Amazing Asheville in Fall
What better way to spend the fall season than outside! Below you will find just a few popular outdoor activities around the Asheville area that are within driving distance of The Residences at Biltmore. You can explore the countryside orchards, walk through the gardens, or try some tasty treats during the day and cozy up by the firepit at The Residences at Biltmore at night! It is a great way to unwind after a long day of adventures.
Harvest Season is here and there are many orchards surrounding the Asheville area. Just a short drive from the Residences at Biltmore you can find many different apple orchards in Hendersonville. Many will allow you to pick your own apples, pumpkins, and other produce. This is the perfect time of year to experience fresh apple fritters, apple donuts, and many more apple flavored goodies along with apple cider! Some of the orchards you can visit during your stay include:
- Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard: http://www.steppapples.com/
- Grandad’s Apples: http://www.grandadsapples.com/
- Lyda Farms: http://lydafarms.com/
- Coston Farm & Apple House: http://www.costonfarm.com/
- Justus Orchard: http://www.justusorchard.com/
- Mountain Fresh Orchards: http://www.mtnfreshorchards.com/
- Sky Top Orchard: http://www.skytoporchard.com/
CiderFest NC 2017
Did someone say cider? The fifth annual CiderFest NC is taking place on October 7th at Salvage Station along the French Broad River. This is a great event with many different cider vendors along with live music performances, samples of local baked goods and other foods, local arts and craft vendors, and a kids’ activity area. A few of the cider and mead makers making an appearance this year are Appalachian Mountain Cidery, Blake’s Hard Cider Co., and Red Clay Ciderworks.
To get tickets visit: http://www.ciderfestnc.com/
Do you have an aspiring outdoorsman in the family? If so, Cradle of Forestry is a great place to explore and learn about the great outdoors. This hidden gem is located near the Blue Ridge Parkway close to the popular Sliding Rock. At Cradle of Forestry you can visit the many different historical buildings that once made up the original forestry school back in the early 1900s or climb aboard a logging locomotive along the paved walking trail for the perfect photo opt. There is even a Discovery Center full of interactive learning tools including a helicopter simulator that allows you to experience what it is like to fight a real forest fire. This historical site closes for the season on November 5th so be sure to visit soon!
Asheville Art in the Park
On October 7th, 14th, and 21st in Pack Square Park local artist will come together to display their beautiful creations. Take a stroll through the park and view the many different types of art such as metal works, jewelry, pottery, and much more! Find something special to take home with you!
Another way to enjoy the fall festivities is to visit the North Carolina Arboretum. You can stroll through their beautifully manicured gardens, take a ride on one the bike trails, and explore their education center to learn more about the different types of plants that grow in lovely North Carolina. The arboretum is a great place to witness the changing of the leaves during the fall and it is all waiting for you in Asheville!
The Gorge Zip Line
For the thrill seekers in the family you can get a view of the fall foliage while zipping through the canopies! You can’t get a closer look than that! The Gorge has 11 zip lines spanning 1.25 miles all together. They also have the steepest zip line in America making it an adventure to remember. Be sure to ask our concierge at the Residences at Biltmore to schedule your zip line tour.