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/
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!
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.
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
An 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/
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/
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
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/
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
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.
Zipline 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!
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.
Independence 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/
Folkmoot 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!
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.
The 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!
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!
Traveling to Asheville, NC in the winter is a great way to get the most out of winter’s natural majesty. At Sourwood Inn, you can enjoy the grandeur of the mountains, take in some of the most beautiful forests in America, and bask in the warmth of a cozy fireplace. But there’s more to Asheville than scenery! You can also participate in unique Asheville events and activities that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Coming soon to the Sourwood Inn, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonder and excitement of introductory Falconry. For those who are unfamiliar with falconry, this is the ancient art of using a bird of prey to hunt for wild quarry in its natural habitat. Mastering a trained falcon or hawk can’t be done overnight, but we can bring the full enjoyment of falconry to you in a fun vacation experience. The professionals at Curtis Wright Outfitters have over 40 years of combined experience, and they bring you the excitement and adventure of falconry in a safe and fun way that the whole family can enjoy.
Also coming in March is Appalachian music from the musical duo Zoe and Clyde. Zoe and Clyde have been a hit at the Sourwood Inn in the past, and they’re bringing their take on traditional Eastern American mountain music back to our cozy bed and breakfast this March. We think this musical duo is the perfect compliment to your outdoor vacation experience.
Enjoy the great outdoors, but don’t forget that Asheville is also alive with a thriving arts and entertainment district. Spending the day in downtown Asheville is a truly rewarding experience with much to offer you and your family. Asheville is rich in culture, music, dining, and majestic seasonal appeal. Late winter and early spring schedules always fill up fast, so keep in touch with the Explore Asheville website and book your stay early!
When Katniss Everdeen fights for her life in Panem, we’re transported to a world that’s both dangerous and beautiful. You can’t visit Panem anywhere in the world, but did you know that the closest you can come is Asheville, North Carolina? The beautiful locations featured in The Hunger Games film were actually found and recorded here in our picturesque natural landscape. Consider an Asheville travel idea that’s both exciting and beautiful—visit The Hunger Games filming locations today!
Find Your Own Survival Game
You too can explore the rugged terrain of District 12. Tours abound across Asheville at filming locations like Historic Henry Mill River Village, the Big Ivy Trail, and Chimney Rock State Park. Visit the majestic Dupont State Forest in Transylvania County, and learn to live off the land by taking scheduled classes or private instruction at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Just like Katniss Everdeen, you can learn to build a brush fire, forage for edible plants, and make your own medicine from the natural medicinal herbs that grow in the area. Despite danger lurking at every turn, Katniss cherished her time in the forest with Gale. You’ll cherish your time in Asheville’s forests with a variety of fun vacation opportunities like white water rafting, mountain biking, and hiking the highest mountain peaks in the Eastern United States.
Outside Magazine regularly ranks Asheville, North Carolina as a top vacation spot for lovers of outdoor recreation. Let the beautiful vistas seen in the Hunger Games take your breath away with zipline canopy tours, water adventures, and some of the best stargazing opportunities anywhere in the world.
Do What the Cast Did
Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Helmsworth, and Josh Hutcherson loved their time in Asheville, and took full advantage of the local recreational activities. You can do exactly what the stars did and zipline at Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, whitewater raft at Wildwater Rafting, or enjoy late night video games at The Arcade. Dine at Lexington Avenue Bakery and you might sit at the same table where Josh Hutcherson brought Vanessa Hudgens. Vegetarians will love Woody Harrelson’s favorite haunt, The Laughing Seed Café, or drink where the Tributes drank at The Southern, a downtown bar that’s as chic as it is delicious.
Asheville is the perfect vacation opportunity for the whole family. Nowhere else in the world is as beautiful or as exciting for lovers of outdoor adventure. It’s all located within close distance of The Sourwood Inn, your home for the perfect Hunger Games vacation. Just watch out for the other Tributes!
Sourwood Inn will reopen from winter break on January 29, 2014
Are you looking for winter activities near Asheville, NC? Sometimes just staying in a room at Sourwood Inn, sitting in front of a wood-burning fireplace, enjoying the view and getting rest and relaxation is just what the doctor ordered to recover from a hectic schedule.
There also those times when we just need to get out and enjoy the winter activities near Asheville, NC! This one of a kind town in North Carolina has all the winter fun you can possibly imagine. Our picturesque mountains, outdoor activities and a lively culture are chalked full of thrills and excitement.
