12 Things You Can't Miss in Asheville in 2015


Planning a trip can be a pain to say the least. Everyone has set aside time to go do something only to find out that what they had been planning to do isn't possible. Fortunately, Asheville is one of those places that always has something fun going on! From outdoor activities, like hiking and skiing, to indoor time, like theater and spas, to a little bit of both, like a good pub crawl and walking/shopping downtown, Asheville is ready to give you a personal hiatus or the group destination with activities for everyone! However, we obviously want you to have the best trip imaginable, so we looked at this coming year and hit a few of the highlights and activities you might not know about to make sure you get in everything you want to do and see in Asheville this year.

Kids Snow Tubing, Asheville, NC, 2015January...

 Asheville has some really amazing winter scenery, however, there is one way to enjoy it that isn't super well known but is starting to grow in popularity. It isn't skiing or snowboarding, it's snow tubing! While I haven't had a chance to try it yet, it looks like so much fun I'd be willing to get over my previously mentioned aversion to snow to give it a whirl! This is a great activity for people who want to get out and play in the snow but don't want to take time out of playing to take skiing lessons. It's also a great way to play together as a group and interact a little more than skiing and snowboarding allows. So this winter check out places like Moonshine Mountain, Cataloochee Ski Area, and Sugar Mountain and get your tube on!

February...

The mountains are known for being freezing at this time of year and while spending time in the slopes is great, why not pamper yourself with a reprieve at the spa? It's great to take a few days to glide down the mountainsides or hike up them to see frozen waterfalls, but who wants to come home from a vacation with drier skin or sorer muscles than you had when you left (especially so close to Valentine's Day?)? So this year, think about taking a day or two at the end of your Asheville adventure to rest and recuperate while rejuvenating your skin and getting those knots worked out of your muscles at places with great reputations like the Bohemian Grand Hotel's Poseidon Spa or Omni Grove Park Inn Spa (deep tissue massages are also a great way to naturally flush toxins, so it's really just great for your health!). If you're traveling with your significant other, you can even book couples' massages so that you're relaxed enough to make sure you enjoy the rest of your trip together!

March...

 March is one of my favorite months down south; there's usually still a crisp coolness in the air, but unlike in fall you can feel everything waking up around you. There's a vibrant element in the air that sounds totally crazy until you experience it and the minute you experience it, you know. Nothing gives you that feeling of deep peace as taking a walk the Gardens of the Biltmore Estate and see the first signs of spring appearing. With grounds that are meticulously planted and kept to give you a visual feast all year round, taking the opportunity to leisurely amble though the gardens and grounds is a treat that you won't want to pass up on!

April...

My mom used to always say in this sing-song voice "April showers bring May flowers!" and I never really understood it...until we moved to North Carolina. April feels like the wettest month almost every year and that little wives' tale has become a mantra my siblings and I tell ourselves until the sun is out and the ground is dry enough to get out on. But don't let a little rain chase you away! Asheville has a bustling art scene and vibrant pride in displaying it's work. Both the Diana Wortham Theatre and Asheville's Community Theatre have great shows coming up in April!

May...Couple at Beerfest, Asheville, NC

While I would love to go on about flowers in May (and true to feminine form, I do love them), there is simply something more important going on. Arguably the most important event of the year - Asheville's Beer Week is May 22-30. If you're going to Asheville it's likely that you enjoy a good beer, and in perfect agreement with my Celtic-Prussian roots, I would have to agree with you. There is little in this world as soothing after a long day than a cold beer. So what better way could there be to spend your hard-earned vacation than sampling beers and dinners from all over the city (even if you can't make it for beer fest, check out the Amazing Pubcycle and do your own beer-tasting-extravaganza! They are usually booked, so you'll want to call ahead and make a reservation for your party)!

June...

