Eight Great Reasons to Vacation in Asheville, NC this Memorial Day Weekend

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There's a ton of entertaining events happening on Memorial Day Weekend in and around Asheville, North Carolina - so rest assured at least one of them is right up your alley! Family fun? Green thumb? Outdoor adventure? Pack your bags and kick off summer with one of these awesome options!

1. Mountain Sports Festival
Only in Asheville will folks find a way to combine athletic events with local beer and live music. Carrier Park on the French Broad River is home to a weekend full of sports competitions, including a triathlon, rock climbing, disc golf, Ultimate frisbee, cycling, and the much anticipated dodgeball tournament. The festival, attended annually by over 15,000 people, also features kids activities and outdoor adventure gear exhibitors anxious to demo their wares. Free music is brought to you by top-notch acts like the Josh Phillips Folk Festival and George Porter Jr. & the Running Pardners.

2. White Squirrel Festival
The quiet little mountain town of Brevard, NC explodes every year with this family-oriented festival. Named by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 May Festivals, the White Squirrel Festival features two days of free live music by 16 different acts, a derby kart race, 5K and 10K White Squirrel races, and a downtown parade with wacky costumes and a tribute to US soldiers lost in battle.  

3. Biltmore Blooms 
From the formal gardens bursting with poppies, snapdragons, and pansies to the Rose Garden featuring over 1,400 blooms, the Biltmore Estate's Festival of Flowers brings colorful delight to all who attend. Carolina Mornings is pleased to offer all guests a complimentary Biltmore Estate ticket, which includes access to not only the expansive gardens, but also the Biltmore House, known as the largest private home in the US. This free ticket is part of the Mountain Discovery Pass, an exclusive Carolina Mornings treat! 

4. Kenilworth Art Studio Tour
Over twenty artists in the Kenilworth neighborhood near downtown Asheville will open their studios on Memorial Day Weekend. This free, self-guided tour connects the area's many talented residents. This year's tour features four artist husband-and-wife couples, including Ann and Sandy Batton who collaborate to create fanciful pottery such as the piece shown here. Art enthusiasts will also want to check out Asheville's River Arts District, home to more than 165 artists with working studios.

5. Garden Jubilee Festival
Passionate gardeners and newbies alike will find true delight at this annual downtown Hendersonville festival located just twenty minutes from Asheville. Over 200 vendors will be selling plant starts, including herbs and hard-to-find species, as well as handmade arts and crafts items that help beautify your outdoor entertaining areas. Beginner gardeners should come armed with questions: nurseries and experts will be on hand to offer tips and advice. 

6. Asheville Beer Week
For the full lowdown on this week-long celebration of Beer City USA, click here to read our blog article about it. This music video by the Feral Chihuahuas comedy troupe pretty much sums up how much Asheville loves beer.

7. Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Looking for something a bit risqué to do this Memorial Day Weekend? Get your fix with burlesque dancers, aerialists, fire eaters, jugglers, and acrobats for three days of fun at the Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival. The only event of its kind in the Southeast, the festival is celebrating seven years of history and features the Vaudeville Revival, workshops, and dozens of dazzling performances by international masters. Get a glimpse of the Asheville nightlife by attending events at three different popular venues, each ticketed separately. Wickedly delightful entertainment!

8. The FREE Mountain Discovery Pass
Free is the key word with Carolina Mornings' Mountain Discovery Pass: Free whitewater rafting, free zip lining, free Biltmore Estate admission, free golfing, and free LaZoom comedy bus tours. When you rent an Asheville cabin from Carolina Mornings, you get free access to all of this - good for one person for each day of your stay. Make this Memorial Day weekend one to remember with the adventure vacation of a lifetime. Discover details about the Mountain Discovery Pass!

Carolina Mornings, the Asheville area's premiere provider of mountain vacation rentals, wants to help you find the perfect location for your Memorial Day Weekend getaway. Offering pet-friendly rentals with private hot tubs in dozens of locations, Carolina Mornings can set you up in a creekside log cabin, a convenient in-town condominium, or a mountaintop chalet like Among the Clouds, shown here. Give our expert Vacation Planners a call today to reserve your dream North Carolina mountain cabin!

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