With 25 craft breweries and several distilleries in or conveniently close to Asheville, there's plenty to satisfy beer gourmands here. However, the city also boasts plenty of family-run establishments purveying tried and tested recipes, including some award-winners.
The Biltmore Estate, once home to the Vanderbilts, comprises a hotel, winery, restaurants, and more, in a spectacular historic setting. It is an absolute favorite at Christmas. Besides the incredible festive decor, you can dine on holiday classics at many of the estate's restaurants. And be sure to stop by the Winery for the commemorative Christmas wine.
Tuck into hearty holiday fare served in a 118-year-old house in Biltmore Village, just minutes away from Asheville vacation rentals for Christmas. A selection of farm-to-table dishes and classic cocktails embody the heritage, mountain lifestyle, and wholesomeness that make Asheville so special.
An Asheville staple, this downtown eatery is a must on any exploration of New Southern soul food. This culinary gem serves character along with its dishes. Try the sweet potato pancakes with peach butter, and you'll understand why locals love Tupelo.
Roaring fires and glittering mountain vistas. Festive wineries and quaint shopping districts. There's so much to do in Asheville during the holidays. Whether you decide to hike, or toast your friends with Champagne in the sparkling town center, an Asheville Christmas supplies cheer and entertainment aplenty.
Whether you take a turn around Asheville's Botanical Gardens or you embark on a trek to Daniel Ridge Falls, wintertime casts a particular spell on the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the city. Dress warmly and head into a pristine winter wonderland.
If you're in town in mid-November, be sure to catch the Holiday Parade, which marches through the downtown area, bringing with it holiday cheer, music, and your favorite cartoon characters. Make your way to Pack Square Park, which shines with Christmas lights in winter. Take a #SnowflakeSelfie with the town's 10ft. gilded snowflake. Then, pop into the Grove Arcade to hunt for seasonal gifts. Decadent celebrations are also on hand at Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, a sophisticated spot for a festive toast.
Shop at both holiday markets and charming boutiques to get your Christmas shopping done once you're already in town. Purchase locally produced pottery at East Fork, or shop for art in charming Biltmore Village.
From simply strolling around this scenic city to checking out some truly impressive holiday lights, Asheville offers much to do in the way of Christmas entertainment for families. Whether it's gardens glittering with Christmas lights, or a village of life-sized gingerbread houses, there's so much that will delight little ones near Asheville hotels for Christmas.
This festive display of life-sized gingerbread houses at Omni Grove Park is one of the main attractions during Christmas. Enjoy seasonal drinks and cookies in the Arts and Crafts Movement-style building where the competition is held.
Five-hundred thousand twinkling lights attract visitors to the Arboretum for its Winter Lights show. The brightly colored Quilt Garden is one of the most impressive highlights. There's also a motion sensor garden, and you can enjoy incredible sound and light displays. Go on a scavenger hunt to find Christmas gifts at the Baker Exhibit center, and tuck into s'mores from the Cocoa Shack. Fire pits in the gardens are also quite scenic.
About an hour's drive from Asheville in Bryson City, you and your children can board a historic train that runs along the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad line. The round-trip is 1.25 hours, and features a reading of the story, cocoa and cookies, great views, and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.