When a lot of folks think of Asheville, their minds go to the Biltmore Estate - and with good reason. The nation's largest privately-owned home almost literally put Asheville on the map. It is a can't-miss landmark with good reason. But after you visit the estate, what else should you see while you are in our beautiful mountain city?
There are couple of options that are great for horseback riding in/near the Asheville Area:
Sandy Bottoms:This riding company boasts not only beautiful trails, but a gem mine as well - and you keep all the garnets you find. There's something for the whole family! Offers 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour and 4 hour rides, but keep in mind that in winter months they do not ride if it is under 32 degrees Fahrenheit. A 45-minute drive from our cabins.
Saddle-Up Trail Rides: Saddle-Up is close to Asheville, and has exclusive access to Pisgah Forest (which is gorgeous!). They offer 1 hour rides, 2 hour rides, 3 1/2 hour rides, and full day rides can also be arranged. Only a 35 minute drive from our cabins!
Biltmore Estate Stables: Take a step back in time at Biltmore stables. Knowledgeable staff and gorgeous horses, if there is luxury horseback riding, this is it! These rides are great for beginners or intermediate riders, and riders can be as young as 8 years old. These are the closest to our cabins, as the estate is just a 7-10 minute drive from Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds offers one, two and three bedroom cabins located in the heart of Asheville, NC. Only 7 minutes to Biltmore, and 15 minutes to downtown. Explore the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains from the back deck of your cabins, relax in the hot tub and dry off in front of the wood-burning fireplace.
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.
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.
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.
Angela Nicholas Special to Asheville Citizen Times USA TODAY NETWORK
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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.