The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is a 434-acre public garden owned by the University of North Carolina. Filled with over 65 acres of special, cultivated gardens and more than 10 miles of forested walking trails, the North Carolina Arboretum is a special place for all to visit. The park features several different types of gardens including the Blue Ridge Quilt Garden, the National Native Azalea Repository, and a unique Stream Garden. Children are entertained through a rotating science program that provides educational, fun activities for children. This Asheville NC Attraction is a very popular spot, and a must stop for those that love gardening and the outdoors.
The historic Biltmore Estate in Asheville is probably Asheville’s best known attraction. It is difficult to see all of the wonders and beauty at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville when just visiting for the day. This sprawling estate has been hailed as America’s only castle, fascinating tourists and visitors for many years. When visiting Biltmore Estate, you can view several rooms of the house which have been superbly preserved, tour the award winning winery, grand Olmstead designed gardens, and the expansive equestrian stables. The Biltmore House is especially gorgeous during the holiday season as it is exquisitely decorated to celebrate holiday events.
The White Trolley Line is Asheville’s ORIGINAL and only locally owned and operated trolley tour. With a love for the history and architecture of Asheville, Rich and Ann Mills realized they could share their passion with the growing number of visitors enjoying their city. Their dream became a reality in 2001 when they bought their first trolley and began service as Asheville’s Historic White Trolley Line. Today the fleet of white trolleys transports Asheville’s many visitors on a one of a kind live narrated tour highlighting the diverse essence of Asheville, “Land of the Sky”. We offer Asheville’s original and best-rated ghost tour, narrated by best-selling author, Joshua P. Warren. We also charter our pristine white trolleys for weddings and special events.
The WNC Nature Center is settled on 40-acres of beautiful mountain land. Filled with indoor and outdoor educational exhibits, the WNC Nature Center is a place where children and adults can explore and learn more about the native animals in the area. Spend time getting to know the otters, Oscar and Ollie, and learn fun wildlife facts and information from Professor Hoot, a native hoot owl that lives at the nature center. WNC Nature Center also participates in the Red Wolf re-introduction program, offering visitors a rare glimpse at these endangered wolves.
Thomas Wolfe’s charming childhood home has been preserved and set aside as a museum to pay tribute to his substantial contributions to American Literature. Wolfe wrote extensively of his family and childhood life growing up in Asheville and, as such, his beautiful historic home has become one of Asheville’s most notable landmarks.
Explore Asheville’s long history and browse one of the most beautiful and opulent homes in the region at the Smith-McDowell Home. Renowned for being Asheville’s oldest house (circa 1840), the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville was built in the Victorian tradition and its grounds were designed by the now famous horticulturists, the Olmstead Brothers.
While visiting the area, many vacationers and visitors like to stop by the Asheville Mall to explore its many stores and enjoy a little retail therapy. Asheville Mall is one of Western North Carolina's most popular shopping areas. This incredibly large shopping center is home to over 130 stores, including five department stores and 15 different eateries. The Asheville Mall is a place where fashion, fun and food combine for a wonderful outing. Spend the day shopping and exploring the many great stores including Ann Taylor, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, Charlotte Russe, The Children’s Place, Hollister Co., Kirkland’s, and many more. Department stores such as Belk, Dillards, JCPenny and Sears are also housed in the Asheville Mall, making for convenient commercialized shopping in Asheville NC.
The sprawling and majestic Red Rocker Inn is located in the charming mountain town of Black Mountain NC. This adorable area in Western North Carolina is located just a few miles east of Asheville North Carolina and is a wonderful place to enjoy a tranquil vacation. Locals in the area commonly refer to Black Mountain NC as the “Front Porch of Western North Carolina” because of the several mountain ranges surrounding it and its proximity to the much loved towns and attractions in Western NC. When traveling west on I-40, Black Mountain is the first area visitors encounter on their way to attractions like the Biltmore Home in Asheville, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and Mt. Mitchell. Because of Black Mountain's convenience to all the best attractions and charming seclusion from the bustle of Downtown Asheville NC, it is a favored vacation destination in Western NC. Black Mountain NC is a tranquil and peaceful mountain spot; a place filled with magic and beautiful mountain scenery.
Visit historic Asheville NC and you’ll find a unique and vibrant city offering culture, entertainment and charm around every corner. Home to America’s castle, The Biltmore Estate, and several other great mountain attractions, Asheville is the premier place to vacation in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Visitors come here to relax and get away from the common hustle and bustle of life. Here, the air is cleaner, the trees are greener, and the people are very welcoming and inviting. Explore Asheville NC and all that it has to offer and come and stay with us on your next Vacation to Asheville NC.
