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!
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?
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.
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.