Escape to Love: 3 New Getaway Property Experiences

February is the month of love and for winterscapes in Asheville.  It’s always a great time of year to remember to show love, whether it’s with your romantic partner, best girlfriends, or family — and Asheville is the perfect place to expand those feelings as you nestle by a warm fire. Let’s get ready for fresh travel ideas, and new, memorable experiences. Are you ready?

With this new year, we have 3 new properties to announce that we can’t wait to tell you about! We’re ready to inspire your next getaway in the mountains. And always remember — If you book your stay through us, you save on booking fees charged by outside agencies.

3 New Getaway Properties

Laurel Hill Farmhouse

Looking for a way to unwind in a clean, newly built modern farmhouse? Our new property, Laurel Hill Farmhouse is the ideal place to kick back and enjoy all the wonderful qualities Asheville has to offer. Conveniently located on the south side of Asheville, this property puts you up close to all the aspects of Asheville the locals love.

This home is great for small families, romantic getaway’s for couples or for friends to connect over a three day weekend. It’s beautifully furnished with a cozy, modern farmhouse feel. The design is an open floor plan offering up plenty of quiet space for reading, big enough for spacious entertainment such as playing games or movie night.

During the warmer months, Laurel Hill has an outstanding outdoor dining space decorated with party lights along with a patio grill and roomy table and seating. As the sun sets, ambiance fills the sizeable backyard lawn where you can sit and chill around the firepit while enjoying each other’s company. And guess what, a hot tub will be coming soon.

The features we know you’ll love most is it’s close proximity to all the best dining, breweries and outdoor adventure Asheville offers to it’s visitors. Close driving distance to downtown, the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiking will have you falling in love with this getaway spot in the mountains.

5 Minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Want to read more about Laurel Hill Farmhouse? Go to our website here to see all the details for amenities and space.

Modern Westside Retreat, Fairview, NC

Want to spend time in Asheville exploring and soaking up all the fine qualities this fun, mountain city has to offer? Consider the Modern Westside Retreat for your next vacation getaway! Perfectly located in Fairview, NC, this new home will give you front row access to the Blue Ride Parkway, a close 10-minute drive to downtown and an easy commute to the Biltmore or Grove Park Inn. And, you’ll love the interior design of this home – check out the photos here.

This modern, retreat-like home is newly constructed, clean and spacious — making it ideal for families with children of any age, couples sharing a getaway weekend or even a lovely escape for two. Steps away is a community firepit and pavilion with great mountain views  which is great for entertaining and gathering with family or friends after a long day of exploring Asheville.

We suggest even taking advantage of Shoji Spa also located in Fairview where the Asheville locals and visitors alike relax and enjoy the outdoor saltwater hot tubs in a Japanese inspired spa garden setting.

Shoji Spa, Fairview NC

Want to read more detail about this lovely newly constructed vacation home near Asheville, NC? Check out all the property details here.

Daughter’s Den, Fairview, NC

Daughters Den

Another beautiful, newly constructed home in Fairview, NC is awaiting your arrival! This gorgeous, comfortable, home is spacious and has quiet living space.  It is ideal for any family, couple or group of friends wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s also located very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway for those wanting to find spectacular views, or it’s a quick 10-minute drive to downtown Asheville where you can enjoy great food, breweries and fun entertaining tours and activities.

Cozy Living Area – Daughters Den

Are you an early riser and a go-getter explorer? This property allows you to easily get a jumpstart on your adventure at the nearby coffee shop for fresh-baked pastries and roasted java. This feature is great so that you can get a head start on visiting the Biltmore Estate or downtown shopping and dining.

You’ll love the multi-level space this home has to offer you and your group. There is plenty of space for children to entertain themselves or for adults to get away to a quiet, cozy spot for reading and relaxing. The back deck is large, the rocking chairs make it enjoyable for viewing the mountains while you sip your evening glass of wine or morning coffee. 

