Celebrate Mom and Spring in Asheville
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When you think of spring in Asheville, what comes to your mind first? Residents of our city think of sunshine, warmer temperatures, flowering trees, and colors spreading across the tops of the Blue Ridge Mountains. May is peak time to visit, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a delightful month to show mom all the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains. Need some ideas for what to do when you get here? Keep reading!
Outdoor at Biltmore
Spending a day at Biltmore is always a hit with mom. After touring the grand home, spend the afternoon exploring the gardens and grounds, then head to Antler Hill Village for wine tasting and shopping.
Biltmore Blooms is the estate’s annual celebration of spring flowers, where 8,000 acres and more than 100,000 individual flowers are on display throughout the gardens. You’ll see tulips, azaleas, roses, magnolia, redbud trees, and more at their height of color. Have a particular blossom in mind? Check out the Bloom Report for a detailed list for each week.
Stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty has built and installed his latest creation in Antler Hill Village. Free as a Bird is a whimsical piece that incorporates Dougherty’s trademark stick weaving with interactive elements. The Biltmore piece is a one-of-a-kind design that shouldn’t be missed.
For even more outdoor artistry, the Biltmore Gardens Railway has returned. The model train display is made entirely out of natural elements like leaves, twigs, and bark, and features pieces designed to reflect buildings and structures associated with Biltmore and the Vanderbilt family.
Spring Herb Festival
May 1 and 2 are the dates for the Southeast’s largest herb festival. More than 50 businesses gather their herbal wares at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher. Featured items include tinctures, soaps, and oils made from herbs, heirloom and exotic plants, education about different herbs grown in this region of the country, and workshops. The festival will be open May 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and May 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Asheville Memorial Day Weekend Festival of the Arts
The second installment of this annual event takes place at Pack Square downtown May 29-30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The free event will feature art of various mediums made by local and regional artists and crafters.
Garden Jubilee Nurseries & Orchards Tour
Formerly the Garden Jubilee Festival, the annual event took place solely in Hendersonville’s historic downtown. After the success of last year’s pandemic-adjusted “tour,” the city to the south of Asheville is continuing the tour format, as well as adding a stop downtown. From May 28-30, visitors will be able to stop at 15 different nurseries, garden centers, orchards, and booths on the tour, with everything from plants to trees, flowers, local produce, and restaurants on the agenda.
Not ready to venture into the world of festivals yet? We suggest picking up some takeout from our on-site restaurant Azalea Bar & Kitchen and finding a spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a picnic. With numerous trails, overlooks, and recreation areas, the BRP provides a perfect setting for enjoying the beauty of our mountains, flora, and fauna.