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Asheville

Asheville

Nestled in the Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains

If you can imagine our valley as a pendant, then Asheville, NC would be an Art Deco gem held by a setting of the blue-green stones of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s easy to think of Asheville and Western North Carolina in artistic terms. Arts and crafts have been a way of life here since woodcarvers and quilters used their creativity to supplement farm income.

Asheville and the surrounding villages are artwork themselves. Fine craftsmen and architects outdid each other in the days of opulence and speculation at the dawn of the last century. The Great Depression ended the boom but the buildings lived on, escaping the urban renewal that brought a sameness to America’s other cities. In Asheville, you can walk the 30 stations of the Urban Trail and learn more about the rich history of our city, from drover crossroad to the era of the grand hotels to today’s colorful cosmopolitan atmosphere.

These downtown areas of Asheville and the surrounding communities offer unique opportunities for shopping and dining. Fine arts and crafts, antiques and a delicious assortment of restaurants are all clustered in central business districts of Asheville, the Biltmore Estate Village and Weaverville.

Try on the latest hiking boots in a downtown shop and head out for adventure at the area’s many outdoor activities. Enjoy music or performing by any of a dozen excellent theatre or dance companies. Dine at a cool sidewalk table, then burn the calories by strolling downtown Asheville. 

For a complete guide to local activities, visit RomanticAsheville.com, or go to ExploreAsheville.com for a free Travel Guide.

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Best of Both Worlds

If an interest in Western North Carolina's mountain views is on your bucket list as you plan an extended visit to the area, the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA) can offer a number of lodging experiences for your consideration. Among them is the opportunity to stay at more than one of our member inns with an itinerary that can include views of the "city and "country" while you're here!!

Our membership is made up of 16 individual inns, each of which offers unique facilities, services and amenities. And while many of them offer "in" or "near" Asheville experiences, ABBA also includes in its membership several Buncombe County properties that offer lodging alternatives that are just 15-20 minutes away from the City's urban center.

If you are looking for the best of both worlds, consider staying in one of Asheville's B&Bss followed by a getaway to one of our incredible B&Bs outside of the city. 


Around Asheville

Around Asheville

ABBA Inns Outside of Central Asheville

Where Asheville and the Mountains Meet

If your plans are to enjoy a mountain getaway but you prefer a lodging experience that avoids the hustle and bustle of Asheville's urban center, the Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA) has "other" options for you to consider!

Our membership is made up of 16 individual inns, each of which offers unique guest experiences.  But while most of them offer "in" or "near" downtown Asheville experiences, ABBA also includes in its membership several Buncombe County properties that offer truly special lodging alternatives.

These properties, located in the colorful and eclectic mountain communities of Black Mountain, Candler, Leicester, Weaverville and Woodfin, offer the same contemporary luxury guest experiences as their in town sisters.  But, because of their locations, they also offer a broader complement of the majesty of the mountains.

Here, visitors will enjoy unexpected and memorable country delights...stunning and "up close" mountain views, home town folks whose genuine hospitality says "you are welcome here," quiet meadows where wildflowers genuflect gently in the cooling breeze, bountiful gardens filled with vegetables bound for the breakfast table, barnyards and chicken coops from which quacking and clucking welcome the day and the serenity of babbling brooks and creeks that calm the mind and the spirit at the end of the day.

Come, stay with us in these places.  We promise that you will be glad you did...

Black Mountain- Inn Around The Corner
Candler- Engadine Inn and Cabins
Leicester- Wildberry Lodge
Weaverville- Dry Ridge Inn
Woodfin- The Reynolds Mansion


Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Asheville is a "foodie" destination.  Fodor’s Travel Guide says this about Asheville: “Get a taste of Asheville while it still feels local and before it goes global. On the edge of the alluring Smoky Mountains, the food and drink scene of the recently dubbed ‘Beer City USA’ is the perfect complement to the scenery. With such a wide variety of exceptional dining choices, no palate should be left wanting.”

The Asheville food scene has been recognized by Bon Appetit, the James Beard Foundation, Food & Wine Magazine, Saveur and The New York Times among countless other national publications.

Downtown Asheville alone boats more than 100 independent restaurants offering you every style of food from down home southern cooking to small plate offerings; French bistros to Mediterranean; Barbeque to Latin-fusion; and tapas to steak house. Restaurants can also be found catering to every type of diet; vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters will be happy to find dining options of their own.