Back Deck – Daughters Den

Want to see more details about the Daughter’s Den property for your next getaway? Go to our website and read more so you can book this property for you and your loved ones.


Ready, Set, Winter Lights!

6 Places to visit dazzling holiday lights this Winter

Please note: the places mentioned in this blog are practicing social distancing guidelines with reduced capacity, face mask requirements and social distancing. Please plan ahead and book online when possible and check each sites requirements for visiting.

Are you ready to see the lights? For anyone spending time here with us during winter, there is a little added incentive to get out and enjoy the festive season here in Asheville.  We have a handful of ways to get out and safely view the bright displays of joy.

Here are our inspired ways for you to get out and see the winter lights around Asheville: 

Biltmore Estate 

The always glorious, largest home in America dazzles during the Christmas season and brings their A-game to Asheville visitors year after year.  This year will be no different but please expect smaller crowds, guests are required to wear masks with social distancing.

  • Candle Light at the House November 6, 2020 – January 10, 2021, The Biltmore Estate is magical this time of year so if you plan to visit the estate for the candlelight events, plan ahead! Tickets sell out so be sure to snatch yours up pronto. 
    • The home is decorated elaborately with 55 hand-decorated trees, miles of garland lines the halls, thousands of poinsettias, wreaths and ornaments create the final touches for this extravagant home.
  • Antler Hill VillageNovember 6, 2020 – January 10, 2021, When you complete your time at the estate home, jump in your vehicle and dash over to Antler Hill Village where you will enjoy more sparkling displays of joy. Also located at Antler Hill Village is the very popular Biltmore Winery, estate ice cream, hot cocoa, food + dining spots, and more.

NC Arboretum Drive-Thru Winter Lights 

This year drive-thru the Winter Lights enchanted forest happening at the NC Arboretum November 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021. Due to 2020 safety protocols in place, the NC Arboretum is going the extra mile converting their walkable annual Winter Lights to be viewable from the comfort of your vehicle. 

Go drive the 1-mile of festive lights with your friends and family in a safe environment. As you cruise through the magnificent artistic effects, notice how these incredible light displays enhance the botanical features of the gardens. 

Please Note! YOU MUST PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE. Open 5:30pm – 10:30pm. Gates close at 10pm. Here is the link for tickets.

Grove Park Inn

For anyone who loves history combined with festive holiday decorations, The Grove Park Inn never disappoints. The historic halls and terraces are properly embellished with large glorious Christmas trees decorated extravagantly.  

Normally, the annual Gingerbread House competition is on full display. However, like many things, they’ve modified this year’s competition.

The competition will continue virtually without a public display of Gingerbread Houses at the historic hotel due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Considering this, the hotel is generating unique, engaging experiences in place of a physical display, including socially distanced alternatives for hotel guests and fans at home to view the Gingerbread finalists.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

One of the favorite local holiday light attractions close to Asheville is the Lake Julian Festival of Lights happening again this year December  1-23, 2020, (6-9pm). This annual drive-thru of artistic lights is made up of 50 animated and stationary displays bringing the whole adventure to life.

Guaranteed to make you smile and get you in the mood for the holidays, 20% of the admission fee is donated to the Buncombe County Special Olympics making this holiday outing even more merry. The festival organizers ask that visitors arrive at the festival of lights by 8:30pm, then expect the whole experience to last approx. 10 minutes, although, if you want to get a second look, you can do second drive thru for no extra cost.

Photo credit: WLOS

Photo credit: the828.com

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Tryon International Equestrian Center

If you haven’t seen Shadrack’s Christmas Drive-thru, it’s the most extraordinary winter lights experience. Perfectly put together in sync with holiday music from your car radio, it’s the ultimate winter wonderland light display in Western North Carolina. 

