Outdoor Activities

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.

Here are skiing options that are so close to our cabins that you can easily make a day of it!

Cataloochee: Located in Maggie Valley, close to the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains and only an hour drive from our cabins. Cataloochee Ski Resort offers a run for every skill level, and is considered to be one the best in the Southeast. There's 18 skiing and snowboarding slopes, and lessons are offered. First timers need not worry!

Wolf Ridge: The closest to Asheville city center is Wolf Ridge Ski - 30 minutes north of Asheville and so much fun. There are 15 runs and 4 lifts.

Beech Mountain: Called the "coolest city" in North Carolina due the low low temperatures and high elevation. Skiing is the sport of choice in Beech Mountain, and the snowfall each year is perfect for enjoying a winter wonderland not too far from the city. The average annual snowfall is 84 inches, so be prepared to need 4-wheel drive or snow chains to access the resort. If skiing is not your thing, there is also snow hiking and snowshoes to rent. 2 hours from Asheville.

Banner Elk: Banner Elk is a gorgeous green space that every winter becomes a beautiful winter wonderland. Located between Sugar Mountain and Beech Mountain, you won't be far from skiing in this town. There are tree farms for the holidays, and a surprisingly varied selection of restaurants for a town with a population of just 1,000. 

Don't forget: when you stay at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds in January, February or March, you can either receive a 10% discount, OR, stay two nights and get your third night free! That's more money to enjoy in the beautiful WNC mountains. Just ask us about our Winter Special when booking.

 

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

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

The mountains here in North Carolina are too gorgeous right now to NOT be outside. One of the most popular questions here at the Asheville Cabins office is "where should I hike?" Its a good question; if this area is known for anything, it's for having some of the most stunning hikes on the east coast. You have the Blue Ridge Mountains tracing the clouds with  ridge lines that seem designed by an artist, and waterfalls that break up the quiet of the woods in a spectacular way.  It's a photo opportunity that shouldn't be missed, and here are some spots to grab the best shots.

Craggy Gardens: 

Craggy Pinnacle Trail is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike that offers exceptional panoramic views. Follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 364 for the parking area, and be prepared to take LOTS of photos.

Mt. Mitchell:

Mt. Mitchell boasts the honor of being the highest peak in mainland Eastern North America. At an elevation of  6,683 feet, there's no shortage of gorgeous views. Be prepared though, at that altitude the temperature drops significantly, so bring a coat! Only a hour and half drive from our location.

Dupont State Forest:

Only 50 minutes from our cabins, explore multiple waterfalls all a short hike of each other. Triple Falls offers the grandeur of waterfalls with a non-strenuous hike to visit each one. You'll love the beauty of the falls right now - in warmer months you can even relax in the cool pool at the bottom of the smaller falls. The ease of these hikes, and the proximity to our cabins make them a standout!

Max Patch:

Under a hour and half drive away, this view is a local favorite. There are two different loops to hike, both easy. One is 1.4 miles, and offers a beautiful view from the summit, while the longer 2.4 loop circles the summit of the mountain. The views are outstanding at the summit, so don't forget your camera and a snack!

Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds has 25 luxury cabins on 40-acres. With wood-burning fireplaces, and hot tubs, you have a relaxing getaway within a 15 minute drive of the events and activities in downtown Asheville. Give us a call at (800)235-2474 to find out more about our cabins and seasonal specials.

Happy Halloween!

The Fall color is starting to show this week, and we couldn't be more excited! These gorgeous hues of orange and maroon only make the beautiful city of Asheville even MORE glorious.

While weekends are booked up, we have availability on the weekdays with an incentive as exciting as our foliage - 25% off weekdays at Asheville Cabins with our Weekday Super Saver. The weekdays are just as gorgeous as the weekend, and undoubtedly not as crowded around town. You can stay in a fully-appointed luxury cabin home, complete with wood-burning fireplace and relaxing hot tub without breaking the bank. Give us a try, and I am sure you'll be won over by all the amenities you don't get in a hotel.

Give us a call today at (800)235-2474 for more info about our specials and availability.