Planning a summer weekend getaway is always fun and when it comes to North Carolina, we are blessed to have fabulous options all over the state. One town that just begs for a mid summer visit is Asheville. I had the pleasure of visiting 3 years in a row while attending the TypeAParent Conference and with each conference, had the chance to experience a little bit more of the city. I fell in love with its incredible charm, creativity, eclectic arts community, and amazing restaurants. It’s also surrounded by all kinds of natural beauty and history that beg for exploring. Check out my favorite features of Asheville, North Carolina!
Pack Square is where Asheville’s performing artists of all kinds come together to entertain residents and visitors alike. During the summer, it’s the home of Shindig on the Green, a free stage show that also features informal jam sessions throughout the park. Held form 7-10, its a “bring your blanket and a picnic” kind of family event that highlights the music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia. You can make it this weekend for this Saturday’s event and again on August 2nd, the only dates left of the summer season.
Asheville is FULL of amazing restaurants ~ seriously I kid you not! You will absolutely not go hungry nor will you likely eat the same thing twice unless that’s just the way you roll. During one of my visits, I was fortunate to host a dinner at Early Girl Eatery with a brand partner I was collaborating with. I had actually visited the year prior and no, I did not eat the same thing twice. Early Girl’s claim to fame is that is serves farm to table southern comfort food and simply does not hold back on the breakfast menu ~ it’s huge and available all day. The menu overall highlights the western North Carolina region while offering a culinary twist that is all it’s own. While I never met a biscuit I didn’t like, I can tell you from first hand experience the Black Bean Sweet Potato Cakes are to die for!
The Grove Park Inn has to be one of the most enchanting spots in town. Rich in history, it was built in 1913 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Made of granite hauled from Sunset Mountain, its design was intended to protect it from mountain fires. A frequent hospitality industry award winner and four-diamond hotel, it’s proud to be part of Conde Nast Reader’s Choice for top 20 Spas in America. Diverse in it’s offerings, it also boasts a world class golf course, tennis, swimming, and a sports complex as well making it a perfect place to stay and relax for some summer fun. I was blessed to join a dear colleague who hosted a group patio dinner and not only was the food incredible, the view was breathtaking at sunset giving us a magical view of the entire area.
Billed as the largest home in America, The Biltmore Estate is a stunning 250-room property with century-old gardens. No matter what time of year you visit, you will be amazed at the majesty that defines this incredible property. With an 8,000-acre backyard, there’s no loss for things to do including horseback riding and rafting. We also visited Antler Hill Village, a lovely center to learn more about the estate through historical exhibits, dine, and shop. The Estate is home to a four-star inn, making it easy to linger and enjoy every aspect of the property.Open to the public for ticketed tours and special seasonal events, I was fortunate to participate in a group tour giving us an insiders look at both the Estate and the winery. I was captivated by the incredible architecture and attention to detail and was simply lost in the glorious beauty the grounds and gardens provide. Every year I say I’m going to visit at the holidays for all the Christmas pageantry, return again in the spring when all the flowers bloom, stop by in the summer to for a getaway to the hotel and winery, and then of course come back in the fall for horse back riding among all the gorgeous fall foliage. A girl can hope!
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For more information about Asheville, North Carolina and all the fabulous things to do in the surrounding area, visit www.ExploreAsheville.com. And keep an eye out for future weekend getaway posts all summer long. After all if you don’t get out of dodge in July or August, when will you? If you love to pin, we’ve got a great Family Travel Pinterest Board with your name on it too! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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