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Top 20 Asheville Romantic Getaway Outings

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There are many choices for things to do during a romantic getaway to Asheville in the North Carolina mountains. Here are our favorites, a variety of ideas, ranked by cost from free to the most expensive.
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Downtown Asheville

Explore Downtown: During the day, downtown Asheville bustles with shoppers browsing more than 200 spots, including dozens of galleries, antique shops, an old-fashioned general store, local boutiques and a variety of funky shops. The Grove Arcade has been restored to its grandeur when it opened in 1929 as one of the first “malls” in America. Each evening, enjoy street entertainers and great people watching. A creative way to see downtown is the Urban Trail, a self-guided walking tour of 30 sculptures that depict tidbits of local history. At night, enjoy plenty of live music. See the Downtown Asheville Guide.

Biltmore Estate

Spend a Day (or two) at Biltmore: Explore the largest private home in the country, created by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s. See breathtaking landscapes, tour the winery, stroll through formal gardens and enjoy fine dining. With 8,000 acres of beautiful countryside, there are plenty of romantic spots on the estate. Take one of the guided tours for a "behind the scenes" look. See our Biltmore Guide (with latest deals) or click here to visit their Web site.

Special Biltmore Guides: Biltmore Blooms, Fall at Biltmore, Christmas at Biltmore, Inside Biltmore House, Gardens, Winery

River Arts District

Discover Lots of Art: Asheville is one of the top arts destinations in the country. Find many galleries downtown and Biltmore Village. Our top pick for art lovers is exploring the River Arts District to watch artists at work, ask them about the process, and buy art as a souvenir of your visit! More than 180 artists work in 25 buildings, including old warehouses and factories along the river near downtown and Biltmore. See our River Arts District Guide. Also see our Gallery Guide for some of our favorites. And plan your trip around an art event with our Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows.


Blue Ridge Parkway Cruise the Blue Ridge Parkway: Enjoy a leisurely drive to see nature's beauty while riding the crest of the mountains. You'll find breathtaking overlooks, numerous hiking trails, and great spots for picnics. Drive north for panoramic views at Craggy Gardens and Mt. Mitchell. A drive south takes you through a dozen tunnels (of love!) by the time you stop for lunch at the Pisgah Inn on a 5,000-foot mountaintop. Continue on the Parkway for views of the famous Cold Mountain and Looking Glass Rock. Go to our Blue Ridge Parkway Guide. Discover more Scenic Drives. And it's free!

Asheville Hiking Take a Hike: To really appreciate the natural splendor of our area, get out of the car and explore by foot. There are trails for all fitness levels, from a short woods walks to strenuous hikes to mountain peaks. Our Top 50 Hiking Guide includes hikes at the highest point east of the Mississippi (Mt. Mitchell) and the best hikes in the Smokies. Many of the hikes are along the Blue Ridge Parkway and are easy to find. Easy in-town hiking includes the NC Arboretum (small fee) and the Botanical Gardens.

Asheville Waterfall

Find Waterfalls: There are so many waterfalls in nearby state and federal parks (with no admission fee) to discover. See our Top 50 Waterfalls near Asheville for ones that are easy to find. While many require a walk or hike to reach, several are roadside. Take one of our waterfall drives to enjoy several. Or see many in the Looking Glass area of Pisgah National Forest.

Asheville Festivals Attend a Festival: Free outdoor festivals abound. Gather downtown on Saturday nights during July and August for Shindig on the Green, a genuine glimpse into the traditions of Appalachia. A fun weekly event downtown is the Friday night Drum Circle. See our seasonal event guides for the Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Holidays. Most festivals are free to attend.

Craggy Gardens Find the Best Views: There are lots of perfect spots to cuddle and enjoy the best views of the mountains. Our favorite summit hike is Black Balsam Knob, where you can walk across a treeless mountain with sweeping views all around. Other short hikes with great views include Devil's Courthouse and Craggy Gardens. If you are not up for a hike, watch the sunset over the mountains from the parking area at Waterrock Knob, or take an elevator ride to the top of Chimney Rock.

