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Asheville Holidays​

Tucked away among the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Asheville lures visitors with its natural beauty, thriving arts scene and historic charms. Asheville is renowned for its unique culture, health-conscious vibe, eclectic food and craft beer scene and welcoming spirit. Home to just 85,000 people, Asheville has continued to grow since its founding in 1784.

Originally falling within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation, Asheville's development can be found on the streets of its historic district and collection of Victorian style homes. Industrial barons and the nation's wealthy discovered the beauty of the region, and chose the area to establish winter residences. Today, more than 9 million visitors come and experience the area's hospitality annually. Visitors can tour America's largest privately owned home, Biltmore, which today is still run by the Vanderbilt family and features a 250-room mansion, opulent gardens, winery and numerous outdoor activities.

Named one of the best cities in America for outdoor activities and for active-lifestyle visitors, Asheville also provides a number of options to enjoy the spectacular surrounding scenery. Rafting, fly-fishing, ziplining, road cycling, hiking, trail running, mountain biking – all of these activities are available here. Explore the expansive natural beauty of Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park or drive one of the America's most scenic motor roads, the Blue Ridge Parkway.

With all that mountain air to work up an appetite, it’s not surprising that dining is serious business in Asheville, where the foodtopian society offers a culinary paradise. Here you'll find a thriving farm-to-fork mentality, a beloved community of tailgate markets, and restaurants with cuisines that range from Italian and French to New South and Caribbean. A different flavour experience awaits you on every corner. Dine al fresco, eat upscale or nosh on artisanal chocolates. Whatever you choose, you’ll have a stunning mountain backdrop.

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A towering monument to America’s Gilded Age, Biltmore House is a sumptuous 250-room mansion set in 8,000 acres of grounds. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, who fell in love with the scenery and climate of the area and decided to commission a summer house or ‘little mountain escape’ in the style of the great châteaux of France. You can take one of a number of tours here or drop in at the Biltmore Winery, the most visited winery in the United States.


Asheville's eclectic downtown hums with art galleries and street musicians, sidewalk dining, nationally recognised independent bookstores, craft breweries and bakeries for canines. The heart of the city is a living testament to community's mountain-born spirit of independence – independent businesses, independent people, and singular beauty. Yet, for all its unique offerings, Asheville's downtown resonates with the warmth and friendly charm of a walkable Southern town.

The Blue Ridge Parkway

Frequently referred to as ‘America’s Favourite Drive’, the Blue Ridge Parkway extends 469 miles and connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina with Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Along this ‘avenue of exploration’, lie snowbound peaks, wetlands, hiking trails and wonderfully abundant flora and fauna.

The Arts

Art is everywhere in Asheville. Start under Lexington Avenue Bridge where you’ll find a multi-wall mural illustrating the city’s history, then head past the artistic graffiti on N Lexington to Chicken Alley where you can discover a homage to the local poultry and honeybee culture. Wrap up any art tour with a look around the RAD (Riverside Arts District) where local artists have their galleries and free community art is on show around every corner.

Music Heritage

Asheville has a long history with music, originating with traditional songs and tunes brought to the region by Scottish and Irish settlers. Over the years, the legends of what was once called "mountain music"--people like Jimmie Rodgers and Bill Monroe, contributed their own work to Asheville's cultural scene. These traditions mean that music is alive and well in Asheville with a toe-tapping busking scene, live music venues and a great calendar of music festivals to suit all tastes.

Our Top Hotels in Asheville

Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown

Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown


This hotel offers the convenience of a great downtown location while being nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains. Step out doors and into a unique world of shops, restaurants and galleries.

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The Omni Grove Park Inn

The Omni Grove Park Inn


The Omni Grove Park Inn is nestled on the side of Sunset Mountain looking out over the Blue Ridge Mountains and the skyline of Asheville NC. While just 2 minutes from downtown.

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The Inn on Biltmore Estate

The Inn on Biltmore Estate


Enjoy impeccable hospitality, meticulous attention to detail, and the level of personalised service.

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Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate

Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate


Nestled in Antler Hill Village just steps from the Winery, Village Hotel occupies a central-to-everything location near quilt-like farm fields that stretch along the banks of the French Broad River.