Happening nightly November 20, 2020 – January 3, 2021, (6-10pm) – it’s worth the 48 mile road trip from the Asheville area to go witness the beauty of the Tryon Equestrian Resort brought to life with colorful displays of joy. On select dates, you can even enjoy LIVE performances from your favorite Christmas characters. 

To find out more information about nightly occurrences, check out the Tryon Resort website here.

Photo credit: Tryon Resort 

Photo credit: Tryon Resort 

Montford Neighborhood

Looking to stay more local with your winter lights viewing party? Drive straight to the oldest neighborhood in Asheville, Montford, where you can park right on the street for no cost, then get out and start walking. We recommend parking directly on the main drag, Montford Avenue where you can easily combine this outing with a dinner at Nine Mile or Chiesa, two highly regarded restaurants on Montford Ave. Then, follow the meal with a walk exploring the neighborhood street lines with Bed and Breakfast palaces who always show off by decorating with spectacular winter lights. 


Hot Tubs + Fireplaces to See Around Asheville

‘Tis the season for sweaters, socks, hot toddy cocktails and certainly, Hot Tubs and Fireplaces! When you visit the blue ridge mountains during the fall and winter, you best get ready to cozy up and be relaxed because that’s the main vibe and we’re sticking to it!

Looking for some unique ways to join your friends or romantic partner in a swirly, warm hot tub? Well, believe it or not, there are several really great ways to dip your toes into some steamy, muscle-melting pool water.

Asheville Hot Tubs

Shoji Spa & Lodge: Japanese Style Hot Tubs

If you’re looking for a more spa-like adventure located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway nestled in the woods of Asheville is Shoji Spa & Lodge. This unique retreat encompasses all the ways for you to get undressed in a good way. Give yourself the gift of relaxation while surrounding yourself with the beauty of mountain scenery. Book a spa date at Shoji Spa Retreat!

Hot Springs Resort & Spa

What could more dreamy than soaking up natural, warm mineral water while listening to the rushing river pass by? Sounds like a Hollywood movie, right? Well, you’re in luck when you visit Asheville because just a short, scenic drive north to Hot Springs, NC is where you will discover this experience for yourselves! Call and book yourself a riverside hot tub and a full-day adventure to Hot Springs Resort & Spa.  

Wake Foot Sanctuary

If you’re someone not quite ready to commit to the full-body hot tub experience but are willing to dip your toes into a soothing, relaxing bath then head downtown to Wake Foot Sanctuary. Conveniently located in the Historic Grove Arcade you will find a little zen-like nook where you can incorporate some self-care time into your downtown outing! Book a foot soak with an add on massage to get the full, melting experience at Wake Spa

The Omni Grove Park Inn Spa

Open to the public Monday – Thursday, the Grove Park Inn Spa is world-renowned and is one of the top experiences in Asheville. Not only can you book from a list of massage treatments, contrast pools, a steam room but their hot tubs have waterfalls that massage you while standing under them. Take a listen to the underwater music playing in the indoor pool then head to the outdoor heated pool where you can relax with a glass of wine in hand while you soak up the whole experience.

Do I need to say more? Book a day pass plus and added treatment at the Grove Park Inn Spa.

Asheville Fireplaces

The Omni Grove Park Inn

When people visit Asheville, they focus so much on the Biltmore that they tend to forget about the other magnificent part of Asheville, the Grove Park Inn. You don’t have to be a guest of the Inn to go and enjoy all the wonderful features this exclusive, historic hotel offers. It is greatly recommended to go visit the halls of fame and read the entertaining way this hotel was built. 

One of the features we love the most? The gigantic fireplaces properly placed in the main hotel lobby where not only can you reserve a table for dining (do this month’s ahead of time) but you can sip on warm cocktails or hot cocoa while relaxing in one of their oversized rocking chairs.

Book a dinner reservation on the sunset terrace.

