5 Amazing Local Asheville Favorites That You Will Love


Local Asheville Favorites

Asheville, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. From ancient & majestic mountains to misty & magical waterfalls, there is so much nature to enjoy. If architecture and art are more your speed, then the mountains of NC is the perfect place for you to take a much needed vacation also. Here at Asheville Connections, we take great pleasure in bringing you the best Asheville vacation rentals, while also being your tour guide to amazing local favorites.

Get ready to make your time in unforgettable Asheville. We are sharing 5 of our favorite things to do in the greater Asheville area for families, couples, or young singles. Keep reading to open the door for great fun!


1. Savor the Biltmore Estate Gardens

If you love the beauty of nature and walking perfectly sculpted paths of wild flowers and beautiful landscapes, this is for you! The Biltmore Estate, most famously known for the lovely castle that fills the grounds, holds another beauty in the spring. Fields of tulips and other seasonal flowers await you at the lovely Biltmore gardens! See some of the pictures below to see what you are missing, and click the map to plan your trip here!


The Biltmore Estate
One Lodge Street 
Asheville, NC 28803


WNC Nature Center

2. Indulge in a Nature & Animal Walk

The WNC Nature Center is managed by the City of Asheville’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department. It is also accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums which maintains the highest standards of excellence in animal care. Less than 220 facilities in the United States have met the high accreditation standards set by AZA. The Western North Carolina Nature Center's mission is to connect people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. Plan your visit using the information below! 

Black Bear
Walking Trail

WNC Nature Center in Asheville
75 Gashes Creek Rd.

Asheville, NC 28805

P: 828-259-8080


NC Arboretum

3. Take to The Arboretum Hiking and Nature Trails

Hiking these trails is to see Asheville at it's best! Asheville is famous for it's mountain and park scenery and the trails at the Arboretum are some of the best we have to offer. With over 430 acres of gardens and trails to explore you are sure to have a great time exploring The North Carolina Arboretum.

Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers beautifully cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically-diverse plants in the region.

Walking Trail
Flower Gardens

The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Asheville, NC 28806

P: 828-665-2492


Asheville Art Museum

4. Indulge in Some Art

The Asheville art museum is one of the premier art museums in all of North Carolina. Featuring both 20 and 21st century American art, it is the only organization that provides cultural and educational experiences for residents and visitors.  The Asheville Arts museum has been a staple of life (and vacations) in this area since 1943 and is a wonderful adventure to enjoy with the family while you are vacationing in Asheville. Plan your visit at the details below! 

Fence Banners
Turning Tradition Exhibition

Asheville Art Museum

175 Biltmore Ave, 

Asheville, NC 28801

P: 828.253.3227



Sierra Nevada Brewery

5. Finish at The Sierra Nevada Brewery

Located just 25 minutes outside of Asheville, in a little place called Mills River, The Sierra-Nevada Brewery is one of Beer City USA's favorite new landmarks. Only having been open since 2014 this wonderful beer centered experience has much to offer the adults of the group. 

The brewery offers multiple types of daily tours of the facilities, opening their brewing process to the public. These tours should be booked well in advance of visit as they fill up fast. They also have tours that include tastings as well. If group activities aren't really your idea of a good time, you can always just spend a few minutes a the tap room drinking down some of your favorites on tap and good food to match! 

Sierra Nevada Brewery Gift Shop

The Sierra Nevada Gift Shop features limited and specialty bottled beers as well as clothing, glassware, and items designed for outdoor adventure.

Sierra Nevada Brewery Beer

At the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant you’ll find the ultimate counterpart to the award winning ales and lagers. 


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
100 Sierra Nevada Way, 

Mills River, NC 28732

P: (828) 681-5300


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