You will want to begin your visit to Asheville with a drive around the perimeters of the city. Over one hundred species of trees show colors beginning in October and peaking in November depending on the weather.
Your November drive takes you over 4000 feet to a view from the Blue Ridge Parkway where you view a stunning palette of color. Continue through hills blanketed with trees and dotted with quaint old churches, stately homes, cobblestone walks, lakes and parks.
Scenery so beautiful it has been the inspirations for artists, authors, architects and families for hundreds of years. Asheville began as a town 1784 with one family. Today the population is over 83,000.
Things to Do
The Asheville Art Gallery offers works of art by various artists working in all the mediums including paper sculpture, pastel portraits, weaving, collage, pottery and glasswork. The museum even features a “tiny tot” event each month for the littlest art patrons. Open Tues thru Sun. 10:00 to 5:00 closed holidays
Do not forget the downtown artists, over 30 galleries and artists displaying incredibly innovative work you will not see anywhere else in the world. Visit the River Arts district and see these artists at work sculpting and painting and they may let you join in.
Biltmore House gardens and Winery will fill your sightseeing day. Stroll the magnificent gardens and stop in at the winery for a glass of Biltmore’s award winning wine. You will need tickets for the daily tours beginning at 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Restaurants and shops at the Biltmore have varying hours. Throughout the fall and winter months, your tour will include sparkling holiday decorations.
If you feel brave take an evening Saturday ride on the White Trolley Haunted Ghost Tour. Travel through the mountains where tortured souls and ghosts still linger.
Special November Events
- Nov. 7: Chase Rice, Country singer, Orange Peel Social Aid &Pleasure Club
- Nov. 7: Renaissance Masked Ball, The Venue
- Nov. 8: Paul Castaldo Duo, Native Kitchen & Social Pub
- Nov. 9: Drummers of Japan, 2 Pack Square
- Nov. 9: Biltmore Holiday extravaganza of decorations, lights and Christmas music
Looking for a handmade children’s toy or an original Christmas ornament? Find it at historic Biltmore Village as you stroll down brick pathways under a canopy of trees. The village features original shopping from creative art to children’s books and toys, clothing to home accessories.
Walk Asheville’s colorful downtown streets and you will enter a shopping dreamland. Clothing, jewelry, antiques, specialty shops, crafts, candy, folk art, fabrics, dolls and excellent beer. Do not pass by the Grove indoor mall for more specialty boutiques.
If Asheville had to brag about one thing it might be the cuisine. Organic, hormone free, exotic, diverse, succulent, deliciously decadent, ethnic, southern, it is all there. You will not’ need to walk far to find a place to eat with over 500 eateries in Asheville.
Your children will want to let off steam at Fun Depot where they will ride the bumper cars, golf, and bowl, play games and have a blast. Open most days at l0:00 AM. Then on to Climax Climbing offering indoor safe rock climbing for kids. Open most days from noon to evening.
Wellness & Relaxation
You may want pampering after shopping and sightseeing at a wonderful Asheville’s day spa. With dozens to choose from such as Spa Theology downtown, you will find services from massage to hydrotherapy.