Visitors come to Asheville for many reasons. All take in healthy, cool mountain air and peaceful vistas. Many take in the vibrant, intensely local downtown scene and enjoy the city's extensive Art Deco and Victorian architecture. Others may tour the Biltmore Estate and/or savor the area's unique southern Appalachian culture.
Hill House staff is happy to assist in suggesting great local spots for food, walking tours, and Blue Ridge Mountain explorations. Let us make a restaurant reservation, help plan your day, or find your way. After your Asheville daytime excursion, return to the comfortable charm of the Hill House for some pre-dinner relaxation. Remember, we are only one mile from downtown and three miles from the Biltmore Estate.
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Restaurants in Asheville are both highly refined and insistently casual. If you’re a foodie, you’re getting close to heaven here and may want to take one of the restaurant food tours that we recommend. At Hill House, you are near dozens of local restaurants in both downtown and uptown Asheville. Click here for our dining recommendations.
See the world famous Biltmore House, gardens, and winery and take in one of many seasonal events like Festival of Flowers. Hill House offers two-day passes to the grand estate.
Art galleries and studios abound in Asheville, you’ll find them both downtown and in the River Arts District. There are many art festivals throughout the year.
You’ll find an eclectic mix of music in clubs all around downtown and on the streets. National acts stop at the nearby Orange Peel and the US Cellular Civic Center. Friday night drum circles are a particularly big draw.
Walking tours are especially popular both on the downtown Asheville Urban Trail, where you'll find one of the most striking collection of Art Deco buildings in the country, and through the adjacent historic Montford neighborhood with its grand Victorian homes.
Taste 50 local beers, which can be sampled on a “Brews Cruise” and in the many microbreweries and pubs throughout downtown and the entire city.
Kayak or tube down the French Broad River, glide across an urban forest zipline, hike, or mountain bike, all near or within the Asheville city limits.
Jazz/Downtown After Five—Third Friday of each month May-September
Folkmoot USA International Festival—Late July
Asheville Art in the Park—June and October
River District Artists Studio Stroll—June and November
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands—July and October
Asheville Antiques Fair—Early August
Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair—Early August
Bele Chere—Late July
Shindig on the Green—Saturday Evenings, July, August, September
Christmas at the Biltmore—November and December
Biltmore Festival of Flowers—April
The campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Asheville Botanical Gardens are just one mile from our bed and breakfast. So please consider staying with us if you are visiting UNCA.