Visit Asheville Virtually
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Although you may not be able to physically travel – and we certainly don’t want to encourage you to do so – you can still virtually visit some of Asheville’s most popular attractions and places. To help you vacation from home, we’ve got a list of Asheville-based live cams, recorded events, and streams to enjoy until you can make it here in person again. Enjoy!
The Biltmore estate is one of our area’s leading attractions, but it is completely shut down right now. However, there are several ways to check out what is going on at the largest private home in America, as well as its gardens and winery.
For a virtual tour of the house, be sure to check out this YouTube link. April is typically the time for the popular Biltmore Blooms event when the gardens are filled with tulips, daffodils, and other colorful flowers. Make sure to check out the weekly Bloom Report, and keep an eye out for the eventual launch of video from the gardens.
If you had plans to see the Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition display on the estate, you can still see it from the couch here.
Asheville Art Museum
The museum recently reopened after a multimillion-dollar remodel, and has created a page just for exploring from home. On it, you will find the virtual collection and exhibits, the museum’s blog, videos of artist interviews, activities for kids, and even coloring sheets. Visit the site at this link, or check out the museum’s Facebook page.
The Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau is an excellent resource for all things Asheville at any time, but through a partnership with Google, the website has created virtual interactive tours of local hikes and destinations. You’re sure to find someplace interesting to explore, from waterfalls to mountain tops and local parks.
The Southern Highland Craft Guild
The Guild has a popular facility on the Blue Ridge Parkway that is closed now. However, the arts and crafts on display there and for sale are viewable by following this link.
Since you can’t take the big purple bus around the city, join the comedians and actors of the tours for some virtual shenanigans. Warning: Like the bus tours, the videos are not safe for work (or kids).
The mission of IamAVL is “to provide a platform to help expand the reach of Asheville-based musicians and artists”. Since a big draw to Asheville is its local music scene, IamAVL is hosting live streams of local musicians playing, as well as archived videos from Echo Mountain Recording Studio. They are also hosting a “Quarantine Restream Schedule” on its Facebook page.
The local entertainment newspaper, Mountain Xpress, also features a list of music live streams on its website.
WNC Nature Center
The WNC Nature Center is home to many animal and plant species native to Appalachia. The Center occasionally hosts live videos of some of the animals frolicking on its Facebook page.
Namaste in Nature
The goal of Namaste in Nature is to combine yoga, hiking, and meditation in the mountains in and around Asheville. Lately, the instructor Miranda has posted instructional yoga videos so you can not only see the outdoor locations, but also practice yourself – either in- or outdoors.
Obviously, no virtual tour can compare with the real thing, so we hope you’ll include a trip to Asheville to see all that we have to offer on your list of things to do when the threat of catching a widespread virus has dissipated. The Residences at Biltmore will be here with a room for you when you do.
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