Bottle Riot

If you’re looking to switch gears or find some low-key flames, Bottle Riot Wine Bar in the River Arts District is a great place to start. With one of Asheville’s most distinguished wine lists, Bottle Riot is also a local’s favorite hangout and is located next to Wedge Brewing and Bull and Beggar Restaurant making it a great spot for the whole evening. 

Grab a bottle or a glass of wine and chill next to their newly installed fire strip!

Rooftop Fireplaces

Capella on 9 

Visit downtown Asheville and you can choose from several wonderful rooftop bars and restaurants to warm your hands with fire. Capella on 9 is the perfect location to grab your friends or family or make it a romantic date. Situated on top of the AC Hotel in the heart of Asheville, Capella on 9 offers a delicious drink and dinner menu, spacious sofa’s lined with sleek fire features.

Hemingway’s Cuba

A few blocks away from the AC Hotel is the Cambria hotel where you will find their rooftop is just as splendid! Hemingway’s Cuba Rooftop restaurant and bar are the Florida Keys brought to life in downtown Asheville. Not only are their delicious island-inspired drinks but the views are stunning and the vibes are chill. Next time you’re looking for a spacious rooftop with epic sunset views, head to the Cambria Hotel in downtown Asheville.

Crave Dessert Bar

New to Asheville in 2019, Crave Dessert Bar has already made quite an impression on the Asheville Locals. As far as we’re concerned, any establishment that offers delicious pastry desserts along with uniquely crafted cocktails is a win-win in our book! 

Go nab a spot on their romantic patio next to their firepit and call it an evening!

Asheville Proper: Live Fire Dining

If you’re looking for that proper dining experience, put your best foot forward and head to the Historic Grove Arcade where one of Asheville’s newest restaurants is turning up the flames. Asheville Proper is the perfect mix of mid-century modern interior, eclectic vibes with a fantastic drinks + food menu. The atmosphere is trendy but, they do it so well, it makes everyone feel special. 

So, next time you book your stay with us for an Inspired Getaway here in the mountains, consider heading out to one or two of these incredible Asheville features we are so proud to share with you.


Terror-Stricken Laughter with Asheville Haunted Tours

Can you believe it’s that time of year again for costumes, candy and ghostly inducing laughter? Well, believe it or not, it’s that time and there’s no better place to experience a festive ghoulish season than in Asheville, NC. Everything from walking ghost tours to terrifying haunted trails, Asheville has it all and it’s done very well.

[PLEASE NOTE: The following places are confirmed to be operating as of September 15, 2020 for the fall season with safety guidelines.  Please be sure to check their websites and follow their social media channels to get updates and to confirm as dates and hours may change.]

Haunted Ghost Tours

Whether you’re looking for a tour that will make you laugh as well as scream, each of these downtown tours bring their a-game. Here’s your list so you best get started:

Asheville is arguably one of the most haunted cities in the U.S. You can thank the rich, bloody history of these very old mountains stemming from the Civil War, lingering native american spirits, and some of history’s influential figures. Not only that but, international psychics and paranormal activity hunters gravitate to our area due to the mysterious vortex of energy found here. 

Haunted Asheville Ghost Walking Tours 

A 2-hour tour, this walking tour will give you chills and thrills, no doubt. The ghost tour guides will safely guide you through the most haunted streets of Asheville bringing up close and personal with the local paranormal presence. Great stories with facts to back up what you’re experiencing! What better way to see our beautifully haunted city in the mountains?

Be sure to check out their newest tour – The Supernatural Tour!

La Zoom – Walking Ghost Comedy Tours!

The best and weirdest way to see Asheville. Starting September 17th, 2020 – LaZoom is kicking off their brand new Ghosted Walking Tour so you can discover your demons. To replace the big purple bus ride during the age of coronavirus, this amazingly safe yet terrifying walking tour will have you jumping out of your boots while holding your stomach from painful belly laughs.

