More Group Activities for Less
Posted On Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Best Group Activities in Asheville: Holiday edition
Once upon a time someone was put in charge of planning a trip for a group. The first location they looked at didn't have enough dining options, the second location didn't have enough things to do, but the third location was Asheville and it was just right. Asheville is one of those great places that offer true versatility for your vacation. If you're group is anything like my family, everyone has their own opinions and interests, however, everyone has the same volume - incredibly loud - and every individual has no problem letting you know exactly what you they think about your plans. However, if you need outdoor adventures, activities, activities for families or you're more of the tour and pub crawl type of gathering, there are a myriad of activities for every party size and interest. And this time of year is a magical time to capitalize on that!
If your group has a penchant for the outdoors...
Asheville is known for its gorgeous, scenic hikes, especially the trails with water falls. The state parks and Blue Ridge Parkway are always great places to take groups, who are passionate about spending times outside. However, this time of year hold some season specific opportunities to do outside. There are several skiing resorts that open their doors once snow start falling and with another Arctic Blast heading our way for another predicted year of record-breaking lows it's a good time to watch the weather and hit the slopes. The Appalachian Ski Mountain, Cataloochee Ski Area (kids ski for free here!), Beech Mountain, Sugar Mountain, and Wolf Ridge Resorts all have discounted group rates on both the tickets to ski and equipment rentals. If you're trying to find somewhere to take your scouts this winter, Sapphire Valley Ski Area offers special rates especially for both Boy and Girl Scout troops. If you're looking for something a little different from the usual ski/tube or skate combo, Hawks Nest offers tubing and zip lining through the snow-capped scenery of the Asheville Mountains.
If you're group is more into sight-seeing and beer-drinking...
If you're more into indoor activities (or at least those outdoor time-fillers that are closer to town), there are coupons for the Biltmore Estate on sites like the deals on the Department of Tourism's site, listed below. Or if you like to laugh check out the link at the bottom of La Zoom's page for regularly updated discounted comedic tours. If you need something a little more flexible, check out the Trolley Tours! With a hop-on-hop-off schedule and a second day free with every ticket purchase, it's a great value and a great time waiting to happen! Here is a more complete list of the frantic tours Asheville offers for your perusing pleasure!
For anyone on the quest for a great location for a group trip, Asheville is the answer sent from above! With reservation options for every tour or activity and most restaurants, a little pre-planning can lead to a relatively stress free vacation! And with great tools like this one online to help you figure out what options are out there, you can find something for every crazy Aunt Sue, artistic Cousin Alyssa, and wine-and-music-loving Grandma!
So check out sight like Groupon (the BYOB art classes sound especially exciting to a passionate beer lover like me!), Valpak (think about looking at the buy one get one free symphony tickets!) and the coupons off of the Asheville tourism page (they offer one free attraction at the Fun Depot for families!). For everything from restaurants, to activities to automotive services there are some really great offers for any situation you may find yourself in this winter in Asheville for you to take advantage of!