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Attractions


There is a surprising variety of things to do in Asheville and in the surrounding areas.  The majority of our guests come to see the Biltmore Estate, but what is there to do during the rest of your stay?  What if you don't have the interest in or time to spend a day at Biltmore?  We have got you covered.  Here is a listing of our favorite things to do in Asheville, from outdoor activities like hiking, biking and boating, to taking tours of the city, to spending a few hours hitting the shops, to taking a day trip to one of the quaint nearby towns.

 



ASHEVILLE ATTRACTIONS AND HISTORIC SITES:

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate (6 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.biltmore.com - We sell Biltmore packages!

Grove Park Inn

Grove Park Inn (9 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.groveparkinn.com - Award-winning resort and spa with some of the most amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains that you'll find in the area.  Fine dining, golf, art galleries, and a laundry list of famous historic guests.

 Smith McDowell House

Smith-McDowell House (7 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.wnchistory.org - Asheville's oldest house.  Explore the Victorian-style rooms and grounds, designed by the Olmsted Brothers.  Hours are limited, make sure to call ahead before

 Thomas Wolfe Home and Memorial

Thomas Wolfe Home (6 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.wolfememorial.com - Visit the childhood home of author and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe.  The house was also the setting for his novel Look Homeward, Angel.  A must-see for history buffs or literary fans.  Memorial site offers audio-visual presentations, exhibits and a gift shop.

Folk Art Center

Folk Art Center (12 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.craftguild.org - Galleries and shops of crafts from Southern Appalachian artists.  Home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.  Daily demonstrations offered March through December.  A must-see along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

River Arts District

River Arts District (6 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.riverartsdistrict.com - Over 130 local painters, sculptors, welders and other artists have made Asheville's old river factory-warehouse district into an inspiring studio neighborhood.  Look out for Studio Strolls, when artists open their studios to visitors and the district really comes to life.  Visit the website for a wealth of information on individual artists and events.

 



 

TROLLEY TOURS AND GUIDES IN ASHEVILLE

LaZoom Tours LaZoom! Tours - www.lazoomtours.com - Call 828-225-6932 - Asheville's most popular quirky comedy tour bus.  Your tour guides will take you through Asheville's historic districts and landmarks, all the while providing informative and entertaining background information about the city.  Rated #5 of 74 Asheville attractions on TripAdvisor!
Asheville Historic Trolley Tours Asheville Historic Trolley Tours - www.ashevilletrolleytours.com - Call 828-681-8585 or 888-667-3600 - Available daily from 10am to 3pm, closed January and February.  Explore historic Montford, the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, the Thomas Wolfe Home and Museum, Battery Park shopping and restaurant district, Pack Square, Biltmore Village, the River Arts District, all the while enjoying beautiful mountain views.  The guides are very knowledgeable and will definitely make your tour memorable.
Gray Line Trolley Tours Gray Line Trolley Tours - www.graylineasheville.com - Call 828-251-8697 or 866-592-8687 - Another highly recommended trolley tour.  Closed January and February.  See website for further details.
Asheville Urban Trail Asheville Urban Trail www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/ParksRCA/default.aspx?id=13372 - Call 828-259-5815 - This self-guided walking tour of downtown Asheville will take you on a meandering adventure throughout the historic districts of Asheville, with 30 stations marked with original artwork or bronze plaques describing the significance of the station.  The website provides podcasts and maps for your convenience.
Asheville Food Tours Asheville Food Tours - www.ashevillefoodtours.com - Call 828-273-0365 - Explore the culinary side of Asheville, home of the Foodtopian Society.  This guided walking tour will take you through downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Village to get a taste of Asheville's finest eats and drinks.  Rated #1 of 74 Asheville attractions on TripAdvisor!

 


 

OUTDOORS, NATURE AND HIKING NEAR ASHEVILLE

Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway (3.5 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.blueridgeparkway.org - Spanning 469 miles from Cherokee, North Carolina to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, "America's Favorite Drive" is a must-see for anyone looking to really see the Appalachian mountains.  Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Mitchell (highest peak in Eastern U.S.) are just a short drive from Asheville, along with countless other hiking trails, campgrounds and stunning views.

Botanical Gardens at UNC-A

Botanical Gardens at UNC-A (8 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org - 10 acres of carefully tended gardens and trails with over 700 species of native and exotic trees and other greenery.  A beautiful spot for a morning walk or a picnic on a mild day!

Chimney Rock Park

Chimney Rock Park (26 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.chimneyrockpark.com - Hiking trails, a 404-foot waterfall, family events and, of course, its namesake monolith rock.  Lots of nature activities for kids.

Lake Lure

Lake Lure (30 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.lakelure.com - Best known for being a filming site for the film Dirty Dancing, Lake Lure offers fishing, boating, swimming, picnicking, and amazing views.  Schedule a day split between visiting Chimney Rock Park and Lake Lure, which are located next to each other.

Navitat Canopy Adventures

Navitat Canopy Adventures (25 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.navitat.com - New! Zip line forest canopy tours in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Exciting, educational and inspiring.  Ages 10 and over, weight and fitness restrictions apply.

North Carolina Arboretum

North Carolina Arboretum (7 miles from Sleep Inn West) - www.ncarboretum.org - 434 acres of nature trails and gardens to explore, a unique bonsai exhibition garden, nature exhibits, education programs and packages for kids.  If you visit the area in the spring or fall, definitely plan to spend some time here!

 

 


SKIING NEAR ASHEVILLE

Cataloochee Ski Area

Cataloochee Ski Area (about 20-25 miles west of Sleep Inn West) - www.cataloochee.com - Terrific family-friendly ski and snowboard area in Maggie Valley, open early November through late March.  With an advanced snow-making system, they are one of the first ski areas to open each season.  They have 16 lighted slopes, 3 aerial lifts, 2 carpet lifts and plenty of sets of equipment.  Offering beginner's lessons, a restaurant and lounge area, and more.  Also check out nearby Tube World if you have some extra time.

Wolf Laurel Ski Slopes

Wolf Laurel Ski Slopes (about 25 miles north of Sleep Inn West) - www.skiwolfridgenc.com - With 72 acres of ski terrain, 23 slopes, 2 ski lodges, 3 free parking areas, Wolf Laurel is a great place to take your family or friends this winter.  Visit their website to learn about rates and rental equipment, as well as to get the latest slope reports.

   



 

MORE INFO ABOUT THINGS TO DO IN ASHEVILLE:

www.romanticasheville.com

A great resource for every type of visitor, from a thorough recommended dining directory, to great local hikes, to the best seasonal activities.

www.ncwaterfalls.com

If you're interested in hiking in Western North Carolina, definitely take a look at some of these trails.  This site is frequently updated with road closures and trail changes, full of great photographs and tips and tricks for the trails described.  Find a hike or two, print out the directions and go explore!

www.exploreasheville.com

Another great resource, managed by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

www.ashevillenc.com

This site has a great events page, to keep you updated with what will be happening in town during your trip.

  

TripAdvisor

See more of the most popular and best-reviewed Asheville attractions at TripAdvisor!