And it doesn’t stop with restaurants!

Foodies have their choice of two excellent food tours, Eating Asheville and Asheville Food Tours will help the undecided sample cuisine from a number of our finest restaurants and shops while exploring the streets of Asheville.

Food trucks are a recent addition to the Asheville dining scene and they even have their own lot from which to serve you.  This is the spot for ethnic cuisine: tacos, Korean kimchi, falafel and vegetarian fare are just a few of the street-foods you can sample here.

For the sweets lover, Asheville offers up hand-dipped chocolates at both the Chocolate Fetish and The French Broad Chocolate Lounge, where they roast and grind their own cacao beans!  Tea shops and Viennese Pastry Stores serve every type of cake and sweet. Need coffee? Try one of our independent bookstores.  At Malaprops or the Battery Park Book Exchange you can spend a pleasant hour relaxing and reading.

For a quick bite in a nostalgic setting, the Soda Fountain at Woolworth Walk offers up 1950’s lunch counter fare surrounded by original artwork and crafts in the rededicated building. Dine at sidewalk cafes or in elegant surroundings, it’s your choice but you can be sure of one thing: food will be fresh, innovative and sourced locally as much as possible.

In addition to the amazing food scene there are over 10 local breweries in Asheville and the surrounding area. Asheville’s brew culture is so remarkable it has been voted “Beer City USA”. Asheville Brews Cruise offers a tour of local breweries or it is possible to visit many of the breweries on your own. Most pubs and bars will serve a good selection of local fare and usually have live music as well.

Wine lovers should not feel left out. The Battery Park Book Exchange is also a Champagne bar with a great selection of wines to choose from. Just around the corner is Sante Wine bar, a European style wine bar.

And if you find something you like, you can probably buy it! Olive and Kickin sells a wide variety of blended balsamic vinegars and olive oils and includes a tasting bar. The Spice and Tea Exchange has spice mixes, exotic salts, and rubs as well as a large selection of fine teas. Not to be missed in the summer are the “Tailgate Markets” where locals congregate to buy fresh produce, canned goods and baked items from nearby farms.

For  information on these treats and more, we recommend the following websites: Asheville Independent Restaurants ; Asheville Dining Guide RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide and A Guide to Craft Breweries and Pubs. And of course your Asheville Bed and Breakfast innkeeper will be happy to assist you!


Outdoors

Outdoors

Activities Activities in the Asheville, North Carolina Area

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains the Asheville area offers endless opportunity for outdoor recreation and adventure. Acclaimed by numerous magazines as a top outdoor adventure destination visitors enjoy scenic driving, hiking, biking, paddling, fishing, horseback riding and now zip-lining.

The beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway celebrated it 75th Anniversary in 2010. Linking the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park, it provides more than 400 miles of Mountain views and vistas uninterrupted by man-made construction. Travelers can visit Mount Mitchell, highest peak in the Eastern United States, or stop off at Grandfather Mountain to cross the mile high-swinging bridge.

The more adventurous can leave their cars at various trail heads and venture into the mountains, climbing to waterfalls, balds and escarpments. Rock climbers and bikers will find much to interest them as well

An hour’s journey west of Asheville, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is known for its biodiversity with more plant and animal species than in any other National Park. Lucky visitors may spot elk, bears or other animals in their natural habitat.  A simulated community showcases the lives of pioneers in our mountains.

Southwest of Asheville, the DuPont State Forest is home to several awe inspiring waterfalls which can be visited with a short hike.

If our swift running mountain streams and rivers call to you, local businesses offer white-water rafting as well as fly-fishing, and other water sports. Not to be missed is a “zip” through the canopy at one of Asheville’s state-of-the-art zip lines.

Chimney Rock Park, 25 miles southeast of Asheville is named for the large rock at its summit. The observation area, which can be reached by ascending on foot or, for the less adventurous, by elevator, afford a 75 mile view of the surrounding area. And here cinema enthusiasts will find the 404-foot waterfall featured in the Last of the Mohicans.

Romantic Asheville, a comprehensive website guide to Asheville and the surrounding areas, features pages dedicated to 40 Asheville Hikes and the Top 10 Quick Hiking Trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There is also a page featuring the 20 Top Waterfalls.