Grey Line Ghost Tour – Haunted History & Murder mystery Tour

If you’re looking for a more family-friendly ghost tour experience then hop on the Greyline Trolly Ghost Tour. Seating only 50% capacity due to covid safety guidelines, this breezy trolly tour is fun, silly and downright perfect for seniors and small children. 

Ghost Hunters of Asheville

Easily one of the more underrated tours in Asheville, Ghost Hunter Tours will get you up close and personal with not only the downtown spirits but with the paranormal movement in the oldest neighborhoods in the area, Montford and Black Mountain where the cemeteries are teaming with spirits and are eager to meet your acquaintance. 

Choose from tours in Downtown Asheville, Black Mountain or the Historic Montford District where the famous Riverside cemetery is located, guarding the remains of well-known Asheville residents such as Thomas Wolfe. Maybe he’ll be there to welcome you.

Scary Haunted Trails

The Haunted Farm – Celebrating 10 years of Terror!

For those who are aiming for a more serious approach to Halloween terror, look no further than The Haunted Farm!  Celebrating 10 years of sheer terror, this farm experience has brought people to their knees in tears. Considered one of the best Haunted Houses in the country, The Haunted Farm will terrify you, shake you to your core and leave you mesmerized with fear. Now, who’s ready to purchase tickets? 

To get you in the mood…Here is a film called DEATHYARD they produced for marketing purposes that was nominated for an award at a California short film festival in 2019. https://youtu.be/tD1BaliHXiY


Apples, Corn Mazes, Pumpkins and Hayrides, Oh My!

Find the area’s best harvest farms for those fall family outings!

Autumn is in the air, corn mazes are open and Apple Orchards are calling all pickers! Autumn is one of the most craved seasons of the year. Why? Asheville can claim some of the best fall farm experiences because of the incredible local farms and their willingness to turn their landscape into a harvest-time adventure for everyone!

Everything from pumpkin patches to apple picking, we have it here in Western North Carolina where the backdrop is properly colorful and doused with crisp, mountain air. Come pick out your family pumpkins after running through the confusing corn mazes where you’ll build your appetite for warm apple cider and pumpkin everything.

[PLEASE NOTE: The following places are confirmed to be operating as of September 15, 2020 for the fall season with safety guidelines.  Please be sure to check their websites and follow their social media channels to get updates and to confirm as dates and hours may change.]

Popular Farms for Fall Festive Activities

Elida Corn Maze

2 Compton Dr, Asheville, NC 28806

(828) 254-5356

On Friday, September 25th, Eliada’s non-profit Corn Maze and fall event will open. All money raised from the 6-weekend event benefits Eliada’s vast continuum of care for children and youth 0-25 years old.

The event will look A LOT different this year with safety measures in place to keep our community safe. There will never be more than 75 people at the event at any given time with constant cleaning occurring, and enforcement of social distancing.

Event Details:

Dates: September 25th – November 1st (6 weekends total)

Times: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Ticketing: You are required to purchase tickets and reserve your 2-hour time slot in advance. Time slots will automatically close once the 75-person limit is reached. Tickets may be purchased at: eliadacornmaze.mazeplay.com

Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard

221 Stepp Orchard Dr., Hendersonville, 828-685-9083

Open mid-August through early November, Stepp’s is a 70-acre working farm with mountain views, just 5.5 miles from I-26 (and a mile off US Highway 64). 

  • Pick your own apples, grapes or pumpkins and shop in their Country Market with apples, pumpkins, cider, apple butter and gifts. 
  • Take a ride on the farm wagon on weekends through acres of orchard and Farmer Stepp’s pumpkin patch. 
  • Enjoy fresh apple cider with a doughnut in the picnic area. Kids of all ages love the apple canons! 

Skytop Orchard

Flat Rock, NC

More than just an apple orchard. Located on Mt. McAlpine with 360 degree mountain views lives Skytop Orchard, a 100-acre working farm but is a family fall tradition for many. In addition to buying and picking-your-own apples, take a wagon ride, see farm animals, explore the orchards and don’t miss their famous fresh-made apple cider donuts!

