Asheville Wide Open
June 9, 2020 by: Diane Rogers
Asheville is home to many cool adventures and naturally, the most popular of them can attract crowds. If you are looking to see another side of our town, we have some tips to help you make the most of your experience without rubbing elbows with so many other people. Pinecrest B&B is just the right size to offer you a peaceful setting yet conveniently located to all the major thoroughfares.
Without a doubt, the Biltmore Estate is a top attraction that draws people to Asheville. For some, it’s a once in a lifetime visit and others return year after year. Although Biltmore House is America’s largest private home at 175,000 square feet, the standard tour would have been crowded pre-coronavirus. Especially at popular times like weekends, holidays, and Christmas, hundreds to thousands of people would tour Biltmore House daily. Now through June 30, tours are limited to 20% normal capacity, approximately 18 people each 15 minutes.
The Estate is 8,000 acres so there is plenty of room to keep your distance. Spend the day strolling the gardens, or hiking the numerous trails. Biltmore Winery has reopened with capacity restrictions and reservations are accepted at the Winery for tastings.
Your admission ticket also includes Downton Abbey: The Exhibition through Sept 7, 2020.
Tickets including audio tour start at $76 and reservations are available at Biltmore.com.
Hike Bike Kayak Asheville
Asheville is surrounded by the bountiful beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. See the best of these mountains with an experience with a private guide. Dave is a certified Blue Ridge Parkway and WNC Naturalist and owner of Hike Bike Kayak Asheville. His tours are totally and completely customizable from half day hikes chasing waterfalls and breathtaking views to kayak tours on Lake Lure. All transport, snacks and water are provided. All you have to do is tell Dave what you want to see and do, let him take care of the rest! Starting at $45/person.
North Carolina Arboretum
Offering 434 acres of public gardens and miles of groomed trails, the North Carolina Arboretum is an outdoor gem just a short drive to south Asheville. The entrance fee is $16/car but this gives you access to 10+ miles of hiking trails from easy to difficult. Strolling through the 65 acres of cultivated gardens is a perfect way to reconnect with nature in a peaceful setting. There are nine permanent garden exhibits as well as rotating exhibits and events. Picnics are allowed so add a Pinecrest picnic lunch to your stay for one stop shopping.
Located at Milepost 393, extend your adventure by taking a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’ve detailed a loop drive south to see Mount Pisgah, Looking Glass Falls, and other sites to see in Pisgah National Forest.
Highland Brewing Company
This is the brewery that started it all in 1994 in a downtown basement in downtown Asheville. Highland Brewing Company is the largest independent family-owned brewery in the Southeast, their manufacturing facility and taproom sit 5 miles outside town. There is ample space to spread out on their 40-acre property complete with taproom, porch, and rooftop all open with limited capacity. They recently completed a trail system so get some exercise while working up a thirst. Food trucks are on site daily. Hours are weekdays 4-8 pm and weekends from noon-8 pm. Come for the beer, stay for the views.
Visit Us in Asheville
For those with the desire to travel, our 5 room B&B offers a desirable location in the heart of the Montford Historic District. Enjoy our 1.3 acres of serene quiet gardens yet just minutes to all Asheville has to offer. Always included in your stay is our hot fresh homemade breakfast served up at 9 am. Book direct at our secure website!