I was able to visit Asheville, North Carolina a few times this year. It is such a unique and beautiful city. Each time I go, there is always more to see and do. My top activities in Asheville include the Biltmore Estate, the River Arts District, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Brewery hopping.
I visited Biltmore many years ago, but I was excited to go back when it was decorated for Christmas. When we got on the estate, we visited the winery before our house tour. It was crowded, but the line moved quickly. With your ticket, you get a complimentary wine tasting. The staff is very knowledgeable and will let you try many wines.
After the winery, we made our way to the house for the Candlelight Christmas tour. The house was beautifully decorated with a Christmas tree and candles in every room. They also had a live choir and musicians playing throughout the house. It was a wonderful experience and definitely got us into the holiday spirit.
Pro tip: Candlelight Christmas typically sells out since they have only a specific number of tickets during each tour. I recommend getting your tickets online ahead of time.
River Arts District
After eating at White Duck Taco, we spent some time around the River Arts District. There are a variety of art galleries and studios to pop in and out of. The galleries are in converted warehouse buildings along the river. There is also some talented graffiti work that can be seen in the River Arts District, as well.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is also a great way to pass an afternoon. If you get a clear day, you can see for miles around. There are lookout points throughout the parkway that provide amazing views of green forest and mountains in the distance. If you can, try to be on the parkway at sunset for a picture perfect view.
Over the years, the brewery scene has exploded in Asheville. Many of the breweries are within walking distance of downtown Asheville. A few of the breweries we checked out included: Wicked Weed, Green Man, Hi-Wire, Twin Leaf and Asheville Brewing Company. One of my favorite breweries we visited was Sierra Nevada. It is a little outside of Asheville, but it was worth the drive. It is a huge facility with a restaurant, great outdoor space and an expansive brewing and bottling area. You can take a self-guided tour through the brewery. They also have an extensive beer list to choose from.
That wraps up my top activities in Asheville, NC. What are some of your favorite things to do and see in Asheville?