Grandad’s Apples

2951 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792

(828) 685-1685

Open August through mid-November, Grandad’s Apples is just two miles from I-26 on US Highway 64. Pick your own in the orchards or find a large selection of pre-picked apples. At Grandad’s Barn and Country Store, find a great selection of fall harvest decorations, apple peelers, apple bakers, and other apple gifts. There is so much to enjoy including apple turnovers, fried pies, apple bread, caramel apples, ice cream, cider and more. No time for apple picking? Explore Grandad’s elaborate corn maze then find pumpkins of every size in the pumpkin patch. 

Lyda Farms

3465 Chimney Rock Rd, Hendersonville, NC 

(828) 685-3459

A roadside market is open June – November where you can purchase North Carolina apples directly from the orchard plus a large variety of pumpkins and winter squash (and other produce). 

For the Adults:

Bold Rock Hard Cider

72 School House Rd, Mills River, NC 28759

(828) 595-9940

Enjoy apple cider the most adults do, head out to Mills River, NC to enjoy wide-open spaces and hard cider by the expert cider makers themselves at Bold Rock. Open for limited seating indoor and outdoor dining and relaxing.

Appalachian Ridge Artisan Ciders 

749 Chestnut Gap Road, Hendersonville

(828) 699-7507

Want to learn about Normandy-style cider making? Appalachian Ridge Cidery will show you. All of the apples are grown, pressed and bottled on site at St. Paul Mountain Farm. Enjoy a large open deck overlooking the apple trees recently transported from France. Try their Brandy and Pommeau too. Grab some small-batch ciders to-go because they are not sold elsewhere, so stock up! 

So, who’s ready for fall now? Come celebrate the most beloved season of the year in Asheville. Our short-term rentals are perfect for the cozy evenings and family gatherings.


Unique, Unforgettable Tours

Part 3 in our series of Creating Unique Vacation Memories in Asheville, NC

We have many outdoor adventures and of course, many tours – from walking tours to cycling tours. How about tours that nourish the body and the mind? From Foraging for Food to Wellness, these tours you won’t find anywhere else.

No Taste Like Home – Forage & Feast in Asheville’s exclusive wild food tour. This very special food tour has been featured in the National Geographic magazine twice, highlighted on Good Morning America and recently in the Asheville Citizen-Times. These small group tours will have you wandering through local fields and forests with expert guides, foraging mushrooms, wild fruits and more. You will see your landscape from a completely new perspective. Enjoy a cooking demo and tasting after the tour.

Asheville has always been known as a health retreat destination. Wellness begins here, surrounded in nature with wide open space, fresh air and plenty of outdoor activities. When you’re ready to refresh and rejuvenate, check out Asheville Wellness Tours – Asheville’s one and only wellness retreat style tour. This urban-inspired tour has a wide variety of offerings for you to enjoy. Everything from sunset yoga hikes to Winery Tours, Asheville Wellness Tour will serve up the best parts of Western North Carolina to you on a platter.

They are currently offering the following experiences:

Cooking Classes (virtual only)


3 Unique Ways to See Spectacular Views

Part 2 in our series of Creating Unique Vacation Memories in Asheville, NC

One of the first questions visitors ask is… Where can we see the best views? Everyone wants to see long range mountain views and in Asheville, NC there are many views; it all depends on HOW you want to see them.

Here’s 3 ways to see spectacular mountain views:

Spectacular Views While You Cruise

The most popular way is to cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway which is open! This 469 mile paved pathway will take you along the most scenic drives winding through Virginia and North Carolina and of course, right through Asheville. You can cruise in your car for the breeze, get on foot and hike the trails or chase the water features on the BRP. Whether you’re heading to Mt. Mitchell, the tallest mountain peak east of the Mississippi, or trekking along the Mountains to Sea Trail, you’ll find never-ending adventure up and down the BRP. 

