The lure of cooler temperatures, gorgeous autumn leaves, and an easy-going city puts Asheville at the top of the list for a great fall getaway. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this mountaintop town is brimming with family activities, great restaurants, and fun attractions all wrapped up in a cool mountain vibe.
Fly Through The Trees at Adventure Center
Experience outdoor thrills at Adventure Center of Asheville. A family can challenge their athletic abilities, enjoy the outdoors, and bring home some exciting stories. Kayaking through the trees and snowboarding on open air are just some of the 50 unique challenges – all while on a ropes course high in the canopy. There’s and adventure for everyone, with challenges ranging from beginner to advanced Kids from 4 to 10 years of age, can glide on a zipline canopy designed just for younger kids.
Dinner at Posana
A lively ambience, attentive staff, and delicious food make this restaurant a must-dine place in downtown Asheville. Serving local farm-to-table ingredients, diners are treated to a variety of fresh seasonal flavors on a changing menu that will satisfy every foodies.
Discover The Biltmore House
George Vanderbilt’s late 1800’s estate is nothing short of phenomenal. The combination of incredible architecture, fine furnishings, and stunning mountain views shows this mansion as a truly a grand place from a more refined era. Amazingly, the Vanderbilt family still own and run this magnificent estate as a family business. Your kids will love seeing the Winter Conservatory, the indoor bowling alley, an indoor pool, and the Halloween Room. Adding an audio tour will enhance your experience, and there is a fun kids’ version for your little ones.
Lunch at The Stable Café
Located adjacent to the Biltmore House, inside the 19th century stable is a family favorite restaurant, The Stable Café. Request a booth, and your family will be dining in one of the original iron horse stalls. Contemporary American cuisine is served and will please everyone in your family.
Outdoor Activities at The Biltmore Estate
Touring the Biltmore House and Gardens is spectacular, but there is so much more to do while on the estate. Sit back for scenic views on a carriage ride or saddle up for a beautiful trail ride on a horseback tour with very helpful and informative guides. Paddle down the French Broad River in a kayak and take fly-fishing lessons on the estate’s lake or lagoon.
Dine at Creperie Bouchon
Inspired by a Parisian sidewalk café, this restaurant provides their diners the perfect people-watching locale, a French themed menu, and generously portioned entrees. Savory and sweet crepes take center stage on their menu and shouldn’t be missed – they are delish!
Breakfast at Biscuit Head
Biscuit Head is a very popular breakfast place often resulting in a long line. It’s so worth the wait. By far the best biscuits we’ve ever tasted. Don’t miss the delicious jam bar and choose a few to add to your biscuit – some of the flavors include peach rosemary, sweet potato chai, mango plus a variety of honeys.
Stay at The Village Hotel
Opened in December 2015, the fabulous hotel is located on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. The newness still lingers throughout this tastefully designed hotel. Sleek lines, dark woods, and modern furnishings are featured in the guest rooms. This family-friendly hotel is moderately priced and conveniently located, especially if Biltmore Estate is your main focus on your trip. It’s within walking distance to Antler Village, so guests can walk to restaurants, shops, and a winery.
For more info, check out exploreasheville.com.
Sara Kendall has traveled halfway across the globe with her kids and lived to tell about it. Stay tuned to hear about family destinations around Charlotte and beyond. Check out more of Sara’s travel at her website www.latitudecrossing.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.