Asheville, NC- Weekend Getaway Guide
Asheville, NC- Weekend Getaway Guide
Asheville makes for a terrific family weekend. It's an architecturally appealing, fun, artsy town with great restaurants and what seems like a craft brewery on every block. It’s also surrounded by the Blue Ridge mountains with scenic hikes and has a river perfect for floating.
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Need a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of life? Want the kids to unplug from their devices for a while and connect together as a family? A family weekend getaway can do wonders for everyone, kids and adults alike. Enjoy an easy scenic hike, float a river, try apple picking or antiquing, pitch a tent, or explore the local shops.
In this itinerary, you’ll find all you need for a fun family weekend in Asheville including:
Where To Stay
Where to stay downtown including specific apartments/condos for rent through VRBO
Our favorite “price point” hotel. If you’d rather pitch a tent, we have a couple of campground recommendations as well.
The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.
Where To Eat
The best family-friendly breweries where you’ll find other families congregating to enjoy a tasty craft beer and play a game or two of cornhole or giant Jenga.
Top choices for dining- the kind of local places where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.
Where To Play
A walking tour of downtown with our family’s favorite stops
Two of the easiest and most scenic hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Prefer the water? Float past the Biltmore Estate on the French Broad River
Rainy day activities in case mother nature isn’t cooperating
Favorite playgrounds, ice cream shops, bookstores, antique stores and more!
The best apple orchards if you’re visiting in the fall
The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.
You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sight-seeing.
To see more photos from this trip, visit the album on our Facebook page.