Tiny "Black Bear" cabin minutes from AshevilleNestled in the woods, "Black Bear" cabin offers the best of both worlds. A relaxing country retreat yet close to everything. It is the perfect starting point to a downtown Asheville excursion, just 15 minutes away, and to an endless array of outdoor activities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 3 miles away is the charming town of Weaverville with its quaint atmosphere, artisan shops and distinctive restaurants. (For sights and hikes and their distance from the cabin, please check "The Neighborhood")
The Cabin at Little Pine MountainJust completed this little cabin located 25 miles from Asheville, NC in Marshall is a little piece of heaven. Located atop a mountain with clear views of the valley this place will make you question why you live in the city. Nothing to hear up here but the wind, the squirrels, and the birds. You can spend your evenings relaxing in the hammock with a cup of hot coco and the sound of a crackling fire or venture into Asheville where there is lots to do and see.
Pisgah Highlands off grid cabinCome escape to our tiny modern off grid cabin situated in the middle of our private 125 acre mountain top property which backs up to Pisgah National Forest. Wake up to soaring mountain views, hike all day on the Blue Ridge Parkway, grill out and make S'mores over the fire pit, and then roll open the glass garage door to fall asleep under the stars in a comfy bed...just 25 minutes to downtown Asheville! All well behaved dogs are welcome!
Tucked into North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is surrounded by old-growth forests, tumbling waterfalls, and a handsome stretch of the Appalachian Trail. But beyond its world-class wilderness, the city is known for its enduring Gilded Age architecture and bluegrass musical traditions, as well as a thriving art scene. And if that’s not enough, have a beer: Asheville boasts a staggering number of craft breweries, many within walking distance of the music venues and art galleries of the up-and-coming South Slope and River Arts districts. These formerly industrial neighborhoods have breathed new life into the city, and are excellent places to hang out in between trips to the mountains.
Fly into Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), which is about 14 miles from downtown (approximately 20 to 30 minutes by car). You can take a taxi or a rideshare straight to your Asheville getaway, or rent a car at the airport. Popular areas like Downtown Asheville, the River Arts District, and Biltmore Village are all pedestrian-friendly and compact enough to explore on foot. (The city also provides a hop-on, hop-off trolley that passes among popular districts.) You’ll want to rent a car, however, to explore the numerous hiking trails outside the city and navigate at least a stretch of the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, considered the nation’s most scenic highway.
Asheville has a subtropical climate, which means that the summer months are warm and humid while winters are comparatively mild. From June through August, temperatures peak in the mid-to-high 80s, while December through February they range from the high 20s to the high 40s, with occasional snowfall on the city’s surrounding peaks. From March to May and September through early November, Asheville’s temperatures typically hover between the high 50s and the mid-70s, ideal for exploring the area’s picturesque wildflower blooms in spring and foliage during fall. However, precipitation is regular throughout the year—so pack accordingly.
Among Asheville’s most prominent landmarks is this 250-room mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II during the height of the Gilded Age. The opulent 19th-century chateau (which is the largest privately owned home in the United States) sits on 8,000 acres and comprises sprawling grounds designed by a famous landscape architect. Visitors can tour the historic manor and massive estate, which includes a rose garden, farm, shop-filled village, and an award-winning winery.
This 1.7-mile walking trail pieces together 30 stops around downtown Asheville that celebrate an important person or moment in the city’s history—each marked with a public sculpture. The self-guided tour takes about two hours to complete, and begins at Pack Square Park. Printed maps are available at the information center.
Located about 20 minutes by car from downtown Asheville, these 434 acres of botanically diverse gardens pack in more than 10 miles of pet-friendly hiking trails. The outdoor attraction sits within the Pisgah National Forest, which includes more than half a million acres of wilderness, with forested mountains, whitewater rivers, and photo-worthy waterfalls.