There is another great way to see the scenery of Asheville's wilderness go flashing past you in an equally seasonal opportunity. If you enjoy the feeling of walking around with that buzz a shot of adrenaline gives you and love the idea of flying through the trees of Asheville, this is definitely for you! Check out Ziplining Downtown, if you don't want to stray from other plans you may have. If you don't mind driving a little ways out of town you can look into Asheville Zipline Canopy AdventuresNavitat Zipline Canopy Adventures featured on CNN as premiere location for ziplining, you are sure to get every ounce of the thrill you crave!

Cherokee Maid, Asheville, NC, Cherokee Pow WowJuly...

My dad was a history major in college, so as homeschoolers, we took A LOT of field trips to historical sites and got to experience some really incredible things, there is one event, however we always missed. With the remembrance of the past blended with all our hopes for the future, the 2015 Strong Sun Pow Wow is an incredible opportunity. Whether you have children, or are just interested in the history of America yourself, this is one event you won't want to miss. Held on the reservation in Cherokee, NC the Pow Wow begins with a special lesson on Children's Day (friday) and then proceeds as a regular Pow Wow. Though set for the 10-12, the dates may change, so call ahead if you really want to go to ensure that you don't miss an American tradition, older than America itself.

August...

 If April seems to be the wettest month, August seems to be the hottest every year, so take your time, cool off and catch some sun with a swim! The most glorious feeling you can have in the summer is that weightlessness of floating in the water and some of the best memories the south has to offer are those of splashing around with friends. If the urge to chill out in true southern style hits you, pack your cooler and check out one of these locations! Sliding Rock, Hooker Falls, and North Mills River Recreation Area. As long as you remember to pay attention to signs posted with warnings and DO NOT swim above falls you'll have a fun, safe experience cooling off.

September...

Just as the turn of Spring is a perfect time to take a walk through the Gardens at Biltmore, the turn of fall is the perfect time to get your hiking on. If you haven't had time to see our great outdoors yet, this is a must-do activity for you and your group. With walks ranging in every level of difficulty and length, Asheville has a trail for you to blaze and all of them surrounded in our fabled fall colors. If you're planning an Autumn trip to our fair city, check out our post on How to Get the Most out of Your Fall Trip (And maybe the one about packing too!)!

October...

The Southern Highland Craftsmen Guild is proud to invite you to their Craft Fair (and no, none of them will be singing with lollipops to do so). With hand-made products that span the distance between timeless and contemporary and classic tools of southern living and art, this is not a show you want to miss. Not only will you judge for yourself what you enjoy the most, but there will also be judged competitions to watch and live regional music to tap your toe to. If you have a relatively short trip, this is a great way to really get a feel for the south and our sense of tradition!

November...

November is when we usually turn our hearts and minds towards family. The holidays are a great reminder of what we truly value in our lives, and with that recognition comes the realization that there are a TON of gifts to buy for Christmas! So check out the shops downtown, with eclectic and unique finds, Asheville is sure to provide you with the gift that will not be duplicated. And don't forget to take advantage of Black Friday sales! Downtown Asheville embraces the holidays with sales that will have you stocked for Christmas without leaving you totally broke!

December...Family Ice Skating Outdoors, Asheville, NC

Ever since I can remember December has meant one thing to me - ice skating. The really odd part of that is I didn't actually go ice-skating until I was fifteen, nevertheless, it's a huge part of the holidays to me. Fortunately for any of you who, like me, love the feeling of gliding over ice and feeling that slight breeze on your cheeks, Asheville won't make you wait fifteen years to gratify you're desire to get out on the ice! With Tarwheels Skateway and Beech Mountain Resort you get your choice of indoor or outdoor rinks! If you need anymore inspiration for your holiday trip check out our post for having a Family Christmas in Asheville!
At Asheville Connections, our biggest goal is to ensure that you have an amazing Asheville experience that will not only have you coming back for more, but also supply you with memories you'll never forget. To that end, no matter when you've booked your trip, Asheville is more than generous with its diversions and charm. And with the variety in special events and regular sites and activities you can even make an impromptu trip and have a plethora of options to fill your days with! So in true southern form, we can't wait to see you and will keep a candle burning in the window, until you get here.


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