Asheville Peaks in October

Fall has arrived in Asheville, and the staff at Hill House could not be more excited! Mother Nature is at her finest this season, speckling the Blue Ridge Mountains that surround the city with a breathtaking panorama of color. We invite you to join us at the inn, as visitors from around the world flock to this region to witness this stunning transformation.

Luckily, there is about a month-long window spanning the month of October to view the foliage, with higher elevations around Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell changing color first, followed by Mt. Pisgah and Cashiers, until finally the city of Asheville shows peak colors.

Spending as much time in nature this month to enjoy the splendor is a favorite pastime of all of us here at the inn. Staff loves hiking to Looking Glass Rock, touring the North Carolina Arboretum (which is terrific for guests who bring their pups), and the simple pleasure of an afternoon drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Each of these spots offers terrific opportunity to pack a picnic lunch.


Cherokee Indian Fair and Parade  | October 2-6

The Cherokee Indian Fair is a country fair with all the trimmings, including carnival rides, games and exhibit – with the added opportunity to experience authentic Cherokee culture and festivity. The fair showcases demonstrations of Cherokee traditions, including performances by warriors and singing. An exhibit hall displays handmade goods, while vendors offer foods native to the people.

The fair is in its 106th year! And is a colorful, festive display of Native American dress and culture, kicked off by a parade, which starts at Harrah’s Casino at 4 pm on the first day.

The fair is held at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in Cherokee, NC. The event costs $10 per person (cash only and pay at the front gate); children under 6 are free.


Oktoberfest | October 6

Pack your lederhosen for one of downtown Asheville’s most popular events of the year – Oktoberfest! – yet another opportunity to celebrate the cities designation as “Beer City USA.” Beers and ciders from over 20 breweries set up shop to provide samples, many featuring seasonal creations.

You can munch on German fare (staff love the bratwurst) and enjoy the sights and sounds of Bavarian culture. This festival typically sells out, so if you are headed our way and plan to attend, we recommend getting tickets early.

Oktoberfest is held in Pack Square from 1-6 pm and is not pet friendly.


Bonsai Expo at NC Arboretum | October 13-14

This is an annual favorite of one of our staff! The North Carolina Arboretum’s Bonsai Exhibit is a world renowned garden that hosts up to 50 bonsai specimen at time. The exhibit features a guest artist annually, along with species native to Asia, but also to the Blue Ridge region. Combined with the fact that the collection is cultivated with a Southern Appalachian influence, this is a fascinating opportunity for gardening enthusiasts to experience a prized nuance of Southern culture.

Once you’re on the property for the exhibit, please do plan to spend an hour or so walking the trails. They are relatively flat, pet friendly, and offer easy access to the flora and fauna of Western North Carolina. This is also a great place for families, as children have plenty of space to run and play outside the display areas.


CiderFest | October 13

Who needs pumpkin when you can celebrate the taste of fall with hard cider?! This is Asheville’s 6th Annual CiderFest, held at the Salvage Station, a favorite local spot. Timed to coordinate with the peak of fall color, this event features live music, local arts and crafts, and, of course, a variety of cider and food vendors.


Staff with children love this family-friendly event, as it caters to the shorter humans with a Kid Zone! Face-painting, magicians and games for the little ones makes this an event everyone can enjoy.

CiderFest is held from 1-5 pm.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | October 19-21

This year marks the 71st year of one of the region’s most anticipated artistic events: The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, a preeminent display of regional artists and craftspeople that fills both the concourse and main arena levels of Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. 

This downtown event exhibits an eclectic variety of arts and crafts, ranging from contemporary to traditional. Mediums include wood, metal, clay, fiber, glass, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media and jewelry. This year’s featured maker is Steve Noggle, a local woodmaker from Morganton, NC, who specializes in fine furniture.

Best of all, there will be demonstrators in an impressive array of arts, including raku glazing, doll making, wheel-throwing, blacksmithing – a side interest of one of our Hill House staff – tartan weaving, silk painting and more!

This event runs the entire weekend, from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, then 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday. General admission is only $8 and children under 12 is free. 


Hot Works Asheville Fine Arts Show | October 27-28

Asheville and its surrounding communities are known for the vibrant art scene. What better way to explore local artisans and crafts-people than to see and buy juried art directly? The Asheville Fine Arts Show will showcase a plethora of art, including paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, fiber, jewelry, wood and more. It’s such a good show that it’s been voted one of the Top 100 art shows in America!
If you missed the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, then don’t miss this local gem! The show is located downtown at Pack Square, from 10 am – 5 pm.


A Note from the Owner… 

I bought Hill House in early 2012, when most mattresses were new. Within a year, I replaced one that wasn’t, and then in 2015, replaced another.

In 2016 and 2017, complaints began coming in occasionally, and I resolved 2018 would be the year.

But first there was the total exterior repaint, and then a new fire alarm system, and I knew Hill House was living on borrowed time with the mattresses.

After a couple of refunds to guests who had bad nights sleeping, delay could no longer be justified. Hill House took a Consumer Reports membership, we compared and compared, and finally decided on a Sleep Innovations memory foam model.

In the photos you see Jake hauling away an old mattress and placing a new one down.

Sweet Dreams all…..  David

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