Fall in Asheville
We spent two weeks in Asheville at the beginning of November and loved that we were able to visit this time of year. There is no shortage of hikes and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around town, even just to the grocery store!
We stayed in a cute little AirBNB in Swannanoa, about 15 minutes away from the main attractions. We loved this little house and the girls were sad to leave it too. It was very clean, had everything we needed, and was a great value. I would definitely recommend this house and hope we can stay here again.
The majority of our time in Asheville was spent driving through the fall foliage and taking breaks at different lookout points and playgrounds along the way.
Blue Ridge Parkway. The leaves were unbelievable, as was the weather – our timing here was perfect! We spent the first week driving all over the parkway with the windows down and radio up! The lookout points were all over the place with incredible views as far as you could see. The speed limit is 45 mph so you’re never going too fast to miss any of the mountain scenery. One of our favorites was Mount Mansfield, which is tallest mountain along the east coast. We found plenty to do in each direction on the parkway and really enjoyed going off road a little bit to see some of the “untouched” parts of North Carolina.
Since we were there in November, many restrooms had already closed for the season, so that was a bit of a headache, but other than that, we loved our days driving on America’s Favorite Road!
Biltmore Estate. Hands down, one of our favorite ways to kickoff the holiday season! The property is beautiful and well manicured. Antler Hill Village has a petting zoo and playground for children, also with a few restaurants and shops to visit. There is also a winery with complimentary taste testing, making it America’s most visited winery.
The Biltmore’s front lawn and side gardens are other great spots for children to run around, smell flowers, and see some stunning Christmas decorations. We visited the inside of the home both day & night, and both are worth seeing if you can.
There are not many indoor activities so it’s best to plan a non-rainy day to visit.
Pisgah National Park. Located south of Asheville, Pisgah National Park has some kid friendly hikes with waterfalls. We also visited the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education which was a hit with the girls. There we fed fish at the hatchery, and learned about all of the animals native to North Carolina.
We stopped by two different waterfalls, Looking Glass and Linville Falls. Linville Falls was about a half mile hike (not stroller friendly) from the parking lot to the falls. An easier waterfall to see (it’s right next to the road) is Looking Glass Falls. Parallel parking is available on the street and you can see the entire waterfall from there, or climb down about 40 steps to the base.
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