Barbecue, beer, and the Blue Ridge Parkway… sounds like you’re headed to Asheville, NC for the weekend! The best time to visit Asheville is in the fall, when the foliage is at its peak and the weather makes it feel like you’re living through an Indian summer. With a few TT and Encore campgrounds nearby, it’ll be easy to visit Asheville, NC this fall, so check out this little itinerary we put together for a weekend in Asheville!
No matter how you get here, be sure to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way to Asheville. Fall foliage is at its peak on this famous highway and some would even say it’s the most beautiful highway in the US! You will have to see for yourself…
If you happen to be here by September 17, witness dozens, sometimes hundreds of hawks migrating south at the Flock to Rock Birding Weekend! This event purposely coincides with the migration and also features bird walks guided by local experts, workshops, and family nature walks. Join other birders at Chimney Rock Park mid-Septmber for this spectacular event.
The Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Farm Museum is a great place to visit for it’s unique collection of farm buildings. Visitors can explore several historic log buildings to see how families lived over 100 years ago. These unique buildings were constructed from materials gathered from the Smoky Mountains. There are also two 1.5 mile walking trails for visitors to explore – The Oconaluftee River Trail which follows the Oconaluftee River and the Mingus Trail, which climbs to the Smokies high country.
For some real Carolina barbecue, head to the 12 Bones Smokehouse when they open at 11am – they have limited hours and the line is always out the door for their Blueberry chipotle ribs. 12 Bones Smokehouse is located in Asheville’s arts district, so work off a bit of that food by walking to the Asheville Art Museum. Here, they hold an array of art classes and are known for their artist residency programs. Come see what’s on display.
Beer lovers will love Asheville for it’s abundance of unique breweries – this city has the most breweries per capita than any other city in the US! So, head to North Carolina’s original beer festival, the Brewgrass Festival this Saturday! This year is the festival’s 20th annual and will feature the pickin’ and strummin’ of bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys with special guest Peter Rowan, Jon Stickley Trio, and Bobby Miller and the Virginia Daredevils. Don’t forget to sample food from local vendors too. Buy tickets early to sample beers from 55 breweries at Memorial Stadium near downtown Asheville.
Before you head out of town, make a reservation for dinner at The Admiral – the best food in Asheville, according to many. With timeless decor and a seasonal menu changes almost daily depending upon what is locally available, the foodie in you will find that splurging on a dinner at this classic Asheville establishment is well worth it.
What is your favorite place to visit in Asheville, NC? Tell us about it in the comments.