Two Asheville Attractions Best by Car

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast is centrally located in the Montford historic district in Asheville near downtown, major highways, and two of the most visited attractions:  the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Parkway. The airport is 15 miles south of the b&b and many guests who fly here use Uber for transportation. While ride-sharing apps work for getting around town, we believe the Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway are best seen by private car.

The Biltmore Estate is 3 miles from Pinecrest to the gate then guests meander for 3 more miles to the parking lots via the Approach Road.  Free shuttles run between only two places on the 8,000-acre estate: from the Park & Ride lots to the Biltmore House and between Biltmore House and the Conservatory (April through October.)  With 5 miles between Biltmore House and Antler Hill Village & Winery, a car is needed to travel between the two and that’s why we recommend a car at Biltmore Estate.


Bilmtore House in fall

Visitors to Pinecrest should also plan time to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway with breathtaking vistas, hiking trails, or picnic spots. This 469-mile road follows the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountain National Parks.   Asheville spans mileposts 382 (Folk Art Center) to 393 (NC Arboretum.) We like to drive north to the highest peak east of the Mississippi, Mount Mitchell at Milepost 355. Or head south for numerous overlooks on the way to Mount Pisgah at Milepost 408 then leave the parkway. Continue on US 276 to see Sliding Rock, Moore Cove Falls, and Looking Glass Falls before heading back north via Interstate 26. Beer aficionados may detour to Sierra Nevada Brewery if they are thirsty and hungry!

Options when a Car is still not an Option

Biltmore Estate:  If guests forego a car and decide to arrive at the estate via Uber, Lyfte or taxi, they will be dropped  near the house or Antler Hill Village.  Biltmore Express Shuttle tickets are available at Guest Services for $15/person to transport from Ticketing, Biltmore House, Deer Park, and Antler Hill Village.

Blue Ridge Parkway:  use a tour company to explore nature on a guided hike.  HikeBikeKayak Asheville is led by Dave, a certified Blue Ridge Naturalist and will design a hike or kayak trip to suit your personal style including transportation from Pinecrest.  Blue Ridge Hiking Company offers half or full days tours with private or group options available. You’ll be sure the see the best of the Blue Ridge!

Book Your Asheville Stay at Pinecrest

Car or no car, Pinecrest B&B offers a great location and amenities for your getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Book direct today and let innkeepers Dan & Diane help you make the most of your Asheville travels.