We may be a bit biased here at Asheville Cabins, but we believe that there is nowhere on earth more breath-taking than western North Carolina in the fall. The summer warmth takes leave, and in its place, a fireworks display of color ornaments our mountain community. This year is predicted to be one of the most beautiful – and longest – leaf seasons we’ve had in a while. The reason? The current drought and cooler mornings are a perfect recipe for the vibrant color change we hope to see in early October. And our location next to the Blue Ridge Parkway, means that our colors are around for longer than most! So here are some suggestions for where to see the leaves at their peak time – and avoid the crowds!
Leaves will turn at the highest elevations first, so early October will prove to be spectacular if you are able to visit Craggy Gardens, Mt Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and any lookout view around 5000 ft elev.
Early to mid October will offer up beautiful colors in the areas closer to our cabins. Mount Pisgah (only a 1 hour drive) and Devil’s Courthouse will turn shortly after the highest elevation, and if early predictions are correct, hold on to the color longer than usual.
Mid to late October will bring the color to our area in Asheville. The trees of central Asheville will be speckled with orange and red. The best place to see these
colors will be not far from Willow Winds (only a 5 minute drive) – on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Closer to the end of October, the lower elevations near the foothills of western North Carolina will begin to take on the autumnal changes. This is a beautiful time to visit Chimney Rock Park near the Lake Lure, NC area.
While the weekends are booking up quickly, here at Willow Winds we are still offering warm, welcoming cabins during the week. There is no better way to view these colors than on your own mountain porch, nestled in woodland tranquility. And, the weekdays are great for sightseeing on the Blue Ridge Parkway since traffic tends to hit its peak on October weekends! This season’s changes will be a perfect introduction to someone new to Western North Carolina and the beauty that autumn brings to our area. And to those who are regular visitors – expect a display unlike any other for 2015.
While we are looking forward….
It should be noted that Willow Winds is a four-season resort. So if you can’t visit in autumn, then try us during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Our 25 cabins are perfect for large families to get together over the holiday and experience how magical Asheville is that time of year. Our easy access to the Mountain-to-Sea Trail is also a great way to get a head start on your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
Our Spring season is one of our favorites. Our millions of daffodils start blooming in late February. They continue throughout the Spring and are joined by our other flowering plants, as described in our book “Blue Ridge Mountain Gardening” , available on Amazon.com.
Our Summer season offers a number of activities. The mountain temperatures are typically about 10 degrees cooler those of the lowlands. These are ideal for hiking our trails or for fishing our stocked trout pond.
(Not so) fun fact!: the leaves of poison ivy and poison oak plants tend to turn before surrounding plants, so if a particular bush stands out, beware!