Cool Off on the Peaks of the Blue Ridge Parkway

When you arrange a short-term vacation rental near Asheville, NC, you open up a world of possibility, especially if you love to get outdoors. You don’t need to be an avid hiker, endurance athlete or motorcycle enthusiast. All you have to do is step out your front door or drive a little way. That’s why more and more people are choosing to live and vacation in Western North Carolina.

That’s the value Inspired Getaway brings to your vacation. They partner with properties such as Cedar Cliff Village near Asheville to manage rental houses in desirable locations. And in the summertime, one of the best places to be remains, the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround Asheville, where a day trip can lower the temperature by five degrees or more while raising your spirits.

What Peaks Are Near Asheville?

Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, is less than an hour away, near Burnsville. With a 360-degree view and pleasant amenities, Mt. Mitchell State Park is a great outing for the whole family … and cooler than back in Asheville. Most people drive to the top, except for the final ramp to the summit.

A little further away squats Grandfather Mountain, a nonprofit enterprise. It’s famous for its mile-high swinging bridge, which has delighted kids and scared moms for decades. But there’s more to do there while you’re cooling off, including hiking trails, wildlife habitats and a nature museum.

What about the Blue Ridge Parkway?

Driving up or down the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs near Asheville, you’ll immediately feel the cooler temperatures. You’re surrounded by lush green forest way up in the mountains. If you’re interested in sightseeing, there are sights worth seeing around almost every bend in the road, such as:

  • Moses Cone Park and Julian Price Park, both around milepost 295 near Blowing Rock, offer hiking and other activities.
  • Linville Falls, at milepost 316, has easy hikes to waterfalls and picnic areas.
  • Both Grandfather Mountain (milepost 305) and Mt. Mitchell (Milepost 355) are accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Craggy Pinnacle, near Craggy Gardens at milepost 364 just north of Asheville, offers a short hike to a 360-degree view.
  • The Mills River Valley Overlook, south of Asheville near milepost 404, is a terrific spot to watch the sunrise.
  • Mt. Pisgah, near milepost 407, is visible from Asheville, but a more impressive close-up.
  • Graveyard Fields, at milepost 419, offers hikes to waterfalls and resplendent autumn leaf-peeping.
  • Nearby, at milepost 422, lies Devil’s Courthouse, which you can visit if you’re bold. After a tough half-mile hike, you’re rewarded with breathtaking views.
  • Waterrock Knob, near milepost 451, is equally great for watching sunsets.

All along the Blue Ridge Parkway are trailheads to hiking trails that lead deeper into the surrounding forest, where you’ll find it much cooler than being in the city. You can find waterfalls and even ruins along the Mountains-to-Sea trail or on parts of the Appalachian Trail. You can even drive from near Asheville to near Boone, a quaint mountain city higher up in the hills. Boone, like Asheville, is worth a visit.

So look for Inspired Getaway the next time you begin planning a vacation to the mountains. They take care of everything so you can get out and see the sights. Inspired Getaways manages properties all around Asheville.


15 New Places to Eat + Drink While Vacationing in Asheville

As we all know, 2020 was a tough year for small businesses, especially here in Asheville where many of them rely on tourism and the crowds to visit our mountain city. But, fortunately, Asheville also had some new businesses open up during the pandemic, so we created a new business roundup for you to add to your list of places to eat + drink while vacationing in Asheville.

NEW EATS

Asheville Proper – Known for fireside dining, this elegant, modernly designed restaurant is located in the Grove Arcade, one of Asheville’s top historic spots to shop, dine and sip. The menu at Asheville Proper is farm to table, a lovely mix of small plates, local beef and fresh seafood. YUM! You’ll absolutely love everything about it.

S&W Food Market – Newly open this summer, the S&W building is another downtown historic landmark you won’t want to miss. The recently opened market, spearheaded by Highland Brewing Co., has an array of eateries offering everything from authentic tacos to locally handmade ice cream by The Hop and everything in between. Perfect for a midday lunch break because there is something for everyone.

Little Pearl Oyster Bar – Hailing from the shores of Key West, Little Pearl Oyster Bar is the perfect fusion of east meets west for the freshest seafood, oysters, sushi, and more.

