Christmas Events in Asheville

It’s Christmas in Asheville and there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit!  Every street shines with glittering lights, decorated Christmas trees, and lovely storefronts!  So bundle up and celebrate the holidays with us!  Enjoy the warm feeling of Asheville while you stroll the sparkling decorated paths of the Winter Lights of North Carolina Arboretum  www.ncwinterlights.com. or cuddle up in a horse drawn carriage carrying you through beautiful Historic Biltmore Village. www.historicbiltmorevillage.com/

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Gingerbread House Contest!

Downtown Asheville

Don’t miss Downtown Asheville as you begin your day. Decked out in it’s finest greenery, Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade http://www.grovearcade.com/ hosts the annual National Gingerbread House Competition and is definitely not to be missed!  Looking for artistic gifts?  The Downtown Arts District www.ashevilledowntowngalleries.org/ will be hosting their Gallery Stroll from 5:00-8:00 PM on Dec.5 with over 20 art-filled galleries.

Holiday Performing Arts

If you love performing arts Asheville is the place to be in December!  One performance not to be missed is the traditional Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, being performed with spectacular scenery and costuming on Dec.10 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. (828) 259-5736)  Beginning on Dec.6 is The Christmas Carol, Dicken’s classic tale of greed and redemption, presented by The Monford Park Players at the historic Masonic Temple www.montfordparkplayers.org/  in downtown Asheville.  Biltmore at ChristmasOn Dec.6 and 7, the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater will perform a creative and unique interpretation of The Nutcracker and the Mouse KIng. www.dwtheatre.com.  For a lovely afternoon of classical music you may want to attend A Classical Christmas by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 14 at 3:00 PM. www.ashvillesymphony.org.  Asheville Christmas and holiday events are always a treat!

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Enjoy the Holidays at The Sourwood Inn

Whether you plan to take a candlelight tour of the Biltmore www.biltmore.com, explore the magic of holiday events, or do some shopping in the trendy Asheville boutiques, Asheville is the perfect Christmas destination.  Sourwood Inn would like to invite you to spend your visit with us in our lovely inn decorated for a memorable Christmas.

Asheville Outdoor Adventure | Sourwood Inn

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Are you looking for more in Asheville than fabulous restaurants, world class shopping, nightlife, and beautiful scenic drives?  Do you love the outdoors and all the adventure that it offers?  Then Asheville asheville-outdoor-adventureis the perfect destination point!

Consistently ranked by Outdoor Magazine as one of it’s top destinations for outdoor recreation and adventures, Asheville never disappoints.   Whether you’re looking for hiking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, or ziplining, Asheville has it all!   At Sourwood Inn we can personally arrange a guided fly fishing trip, horsebacking expedition, or an exciting falconry experience for you.  Asheville, a paradise for adventure seekers, offers something for everyone- young or old.

A Few of Our Favorite Asheville Outdoor Adventure Trips

  • Whitewater rafting with Blue Heron Whitewater  Only 22 miles from downtown Asheville, this company has rave reviews!  If you’ve never been whitewater rafting you are missing out on an exhilarating unforgettable experience. Nature at it’s best! http://www.blueheronwhitewater.com/
  • Canopy ziplining with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures     Soar like a bird over grand white oaks, crimson maples and thick mountain laurel.   Canopy Rangers escort each small group throughout the tour to share knowledge and lead your experience.  Ranked #2 on Trip Adviser http://www.ashevilletreetopsadventurepark.com/asheville-zipline-canopy-adventure/about-asheville-zipline-canopy-adventures
  • Horseback riding with Sandy Bottoms Trail Rides  Saddle up and enjoy the lovely mountain panoramas.  Sandy Bottoms also offers horse drawn buggy rides for those who prefer not to ride on horseback.  http://www.sandybottomtrailrides.net/
  • Mountain Biking with Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures   Their local experienced guide will show you the best routes through the Pisgah and Dupont National Forests near Asheville. http://www.pisgahmountainbikeadventures.com/
  • asheville-outdoor-adventureHike the Appalachian Trails  Approximately 300 miles of this Maine-to-Georgia primitive hiking trail spans North Carolina. Voted most popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors and favorite long distance trail by Backpacker Magazine.  http://www.appalachiantrail.org/

We hope you enjoy our suggestions and have a wonderful vacation with some unforgettable memories!

