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Asheville Gem Mining

Located in South Asheville, Asheville Biltmore Gem Mining is a place where family can go year-round and have a great time. With both inside and outside sluices boxes along with a guarantee that every bag is filled with gem for the little ones to find. They also have a very passionate and educated staff to help with all your needs. Lastly, make sure to check out the Rockin' Rock Shop where they do anything from cutting your own piece to buying, selling or trading other rocks.

Pisgah Forest Gem Mine

With two locations, both with indoor gem mining there is no excuse to not take the family to Pisgah Forest Gem Mine. Once there, you and the family will have your pick of what mining experience you would like. You can do anything from the size bag, indoor or outdoor, black light even! If you are looking to get the kids off the phone, then this is the place to be!

Elijah Mountain Gem Mining

Being the closest Gem Mine to Asheville Elijah Mountain Gem Mining is perfect for that last minute plan for the second half of the day (for ideas on the first half, check out these activities) Also, having indoor and outdoor mining you can't go wrong with this choice. Not only are they rated number one on TripAdvisor for Gem Mining but they also have a vast amount of waterfalls to see within miles, and have a family goat farm for the kids to pet.

Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine

Located by Chimney Rock State Park which is only 45 minutes outside of Asheville is a perfect day getaway for the family. Having two locations help provides enough space for the whole family to enjoy. Chimney Rock Gemstone Mine guarantees the family will find something exciting! There is also a showroom with lots of different gems and fossils for purchase. 

We were recently honored to have Angela Nicholas from the Asheville Citizen Times visit us here at Asheville Cabins. Click on the link here to view photos, and read the article below.

Angela Nicholas Special to Asheville Citizen Times USA TODAY NETWORK


What has become a 40-acre vacation get-away with 25 rental cabins all began with the purchase of a tiny, falling down log cabin the owners named after their then middle school-age son Chris.

Chris' Cabin at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, just off Sweeten Creek Road and Stockwood Rd. Ext was rotting away when Mike and Sandy McLeod purchased it and a 20-acre plot of land with three other cabins in ill repair.

Willow Winds has now had the first snow of the season.

A beautiful dusting outside of Mom's Manor...

With a nip in the air, the mountains surrounding Asheville are peaceful and beautiful. This is a special time of year to visit, but you might not want to spend ALL your time outdoors. After a brisk hike, warm up at one of Asheville's famous breweries! Here are a few of the breweries (in no particular order) that our guests enjoy while visiting Asheville. Understand this list could vary from others, at the end of the day it comes down to which one you can see yourself having a cold one at.

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for our wonderful guests!

Asheville Independent Restaurant Group puts out a list every year that contains the restaurants that are open during the holidays. This is a valuable resource to not only our guests, but anyone who just doesn't want to deal with cooking (not to mention the clean-up). Ingles Grocery will be open normal hours tomorrow too, if you decide that utilizing your kitchen is the way to go. Our office will be closed on November 22nd, and we will resume normal hours on Friday.

Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds offers one, two and three bedroom cabins that provide luxury, serenity and comfort. Call us at (800)235-2474 for more information.