El Gallo – If authentic, traditional tacos are what you are looking for, then stop in at El Gallo located in the heart of downtown Asheville. An added bonus; El Gallo is neighbor to Asheville’s most popular shoe store, Top’s for Shoes, the ladies will find this adventure an all-day affair.

Nani’s Rotisserie Chicken – Owned and operated by a local dining favorite, Chai Pani and Spicewalla, comes Nani’s Rotisserie Chicken. Also placed in the historic Grove Arcade, Nani’s oven flavors will have your tastebuds dreaming for more.

Baby Bull + Beggar – If you’re not familiar with the River Arts District’s top food destination, The Bull and Beggar, then you should be. If you decide to dine at The Bull and Beggar, be sure to make a reservation, or if you want the same tastes and smells faster and in a more casual atmosphere, head over to their newly opened restaurant, Baby Bull and Beggar. Note they are only open Thursday – Sunday. Check their website for hours.

Andaaz Indian Cuisine – If you find yourself strolling around the Biltmore Village located at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, make time to dine at Andaaz Indian Cuisine. Also newly opened in 2021, Andaaz delivers fresh, traditional indian fare including all the popular favorites. We recommend the lunch buffet! Take note, dinner is reservation only!

NEW SIPS

BarnDoor Ciderworks – Looking for bona fide cider maker? Go check out BarnDoor Ciderworks located fairly close to many of our vacation rentals in Fairview, NC. BarnDoor prides itself on handpicking and hand pruning the most suitable apples for fermentation with no additives, no added sugars or concentrated flavors. Open Thursday – Sunday, bring an appetite for they also have an amazing lunch and dessert menu.

Botanist and Barrel – Another authentic cider company is Botanist and Barrel Cidery & Winery. Focused on spontaneous, wild cultures and light-handed winemaking, B&B embraces old-world methods with modern sensibilities. Their homestead cidery is based in Morganton, NC, an hour outside of Asheville, but their wines, fruited sours, and ciders have become so popular they’ve expanded into Raleigh and now have a NEW tasting room in downtown Asheville on Biltmore Avenue. You’ll also find their snacking menu pairs perfectly with any of their libations. 

Leo’s House of Thirst Leo’s House of Thirst is West Asheville’s NEW Wine Bar that offers a delicious menu, global wines, and desserts. All of which are waiting to be discovered by you!

Marked Tree Winery Tasting Room in downtown Asheville. If you don’t have time to visit the vineyard in Henderson County, then make it easy on yourself and stop in the tasting room while strolling around downtown Asheville. Marked Tree Vineyard is producing award-winning wines that you won’t want to miss. Their Asheville Tasting Room is open , Monday – Thursday 2-8pm, Friday-Saturday 1 – 9pm, Sunday 1 – 7pm Note: Last call served 30 min. before closing.

Down Dog AVL – Whether you’re into yoga or not, grab your four-legged best friend and head to Asheville’s newest dog bar, Down Dog AVL. Serving local beers and ciders on tap, Down Dog has quickly become Asheville’s funest doggie social! Down Dog Avl offers entry without your Veterinarian’s vaccine records and all friendly dogs are welcome. Just show up, play, sip, and flow. Yoga not required but the dog fun is!

The Getaway Tiki Bar Ready to unwind and relax with a drink in hand down by the river? Then head to The Getaway Tiki Bar located on the shores of the French Broad. Full disclosure; it’s a little dive-y, but so much fun! Great people, lots of local friends, music and low-cost drink specials! What else could you ask for?

OLDE LONDON Road Pub “AHOY! The British are coming! The British are coming!” And they’ve landed smack dab in the middle of the River Arts District. This British themed pub is not new to Asheville, but has relocated to a new, fantastic location. Known as the area’s ONLY European Soccer Bar and British Social, Olde London has an extensive beer + cocktail menu and a rotating food truck schedule. We say, “go spend an afternoon strolling through the art galleries then head to Olde London Road Pub to soak it all in.