Top Five Best Asheville Restaurants

Delicious entrees like pecan-ginger crusted chicken and mountain trout with romesco sauce are on the menu at Sourwood Inn and always bring rave reviews from our guests!  But with over 250 local restaurants in Asheville, we know you want to experience the gourmet fare that all the foodies are talking about.  Farm to table dining has been a slowly growing trend in the US, but in Asheville, that practice is the foundation of culinary excellence and has been for years.  Chefs purchase local agriculture in order to offer the freshest organic cuisine possible.  With this in mind, we’re recommending our picks for the top five best Asheville restaurants..

Tupelo Honey Cafe

Tupelo Honey Cafe AshevilleAn Asheville tradition, brimming with the ambience of dark hardwood floors, pale mustard walls and fresh flowers on bistro table tops, Tupelo Honey Cafe is a local favorite.  Southern cooking with a creative spin is the trademark of this restaurant icon!   Made from scratch, farm fresh recipes put this restaurant on your not to be missed list.  https://tupelohoneycafe.com/

12 Bones Smokehouse

There is good reason that President Obama has eaten at 12 Bones Smokehouse both times he was in Asheville!  This barbeque hotspot has been a local favorite for years.  Only open for lunch and early dinner ( closes at 4:00 PM), their menu features a range of tasty smoked meats (baby back ribs, chicken, pulled pork, turkey, and beef brisket) as well as vegetarian items.  In a very casual laid back atmosphere, this is the place to go for great barbeque.  http://www.12bones.com/

Curate

Having been nominated twice for the prestigious culinary James Beard Award, Curate offers authentic Spanish tapas.  Before choosing Asheville to debut her outstanding restaurant, chef Katie Button studied at the El Bulli in Spain and with Jean-Georges in New York.  With the menu filled with dozens of lovely small tapas and a warm dining atmosphere, you may feel you’ve slipped away to the tapas bars of San Sebastian,Spain.  It’s one of our favorite picks from the five best Asheville restaurants.   http://www.curatetapasbar.com/

Posana Cafe

Voted by Wine Spectator magazine as one of the best places to have wine in Asheville, Posana Cafe, serving contemporary cuisine, is owned by executive chef, Peter Pollay.  Having worked with Wolfgang Puck for many years Pollay’s philosophy is simple- combine local premium ingredients and pair them with a winning menu and exceptional hospitality.   A nice surprise is the flavorful gluten free menu offerings-a real treat for those who suffer from food allergies.  Savor Heritage Farms smoked tenderloin or seared duck breast as you enjoy the view of historic Pack Square. This lovely restaurant is one of our favorites!  http://posanacafe.com/

Sunny Point Cafe AshevilleSunny Point Cafe

This charming small cafe values fresh produce so much they have their own garden!  Family owned, Sunny Point serves upscale comfort food from dusk til dawn and is particularly known for its breakfasts served anytime.  Huevos rancheros are fabulous, but you can just close your eyes and point to any item on the menu. You can’t go wrong. You might have a wait, but it’s well worth it! With great hospitality, organic foods, and reasonable prices this restaurant easily makes our list of five best Asheville restaurants.  http://sunnypointcafe.com/

Midweek Special – Asheville Bed & Breakfast | Sourwood Inn

The weekends fill up quick at Sourwood Inn, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy all that Asheville has to offer on weekdays!  Take an extended stay vacation or just pull a three night getaway anytime between Monday and Thursday and you can save money on your favorite bed and breakfast.  That’s right, Sourwood Inn offers midweek specials!  Stay any two nights and get the third day at half price.

Why Choose Midweek?

It’s not unusual to have busy weekends in Asheville, with most festivals and concerts occurring Friday through Sunday, but weekdays in Asheville have their own special charm.  As longterm residents can tell you, Asheville is at its most beautiful when you seem to have it all to yourself.  On most weekdays, you can enjoy the calm majesty of Asheville’s forests and mountains as Mother Nature intended—without crowds!  Here are just a few ways to enjoy an Asheville midweek getaway.

