Posted on 1/18/2019 by Dean McElveen

2019 SoCon Basketball Tournament

SoCon Basketball Returns to Asheville!


We are excited that the NCAA March Madness Tournament is right around the corner! But first, the road to the NCAA Tournament in Minneapolis starts in Asheville, North Carolina. It will be a well-fought battle, and then the winner of the Southern Conference (SoCon) Basketball Championship will punch their ticket to the grand-daddy of them all: the NCAA March Madness Tournament. 

You can experience all of Asheville, North Carolina, and the 2019 SoCon Basketball Tournament with Carolina Mornings! Plus, when you stay with us, you receive 1 free daily Mountain Discovery Pass to The Biltmore!

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is one of the top, must-see cities in the United States according to Insider magazine. Don't miss out, experience the Asheville community with all our amazing mountains views, the 8,000-acre Biltmore Estate, historic architecture, the beautiful Pisgah National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and so much more!


When and Where


The 2019 SoCon Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held at The U.S. Cellular Center on March 7, 2019, through March 11, 2019! 

The U.S. Cellular Center, located in Downtown Asheville, is close to plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, and historical buildings. The tournament brings folks from North & South Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Virginia. Tournament play starts Thursday, March 7th and runs until Monday, March 11, 2019. The championship game for the Women's tournament is Sunday, March 10th at 12 pm. The Men's championship game will be on Monday, March 11th at 7 pm (also being aired Live on ESPN).

Asheville, NC

Downtown Asheville

Asheville Specials

The U.S. Cellular Center (Downtown Asheville)


Where to Stay in Asheville During the SoCon Tournament 


When you stay in Asheville during the 2019 SoCon Basketball Tournament, you probably want to feel like you never left the comforts of home, so rent your very own cabin/vacation rental. Skip the confined space of a hotel room, and explore the wonders of vacationing at your personal and private home away from home.  

Airbnb is on the rage for vacation homes, but communication and hospitality is limited (and unreliable) depending on the property and owners. We here at Carolina Mornings bring a unique experience vacation rentals to the Asheville area, on top of local hospitality from our small, dog-friendly office located in Downtown Asheville. Our amazing Reservations Team can help make your experience worthwhile, from recommendations of resturants and bars, to local attractions and destinations! Here's a secret for you: if you book through us and not Airbnb for your stay in Asheville, NC, then you will save yourself additional fees that third-party sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway charge.     

An extra incentive when you stay with us during your vacation to Asheville, NC: we include one free adult Mountain Discovery Pass to The Biltmore Estate (All Year-Round), Wolf Ridge Ski Lift Pass (December 14th-Februrary 28th), French Broad Ziplinning (May-October) and Rafting (June-September), as a thank you for staying with us! Our Mountain Discovery Pass is exclusively at Carolina Mornings! 

2019 SoCon Basketball Tournament

Ellington Loft (0.2 Miles)

Airbnb Asheville

Eastern Sky (5.9 Miles)


Things to Do in Asheville During SoCon


Asheville, North Carolina, is a year-round vacation destination, rated by Frommer's as one of a dozen top places to visit in the world. As you make plans for your upcoming stay in the Asheville area, Carolina Mornings can help provide information and advice on area activities near your reserved Asheville cabin rental.

Tours in Asheville

Grey Line Trolley Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour (0.3 Miles)

Things to do in Asheville

Downtown Asheville

Places to Eat in Asheville

Wicked Weed Brewery (0.4 Miles)


SoCon Fans save $10 on the Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tour

When you book online, SoCon fans save $10 on Gray Line's Top Rated and Top Ranked Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour.* It's FUN and INFORMATIVE. Tours run multiple times daily. 

*Discount for full-fare adult tickets only. Online Only.

Use promo code: SoConSAVE10

Things to do in Asheville

Enjoy The Biltmore Estate with your Daily Mountain Discovery Pass from Carolina Mornings (2.4 Miles)

Things to do in Asheville

Hit the trails and explore the nature of Asheville

Things to do in Asheville

Hike the many trails surrounding Asheville, NC (Photo By Mark Roberts)

Things to do in Asheville

Find spectacular waterfalls like this one in the Pisgah Forest (Photo By Mark Roberts) 


Restaurants Within Walking Distance of the U.S. Cellular Center

Places to eat in Asheville

Pack's Tavern (0.4 Miles)


If you're looking for a great place to eat but don't want to travel away from Downtown, Asheville offers tons of unique restaurants within half a mile from the U.S. Cellular Center! Here are some that might interest you: 

The Soda Fountain (steps from the arena), Cafe 64The Southern Kitchen and BarThe Bier GardenIsa's BistroChai Pani AshevilleEarly Girl EateryCalypso St. Lucian Caribbean CuisineMediterranean RestaurantStrada ItalianoOver Easy CafeMela Indian RestaurantBrasilia Churrasco SteakhousePack's TavernWhite Duck Taco ShopCurateHeiwaShokudoChestnutWicked Weed BrewingBarley's Taproom & Pizzeria.


Places to Stay Near U.S. Cellular Center

Asheville Airbnb-Style Homes

Valley View Cabin (31 Miles North at Scenic Wolf)


1 Property within 1 mile:

-Ellington Loft: 0.2 Miles

12 Properties within a 10 Mile Radius:

-Cedar View: 4.1 Miles

-Bonnie’s Cottage: 5.7 Miles

-Eastern Sky: 5.9 Miles 

-Carolina Roost: 6.3 Miles

-Rose Hill Country Cottage: 7.1 Miles

-Deer Run: 8.3 Miles

-Red Barn: 8.3 Miles

-Sunshine Cove: 8.4 Miles 

-Moonlight Ridge: 9 Miles

-Mountain Oaks Cabin: 9.3 Miles

-Lake Asheville: 9.5 Miles

-Tree Tops: 9.8 Miles
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