Your bed and breakfast hosts will be glad to put you in touch with just the adventure you seek. These sites provide additional information to assist with planning your Asheville adventure:  Hike WNC ; Nantahala Outdoor Center; Explore Asheville; RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide and Land of Waterfalls.


Arts, Crafts & Shopping

Arts, Crafts & Shopping

The Asheville area has a thriving arts scene and is home to hundreds of fine artists, folk artists and mountain crafters. There are many notable galleries and a variety of featured art events throughout the year both in town and in dedicated arts’ districts in Asheville, Weaverville and other surrounding villages.

Nestled in the River Arts District along the French Broad River are many artist’s studios, galleries and restaurants. There are over 165 artists working in studios, many housed in converted factory warehouses. You can find a mix of traditional and contemporary artists. The River Arts District has a free Studio Stroll two weekends a year (May and November).  The artists welcome you into their studios to view their latest artwork, and watch demonstrations. On the second Saturday of every month the artists have workshops, special events and shows. The studios are open year around and the artists  often open their studios to the public on Fridays.

Woolworth Walk, located in the heart of downtown Asheville and in the Historic F.W. Woolworth building, features more than 160 local artists.  Here you will find jewelry, fine art, decorative art and crafts. Artists range from crafters to trained artists, art hobbiests and Southern Highland Guild Craft members. The building also houses an Old Fashion Soda Fountain.

The Folk Art Center is home to the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  The Guild has been serving artists in this area since 1930.  The Guild now represents close to 1,000 craftspeople in 293 counties of 9 South Eastern states. The Folk Art Center showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. The Folk Art Center is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, a few miles from downtown.

The Southern Highland Craft Guild holds the Southern Highlands Craft Fair, a tradition since 1948, for 4 days during July and October at the Civic Center in Asheville. Over 200 craftspeople come together to sell works of fiber, clay, leather, mixed media, metal, natural materials, glass, paper, wood and jewelry. Visitors interact with craftspeople selling their work and inform the visitor about their process and inspiration. The Fair also features craft demonstrations. Local musicians perform traditional and bluegrass mountain music on the arena stage. Long known as an arts and crafts destination, Asheville offers the perfect backdrop to this very impressive organization.

Asheville is also home to many specialty shops, retail shops and antique shops.  Every street downtown leads to an eclectic mix of businesses and local merchants.  There is a diverse mix of shopping, along with clothing stores, jewelry stores, toy and children’s shops, outfitters, specialty beer and wine stores. The block-long Grove Arcade is a shopping and dining destination in the heart of downtown.

Visit the Historic Biltmore Village featuring turn of the century homes once belonging to George Vanderbilt. Here you will find excellent restaurants, small boutiques, specialty stores, and galleries.

Antique shops in Asheville range from unique boutiques to 6,000-square-foot antiques emporia, specializing in estate jewelry, art and imported European antique furniture. The Biltmore Antiques District is home to 9 antique shops and malls. Celebrating its 63rd year is Asheville’s annual Antiques Fair, considered one of oldest Antiques Fair in the Southeast. Swannanoa River  Road is home to numerous antique shops and malls, most notably the Tobacco Barn and Regeneration Station.

For a complete listing of local events and shops, please visit the following sites: exploreasheville.com and RomanticAsheville.com for a free Travel Guide.


Music & More

Music & More

Festivals, Concerts & Performing Arts in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is home to many  live music venues and events that draw local talent and top national performers. On any given night, these venues offer up a diverse musical range – from folk to bluegrass and mountain music to experimental jazz and rock.  During the summer months enjoy musical events such as Shindig on the Green and Friday after Five. In addition to musical events there are any number of festivals in Asheville and the surrounding areas.  Performing Arts are plentiful with an array of community theaters, The Asheville Symphony, contemporary dance and opera.

Some of the local venues include: The Orange Peel, which has earned an international reputation as one of the best live music venues in the country. Rolling Stone magazine included it in its list of “Top Five Rock Clubs in the County.” The Peel hosts a variety of music acts from everywhere and of all genres. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, located in downtown Asheville is home to The Asheville Symphony and Asheville Bravo. Thomas Wolfe Auditorium also hosts opera, ballet, dance, and concerts. The Grey Eagle features live music performances by a wide range of locally, regionally and nationally touring bluegrass, rockabilly, jazz, rock, indie-rock, folk and blues artists. Isis Music Hall attracts incredible performers in their funky West Asheville location. The Biltmore Estate offers an outdoor summer concert series.