Our gorgeous Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC's neighboring community of Black Mountain is located right in the middle of Asheville NC and Black Mountain's most beloved attractions.
The world renowned Asheville Art Museum has a phenomenal collection that showcases some very significant American works from the 20th and 21st century. The museum pays homage to the area’s cultural heritage and houses works from award winning artists from around the region. Annually, the Asheville Art Museum welcomes thousands of visitors and typically runs around 14 exhibitions each calendar year.
For more than six decades, the Asheville Community Theatre has been entertaining it’s visitors and patrons through their dynamic shows at 35 East Walnut Street. Renowned for being the oldest continuously operating theatre in Asheville, the Asheville Community Theatre is also one of the oldest community theatres in the nation! Marking their 63rd season this year, the Asheville Community Theatre has fantastic shows planned in their their large, 399 seat auditorium. Call 828-254-1320 for information on show times and a schedule of events.
Black Mountain is a community that thrives on creativity and self expression and has a long history of being an artist’s haven. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is a special place located in the historic Old City Hall building. The gallery features unique exhibits and special programs in music and the visual and performing arts. Throughout the year several special events open to the public are hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Classes and workshops are offered regularly and the Pottery Studio inside the center offers a “paint – on” experience where patrons can choose a piece of pottery to get creative with. A special time at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts is during the yearly Art in Bloom event which is a wonderful three day flower and art show. Come and be a part of the arts at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. Check out the center at 225 West State Street in Black Mountain or call 828-669-0930 for more information.
The Brevard Music Center is one of the nation's most exciting musical endeavors with its special musical training school and diverse concert series. Featuring over 80 performances each year during their summer festival, the Brevard Music Center brings music such as symphony, pops, grand opera, Broadway, chamber music, jazz, and rock to Western North Carolina. The Brevard Music Center’s 73rd season begins June 26, 2009 and will run for seven weeks until August 9, 2009. You will definitely want to enjoy a show if you are visiting us during the summer season. The Brevard Music Center is located at 1000 Probart Street in Brevard, call 828-862-2100 for more information.
Located right off the NC Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville at Milepost 382, the Folk Art Center and Southern Highland Craft Guild is a remarkable gallery that displays works by numerous craft artists from all around the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Visitors to the center can browse the three art galleries and shop for handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts and artwork at the Southern Highland Craft Guild shop. Call 828-898-7928 for more information; the craft guild offers daily craft demonstrations, and regular events are held yearly here.
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in Asheville
47th Season of SHINDIG on the GREEN
Saturdays... Along About Sundown (7-10pm)
August 2013 Dates
August 10, 17, 24, 31
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville
By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol, and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.
FREE. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2013 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location -- formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Concessions are available. Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.
This is a lovely mountain course located just blocks from The Red Rocker Inn. Created on hilly, rolling terrain, the grasses and greens at Black Mountain Golf Club are well maintained and provide plenty of scenic beauty during your game. The #17 hole is the course’s signature hole, offering a challenging par 6 in 749 yards.
Biltmore Forest is by far one of the most beautiful and renowned courses in the area featuring plenty of long range views and tons of water hazards (7 holes). The 1999 US Women’s Amateur Championship was held at this private club where visitors can only play with an accompanying club member.
This beautiful course in Mill’s River NC is a relatively flat course, perfect for golfer's who enjoy walking the course. Scenic beauty abounds at Brookwood with plenty of pristine creeks and tree lined fairways. The signature hole (#6) proves to be quite the challenge at a par 5 with 509 yards.
The first nine holes at this county golf course are quite flat, providing a nice leisurely game, however, the back nine, with its many hills and trees, can frustrate beginning golfers. While there are no water hazards on this course, the greens and fairways are filled with beatuiful large trees.
Surrounded by several lakes and ponds, Reems Creek Golf Course is a semi-private course filled with several hills and many water hazards. Located in Weaverville NC, Reems Creek is close to our Black Mountain NC Hotel and bed and breakfast. Plan to play a hard round at Reems as the hills are quite steep.
ShadowBrook Golf and Games is the area’s only mini golf entertainment spot. Perfect for families with children of all ages, ShadowBrook Mini Golf offers golfing fun for all! In addition to the putt putt course, ShadowBrook also has arcade entertainment and a other interesting amenities to explore.