Sometimes one wants to get away for a short getaway. If your schedule only allows one night away, we can sometimes relax our minimums on the weekend if we have a one-night opening between reservations. During the week, we welcome one-night stays Sunday through Thursday, depending on availability. Consider staying at the relaxing Sourwood Inn for a fantastic Asheville day trip.
Asheville is filled with many natural wonders, well-maintained hiking and biking trails, and architectural treasures. You’ll soon come to understand the allure of Asheville. With so much to see and do you might question what you should do on an Asheville day trip. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorites. With so many options you may decide to add a few extra nights to your stay so that you can experience them all.
Spend the day at the Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is a refreshing taste of European architecture in the middle of the American South! Here you’ll find a stunning 250-room French Renaissance chateau nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tickets are expensive but worth every penny as you can spend a full day touring the home, gardens, and Antler Hill Village.
An Asheville Day Trip for Hiking & Biking
Aside from going to the Biltmore, two of the most popular activities in Asheville are hiking and biking. The national parks and local towns in and around Asheville have done a wonderful job creating scenic routes and trails for everyone to enjoy. Along the way, you are sure to see a waterfall or two and breathtaking mountain views.
Strolling Downtown Asheville
If you’re taking a day trip to Asheville and want to hit a lot of attractions, you won’t have trouble filling up your day in downtown Asheville. You’ll find plenty of galleries, unique shops, entertainment, and restaurants.
Asheville Winery & Brewery Hopping
The soil, location, and climate in Asheville create a unique flavor in the grapes that are grown and used to make wine here. Asheville has breweries that make delicious beers too. For a relaxing, Asheville day trip of wine and beer tasting, check out all the Asheville vineyards and breweries that are on every corner as well as on many country roads in the area.
The Options are Endless
Whether you want to enjoy a single Asheville day trip or explore more of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains over the course of several days, staying in Asheville is always a great idea. The Sourwood Inn is located a mile and a half from the Blue Ridge Parkway and is only a 20-minute drive to downtown Asheville, making it the perfect place to call your home base for your Asheville day trips.
- On your drive into Asheville check out the Biltmore Estate. Your house tour will also include access to the gardens and Conservatory.
- Have lunch at the Corner Kitchen which is close by.
- Drive up to the Sourwood Inn via the Blue Ridge Parkway and stop at a few observation sites.
- Check into your room at the Sourwood Inn. Relax on your private balcony and afterward, enjoy the complimentary afternoon refreshment.
- After a nap, head out to Asheville for your evening meal. Save a little time to meander around the town and have a beer in one of the local breweries. Some of our favorite restaurants include Chestnuts, Curate, Jargons, and Tupelo Honey.
- If you are an early riser, grab a cup of coffee and check out the nature trail on the property.
- Come back to the inn for a bountiful breakfast that you can enjoy on the patio with mountain views.
- Come back to your room, pack your bags and take a bubble bath in the soaker tub while you gaze at the mountains.
- Check out from the inn
- Make sure to pack your hiking boots so you can enjoy the Rattlesnake Lodge Trail.
- If time allows, head towards Asheville and check out the Asheville Arboretum. Nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains just south of Asheville, The North Carolina Arboretum offers acres of cultivated gardens and groomed trails featuring some of the most beautiful, botanically diverse plants in the region.
Stay the Night in a Luxurious Mountain Lodge
The Sourwood Inn is nestled on the side of Elk Mountain with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond. All of our guest rooms include a private balcony, wood-burning fireplace, and a spa-like bath that includes a large soaking tub and separate shower. We are known for our delicious Farm Direct Direct Dining and curated wine. Asheville is only a short 20-minute drive from the inn where you can enjoy a lively dining and craft beer scene. Come stay with us for a safe and relaxing one-day Asheville getaway. You will be amazed how refreshed you will be with just taking one night away.