A number of the larger events are explained below. However we recommend you visit Explore Asheville for a complete listing of all events throughout the year.

Every Saturday in summer, Shindig on the Green, a free mountain bluegrass music, and dance festival happens. In 2012 Shindig on the Green, returns to its original location – formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike gather on blankets and lawn chairs at approximately 7:00pm to 10:00p.m to hear the music true to the traditions of Southern Appalachia.

Every third Friday beginning in May through September, Downtown After Five provides free live music and entertainment on the street in downtown Asheville.

In a not to be missed site on every Friday night spring through fall, Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville hosts a Drum Circle. The Asheville Drum Circle is a 9-year tradition where you will find locals dancing  and playing music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!

The Asheville Fringe Arts festival is an annual multiple venue show whose main goal is to develop and showcase emerging and experienced local artists who are exploring new medias and forms of expressions that are often overlooked in the main stream of performance in Asheville. Artists of all types of genres and media (movement, theatre,  music, spoken word, puppetry, spectacle and more) to present original and modern performance art to a culturally bold audience.

Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival (LAAFF) is now 2 day end-of-summer festival highlighting Asheville’s musical and artistic communities. This is where funky gets really funky…you will find the coolest street performers, vaudeville, fire dancers, break dancers, hula hoopers, freak fashions and circus arts covering three blocks of Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville. Local art, beer, food and music will be in abundance.

Not to be confused with LAAFF, Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is one of the cherished traditions for folks across the southeast and beyond during a weekend in May and October at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF is well known for its multi-cultural music, dance, arts, and outdoor adventures.

Each year the Brewgrass Festival held in September gathers over 40 American breweries, to showcase more than 120 different beers and national and regional bluegrass musicians. This is a popular festival and tickets sell out  very fast.

Is it any surprise that a city voted “Beer City USA” would also have a Beer City Festival. This festival showcases the best craft beers brewed in the Carolinas. The Brewgrass folks  have teamed up with the Asheville Brewer’s Alliance to add a spring Beer Festival. It’s probably safe to say tickets for this event  go quickly too.

The annual Mountain Sports Festival is a 3-day outdoor sport, music and beer festival that caters to the serious athlete or a beginner wanting to participate in an event for the first time. Races and competitions in paddling, adventure racing, cycling, running, disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, climbing, skateboarding and many other events take place all weekend long. There are clinics in bike maintenance, throwing/catching, yoga, fly casting, longboarding, paddleboarding, chi running and ultimate Frisbee. And if you are thirsty after competing or sitting through a clinic, MSF has teamed up with Beer Jam to quench your thirst. And what would any Asheville festival be without music. On stage you can hear jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and funk.

If its performing arts you are interested in Asheville and the surrounding area has many theatres.  Among these is the Flat Rock Playhouse which presents the best of Broadway musicals, comedy and drama from May through December. The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville is a 500-seat theatre hosting more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. Asheville Community Theatre, the longest running community theatre group in Asheville featues outstanding  productions of dramas, comedies,  and musicals. Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre  is our  modern dance company presenting a diverse repertory, both experimental and traditional. Fine Arts Theatre is a magnificently renovated older movie house in downtown dedicated to first-run and independent films. For additional information on more theatres and performance schedules visit Explore Asheville.

It would be difficult to list all of the cultural events taking place in Asheville, especially as new ones are added all the time. Two great resources for information on all the area festivals are  RomanticAsheville.com  Travel Guide and  Explore Asheville.

And of course your Asheville innkeeper will be happy to help you plan your trip.


Tours

Tours

It is not surprising that a city so rich in history and culture would have a historic trolley tour or a comedy bus tour, that a city that is home to the Foodtopian Society would have several food tours, and a city that has secured the title of Beer City, USA for the last three years would have a brews cruise. We even have several ghost tours for those brave enough to investigate the spirited side of Asheville. Even the modes of transportation the tours use are different.