We highly recommend downloading the ‘All Trails’ App on your smartphone for easy trail searching. Find what trails to discover, read reviews and get GPS driving directions to the trailheads and download trail maps. 
Most of the Parkway is open but restrooms, campgrounds, picnic areas & other facilities remain closed. Visit the NPS closures, real-time road map and operating hours pages to determine what is open and remember to follow CDC guidelines when visiting. Paving project info is here. As of 5/28/20, rhododendrons are blooming at higher elevations in VA and just barely starting to bloom at Craggy Gardens, with more blooms South of Asheville.

Spectacular Views without Breaking a Sweat

If you don’t have the time or simply want to see the views without breaking a sweat and perhaps also get great gourmet food, then we highly suggest The Montford Rooftop Bar in downtown Asheville. It is open Wed. – Sun. and is a stellar experience watching the color fade into the sunset. In fact, make sure you get there early because this small space gets very busy at Sunset. Of course, during COVID-19, they are taking extra precautions which means you need to do extra planning to ensure your seat. This is one of the most popular spots to get a picture with your bestfriend or sweetheart and of course, many Instagram photos are taken here. Search @themontford on Instagram and you can get a preview of the food and the views!

From Inside The Montford Rooftop Bar

Spectacular Views worth the Sweat

If you have time for a short day trip, then we highly recommend taking the winding, forested roads that lead to Chimney Rock State Park. You will be driving through film history as you see where Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing were both filmed. Once there you can enter the Park and hike it up, straight to the Rock. Make no mistake, this rock is no joke. Depending on how difficult (or how much you want to sweat), you choose the 499 step stairs or the 330 step stair path.

It takes about 30 minutes to get there and roughly 1 hour to 1.5 hours to hike it up. It’s the perfect day trip. On the way back, many relax by the river with a picnic of their own or dine in one of the many quaint restaurants of Chimney Rock and Lake Lure.

Chimney Rock State Park is open Friday – Tuesday!


From the Rivers to the Treetops

Part 1 in our series of Creating Unique Vacation Memories in Asheville, NC

Asheville is known for its beautiful mountains and scenic views but don’t forget that nestled among these winding wonders are also lakes and rivers to refresh and replenish. They make for unique ways to experience our mountain lifestyle.

To assist you in planning for your outdoor adventure in Asheville, Inspired Getaway has compiled a giant list of outdoor and scenic experiences you’ll never forget. From the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the splashes of the cold rivers, here is a list of amazing ways to truly and uniquely experience Asheville for thrill-seekers and chill seekers. 

Discover Our Treetops

Everyone enjoys the mountain views but how about getting really up close and personal?

Go swinging through the trees and bring joy to your inner spirit with one of the area’s top Ziplining companies! Here’s what’s available for booking:

  1. Navitat Canopy Adventures
  2. The Gorge – A Zipline Canopy Adventure
  3. Asheville Treetop adventures
  4. French Broad Adventures

Splash Around 

Fly Fishing

Ready to experience something new on the river? Book a fly fishing tour with the most experienced, professional Fly Fishing Company in the area, Asheville Fly Fishing Co. These highly trained, very passionate fly fishing tour guides will take you out to the most exclusive, untouched areas of the blue ridge waterways. 

Upgrade your river experience with Asheville Fly Fishing Co. by asking them about their wine and cheese river float! Perfect for that romantic date night, anniversary, celebrating birthdays and more…

Asheville Fly Fishing Guides

Paddleboarding

SUP – (aka) Stand Up Paddleboarding! Whether its on the French Broad River, Lake Fontana, Lake James, Lake Lure, or one of the other local rivers, SUP is something the whole family can enjoy. Here are some SUP companies to help get you started:

Tubing 

Want a more laid back approach to getting on the river? Tubing is the way to go. Here are some companies that will escort you to the shore and give you a landing spot making this river experience easy and relaxing!

