Asheville is a top destination in the United States, thanks to its stunning scenery and proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, renowned culture, art, and food scene, and title of Beer City USA. It also helps that we are within driving distance of major cities such as Atlanta, Knoxville, Raleigh, Charlotte, Charleston and more. If you're scouting out places to ring in the New Year, you'd be hard-pressed to top the charm and festivity Asheville has to offer.
While the City of Asheville is not hosting an outdoor event on its own this year, there is plenty to do downtown. Pack's Tavern will be open until 1 am, with a buffet open from 6:30 - 9:00 pm, then a countdown party directly after ($60 per person). Reservations are advised as the buffet is limited to 100 tickets. Hats and toppers are included as part of the ticket price.
The Grove Park Inn
As we mentioned in our previous posts, the Grove Park Inn is currently hosting its annual national gingerbread house competition. Staff attended yesterday, and can attest to the amazing feats of the contestants! The Grove Park Inn also has a terrific New Year's Eve Buffet, hosted in their Blue Ridge Dining Room ($70 per adult) and a New Year's Day "Good Luck" Brunch Buffet ($45 per adult). If you prefer a coursed dinner option on the last night of 2018, try their Vue 1913 restaurant ($95 per person).
Another option is the Grove House Entertainment Complex, which boasts three clubs in one location: Club Eleven, Scandals Nightclub, and The Boiler Room. The ticket for their New Year's Eve bash ($35 per person night of; $30 per person in advance) includes entry to all three clubs, featuring 5 DJs, 6 bars, dancing, balloon drops and heavy hors d'oeuvres. If you're looking for an LGBTQ-friendly, diverse crowd at an affordable ticket price, Grove House is your spot! Festivities run from 8 pm - 3 am (great late night option as well).
First Day Hikes
Asheville is also a great spot for activities on the first day of the year.¬†The North Carolina's state parks offer free guided First Day Hikes on January 1. First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative by America's State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors in all 50 states. Nearby locations include Chimney Rock State Park, Mt. Mitchell State Park, Gorges State Park, and Lake James State Park.