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?
Here are a few suggestions for attractions/landmarks near the 828 that might have flown under your radar:
NC Arboretum Located only 15 minutes from our cabins, the North Carolina Arboretum not only is a beautiful place to hike and ride your bike, but it is an educational experience as well, since all of the gorgeous plant life is labeled so you know exactly what you are looking at. They have regular exhibits, including a section of bonsais that are spectacular. This time of year they have a nightly light show called Winter Lights at the Arboretum. If the thousands of twinkling LEDs don’t get you in the holiday spirit, the hot cocoa will!
Thomas Wolfe Memorial : Located downtown is the house that a literary legend grew up. Visit Thomas Wolfe’s childhood home, immortalized in his classic Look Homeward, Angel. There are daily tours on the half hour, and it is centrally located so you can enjoy while spending time in our city center. It should be noted that a literary aficionado can also visit the Carl Sandburg home in Flat Rock, NC.
Cherokee, NC : Located an hour away from our cabins, the town of Cherokee is a great day trip to experience the rich culture and heritage of the Cherokee nation. There are beautiful trails through the Great Smokys, as well as shopping, art and live shows.
Linville Caverns : Does your ideal vacation involve seeing stalactites? Well it should! The caverns here are a step into a spectacular natural world that you don’t see every day. The caves were opened for tours in 1937, and have lighting and pathways for a safe voyage into the alien world behind the rocks. The tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays only during this time of the year, so plan accordingly. Only an hour-long scenic drive from our cabins.