Rabbit Rabbit – Just about every city around the world opened an outdoor gathering space for mixing and mingling safely. And, you’re in luck! Here in Asheville, that venue is called Rabbit Rabbit. A partnership between Asheville Brewing Company and The Orange Peel, Rabbit Rabbit sprung up to offer a space for adults get their outdoor entertaining social drinking on with loads of live music, popup movie nights, live performances and much more. Go check out all the happenings coming to Rabbit Rabbit this year. 

Now that you have a list all the new places to wine and dine your way through Asheville, the next question is…Where do you start? Don’t worry, it won’t matter. You will love them all!


Beat the Heat in Asheville: The Dog Days Of Mountain Summer

8 Waterfalls for your summer bucket list + more…

Summer vacations in the Blue Ridge Mountains are the best way to escape the heat of the Southeast region of the US. When you plan a visit to Asheville, it’s still warm enough to go chasing waterfalls, rushing rivers and spring-fed lakes to stay cool. Here are some great ways to get in and on the water this summer:

River Rafting + Kayaking

Photo credit: NOC Outdoor Center

When visiting the mountains of Western North Carolina, there are many great ways to stay cool and have fun in the rivers and lakes. We suggest making a Summer bucket list for all the activities you want to cross off your list. First, the rivers. 

Here are some great river companies to plan a day rafting and wading down the coolest waterways of North Carolina. 

Waterfalls

The waterfalls you will find here in the mountains are not difficult to find, you just have to know where to look. Here’s how:

Step 1) Download the All-Trails App.

Step 2) Plug in any or all of these waterfall locations and get hunting. These are our top ten waterfalls you must see before leaving Asheville:

  1. Looking Glass Falls
  2. Hooker falls
  3. Bridal falls
  4. Cathey’s Creek Falls
  5. Schoolhouse Falls
  6. Whitewater Falls
  7. Rainbow Falls
  8. Linville Falls
  9. Glen Falls
  10. River Run Falls

Nearby Lakes

North Carolina has beautiful, clear water lakes where the water is refreshing and invigorating to splash in. Check out our list of lake beaches, state parks and boating adventures.

Closest Lake Beaches to Asheville:

  • Lake Powhatan in Bent Creek in Asheville
  • Lake Lure Beach + Marina
  • Lake James State Park + Beach in Marion

A little further away, best for boating + fishing:

  • Lake Fontana
  • Lake Glenville
  • Watauga Lake
  • Lake Santeetlah

Property of the Month:

Daughter’s Den!

Located just outside downtown Asheville in Fairview, North Carolina, Daughter’s Den is the perfect vacation rental to spend a week enjoying all things Asheville. This adorable new home is just 10 minutes to downtown Asheville, the Biltmore Estate and 5 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s perfectly central, but away from the hustle and bustle of city traffic and noise, offering the perfect amount of privacy with plenty of space to roam, walk and gather around the community fire pit and pavilion.

What are some of the things to do when staying at Daughter’s Den?

  1. Downtown is a cheap Uber / Lyft ride. You will want to explore every inch of downtown through galleries, shops, great food + drink spots.
  2. Hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s just a few blocks away from Daughter’s Den. Drive until your heart’s content.
  3. You will want to shoot over to Lake Lure to go enjoy the beach, kayaking, or pontoon boating. Wanting to stay dry? Then go sip local wine from nearby wineries and dine on delicious local snacks to fuel your adventure.
  4. Hop on the highway and dart over to Black Mountain. It’s just a hop, skip and a jump away. Go stroll the local galleries and shops in the downtown area. Or, check out one of the great Black Mountain hikes. We suggest Lookout Mountain.
  5. And don’t forget Biltmore Estate or the Grove Park Inn. Both are worth every penny you will spend exploring these two historic giants.

Now, what are you waiting for? Check out all of our properties HERE. Book your next stay with us and let’s get vacationing and discover new experiences! 


Calm Down with Luxury Picnics and Open State + National Forests

May is one of the most beautiful months in the Blue Ridge Mountains because Spring has mostly finished blooming and the summer heat hasn’t quite settled in yet. The flowers are bright and colorful, the green foliage on the trees is providing just the right amount of shade for crisp, warm late days in the sun.

With vaccine rollouts, it’s no surprise that folks are packing their bags and hitting the roads for a much awaited relaxing vacation. Here in Asheville, we are already seeing people flocking to soak up some mountain air and get a taste of the outdoors. It feels really good doesn’t it? 

Although COVID has been difficult for so many, here in Asheville, the entrepreneur spirit is alive and well! The result? Multiple unique outdoor picnic companies have popped up in the past 12 months. And, they’re all worth exploring! 

Book your getaway here:

Asheville Country Getaway – Outdoor fireplace, spacious living rooms and gorgeous kitchen! Perfect for the family vacation, close to all things Asheville!⠀

Daughter’s Den –  Just 10 minutes to downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Estate and 5 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway. New home just waiting your arrival.⠀

Modern Farmhouse Retreat -⠀Also just moments away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and 10 minutes to downtown Asheville. This quiet newly built green home will keep you cool and cozy all summer long.

Modern Westside Retreat – This brand new, beautiful home is located in Fairview, NC, and is only 10-15 minutes to Downtown Asheville, about 5 minutes to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and 15 minutes to Biltmore House. ⠀

Asheville’s New Picnic Companies

Asheville Picnic Company, the trailblazer for these adorable picnic companies, launched just as COVID was closing our city down –offering a more traditional, nostalgic picnic set up with all things Asheville!  APC will hand deliver your basket and blanket, anywhere you are, filled with foods and snacks made right here in Asheville to welcome you in the best possible way. And the best part is…you get to keep the basket and the blanket!

Asheville Picnic Company will get you all set up anywhere you’re landing!

For a more luxurious spin on the traditional picnic set up, Dreamscape Luxury Picnics and Parkway Picnics will take great care of you. Both provide posh set ups with carefully crafted charcuteries and finger foods by Gather Round Charcuterie Company. Also, local flowers, velvet pillows, candles and all the things you need for dining and setting the mood are all provided for your pleasure.

Photo credit: Angi Spielman

Another option is Popup Picnic AVL. Also a creative, luxurious escape to the outdoors. They specialize in unique, comfortable laid back spaces where all you have to do is arrive and enjoy. 

Which one is our favorite? We love every single one of them and know you will too!

State + National Forests are OPEN and Not to Be Missed!

Photo credit: Nantahala Outdoor Center

North Carolina has four huge national forests within the state and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Whether you’re driving the Blue Ridge Parkway or stepping out for a long hike, either way, there’s no doubt you’ll see and feel alot. 

The two national forests here in the mountains are Pisgah National Forest and Nantahala National Forest. Both are wildly beautiful and perfect for any outdoor adventure, especially for hiking, rafting, mountain biking and scenic drives.

Pisgah National Forest – Go explore over 500,000+ acres surrounding the city of Asheville where you will find some of the oldest geological features, cascading waterfalls, recreational fun and big mountain scenery. Endless driving, hiking and biking trails!

The Cradle of Forestry – Opening April 21st, 2021! Explore this historic campus located deep in the Pisgah National Forest on the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway, quality exhibits, and historic buildings of the first forestry school in America. It’s just four miles from popular Sliding Rock

Nantahala National Forest – The largest of our four National Parks here in North Carolina, and the most rainforest like in all of the U.S. This vast forest is made up of over 530,000 acres with elevations ranging from 5,800 feet at Lone Bald in Jackson County to 1,200 feet in Cherokee County. It’s a great place to find soaring hikes, world class river rapids and incredible lakes!

The Nantahala Outdoor Center is a great place to start!

Photo credit: Nantahala Outdoor Center

DuPont State Forest – If mountain biking and waterfall chasing is your thing, then head to Brevard, NC where the adventure begins at DuPont State Forest. Known for filming the movie, Last of the Mohicans, this state forest has more attractions than you can even imagine. Enjoy hidden lakes, air strips, miles and miles of hiking + biking trails, DuPont State Forest is an adventurer’s dream.

Headwaters State Forest – Headwaters State Forest is within the DuPont State Forest, will be open to foot travel only. Hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing are examples of recreation opportunities that will be possible in this forest.

Don’t just take it from us, book your next vacation with Inspired Getaway so you too can enjoy a much-needed outdoor vacation adventure in Asheville!


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

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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)

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