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Fly Drive Holiday: North Carolina's Mountains and Coast

Raleigh - Durham - Boone - Asheville - Charlotte - Wilmington - Carolina Beach - Beaufort - Outer Banks / Kitty Hawk - Raleigh - Durham

This wonderful itinerary takes you on a complete North Carolina discovery so that you can experience all the remarkable contrasts that this fascinating state has to offer, from the breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Parkway over the Smoky Mountains, to the dramatic windswept shoreline of North Carolina’s Outer Banks with its eventful history, seaside towns, and pirate tales.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Southern Discovery

Atlanta - Chattanooga - Asheville/Smoky Mountains - Louisville - Nashville - Memphis - Birmingham

From the cosmopolitan city of Atlanta to the rich southern charms of Birmingham, our Southern Discovery fly drive will take you through some of the South’s iconic towns and locations, showcasing the best in culture, music, food, history and outdoor vista’s that these states are renowned for. Discover where Scarlett O’Hara was brought to live in Atlanta; experience music mania in Nashville and Memphis – home to the Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll; explore the rugged beauty of the Smoky Mountains and learn about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and many others raised awareness of the civil rights movement.
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Fly Drive Holiday: Scenic Roads of the South

Atlanta – Savannah - Charleston – Asheville – Nashville - Memphis – Little Rock – Springfield – St Louis

Travel from Atlanta to St Louis on this essential Southern itinerary taking in some world famous and some less-famous gems of the coast, mountains, plains and mid-west. Your journey takes you to the grand dames of the South, Savannah and Charleston before heading inland up into the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. From here, you’ll drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to country music capital Nashville and blues capital Memphis. Next, it’s across to cosmopolitan state capital Little Rock, where a visit to the replica Oval Office is a must-see at the Clinton Presidential Center. Then travel via Route 66 from Springfield Missouri to St Louis when your journey of discovery ends.
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Blue Ridge Parkway, Waterfalls and Hiking Tour from Asheville  
Experience the picturesque beauty, scenery and nature that surrounds the Blue Ridge Parkway. You'll visit three impressive waterfalls, a couple of protected forests and take an easy to moderate hike with your local guide. Don't forget your camera as you'll definitely want to remember the gorgeous flora, fauna and scenic vistas along the way. Snacks, beverages and hotel pickup and drop-off from your Asheville hotel are included. From £50pp

Biltmore Speciality Tours 
Go back in time with a visit to Biltmore, George Vanderbilt's 250-room home and country retreat, filled with priceless art. Then discover the estate's other pleasures including a stroll in the vibrant gardens and visit the winery. Speciality tours include the Rooftop Tour with amazing views from rooftops and balconies or the Behind the Scenes Guided Upstairs-Downstairs Tour which gives you an insight into servant life at the house.

Haunted Asheville Ghost Waking Tour and Mystery Museum
Experience the spookiest sites of downtown Asheville with your expert local guide. Enjoy hair-raising tales and dark history, then descend to the basement of the Asheville Masonic Temple to explore the Asheville Mystery Museum. Not only will you experience Asheville's dark underbelly, but you'll also learn about ghost hunting yourself! This is Asheville's original and ultimate ghost adventure! From £13pp

Craft Breweries
Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other city in the US. Around 100 local beers can be enjoyed in the city, served both on draft and in bottles. Each brewery has its own unique atmosphere and personality. The same is also true for the beer. Don’t miss the South Slope area for a great concentration of micro-breweries or, if you are really thirsty, hold out for one of Asheville’s many annual beer fests!

River Arts District
Asheville’s creative arts community by the French Broad River has an influx of experiences for visitors. The artists’ studios are also conveniently directly across from 12 Bones Smokehouse, serving lunch to the likes of President Obama (he liked it so much he went back on a second visit to Asheville.) Craft beer powerhouse New Belgium Brewing also has a ‘Liquid Center’ here, where you can tour and taste the finished product.

Time Difference:
GMT- 5 hours

Closest Airport:
Asheville Regional Airport (approx. 15 hours 45 minutes, indirect), Charlotte Douglas International Airport (approx.. 9 hours 15 minutes).

Getting around:
Asheville has its own bus system including a historic trolley service. Alternatively, you can hire a car from £19 a day and discover some of the best scenery in the nation in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway has mountain meadows and scenic overlooks all along the way. The Cherohala Skyway features sweeping panoramas and picnic areas.

Insider Tip:
One of the locals’ favourite ways to beat the summer heat in the Asheville area is to ride down the chilly natural waterslide at Sliding Rock in Pisgah. There are also many other waterfalls nearby including the stunning Looking Glass Falls.

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