Next to walking the downtown streets of Asheville NC, one of the best ways to experience Asheville is to take a historic trolley tour. These tours are offered by both the Gray Line Trolley Tour and Historic White Trolley Tour which begin at the Asheville Visitor Center. All tickets are 2-day passes and allow guest to jump off and back on again at any of the tour stops along the way.  The tours are fully narrated by experienced guides. Each trolley company takes visitors through residential neighborhoods including the Montford Historic District, the famed Grove Park Inn and Resort, downtown Asheville – highlighting major points of interest along the way like the Art Deco architecture, the Thomas Wolfe House, historic Biltmore Village and the funky River Arts District.

Or, you can take to the sidewalks, gliding through downtown via a Segway with Moving Sidewalk Tours. This unique way to see the city is guided and originates at the Asheville Visitor Center. The tour leads you on a 2 to 2.5 hour journey through downtown including the Grove Arcade, Montford Historic District and the Asheville Urban Trail. 

If you are a paranormal enthusiast, or just fan of fright, a haunted Ghost Tour just might be up your alley. The Gray Line also offers a Haunted History & Murder Mystery Ghost Tour. This tour is a 75 minute fully narrated tour offered May through October at 7pm. Your guide will enlighten you on the aspects of Asheville’s darker side with stories of spirits, ghosts, goblins and hauntings. You will hear stories about the mystery at the White Gate Inn (one of our member inns), about the legendary Pink Lady of the Grove Park Inn; the ghost of Church Street, the haunting of one of Asheville’s most popular bars; the architect walled into his own church; the child spirits at the haunted hospital; Nazi agents based in Asheville; and so much more.

You can also take a walking tour into the world of the unknown with Ghost & Haunt Tour of Asheville and Ghost Hunters of Asheville. Experience a night into the spirit realm of documented haunted locations. Ghost Hunters of Asheville take you through Riverside Cemetery, where if you dare commingle with some of the older citizens from eras past.

Stepping out of the shadows and into to the light, there is the LaZoom Comedy Bus Tour and Haunted Comedy Tour. Jump aboard LaZoom’s distinctive purple bus and find the humorous side of Asheville on their city-wide afternoon and evening tours. During the evening join them on their adult only Haunted Comedy Tour and hear first hand real scary (and campy) stories. LaZoom is also a B.Y.O.B. bus tour and has been know to make stops at the Thirsty Monk for refills.

In support of Asheville’s brew notoriety, Brews Cruise will provide you with a designated (and highly knowledgeable) driver to sample some of the locally-made specialties and get a behind-the-scenes look at a variety of breweries. Along the way, the Masters of the Brew will explain how Asheville became such a beer Mecca. It is a lot of responsibility for the citizens of Asheville to keep 10+ breweries in business so your contribution to this effort is greatly appreciated.

If you are a foodie you have landed in the right place, after all Asheville is a premiere food destination and home to the Foodtopian Society. Asheville Food Tours offer guided walking tours into some of the best local establishments where you  will taste some of the most memorable and exciting food in Asheville. This stroll offers the “best of Asheville,” one bite at a time. Eating Asheville Walking Tour explores downtown’s exciting food and wine culture. Each tour includes wine pairings, cheese, chocolate, tapas, oils, architecture, history and more. Both tours are 2 to 2.5 hour walking tour of Downtown Asheville.

It simply isn’t possible for to list all of the exciting ways to see Asheville – new tours are added almost monthly as our town seeks to show you its best.  For a complete up to date guide on all Asheville and surrounding area activities you can review RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide.

And, of course your innkeeper will be an invaluable resource in helping you find the tour, and the style of touring, you seek!


Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

An Asheville, North Carolina Treasure

A must-see in Asheville is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America. This 250 room home contains original furniture and artifacts from the turn-of-the-century life of the Vanderbilt family. George Vanderbilt’s mansion was at the same time opulent and innovative for the period and to this day remains unique.

Admission to the Estate includes self-guided tours of Biltmore House & Gardens, Antler Hill Village, Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green and Farm. The Estate also offers a multitude of outdoor activities, shopping and 4 restaurants.

The House itself takes anywhere from 2 hours to all day to tour. You can take the self-guided tour, or for an additional fee, add any one of the Specialty Tours. It is recommended that if you choose the self-guided tour, upgrade to the Audio guide. The Audio guide leads you room-by-room, providing historical information about the former occupants.

