March 11, 2020
Asheville’s Most Romantic Elopement Destinations
Posted by: Asheville BBA
You’re getting hitched. Tying the knot. Riding off into the sunset. Whatever you call it, you’re getting married! If you want your ceremony to be a small gathering of your closest friends and family, suddenly your options open up into a world of amazing possibilities. You can host an intimate wedding at a local restaurant, run off into the woods, or find a venue as unique as you are. Here are just a few of the most romantic, jaw-droppingly beautiful, and extraordinary elopement destinations around Asheville, North Carolina.
At a Waterfall:
Can you picture a better backdrop? Saying ‘I Do’ with the sounds of trickling waters behind you and with green plants all around you, you won’t have to do any decorating. There are dozens of waterfalls all around Asheville ranging from jaw dropping to serene. Looking Glass Falls is one of the most beautiful, but also the most popular. On a hot summer day, the pool at the bottom may be crowded but as temperatures drop around sunset most people clear out, leaving you with a stunning ceremony right at golden hour. For the outdoorsy couple looking to trek a little off the beaten path, Catawba Falls is another great option as the waterfall is just over a mile from the trailhead and leads you through fort ruins, dense forests, and a metal bridge - perfect for your photo session.
Just Northeast of Asheville along the Blue Ridge Parkway lies the Craggy Pinnacle, a dome with stunning panoramic views of the blue ridge mountains. A short but rewarding 0.7-mile walk leads you to the top where slabs of rocks overlook the valleys. This is the perfect spot for an outdoorsy couple looking for a non-traditional and intimate ceremony. Host your ceremony with the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and start your marriage off on top of the world.
Planning an elopement can still be a lot to handle. De-stress before your big day at Zen Asheville Inn & Spa Retreat. Unwind, relax, and rejuvenate with secluded rooms and suites and spend your days pampering yourselves with facials, massages, and wraps to look your best. Arrive in Asheville a couple of days before and sit back and relax as everything falls perfectly into place.
Host your ceremony in the Heritage Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum. Their elopement package provides a spectacular setting in the heart of the arboretum for you and up to 10 guests to celebrate your marriage. Your guests receive complimentary parking, a rain plan backup venue in the pavilion, a bridal suite, and chairs. If your ceremony suddenly grows to include more people, the arboretum has several different venues that you can use, from lawn space to courtyard plazas, to the outdoor amphitheater.
In the heart of downtown lies an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant that has a private dining room. Rhubarb is often the spot for rehearsal dinners and small receptions, but if you want to elope in the middle of winter and want a rustic, intimate space there is nowhere better. Large windows overlooking downtown offer the perfect backdrop for your altar and you can jump right into celebrating with your friends and family with a delicious dinner.
If you want to be surrounded by fresh flowers and expansive views, there is no place better than Flourish Flower Farm just outside of town. This colorful florist specializes in making bouquets and floral designs for weddings but also rents out their farm for intimate weddings and elopements. Bring your own altar to set up with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains or surround yourself with color in their blooming flower fields.
At a Historic B&B, Quaint Inn, or Mountain Retreat:
Find the perfect venue for your elopement. The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association boasts a collection of inns from rustic mountain lodges to Victorian mansions in the heart of town to quaint inns with perfectly landscaped gardens. Host your ceremony and reception all in one perfectly picturesque location and start your honeymoon off right. Find a unique venue and host all of your guests at the same time.
If your small elopement suddenly grows into a full-sized wedding, don’t fret. Engadine Inn and Cabins offers couples the unique combination of lodging, venues, and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, all in one location. This wedding destination can accommodate up to 35 overnight guests in 5 inn rooms and 6 mountain cabins. Additionally, Engadine’s event facilities can accommodate groups of up to 150 at two outdoor venues, one of which is tented. Wedding packages include lodging and venues and offer the exclusive use of facilities for 48-hours and can help turn your dream into a reality.
Whether you retreat deep into the woods, host an intimate ceremony at a historic inn, or elope in a field of flowers, your big day will be better than you could have ever imagined. Let the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association help you pick out the perfect B&B, inn, or hotel for your elopement, small wedding, or honeymoon.
Let the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association help you pick out the perfect B&B, inn, or hotel for your elopement, small wedding, or honeymoon.