Great Smoky Mountains

See the Smokies: Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Asheville is the most visited national park. There are 520,976 acres to explore. This International Biosphere Reserve is home to rugged mountains (many peaks in excess of 6,000 feet), historic homesteads, and 100,000 different types of plants and animals. Four entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are within 50 miles from downtown Asheville. Read more in our Great Smoky Mountains Guide. FREE

Great Smoky Mountain RR

Ride the Train: Take a Great Smoky Mountains Railroad train excurision through quaint mountain towns, past sparkling rivers by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Revisit a bygone era and travel out the old Murphy Line, a railway that connected rural Appalachia to points east. Ride in an open air car or in climate-controlled first class with lunch service. In addition to four-hour daily excursions, they have many special train events.
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Asheville Tours Take a Fun City Tour: Ready to laugh? This is definitely not your mamma's typical tour bus experience! LaZoom is Asheville's only rolling comedy tour bus with a side-splitting odyssey to favorite neighborhoods and landmarks. Each tour departs from downtown and features a knowledgeable and witty tour guide, a heavy dose of corny jokes, and slapstick characters all along the way, with an innovative and clever blend of fact, fiction, and fun. Haunted tours too! Click here to visit their Web site.

Restaurant in Asheville Dine Out: There are many locally-owned restaurants in Asheville with about any taste that you could ask for. In downtown Asheville, there are more than 50 choices. Many of the downtown restaurants feature sidewalk dining. See our Asheville Top 50 Restaurants Guide to find out about some of our favorites. Also check out an amazing selection of bars, brewpubs, microbreweries, and coffee houses. In fact, Asheville have been voted "Beer City USA". See our Beer Pub Guide. Or hang out at one of the dozen coffee shops and/or bakeries for premium java and pastries from all over the world, many organically grown and sold under fair trade agreements. See our Coffee Shops & Bakeries Guide.

Zip Line Canopy Tour Zip Line: Fly above the trees and experience the mountain's natural beauty from a new perspective. There are several zip line canopy tours to enjoy in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. No experience is needed. Canopy Rangers provide all the necessary instruction and assistance. So it's fun for all fitness levels! See our Zip Line Canopy Tour Guide.

whitewater rafting River Romance: Asheville is one of the best whitewater rafting towns in the U.S.! No experience is necessary. You just need a desire for thrills and getting a little wet. half-day whitewater rafting trip with Wildwater Rafting, or sunset kayak trip on the calm section of river at the Biltmore Estate. Read more on our Whitewater Rafting Guide.

Asheville Bed and Breakfast Stay in a B&B: For a cozy romantic getaway, stay in one of our luxury bed and breakfast inns. Asheville now has more than 50 B&Bs in the area, and we feature the best ones that are professional managed and well appointed with private baths and beautiful furnishings. A one-night stay generally runs $150-$300 and includes a home-cooked breakfast for two. Click here to find the perfect B&B for your next trip.

Asheville Cabin

Cabin Fever: Snuggle up in a cozy cabin. Choose from a wide variety of sizes and types of cabins and cottages - some in the city of Asheville and others are way out in the country, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. See our Cabins Guide for many options.

Spa at Grove Park Inn Get Rejuvenated at a Spa: Be it a simple weekend of relaxation, a romantic couple’s getaway in the mountains or a chance to improve your health, Asheville is the ultimate destination for those seeking spas and wellness. See our Spa Guide.

Weddings in Asheville Get Married or Renew Your Vows: What a beautiful and romantic setting to celebrate your love and commitment! If you want to keep it simple with very small group-or just the two of you, stay at one of our bed and breakfast inns. The innkeeper will be glad to help. Check out the local B&Bs for elopements or see our Wedding Location Guide for larger ceremonies.

Hot Springs, NC Visit Hot Springs: Relax in natural hot mineral waters that flow from the Earth at a temperature of 100-104 degrees. Go whitewater rafting on the French Broad River. Hike the Appalachian Trail (goes down Main Street!). Stay in a romantic inn. Go horseback riding. Hot Springs is a quaint village nestled in a beautiful valley in Madison County, 35 miles north of Asheville. Click here to visit their Web site.

Inn at Biltmore Estate Most Extravagant "OVER THE MountainTOP" Stays: For the best in spacious luxury and comfort, see our new series. The first couple of stops include The Swag Country Inn Wood Shed Cabin and the Cecil Suite in the Inn on Biltmore Estate.

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