Winter Activities Near Asheville, NC
Are you a skier? Be sure to visit the nearby slopes for some great skiing and snowboarding activity. You can expect lots of natural snow in the higher elevations and mountain peaks, but snowmakers are added on the managed slopes as to keep the pack fluffy and ideal for recreation. One great thing about our climate and weather is that the lower elevation stay relatively snow-free, so getting around and back and forth to the slopes is fairly hassle free.
If you are looking for other activities to enjoy during your visit, be sure to check out the guided fly fishing and falconry trips that are also available.
After an adventurous day in the snow it’s time again to enjoy the warming of one of the many cozy Sourwood Inn fireplaces. Sourwood Inn offers many other luxurious features that you wouldn’t expect like meals prepared by a gourmet chef. Chef Kacia makes delicious and memorable meals that keep many of our guests coming back for more.
If you’re staying a few days and interested in some advanced relaxation options, be sure to schedule a massage, a guided fly fishing trip, or do the Asheville Brews Cruise which features the award winning brewpubs, microbreweries and restaurants that Asheville has too offer. Also, downtown Asheville is crawling with art galleries and other unique shops that will allow you to enhance your stay while staying at our Asheville B&B.
Christmas in Asheville, North Carolina is where all the magic happens during the holiday season. Asheville is a city like no other and for those of you who want to getaway to a special city and stay in a cozy Bed and Breakfast, then we have the perfect itinerary for you!
Start your getaway with checking in right here at the Sourwood Inn. Spend a luxurious, warm day by the wood-burning fire and let your mind and heart be at ease. The business of the holiday season is working its way in to see you and give you the perfect Christmas vacation you crave so much. The Sourwood Inn closes every year just before Christmas and then opens again in late January or early February.
Sourwood Inn will be closed this year from December 18, 2013 through January 31, 2014. Book your trip now for next Spring!
Early December is the perfect time of the year to experience all the extravagancies the Biltmore Estate has to offer. The Christmas season at the Biltmore is a magical time with so much to do which includes visiting the village and the winery. There are numerous outdoor activities available to you and your family, but the real spectacle begins at night with Candlelight Christmas evenings. The ornament and decoration that bring this lively house to the amazing summit of joy and spectacle shine by the glow of candlelight and fireplaces throughout the Biltmore House. Tradition and history are still very much alive here.
Make sure to also show up on the weekend of December 13th for the 25th annual Warren Hayes Christmas Jam. This event is sure to WOW and amaze. Turn around the following day and join the Asheville Symphony for their Classical Christmas performance that brings intrigue and wonder to minds of all ages.
Your visit to Asheville also would not be complete without a visit to the Winter Wonderland at the Grove Arcade, which features numerous events all month long until January 2nd.
Just like you have heard so many times in the past, Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect place to getaway and stay in a local Asheville B&B. Just imagine all the fun you will have and how we can enrich your lives. Come stay with us!
Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains
The beautiful city of Asheville, North Carolina is perfectly situated beside the scenic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers everything a person needs for relaxation, outdoor recreation and cultural exploration. If you are looking to stay in a comfortable bed and breakfast just 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville, while also taking in the beauty of the mountains now being complemented by the splendid color of fall, then the Sourwood Inn in Asheville is the perfect place for you in November.
Asheville is the perfect little “big” city in western North Carolina that offers so much to its residents and visitors. With an average November daytime temperature of 58 degrees, the pleasant landscape and the cool, moderate temperature is enough to make for a memorable stay here this fall. The preserved history in Asheville guarantees to give you an interesting and luxurious experience in so many different ways.
Things to do in Asheville NC
The Biltmore Estate features the preserved Biltmore House, which at 178,926 square feet is the largest privately owned house in the country, past and present. The estate features so many different outdoor activities, shopping, dining and beautiful landscapes that it is an absolute must to visit while in town. The Sourwood Inn offers a package that includes 2 tickets to the Biltmore Estate – click here for pricing.
The city of Asheville is alive and thriving with a multitude of diverse cultures and the
eclectic tastes that you crave when staying in a scenic North Carolina mountain city like this. The people, architecture and cuisine you will find on a guided tour through Asheville are some of the most unique experiences you may ever encounter. But don’t forget to take the guided hikes as well in the great outdoors that surround the city.
What makes a visit to Asheville so special is your stay in a cozy bed and breakfast. What you should expect from this stay are warm, comfortable rooms with a fireplace, delicious breakfasts, afternoon refreshments, crisp, clean mountain air and a welcome environment that is both inviting and entertaining.