What a Weekday!  Four days in Asheville

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Horseback Riding

Asheville is a cultural center in North Carolina, and hours or days can be spent just strolling the streets and shopping downtown, but if you want to really appreciate one of the most beautiful cities in America, you have to get into the great wide open!  Horseback riding is one of the best ways to experience the most awe inspiring views that Asheville has to offer.  Guided rides are available at Biltmore’s 8,000 acres, in Rutherford, at Lake Lure’s stables, and just about everywhere else that you might want to explore.

If riding a horse through untouched mountains and forests isn’t novel enough for your weekday afternoon, then kick the oddity up a notch and try a llama!  English Mountain Llama Treks offers guided day hikes through the mountains.  Let a llama carry your backpack while you admire the scenery.  How’s that for a Monday?

Waterfall Swimming & Whitewater Rafting

Hooker Falls can get crowded on the weekends, but midweek waterfall swimming is a majestic way to spend an afternoon.  Substitute your after work rush hour for a waterfall swimming hole and say, “what a weekday!”

If a long hike alongside a waterfall’s path is more your speed, you’ve got a wealth of options.  Try Cullasaja Gorge, White Water Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Linville Falls, Crabtree Falls, or Hickory Nut Falls.   Any one of these natural wonders is best experienced without a crowd, so go midweek and feel like the glory of nature is reserved for you alone.

Oh, and did we forget whitewater rafting?  Outdoor magazine named Asheville the top whitewater destination in the U.S.  Just choose a level that’s appropriate for your experience level and get ready for the best whitewater adventure in America.   Combine waterfall swimming and whitewater rafting in the same day?  That’s a good Tuesday.

ziplining ashevilleZipline Canopy Adventure

If Monday was your horseback ground adventure, and Tuesday was you waterfall and rafting water adventure, then it’s only appropriate that you end your three day getaway in the air.  Navitat Ziplining has been featured on CNN, in The New York Times, Outdoor Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and called “one of the best in the nation!” by USA TODAY!  Book the Navitat Ultimate Adventure Package and you’ll be flying above the treetops all day long.  That leaves you with just enough time to stop in downtown for a gourmet dinner.  You deserve it after conquering land, water, and air.

Fly Fishing, Falconry, Golf, Biking, and More

Four day vacation?  Close out the midweek by fly fishing, learning falconry, playing a round of golf, and exploring all the rest of the outdoor adventure that Asheville has to offer.

There’s so much to do, you’ll never be able to fit all in, so forget about the weekends, and make Sourwood Inn your home for a midweek getaway that you’ll never forget!  You’ll save money and avoid the Asheville crowds in the process.

Bed and Breakfast Midweek Special – Stay two nights and get the third night for half price!

Bed and Breakfast Asheville NC Call 828-255-0690

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828-255-0690 Are you looking for a relaxing  Bed and Breakfast in Asheville NC? An Asheville B&B with  great accommodations and wonderfully decadent food? Then come and stay at Sourwood Inn. Each of our guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, wood- burning fireplace and a tub with a view.

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This ad shows that our Bed and Breakfast Asheville NC offers you not only superb room accommodation but a perfect nature break. Coupled with good meals prepared by our very own Executive Chef Kacia Stuart, B&B Asheville NC is indeed a place worth visiting. Before you begin a day’s adventure or a day of relaxation in this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, you can enjoy a full breakfast that will be sure to make you smile and sustain you through the morning’s activities.

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Asheville B&B – Things to Do in July

It’s summer time, and the living’s easy at your favorite Asheville bed and breakfast!  Jeff and Rocket Girl the falcon are enjoying the trails, folks are leaving their French doors open, and the sounds of Shindig on the Green are filling our Friday nights.  Now that school’s out and the kids are on summer break, it’s the perfect time for a family vacation at the Sourwood Inn!  Asheville is buzzing with activities during this time of year, so do summer right and get outside with some of our wonderful local events.

