12 Best Fall Experiences to have during your Asheville Getaway
Iconic Asheville is known for its natural beauty, friendly vibes, cultural arts, and a farm-to-table dining scene that will please many palettes. We believe that fall is the best time to explore our area and to experience “Everything Asheville” Shown below are our 12 Best Fall Experiences for you to enjoy during your next getaway to Asheville.
1. Pick your own Apples
Apple picking is the perfect romantic experience to enjoy during your fall visit to Asheville. It makes for a perfect fun and inexpensive fall activity that you are sure to enjoy! The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina, from September 3 – 6, 2021. You can check out the calendar of events here.
2. Visit the Biltmore
Touring the estate should be at the top of your list, especially if you are a first-time visitor to the Biltmore. Filled with interesting history, gardens, wine, and nature, visiting the Biltmore is an unforgettable Asheville experience. Also, check out our most recent blog, an Insiders’ Guide to Visiting the Biltmore.
3. Catch the Fall Colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Autumn colors in Asheville are spectacular, and in our opinion, the best views can be had driving the Blue Ridge Parkway, which is just a half-mile from the inn!
4. Be spooked with some Asheville Ghosts
If you’ve never been on a ghost tour, add it to your bucket list this fall. Whether you believe in the paranormal or not, a ghost tour in Asheville is a fun way to experience another part of the local culture. Explore the streets and pubs around town, hearing spooky tales of the paranormal along the way.
5. Catch the fall views from the Swinging Bridge of Grandfather Mountain
Looking for an adventure and a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime? Plan a day of hiking on Grandfather Mountain and catch the autumn views as you cross the Swinging Bridge. The Mile High Swinging Bridge, America’s highest suspension footbridge, spans an 80-foot chasm at more than one mile in elevation.
6. Check out one of our Asheville Farmer’s Markets
Asheville is a Farm to Table mecca, and Farmer’s Markets are open years round but are especially abundant in the summer and fall. Our favorite is the North Asheville Tailgate. Check out this calendar for Farmer’s Markets in the area.
7. Check out the Shopping in Asheville
Asheville is filled with unique art galleries, pottery, and gift stores. Spend the day downtown, and don’t miss out on the River Front Art District.
8. Go on a Waterfall Hunt with a Picnic Lunch
One of our favorite activities is to pick up a picnic lunch from Well Bred Bakery in Weaverville and then plan a day visiting and hiking the waterfalls in the area. Our favorite waterfall to enjoy a picnic is the Moore Cove waterfall in Pisgah Forest. Here you’ll find a nice hike to the waterfalls with plenty of picnic tables around the area.
9. Watch a Sun Rise or Sun Set
We have some of the best sunrises and sunsets, and fall is a fantastic time to enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty. Watching the sun come up is an amazing way to greet a vacation day in Asheville. Just up the road from the Sourwood Inn’s entrance are a collection of graffiti art. Here is a great spot to enjoy a sunrise in Asheville.
10. Experience a local Craft Cider
Asheville does enjoy a vibrant beer scene which now also includes Craft Cider. With our abundance of apples in the area, you are sure to find a Craft Cider Pub that suits your fancy.
11. Attend a Fall Festival
Fall is such a perfect time to attend an old fashion festival. Our surrounding towns have many annual celebrations. Check out a previous blog for ideas.
12. Catch the Monarch Butterfly Migration
From the middle of September and continuing for several weeks into October, the monarchs make their way through the Great Smoky Mountains along the high-elevation mountain ridges. Check out where to see them in a blog written by our friends at Explore Asheville. Locations along the Blue Ridge Parkway, especially the Mount Pisgah area and the Black Balsam areas, are great places to spot these beautiful butterflies. The butterflies can often be seen among the flowers and foliage.
Come Stay with us
At our best Asheville mountain lodge bed and breakfast, you’ll find comfortable accommodations and the perfect location to experience Everything Fall in Asheville. Check out our luxurious rooms, which include spa-like baths, wood-burning fireplaces, and mountain views. Since fall is the most popular time to visit, make sure to make your reservation early.