Tickets Exclusively for Asheville Bed & Breakfast Guests

Accommodations tickets offer our shared guests the opportunity to visit for two full, consecutive days, as well as many other benefits, such as extended gate access. Please contact your inn for further details regarding these exclusive tickets.

 

Specialty Tours

The Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tour is a 90-minute guided tour. Learn about interesting stories, information on artifacts, parties in the house, friends who visited and ways the Vanderbilts spent time on the estate.

The Biltmore House Architect’s Tour is a 60-minute guided tour. This tour gives you a closer look at the design and construction of the Biltmore House. You will get to see rooms and areas not on the regular house visit. You will also visit the rooftop and balconies providing you with stunning views and photo opportunities.

Biltmore House Butler’s Tour is a 60-minute guided tour. You get to see how the Estate functioned in the past and present. Hear about the work the domestic servants performed when the Vanderbilts lived there. The tour takes you into unrestored rooms and areas not on the regular house visit.

Vanderbilt Family and Friends Tour is a new tour that allows you to imagine what it would have been like to stay at Biltmore with the Vanderbilts as your hosts.

Premium Biltmore House Tour is a two-hour guided tour. You will get a private guide and includes areas seen in the Butlers Tour, Architects Tour, and House Tours.

Guided Tours on the Estate Grounds

The Legacy of the Land Tour is a motor coach tour of the estate. Learn about the history of the land, structures, and former residents.

The Red Wine and Chocolate Seminar informs you about the winery and why chocolate and red wine compliment each other so beautifully.

The Biltmore Bubbles Tour of the Winery is a 45-minute program that allows guests to experience the process of making sparkling wines. A tour of the champagne bottling area is included.

Estate Gardens

Of course no visit to the Estate is complete until you have strolled the acres of formal and informal gardens designed by America’s foremost landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The Biltmore horticultural experts continually work to preserve Mr. Olmsted’s remarkable vision for the gardens and grounds. There are nine different garden areas giving birth to hundreds of different plants, flowers and trees and include: The Azalea Garden; Antler Hill Village Garden; The Conservatory; The Estate Entry; The Italian garden, The Spring Garden, The Shrub and Walled Gardens. There are also roses all over the Estate.

During spring the Azalea garden is in full bloom with varieties of Native and Evergreen Azaleas, Red Buckeye, Sweetshrub, Hawthorn, Dwarf Garland Spirea, Weigela, Beauty Bush, Catawba Hybrid, Rhododendrons, Mt. Laurel, Enkianthus, Pink Lady Slippers, Roses and Spring annuals are everywhere. In summer the Estate is blooming with summer annuals, roses and perennials. By mid-September through October hundreds of vibrant chrysanthemums and Salvias fill the Walled Garden, Estate Entry, and Winery beds. By late October the vibrant fall foliage in all its glory.

Estate Dining

Now that you have walked off your breakfast served at one of our Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inns, there are several dining options that offer the field-to-table philosophy. Enjoy the Bistro, Cedric’s Tavern, Deerpark Restaurant and The Stables.

Estate Outdoor Adventures

If you want to truly explore the 8,000 acres of the Estate you may want to consider visiting the Outdoor Adventure Center in Antler Hill Village. Take in the grounds of the estate by relaxing on a trip down the French Broad River, taking a off-road Segway tour, or a driving lesson in a Land Rover.  They offer any number of outdoor activities including: sporting clays, fly-fishingbike rentals, horseback riding and carriage rides.

You can even bring your own bike and ride the numerous trails.  If you have a horse, bring it too and explore more than 80 miles of estate trails, the same trails and paths traveled by the Vanderbilts at the turn of the century. Contact Biltmore’s Equestrian Center for more information.

Winery

You have toured the house, roamed the gardens, eaten some lunch, and enjoyed the outdoors now you have to visit the Winery.  Believe it or not Biltmore Winery is the most visited winery in the United States. Approximately 1 million guests visit the winery to sample award-winning wines each year. Learn more about Biltmore’s Winery.

Concert Series

When planning your trip to Asheville, check out the Biltmore Concert Series calendar to see what concerts might be happening when you are in town. Listen to award-winning artists from the venues at Biltmore Estate. The outdoor setting on the vista overlooks Biltmore House and the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.

Finally…after a day like this won’t it feel good to get back to the comfort of your Asheville Bed and Breakfast Inn where you can kick off your shoes and relax.