The Wonderful Things Visitors Do and See in Asheville, NC

Visitors come to Asheville for many reasons. All take in healthy, cool mountain air and peaceful vistas. Many savor the vibrant, intensely local downtown scene with its extensive Art Deco architecture and world-class restaurants. Others may tour the Biltmore Estate and/or check out the area’s unique southern Appalachian music and crafts. Remember, Hill House is only one mile from downtown and four miles from the Biltmore Estate.

Visit the Biltmore Estate

See the world-famous Biltmore House, gardens, and winery and take in one of many seasonal events like Christmas at Biltmore and the springtime Festival of Flowers. See how the Vanderbilts and their wealthy friends idled through their days a century ago. Hill House Bed & Breakfast offers two-day passes to the grand estate.

The Arts

Art galleries and studios abound in Asheville; you’ll find them both downtown and in the River Arts District down the hill, where often you can talk to the artists in their studios as they work. There are an astonishing number of music and arts festivals throughout the year, both in the city and surrounding mountain towns, from local to international in inspiration. You’ll find an eclectic mix of music, national and local in venues all around downtown and even on the streets. Friday night drum circles at Pritchard Park and summer Saturday night Shindigs on the Green by Pack Square are particularly big draws.

Take a Stroll

Walking tours are especially popular both on the downtown Asheville Urban Trail, where you’ll find one of the most striking collections of Art Deco buildings in the country, and through the adjacent historic Montford neighborhood with its wide, tree-lined avenues and grand Victorian homes.

Beer City USA

Taste 50 local beers, which can be sampled on a “Brews Cruise,” in the Sierra Nevada or New Belgium breweries/beer halls, and in the many microbreweries and pubs throughout downtown and the entire city.

Outdoors in the City

Kayak or tube down the French Broad River, glide across an urban forest zip line, hike, or mountain bike, all near or within the Asheville city limits.

Asheville Fairs and Festivals

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
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 both just one mile from our bed and breakfast. So please consider staying with us if you are visiting UNCA.

WHERE TO DINE IN ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA   Restaurants in Asheville are both highly refined and insistently casual. Many have Appalachian roots (sometimes called “Lardcore”), many don’t. 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 Bed & Breakfast, you are near dozens of local restaurants in both downtown and uptown Asheville. Lively, tranquil, local, international…the restaurants in Asheville offer a wide array of dining experiences. During your stay at Hill House Bed & Breakfast, our staff will be happy to make recommendations or assist with reservations. See some of our dining recommendations below.

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  • Carmel’s Restaurant & Bar — Elegant, yet informal spot with sidewalk seating. Sophisticated American fare with emphasis on fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Gay favorite. 1 Page Avenue, (828) 252-8730
  • Limones — Cuisine from the heart of Mexico with California inspirations; 13 Eagle Street, (828) 252-2327
  • Champa — Asian restaurant/sushi bar, fresh ingredients, heart of downtown; 3 Biltmore Ave, (828) 225-8885
  • Tupelo Honey — The city’s freewheeling, contemporary Southern icon; 12 College St, (828) 255-4863
  • Bouchon — Casual, un bistro tres francais; 62 North Lexington Avenue, (828) 350-1140
  • Plant — Elegant vegan cuisine, just around the corner from Hill House; 165 Merrimon Ave, (828) 258-7500
  • Table — Seasonal new American cuisine. Diner’s Choice 2012 winner; 48 College St, (828) 254-8980
  • The Market Place — “A group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, ranchers, and winegrowers who share a common philosophy about how to eat and in a larger sense, about life.” Fine dining with a sustainable sensibility; 20 Wall St, (828) 252-4162
  • Zambra — Tapas Bar with contemporary twist on foods of Spain and North Africa; 85 W Walnut St (828) 232-1060
  • The Lobster Trap — The place for seafood in downtown Asheville; 35 Patton Ave, (828) 350-0505
  • Salsa — Perhaps the only Mexican-Caribbean restaurant in the state; 6 Patton Ave, (828) 252-9805
  • Mela — Fine Indian dining; A favorite among all types of Asheville people; 70 N Lexington Ave, (828) 225-8880
  • Cucina24 — Contemporary Italian with an emphasis on local ingredients; 24 Wall St, (828) 254-6170
  • Curate — Tapas restaurant that raises the bar for the dining experience in Asheville. If not for the English, you could be in Barcelona. Many prefer the open kitchen counter to a table. 11 Biltmore Ave, (828) 239-2946
  • Rhubarb — The tables are so close together, it’s almost family-style. But the food is very much haute-Applachia
  • Posana — Asheville’s stylish, gluten-free favorite
  • Lex18 — A “supper club and moonshine bar” with nightly jazz music and themed dinners

Our North Asheville Neighborhood
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  • Vinnie’s — Hill House’s neighborhood Italian place. Comfort food, but inspired. Easy parking, great service; 641 Merrimon Ave, (828) 253-1077
  • Avenue M — A lively bistro with a enclosed streetside patio. Priced right, 791 Merrimon Avenue (828) 350-8181
  • Nine Mile — Caribbean, often fiery, pasta and rice entrees, served in a cozy pub surrounded by Montford’s finest mansions.
  • HomeGrown — Hippies, Formica tables, cheap, fresh. Right around the corner from Hill House; 371 Merrimon Ave, (828) 232-4340
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que — An Asheville institution, just around the corner from Hill House; 501 Merrimon Ave, (828) 505-7427
  • Chiesa — Local and health-inspired emphasis on some traditional Italian recipes, served up in a former church in historic Montford

South Asheville
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  • Rezaz Mediterranean Cuisine — Contemporary Greek, Italian, and Lebanese. First restaurant to win Asheville Chamber of Commerce’s Best Customer Service award; 28 Hendersonville Road (828) 277-1510
  • Corner Kitchen — Southern dishes with an urban twist. In Biltmore Village; 3 Boston Way, (828) 274-2439
  • Fig Bistro — Intimate neighborhood restaurant in Biltmore Village featuring casual interpretations of New American and French cuisine, 18 Brook St, (828) 277-0889

Photography Credit: Aaron Dahlstrom