Broad River via the ultra affordable and convenient Zen Tubing company. Along the way you can park your raft and browse through local artists' studios in the River Arts District or grab a couple pints at breweries situated on the river - Wedge and New Belgium. End the journey with a cookout at the rustic recreation club ($1 membership fee), Bywater, or explore eats in nearby West Asheville. My favorite is the oyster burger at Oyster House Brewery. If you happen to be in town on a first Friday between April and December, you're in for a special treat; downtown galleries and art museums open their doors from the hours of 5-8pm and invite locals and tourists on a "First Friday Art Walk" through downtown. Many serve up wine, beer and snacks that you can enjoy while exploring the local art scene. Afterwards, hit the "South Slope" for the best BBQ in town at Buxton Hall, owned and operated by James Beard award winning chef, Elliot Moss. Cap off the night with beers at Burial, which happens to be my favorite Asheville brewery. While Asheville is small and doesn't have the big city highlights, you can still find enough theatre, music, and thrills to satisfy you for a visit or few. But, don't expect a town filled with culture and diversity. This is where Asheville is desperately lacking and could come as a source of disappointment for many. Nonetheless, it's a town that is meant to be explored.

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I love Asheville for the arts, country, food and people. The hotels are great and not too expensive and the restaurants are very eclectic and natural. Take a bike ride and explore the mountainside and then go to grove park inn for dinner by a fireplace

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Biltmore State a must see about an hour and 20 minutes from the High Chaparral.

Burns, Kansas

Beautiful city located 90 minutes west of the cabin. Wineries, downtown and riverfront areas, and the Biltmore estate. Great day trip

London, UK

I had a great time when I stopped in Asheville a few years ago on a similar trip. Really good food and music everywhere!

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

Nice little town that's more tiny city than big town. Ample restaurants and some shopping downtown though appeared more expensive than the region for some reason. Some arts businesses downtown too. Worth a stay and exploration. Near the $60 per person Biltmore Estate.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Great day trip with fun restaurants, Shopping, and so much more. A lovely 40 minute drive from the Silver Tree Cabin.

Mills River, North Carolina

If you're into world-class restaurants, incredible local breweries, people watching and lots of fun with locals, art galleries, entertainment, sports venues, shopping, or all of the above, you must visit Asheville while you're here. Drive 30 minutes to reach this fun destination and enjoy your day or evening while seeing something new each time. Some of our favorite spots in Asheville are Sante' Wine Bar, Pack's Tavern, Wicked Weed, Wasabi, Asheville Brewing, Highland Brewery, Asheville Mall, and Biltmore Park Town Square.

Recommended for:FoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers
Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA

We've been here twice now, this time for 6 months. There's so much to do in the area, in nature and in town. There are dozens of breweries, pubs and bars unlike any other and the beer in this area is just amazing, and we've been all over the US a couple times now.