Whitewater Rafting – Whitewater Rafting is a great way to experience the river in a boat with your favorite group of people. Here’s where to find it:

Lake Lure Beach or Marina – Lake Lure is one of the most romantic, breathtaking areas in all of Western North Carolina. Everything from lake activities to Chimney Rock views and dining at one of the local wineries or restaurants, Lake Lure is a top destination for NC vacationers. Here’s what’s open! 

Lake Lure Beach & Marina

What are you waiting for? Start Planning!

Now that you have a plethora of local activities to consider, this is the time to start planning your mountain vacation at Inspired Getaway! Here are some other great resources for when searching for things to do in Asheville:


Lift Your Spirits with our New Property, New View, and New Outlook

Uplift your spirits by changing your view with this newest vacation home to Inspired Getaway. Inside and outside are beautifully charming, elegant and luxurious. The lush outdoors are framed by our mountain views encouraging you to relax at the outdoor fireplace where you can easily sit back, relax and chat the night away with close family or friends.

With 3 bedrooms that sleep 7 in this idyllic country home, well appointed kitchen, sleigh beds and tall ceilings, you will enjoy your privacy with family or friends. The Home is set back from the road on a private one acre lot that is also convenient to Canton and Waynesville dining within a few short minutes. Explore the area or take a 15 minute drive to Asheville, NC.

The Historic Waynesville’s “Frog Level” is full of shopping and dining but the best kept secret is is equestrian community with several horse farms, stables and trails.

Book the home here at Inspired Getaway: https://www.inspiredgetaway.com/properties/asheville-country-getaway/


Fresh Mountain Air Coming Soon

UPDATE: Inspired Getaway is now accepting bookings!

A change of scenery and a change of pace filled with fresh mountain air and wide open spaces to hike, bike, canoe or raft is coming soon. Inspired Getaway is confident that vacation rentals will be opening soon (We hope they will lift the Stay At Home Order for short term rentals by May 22nd). We will update this post when that happens and will immediately begin taking bookings. We are taking bookings for later summer and fall now. Check out all properties here.

Rental Options

As of today, bookings are only available for business purposes (if you’re here to check out real estate that you’re considering purchasing, for example).

Of course, monthly bookings are available. Please inquire to info@inspiredgetaway.com to find out which homes are available as a monthly rental.

If at any time our state or local officials revert to closing vacation rentals in Buncombe County, your vacation rental will be fully refunded. Otherwise, refunds are fully refundable if cancelled 30 days in advance and booked through Inspired Getaway. Bookings through HomeAway, VRBO or AirBnB are subject to their booking policies.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Due to rapidly changing updates from our City and County officials, we ask that all prospective guests please visit:

Buncombe County Government for the latest COVID-19 Updates.

Health and Safety

Inspired Getaway maintains high standards of health and safety. Our cleaning company uses hospital grade sanitizers.

Activities / Dining

At this time some retail locations are open with limited capacity. Dining is still takeout or curbside only so we encourage you to call ahead or check their Facebook pages for details on how to order. Most trails and parks are back open. Outdoor activities such as fly fishing, horseback riding, etc. may be available. Guests will need to call and check ahead of time to book.

Links to this information is provided below.

Buncombe County Parks – Some are open. To see current list click here.

Blue Ridge Parkway – “Most sections of the Parkway are open but restrooms, campgrounds, picnic areas & other facilities remain closed. Visit the NPS website & road closure map to determine which areas, services & facilities are open and remember to follow CDC guidelines when visiting. Paving project info is here.”

Pisgah National Forest – Click here – Pisgah NF reopening trails/roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping

Dining – There are plenty of food/delivery options to choose from to help you get the meals you’re longing for. We have local food delivery services such as Kickback AVL, TakeOut Central and AVL ride (many of these have apps you can download). Here in Asheville, we also have Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub. Our local restaurants would love nothing more than to make a meal for you!

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