Asheville, North Carolina, makes an unforgettable travel destination because it’s full of adventures and fun things to do. Zipline through the forest, float down the French Broad River, or watch the passersby in Pack Square. You’ll find so much going on in and around Asheville that you won’t know where to start.
But the weather here is fickle, especially in the springtime. It might be warm; it might be cold. It might be sunny; it might be raining. If you’re looking for Asheville activities when the weather’s wet or otherwise unfavorable, you have stumbled onto the right place. Read on.
Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds
If you stay in one of the luxury cabins here at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you’ll have an entire cabin at your disposal. Snuggle by the fireplace with your loved ones on our plush furniture. Take out a free video from our onsite library. Take a soak in your private hot tub. Get a massage right in your cabin.
Of course, if the weather’s bad for a couple days in a row, you might get cabin fever. No problem! Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, there are still too many things to do without venturing far. That’s just the way Asheville operates.
See Asheville, Even in the Rain
If you want to see more of the city, Asheville boasts three different tour options (with windows and side curtains to keep you dry). The straightforward trolley tour points out highlights and history. The LaZoom Comedy tour entertains as it shows you the sights. Asheville Brews Cruise lets you tour the many breweries in our sudsy city.
Then again, you can always pile everyone into the car for an impromptu self-guided tour. Asheville has several distinct and scenic neighborhoods with styles all their own. Tour Montford, Kenilworth, Biltmore Forest, Chestnut-Hill, Grove Park, Lakeview Park and West Asheville.
Downtown Asheville Activities
If you enjoy history and art, spend a few hours at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, which includes the house and a museum. Stop by the Basilica of St. Lawrence to marvel at its dome. The Asheville Art Museum and the Colburn Earth Science Museum, both at Pack Place let you escape the weather and learn something. Of course, Asheville is awash in art galleries and antique shops.
Downtown Asheville features great restaurants, eclectic coffee shops (including the Double Decker Bus) and the exquisite Grove Arcade, an indoor mall built in 1929. The Asheville Salt Cave Day and Salt Spa is a unique experience just waiting for you. The Mast General Store, the Woolworth Walk, and the Kress Emporium each are worth an hour or two of browsing. And don’t forget to indulge yourself at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Chocolate Fetish and/or Chocolate Gems.
If you want to see a movie, the Fine Arts Theater shows first-run art films that are almost always worth seeing. Further north, on Merrimon Avenue, the Asheville Pizza and Brewery shows three-dollar second-run movies in a comfy theater that serves food and beer.
Rainy-Day Asheville Activities for Kids
These activities aren’t just for children, but they will keep kids entertained regardless of the weather. The Asheville Fun Depot has all kinds of games, including laser tag and go-carts. ClimbMax provides indoor rock climbing. And the Asheville Pinball Museum is the cure for video games. For ten dollars, you can play vintage pinball machines for as long as you want.
We haven’t even mentioned the Biltmore Estate, where the whole family will enjoy the tour, the shops and the restaurants. If you’re in a shopping mood, Biltmore Village, Biltmore Park, Lexington Avenue, the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District supply the goods.
Adults Need Rainy-Day Activities Too
The Grove Park Inn and Spa is worth a sightseeing trip, but it’s the spa that is worth the stop. Even if you don’t get a massage, spending an afternoon in the spa is a treat you won’t soon forget. After you’re totally relaxed, get a permanent keepsake from Asheville: get a tattoo from one of the many artists who have set up shop here.
Other Asheville activities include seeing a concert or taking in a play. Choose from between venues like the US Cellular Center, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, The Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, Diana Wortham Theater and Asheville Community Theater. Travel down to Cherokee for Harrah’s Casino, which also features concerts.
No matter what the weather, you will never lack for Asheville activities when you stay at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds.