As a child, I completely took for granted growing up in the Asheville area. Once I left the mountains and attended college in Raleigh, NC, I realized how very flat and hot much of the state was and missed my cool, beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville is known for the Biltmore Estate and the beautiful scenery, but there are many other eclectic sights, sounds, and flavors in this fun and unique city. My two little boys and my one big boy (the hubs) love going downtown to watch the scenery, and by scenery I mean the people. The eclectic vibe of the city is one of the biggest draws for visitors and natives alike.
There is no shortage of street performers in Asheville. Basically on any night, a multitude of talented artists adorn the streets of downtown entertaining locals and tourists. Watching street performers is a favorite for my family. They are all so talented! Further, the boys love putting tips money into their jars, violin cases, or shoes. Tourists seem to enjoy stopping in between dinging or shopping to watch the many talented individuals on the streets.
The Biltmore Estate is a fun destination for all family members. Even my two small boys love walking around the big house and looking at all of the rooms, antique furniture, and unique artwork. The gardens are simply stunning and are virtually in bloom year-round. One can’t forget Antler Village and the Winery located on the Estate as well. Our boys love to eat ice cream at the creamery and say hello to the animals in Antler Hill Village, and the adults enjoy learning about the wines and partaking in free tastings.
We’ve started buying season passes to the Biltmore Estate. Sometimes we just like picking up some take-out or packing our own food and having a picnic in the gardens. With season passes, we can also hike and ride bikes whenever we would like. We haven’t gotten around to it, but my husband and I want to take advantage of our season passes for an adult night out, dining on the Estate and doing the wine tasting.
Even if you don’t plan any big excursions during your time in Asheville, at least visit downtown and frolic around for a bit. Merely looking at the architecture, sculptures, and eating at one of our amazing restaurants will provide for a very enjoyable evening. The unique Drum Circle is something you don’t want to miss. On Friday nights in Pritchard Park, individuals of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses come out to bang on some drums, dance, relax, and enjoy the beautiful place that is Asheville.