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A November to Remember in Asheville

November’s sky is chill and drear, November’s leaf is red and sear — Walter Scott

Nowhere is this quote truer than in the western North Carolina mountains, where vibrant reds and oranges fill the landscapes of trees. Since Asheville is in the middle of all this glorious color, November is the perfect time to visit and take it all in. Whether your itinerary includes a visit to the Biltmore Estate and hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or shopping for holiday presents and dining in one of the city’s acclaimed restaurants, a stay at The Residences at Biltmore is the best way to take advantage of this brilliant season. 

Biltmore

No visit to Asheville is complete without a stop at Biltmore, and there are many special events planned for this month and into the holiday season on the estate. Although all of the holiday happenings are well worth seeing, one display is especially anticipated.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition – The beloved PBS series is back on the grounds of Biltmore from Nov. 8 through April 7, 2020. The exhibit is an immersive experience that features interactive displays that connect the fictionalized world of the Crawley family with the real lives of the Vanderbilts. Some of the items featured include clothing worn by characters on the show, replicas of certain rooms in the castle, and relics of post-Edwardian England. 

Entrance to the exhibit is included in the price of Biltmore admission, but annual pass holders must pay an additional $20 to see it. 

Candlelight Christmas Evenings – See the largest private home in America lit up with candles and the fires from some of its 65 fireplaces, listen to live musical performances, and delight in the many decorated Christmas trees dotted throughout the home and grounds. Biltmore is open evenings starting Nov. 1, beginning at dusk, and reservations are required. 

Antler Hill Village – The Village on the estate property is dressed up in lights and decorated trees, as well. On Friday and Saturday nights, guests are invited to gather for a bonfire and S’mores, and on select Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m., Santa will be on hand to listen to Christmas lists and have pictures taken. Christmas carolers will stroll the Village singing, and revelers are invited to taste Biltmore’s selections of wine in the winery. 

More Holiday Fun

If you’re still in the holiday spirit after visiting Biltmore, the Asheville Holiday Parade takes place on Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. and steps off from downtown. Winter Lights at The N.C. Arboretum begins on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. and will feature more than a half-million holiday lights throughout the gardens and landscapes. But there is much more happening in November that is not holiday-related. 

Art and Food Offerings

Vintage Market Days  – From Nov. 1-3, The WNC Ag Center comes alive with the best in upscale vintage-inspired original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, home décor, furnishings, and more. 

Annual Sausage FestivalHickory Nut Gap Farm is hosting its 3rd-Annual Sausage Festival on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Watch sausage-making demonstrations, eat specialty sausage recipes, drink local beer, and play games in the spirit of Oktoberfest. 

Weaverville Art SafariThe Fall Studio Tour takes place November 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The self-guided tour allows guests to watch artists as they work in various media, such as pottery, glass, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and more. 

Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival The Asheville Outlets will play host to 25 food trucks and craft beer from 50 breweries on Nov. 2 from noon-5 p.m. In addition to eats and drinks, there will be music, games, and an artisan market. 

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