Our Top 10 List: A Guide for the Perfect Asheville Spring Getaway

Spring is enchanting in Asheville. The mountains of western North Carolina awakening from their winter slumber are the perfect backdrop for a spring escape. From the bustle of downtown to the serenity of a waterfall hike, Asheville has something to offer everyone.

Top 10 Spring Activities in Asheville, North Carolina

 

Biltmore Estate and grounds with a light Spring sunset

1. Explore Biltmore Estate

Spend the day at Biltmore Estate. Tour Biltmore House, America’s largest private home, filled with over 92,000 items from the vast collection of George and Edith Vanderbilt. Venture into the gardens for the beloved annual celebration of Biltmore Blooms, beginning with early season daffodils in March all the way until May when the Rose Garden peaks.

Chihuly at Biltmore opens March 25th to be enjoyed throughout 2024. See the works of master glassblower Dale Chihuly at a special exhibition at Amherst at Deerpark on the Biltmore Estate.

As a lodging partner, Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast offers guests a promo code to save on the purchase of Biltmore tickets.

Group of friends toasting with pints of beer

2. Brewery Tours

Asheville grabbed the title of Beer City USA in 2009 and has not looked back, with breweries too numerous to count. Head to Highland Brewery to pay homage to founder Oscar Wong, the one who started it all in Asheville. New Belgium and Sierra Nevada represent the large scale brewers and are worthy of a visit. Drink like a local at Burial Beer, either on the South Slope or at Forestry Camp. Need a beer after Biltmore? Stop at Hillman Brewery and grab a sandwich from their kitchen too.

Meadow in the mountains with blue skies, clouds, and flowers

3. Blue Ridge Parkway Drive

The Blue Ridge Parkway is America’s favorite drive and it runs through Asheville. Head north to see the spring rhododendrons at Craggy Gardens. Continue further north to Mount Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi. A drive south includes Mount Pisgah and Looking Glass Rock. Stop for a hike or order our picnic backpack to enjoy at one of the numerous scenic overlooks.

For a bespoke experience, book a day excursion with Hike Bike Kayak Asheville. The wildflower whisperer, David, will pick you up at the B&B and show you the best of the Blue Ridge mountains via land or lake, your choice.

3 plates of food, pastries, potatoes, and empanada

4. Eat Here

Asheville is a creative culinary community with restaurants highlighting seasonal ingredients and techniques pulled from Appalachian traditions. Year round access to farmer’s markets drives the menus of the region’s chefs.

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast is ideally located by two restaurants in our Montford neighborhood. Walk one block to Nine Mile, perennially voted Best Restaurant by locals in Mountain Express newspaper. The menu is full of Caribbean dishes featuring chicken, fish, pasta, rice, vegetables and interesting sauces. Also within walking distance is Tall John’s Neighborhood Tavern serving a limited menu of classics done well.

Two restaurants in downtown Asheville won James Beard Awards in 2022. Chai Pani featuring Indian street food won Best Restaurant. They do not take reservations so plan for lengthy wait times or visit their sister restaurant, Botiwalla, in west Asheville for counter service. Winner for Outstanding Hospitality, Curate serves Spanish tapas from an open kitchen. Reservations are highly recommended and are available 60 days in advance. Didn’t score a table at Curate? Try their sister restaurant, La Bodega, located just around the block. Open from breakfast through dinner, La Bodega accepts limited reservations but keeps tables for walk-in diners.

Dining and retail stores in the Grove Arcade district of Asheville, North Carolina.

5. Shop Local Finds

Shopping in downtown Asheville is a delight. Browse an abundance of locally owned shops and boutiques interspersed with galleries and restaurants. Make sure to see the iconic Grove Arcade built in 1929 and fully restored in 2002.

Historic Biltmore Village resembles a small English village complete with cobblestone streets. Charming old homes have been converted into shops of local and national retailers. Park your car and walk from shop to shop then stop in one of the restaurants for a bite to eat.

Waterfall and river in Asheville, NC

6. Discover the Great Outdoors

Asheville is a nature lover’s paradise, with parks and forests in every direction. Head west to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Pick up the Appalachian Trail north of Asheville in Hot Springs. Pisgah National Forest lies to the east and north with over 500,000 acres of rugged mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of miles of trails. To the south is Dupont Recreational State Forest nicknamed the Land of Waterfalls. And running through the city is the French Broad River, thought to be the third oldest river in the world. Urban trails dot the city or plan a day hike into the mountains this spring in Asheville.

A wine glass on an Adirondack chair overlooking an Asheville vineyard

7. Visit Wineries

AVA designated area Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County is home to 14 wineries and is a short drive south from Asheville. Not one, but two wineries were voted in the Top 10 Best New Wineries of 2022 by USA Today. Taking the #1 spot was Stone Ashe Vineyard. Owners Craig and Tina Little searched over three years for the perfect steep slopes to plant their vines reminiscent of the French countryside.

Marked Tree Vineyards was voted #5 and our favorite varietals are Gruner Veltliner and Ghost House. No time for a drive? Stop by The Grape, their tasting room in downtown Asheville. Indulge in MTV AVL Aphrodisiac wine tasting featuring local Chocolate Fetish truffles.

1923 Model T with driver, two passengers ready to tour

8. Tour with a Pro

No need to DIY in Asheville. There are numerous specialty tours with local knowledgeable guides for the inside scoop. Asheville Food Tours is the original walking tour of downtown with stops at 7 hand picked restaurants that will fill you up.

Inspired by European tip based tours, Asheville Free Walking Tours has five tours and three of them are pay-what-you-please. Their River Arts District tour is particularly valuable so you don’t miss the best of the arts scene in this converted warehouse district.

Step back in time with a tour from Mountaineer Motor Tours. Heath Towson will pick you up at Pinecrest for a driving tour in his vintage 1923 Model T.  Learn about the history and architecture with a tour of downtown and the Grove Park Inn, sure to bring a smile to everyone you see.

Outdoor stage during spring in Asheville at evening at Salvage Station with five musicians and sunset

9. Music, Music, Music

The city size of Asheville translates into small to mid-scale venues for concerts where there are no bad seats. From the large format arena at Harrah’s Cherokee Center to a single guitarist strumming tunes at a brewery, there is music each and every day.

Originally Skateland Rollerdome, The Orange Peel can host 1,100 fans. Hear up and coming talent as well as legendary performers in downtown Asheville. Close by is the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. This 500 seat hall hosts touring artists in theater, music and dance.

The Grey Eagle Music Hall is Asheville’s longest running live music venue and is conveniently located in the River Arts District with a taqueria for in-house food and beverage options. Voted #1 best outdoor music venue by locals, the Salvage Station sits on the French Broad River and has a large outdoor stage. With a food truck and full bar, make the most of spring in Asheville by seeing a concert outdoors with the sunset as a backdrop.

Our neighborhood bar, Little Jumbo, even hosts jazz on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Walk over for an expertly crafted cocktail and smooth soundtrack for a perfect nightcap.

Front exterior of Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast

10. Stay Here

Experience serenity in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and take advantage of all our bed & breakfast has to offer. Originally constructed in 1905 as a private residence, our stately English-Tudor has been meticulously restored and transformed into a luxurious bed and breakfast, offering all the modern comforts you desire. Savor a delightful breakfast and enjoy our convenient location in a serene residential historic neighborhood, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic Biltmore Estate, making it an ideal destination for your Asheville Spring getaway.

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