Asheville, North Carolina is a great destination and its proximity to Lexington makes it an ideal target for locals seeking a short weekend getaway.
Asheville is known as one of the most welcoming and vibrant cities in America. It’s very tourist friendly and loaded with galleries, art studios, restaurants, chocolatiers and brew pubs. Asheville is eclectic architecturally and culturally. It’s a wonderful combination and a foodie’s delight. The dramatic vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes for spectacular panoramas in any season.
One of Asheville’s top attractions, The Biltmore House, is the icing on the cake. The Biltmore’s main residence is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. At 178,926 square feet of floor space, it is the largest privately owned residence in the United States and it is situated amidst beautiful gardens which defy description. Be sure to set aside an entire day to fully tour the home and the nearly 8,000-acre estate. It’s an amazing site. Now through October, Dale Chihuly’s iconic glass sculptures dot the landscape.
Accommodations in Asheville vary from the lodges and inns associated with the Biltmore, to the downtown hotels in the city hub, or the relaxing resort atmosphere at the Grove Park Inn.
Wherever you stay, I guarantee your visit to Asheville will be an enjoyable one!