The Asheville Art Museum re-opening was highlighted on Thrillist.com’s Coolest New Things Coming to America in 2019, and we couldn’t agree more, as this opening has been a long time coming. The 3rd oldest Art Museum in North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum opened in 1948, and was successful from the start. However, lack of space (only 3% of the permanent exhibition could be on display at any given time) and a real need to update the existing lighting and HVACs have resulted in a much-awaited renovation. Planning started in 2005, and construction began 5 years ago. Finally, after all that time the re-opening is slated for Spring 2019! The first change you'll notice will be the aesthetic. The large glass façade will open up the museum to natural light during the day, and at night the museum returns the favor, lighting up Pack Square Park. A really cool timelapse of construction from July 2017 to March 2018 can be viewed on the Art Museum's Youtube channel.
While you are visiting Asheville, there are a couple things you'll love to do while here:
-Hiking Dupont State Forest for some one-of-a-kind beautiful waterfalls.
-Biltmore Exhibit: A Vanderbilt House Party starts February 9th and will run through May 27th. Experience what it was like to be a guest of the extravagant Vanderbilts.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds offers one, two and three bedroom cabins located in the Asheville city limits, so you are never far from all that this beautiful city offers, whether it be art of the human or natural variety!
Picture this: you’ve arrived to Asheville, a beautiful natural landscape that offers a perfect environment for cycling. That’s what you are here for, and you are pumped. You’ve got your gear, you’re ready to explore what these roads and trails have to offer…but first you’ve got to figure out what the heck to do with your gear in your hotel room.
You'd rather just be thinking about this:
At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you have an entire cabin to keep your gear situated, and plenty of stretching room after a big ride. You can sooth sore muscles by our seasonal wood-burning fireplaces, or in your own hot tub on your deck, overlooking our Woodland garden setting. We are located just a fifteen minute drive to downtown, and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway - and since we have 25 cabins on our property, all the members of a large cycling group can enjoy the amenities of their own cabin.
Brevard cycling offers brisk winter rides and milder temperatures in the summer, and trails for all types of cyclists. Is mountain biking more your style? Dupont State Forest is easily accessible and offers some of the best trails in the state.
Is road cycling more your thing? The Blue Ridge Parkway allows for a ride with phenomenal views.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is less than two miles away from our cabins, so we have been honored to have many traveling cyclists stay with us. Everyone has their favorite trails, favorite difficulty level and terrain, and favorite place in Asheville to relax afterwards! What better way to explore our beautiful city than to bike its beautiful forests by day, stop by your luxury cabin to freshen up, then head downtown to experience the one-of-a-kind Asheville restaurant and brewery scene?
Not too far from our cabins (about a 15 minute drive) is the NC Arboretum. Some of the trails here aren't going to be a challenge for a more adventurous biker, as many of the bike paths are ideal for a family or someone looking for a relaxing ride - but they have a couple of steep trails that might just surprise the mountain bikers.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is open year round, with something special for every season and interest. Call us at (800)235-2474 for more info about how we can become your new go-to vacation spot in Asheville, NC.
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.