Asheville, NC Activity Guide
A walking tour around downtown Asheville is a good introduction to the city's eclectic vibe - great for people watching, local shopping, and viewing the remarkable Art Deco architecture and sculpture installations. Downtown Asheville is home to dozens of exciting art galleries, which are scattered around the main thoroughfares.
Lexington Avenue has a wide assortment of stores and restaurants, including vintage shops and a large antique mall that is great for leisurely browsing. The Grove Arcade, located on Battery Park Avenue, is a beautiful indoor shopping area with a fascinating history and numerous high-end shops. Just around the corner from the Grove Arcade is Wall Street, a quaint cobblestone street that is perfect for a romantic stroll.
Haywood Street is home to many shops as well, notably Woolworth Walk, a showcase for local artists and crafts persons housed in the old Woolworth drugstore building. Also on Haywood Street is the Asheville Civic Center, where entertainment events often take place at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, such as concerts and theater productions. Just past the Civic Center is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, an architecturally stunning chapel with a breathtaking rose garden.
Pack Square, in the heart of downtown Asheville, is recognizable by the Vance Monument, the large obelisk that serves as Asheville's monument to tolerance. Pack Place features the Asheville Art Museum, the Colburn Earth Science Museum, and the Diana Wortham Theater, home to the annual Mainstage Series of music, theater, and dance performances. Recently renovated Pack Square Park has an expansive lawn for picnicking and socializing, a stage for entertainment events, and several interactive water fountains. Dozens of amazing, award-winning restaurants surround the center of town - perfect for sampling the local flavor!
River Arts District (RAD)
West Asheville's main thoroughfare is Haywood Road (Exit 2 off of Interstate 240), which offers numerous restaurants and interesting shops. West Asheville is known for being a hip, artsy community and is host to many independent businesses and craft shops that offer classes and activities. During the warm months, the weekly West Asheville Farmer's Market is a great way to meet local farmers and bakers.
The 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate in South Asheville's most well known attraction, boasting the grand 250-room Biltmore mansion, expansive gardens, and the Biltmore winery. Visit our Biltmore Estate guide to learn more about the Estate! Check out the Carolina Mornings Specials to learn more about the Biltmore Bed and Breakfast Package and the Biltmore All-Girl Getaway Package.
Just outside the main gates of Biltmore Estate is the historic Biltmore Village, home to dozens of boutiques and galleries. There are several great dining options in Biltmore Village, notably the renowned Corner Kitchen, offering Southern dishes with an urban twist.
Further south in Asheville is the Biltmore Town Square, a lively urban center accessed off of I-26 East, which offers a fifteen-cinema movie complex, and an easily navigable array of stores and boutiques.
Asheville enjoys a wide variety of entertainment options for all seasons. In spring, summer, and fall, a trip to the North Carolina mountains wouldn't be complete without a drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. For the adventurous, a visit to Navitat Canopy Adventures is a must! And with our impressive barrage of local boutiques and galleries, shopping in Asheville is always a great time. Visit our Asheville Shopping Guide to learn more!
Even though our amazing city is rather small, it is positively packed with amazing things to see and do! There are several tour options for visitors to the area, some quite eclectic - just like Asheville!
Additional tour info: Explore Asheville, NC | Visit Asheville, NC’s Official Tourism Web Site
Beer City, USA
Asheville has been voted Beer City USA for three years running! Asheville is home to a dozen independent microbreweries, most offering limited edition brews at their own bars. In the downtown area alone, there's six breweries, plus two beer specialty stores, and a few beer-centric bars that have dozens of local brews on tap. On the outskirts of Asheville, there are several more breweries and a couple offers regular outdoor entertainment - weather permitting. These are great places to take your dog and enjoy some local flavor.
For a more comprehensive introduction to dining in Asheville, visit our guide to world class dining in Asheville, NC!
Outdoor Adventure Sports
Western North Carolina is home to some of the best adrenaline-inducing outdoor adventure sports in the nation! From Ziplining to White Water Rafting, the Blur Ridge Mountains are home to dozens of options for those looking to experience the beauty of the mountains. With so many options for outdoor fun, visitors to the area can easily become overwhelmed with choices! To help offset the stress, we've created an Outdoor Entertainment Guide to better acquaint you with some area must-visit sights! Carolina Mornings offers a Mountain Discovery Pass that makes these activities even more accessible to those visiting the area.
Did you know that the Blue Ridge Parkway offers some of the best scenic drives in the nation, right here in Asheville, North Carolina? With breathtaking vistas, twisty curvy roads, and dramatic elevation changes - riding the Smoky Mountains is an experience you won't soon forget!
Golfing in the Blue Ridge Mountains is an experience like no other! With our powerfully beautiful backdrops, our enormous sky that stretches into infinity, and our perfect climate, Golfers will find themselves in a dreamland!
Fishing in the beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes of the Western North Carolina is tremendous. Relax, sit back or get your feet wet and fish for North Carolina's famous trout, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and catfish!
Enjoy bike rides all throughout the mountains. Bike your way to Mt. Mitchell on the Blue Ridge Parkway or enjoy our many greenways around the Asheville area!
Renting a home in Asheville is the first step in creating a memorable vacation. Whether you're looking for a secluded mountain home or a condo in the city, Carolina Mornings has the perfect vacation rental for your visit to the area. Contact one of our dedicated and professional Vacation Planners as the first step in planning your vacation - they'll work with you to tailor the ultimate mountain vacation that fits all of your needs. To learn more about renting your first cabin in Asheville, contact Carolina Mornings at (844) 412-6881. Be sure to ask about our Mountain Discovery Pass, included with every Carolina Mornings Rental!