Fourth of July AshevilleIndependence Day in Asheville | Friday, July 4th

Celebrate the glory of freedom by living the good life in Asheville.  The ideal 4th of July is everywhere you turn, and you can’t help but have a good time by spending the first weekend of the month at The Sourwood Inn.  Park Square Park starts the festivities at 2 PM with music and fun for the whole family, and the celebration continues until late.  Spend the day enjoying an overflow of Downtown Asheville events culminating with a fantastic fireworks display, or create a once in a lifetime memory by viewing the Black Mountain fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain.  For more information and registration for this beautiful Fireworks Hike, call 828-669-9566 or email [email protected]

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games & Carolina West Ribsfest | Friday to Sunday, July 11-13

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games are modelled after the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland, and are considered to be the preeminent Scottish Games in the United States.  Witness a full weekend full of bagpipe parades, Highland dancing competitions, and traditional athletics such as “tossing the sheaf” and “turning the caber.”  This one of a kind festival has to be seen to be believed—it’s definitely worth a special trip.  http://www.gmhg.org/

If you get tired of watching strong men, head on over to the Carolina West Ribsfest.  Try the best barbecue the US has to offer with pitmaster booths from around the country.  Enjoy live music and other entertainment while you eat!  http://www.carolinawestribfest.com/

Asheville Highland GamesFolkmoot Parade of Nations and International Festival | Starts Friday July 18 and continues for two weeks!

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Folkmoot Festival!  More than 200 groups from 100 different countries converge on Waynesville to share cultural music, crafts, dancing, and food.  You never know what you’ll find at the International Folk Festival, but you know it will always be interesting.  This event is spread out across the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, so you can do some local sightseeing at the same time that you soak up international culture.  Learn more about this massive annual event at the official Folkmoot website.  http://www.folkmootusa.org/

Cashiers Antique Show | Friday to Sunday July 25-27

Antiques lovers will be in heaven at this event.  Visit dealers from around the East Coast as they sell their wares throughout the weekend.  Collectors and casual buyers alike can’t help but be thrilled with the selection.

And as usual, enjoy the view and relax at Sourwood Inn!  July is filling up fast so book your reservations early.  There’s always plenty to do, so don’t forget about our midweek specials!

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828-255-0690 Are you looking for an essential and delightful mountain experience? Are you looking for Asheville B&B which has a great accommodation and good food? Then come and stay at Sourwood Inn. Each of our guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, wood- burning fireplace and a tub with a view.

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Be sure to call Sourwood Inn for your reservations
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828-255-0690
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This ad shows that our Bed and Breakfast Asheville NC offers you not only superb room accommodation but a perfect nature break. Coupled with good meals prepared by our very own Executive Chef Kacia Stuart, B&B Asheville NC is indeed a place worth visiting. Before you begin a day’s adventure or a day of relaxation in this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, you can enjoy a full breakfast that will be sure to make you smile and sustain you through the morning’s activities.

Sourwood Inn
810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy.
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
http://sourwoodinn.com
(828) 255-0690

Asheville Bed and Breakfast | Things to Do in June

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Spring is still in bloom throughout Asheville, but summer is on its way.  You have just enough time to catch the most beautiful season and some of the most stunning outdoor vistas available in Asheville before things start heating up.  Come stay for a visit at our majestic bed and breakfast, open up your French doors, and enjoy the cool spring breeze from your own private balcony.  Enjoy the view of the Reems Creek Valley when you’re in at the Inn, and while you’re out, catch some of Asheville’s best spring events!

The Remarkable Rhododendron Rumble | June 1st – 16thbed-and-breakfast-asheville-nc

http://www.grandfather.com/events/the-remarkable-rhododendron-ramble-2/

Sweet rose-lavender rhododendrons are blooming all across Grandfather Mountain.  It’s a truly remarkable sight to take in thousands of these flowers at their peak of beauty, and you can experience guided tours of this natural wonder throughout the first half of June.  Enjoy a hike and savor one of the prettiest annual phenomenon available in Asheville.

Geek Out Asheville | June 6th – 8th

http://geekoutavl.org/

Asheville is one of the country’s best hotspots for outdoor freaks, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have special love our indoor geeks too!  Geek out with cosplay, puppetry, comic books, movie props, and more geektastic excitement for your inner nerd.  There’s fun for the whole family with KidsCon for youngsters, and after hours events including fandom inspired burlesque just for adults.  The Sourwood Inn loves this event—come play with us!

