Top 8 Things to Do in Asheville in the Fall

One of the most beautiful places in the world is Asheville in the fall. The vibrant leaves changing color, stunning mountain peaks, and crisp autumn air make it a picturesque destination. It is no wonder our city continues to earn accolades, such as being featured in Travel & Leisure’s “Reader’s 15 Favorite Cities in the United States” and “50 Best Places to Travel in 2023.” Stay at our well-appointed bed and breakfast in the heart of a historic district and experience Asheville’s fall beauty for yourself.

Route 215 in North Carolina on a fall day with colorful trees and curves in the road

1. Our Favorite Driving Tour

Asheville’s geography offers an extended season for enjoying fall foliage, with vibrant colors visible at various elevations. Starting in late September, the mountain peaks at over 5,000 feet come alive with brilliant hues. The colors then gradually move down the mountains through early November.

Our favorite drive is the Blue Ridge Parkway, renowned for its numerous overlooks and long-range views. Head south on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with optional stops at Mount Pisgah, Fryingpan Mountain Tower, Graveyard Fields, or Black Balsam. For a delightful picnic, prearrange our backpack picnic option or grab a local charcuterie box from South Slope Cheese Company to enjoy at the Devil’s Courthouse overlook.

Rather than backtracking, continue south on the Blue Ridge Parkway and exit onto Route 215 north, which we consider a hidden gem. The road twists and turns through steep mountain ranges, offering brilliant fall colors on sunny days. Pull off and park after the stone bridge for a view of Sunburst Falls. The return trip to Asheville takes you past the beautiful Lake Logan and Canton via I-40 East.

a rooftop view from Biltmore with spires, slate roof, blue skies, clouds and long range view of mountains

2. See Biltmore Estate from the Rooftop

The Biltmore, known as “America’s Largest Private Home,” attracts visitors year-round to its sprawling 8,000-acre estate in Asheville. While Biltmore offers over 10 specialty tours, we recommend booking the Rooftop Tour. Fall is the ideal season for this behind-the-scenes experience, as the weather is perfect—not too hot, not too cold—and the views from the roof and balconies are simply stunning.

As a lodging partner, we provide our guests with a promo code to save $8 per ticket on admission, though specialty tours come with an additional fee. Be sure to book early, as the most popular tours at Biltmore often sell out in advance.

 

two people holding beers together at Highland brewery with fall decor in the background

3. Attend Asheville’s Ultimate Fall Beer Event

Breweries large and small dot western North Carolina, thanks to its pristine water. As fall approaches, most breweries release brown ales and dark lagers to complement the crisp autumn air. However, there’s a release party in Asheville so legendary that it lasts an entire weekend.

Highland Brewing holds a special place in Asheville’s heart. In 1994, founder Oscar Wong established the first legal brewery in Asheville since Prohibition. For 13 years, beer was brewed downtown in the basement of Barley’s Taproom. In 2006, Highland Brewing moved to a 40-acre campus east of the city, complete with a taproom, outdoor meadow, and an event center with a rooftop bar.

In early November, Highland Brewing hosts its biggest party of the year for the release of Cold Mountain, a spiced winter ale. This four-day event, from Thursday through Sunday, attracts fans eager to be the first to purchase this sought-after beer. Past flavors have included coconut, imperial, and chocolate hazelnut, all in high demand. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets and pre-order their favorite Cold Mountain brews early to ensure they don’t miss out.

an exhibit booth at the southern highland craft fair with marbled papers and silk scarves

4. Discover a Haven for Art and Creativity

Asheville is renowned as a vibrant mecca for artists and creatives. Visitors can spend a day exploring numerous working galleries in the River Arts District. Additionally, fine art galleries adorn the downtown shopping district, complemented by a thriving theater and music community.

In the fall, one standout weekend occurs when the Southern Highlands Craft Guild hosts their semi-annual Craft Fair. With origins dating back to 1948, this event brings together over 200 artists at Harrah’s Cherokee Center. For three days, craftsmen showcase their creations, offering shoppers a chance to connect directly with the makers. The Craft Fair features craft demonstrations throughout the weekend, alongside local musicians providing entertainment—a perfect opportunity to discover and purchase unique art pieces all in one place.

For an immersive art experience year-round, consider exploring the variety of classes offered at TorchedAVL. Learn to craft your own jewelry, such as rings, pendants, or earrings. Alternatively, at Majik Studios 207, artist Pam Granger Gale teaches the art of marbling. Explore floating paint on thick gel and transferring intricate patterns onto paper or designing your own silk scarf—a perfect way to create and take home your own artistic masterpiece.

a breakfast plate of food goat cheese grits, salad, sausage and turnover plus a cup of coffee

5. Experience a Plate Full of Fall Flavors

Asheville boasts an abundance of farm-to-table restaurants, each offering its own unique culinary experience. We are happy to recommend some of our favorite places to eat. Thanks to our extended growing season, chefs here have the opportunity to craft mouthwatering dishes that blend late summer and early fall produce seamlessly into autumn flavors.

At our bed & breakfast, we also embrace this bounty of local produce. We support our community by shopping at the RAD Tailgate Market on Wednesdays and visiting the North Asheville Tailgate Market on Saturdays to pick up CSA produce from Full Sun Farm. In our kitchen, we highlight ingredients like Spinning Spider goat cheese in our grits soufflé, apples sourced from Creasman Farms for turnovers and breakfast salads, sausage from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, and pasture-raised eggs from Dry Ridge Farms.

Person ziplining though fall foiliage

6. Soar Among the Fall Colors

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the mountains of western North Carolina, especially in the vibrant autumn season. What better way to experience the fall foliage than from the treetops? Spend an exhilarating afternoon on a zipline adventure with Navitat Canopy Adventures in nearby Barnardsville. Their Mountaintop Tour features three of the world’s longest and fastest ziplines, where you can reach speeds of up to 65 mph.

If you prefer to stay grounded yet adventurous, opt for the RTV Shadow Tour. Sit back and hold on during this two-hour guided exploration of the highest points of Moody Cove aboard an all-terrain vehicle.

For a more personalized experience, consider arranging a private tour with Navitat. Be sure to contact them early to secure your spot and customize your adventure amidst the stunning fall scenery.

 

3 photo collage of couples in halloween costumes

7. Trick-or-Treat on Cumberland Avenue

Cumberland Avenue, typically a sleepy, tree-lined street in Asheville, transforms into a bustling hub on one special night each year: Halloween. On this spooky evening, our neighborhood comes alive with costumed trick-or-treaters of all ages, eagerly searching for treats. Children and adults alike delight in candy and laughter.

Book a stay with us on October 31st, and experience the magic firsthand. Our innkeepers are prepared with plenty of candy and costumes, welcoming guests to join in the Halloween fun.

Large guest room with a wood-framed bed, two sitting chairs and a large grey rug.

8. Discover the Magic of Fall at Pinecrest

Experience the enchantment of fall in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains at our charming bed and breakfast. Originally constructed in 1905, our stately English-Tudor home has been meticulously restored and transformed into a luxurious haven, providing all the modern comforts you desire. Savor the seasonal flavors at breakfast and enjoy our convenient location in a historic residential neighborhood. Close to all the top fall attractions in the Blue Ridge Mountains, our B&B is the perfect destination for your Asheville getaway.

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