Asheville Percussion Festival | June 20th – 22nd

http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/

The 3rd annual Asheville Percussion Festival will take over the Diana Wortham Theater and Downtown Asheville’s OM Sanctuary during this weekend long event.  Feel the rhythm during free public events, or participate in one of twenty-two workshops led by world renowned faculty.  $75 will buy a weekend pass to all workshops and concerts.  This is a once in a lifetime experience for Bed-and-Breakfast-Asheville-NCdrum enthusiasts.

Shindig on the Green | June 28th (continues Saturdays through August)

It’s the 48th consecutive season of Shindig on the Green.  Catch the opening ceremonies on Saturday June 28th.  From 7-10 PM, the new Pack Square Park gathers locals and visitors alike to share in the music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia.  Shindig on the Green was voted “#1 Local Outdoor Concert” three years in a row (2006, 2007, 2008) by readers of Asheville’s own Mountain Xpress, and it’s still one of Asheville’s most defining local events.

Enjoy your stay at the Sourwood Inn!

 

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828-255-0690 Are you looking for an essential and delightful mountain experience? Are you looking for Asheville B&B which has a great accommodation and good food? Then come and stay at Sourwood Inn. Each of our guest rooms has a private balcony overlooking the Reems Creek Valley, wood- burning fireplace and a tub with a view.

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Be sure to call Sourwood Inn for your reservations
Call or fill in information for Questions and Directions
828-255-0690
http://sourwoodinn.com/

This ad shows that our Bed and Breakfast Asheville NC offers you not only superb room accommodation but a perfect nature break. Coupled with good meals prepared by our very own Executive Chef Kacia Stuart, B&B Asheville NC is indeed a place worth visiting. Before you begin a day’s adventure or a day of relaxation in this Asheville Bed and Breakfast, you can enjoy a full breakfast that will be sure to make you smile and sustain you through the morning’s activities.

Sourwood Inn
810 Elk Mountain Scenic Hwy.
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
http://sourwoodinn.com
(828) 255-0690

Asheville Bed and Breakfast | Things to do in May

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It’s no secret that Asheville is one of the country’s top destinations for outdoor adventure, and with everything from zip lining and fly fishing, to whitewater rafting nearby, there’s always plenty to do when you stay at the Sourwood Inn.  Springtime in Asheville is especially beautiful this year, and it’s easy to spend an entire vacation taking in the natural splendor of the season.   That said, if you’re planning your trip for May, you can also participate in some of Asheville’s best annual events!  There are so many things to do next month that we can’t list them all, but here are a few upcoming attractions that are worth a special visit.

B&B-Asheville-NC-music-festivalThe Asheville Herb Festival | Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th

If you don’t think herbs are exciting, then chances are you’ve never been to the Asheville Herb Festival!  This year is the 25th anniversary of this fun local tradition, and more than 25,000 herb enthusiasts are expected to join in the festivities.  Shop for handmade balms, soaps, shampoos, teas, ointments, sauces, medicines, and just about everything else that can be made from a plant.

LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival | Thursday May 8th – Sunday May 11th

LEAF is one of our favorite yearly events, and this year will feature special performances by Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Los Lobos, The Family Stone, and more than thirty other groups!  Free your funky self and discover music from around the world, relax with Yoga, SLAM with poets, and browse handmade wares from local artists and craftspeople.  WNC calls LEAF West North Carolina’s best music festival, the best festival for kids, and the best festival to camp out at.  Get your tickets early because this event will sell out!

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Montford Music & Arts Festival | Saturday May 17th

Celebrating its 11th year as West North Carolina’s biggest one day music and arts festival, this event will take over two streets with more than a hundred arts, craft, and food vendors and more than twenty bands performing non-stop music.  Held rain or shine, this Asheville tradition is free to the public.

 14th Annual Mountain Sports Festival | Friday May 23rd – Sunday May 25th

Enjoy a weekend of music and sports!  Sign your team up for the dodgeball tournament, participate in a 10k, or just sit back, listen to music, and watch the races.  The Mountain Sports Festival is volunteer organized and open to public participation.  Visitors are encouraged to register by visiting http://mountainsportsfestival.com/.

Every weekend in May is overflowing with things to do, so plan your vacation early and book your room today!