The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in Asheville is so much fun with lots of do. Here are our Top 10 things to do. Of course, eating is number one! Also see our Top Holiday Outings.
1. Thanksgiving Day (November 26, 2015) Asheville Restaurants: While many restaurants are closed, there are still many great choices for a Thanksgiving brunch, lunch or dinner. Click on the names to go to their web sites.
- Deerpark 11 AM-4 PM: Extravagant Thanksgiving buffet, $45/person, reservations required (and books up fast). Phone: 828-225-6260.
- Bistro (at Winery) 11:30 AM-8 PM: Gourmet four-course prix fixe menu plus limited a la carte. Phone: 828-225-6230. Reservations highly recommended.
- Stable Café (by House) 11 AM-4 PM: A la carte menu with blend of most popular lunch menu items, plus a number of holiday offerings. Best option if you tour Biltmore on Thanksgiving and don't have a reservation.
- Cedric’s Tavern (Antler Village) 11 AM-9 PM: Regular lunch and dinner menus, plus three-course menu. Phone: 828-225-1320
Omni Grove Park Inn Restaurants
- Blue Ridge Dining Room: 12-8 PM Buffet feast with views of the mountains, Adults $59, children 2-12 $20
- EDISON, craft ales + kitchen: 11 AM–11 PM with special menu, $35 lunch, $37 dinner
- Grand Ballroom Buffet: 10:45 AM-6:30 PM, Phenomenal Buffet, Adults $59, children 2-12 $20
- Vue 1913: 5:30-9:30 PM, Thanksgiving 3-course menu $65
- Read more about Grove Park Inn and the Gingerbread House Competition Display
Grand Bohemian Hotel: (Biltmore Village) Two choices: The Red Stag Grill presents an elegant, four-course dinner starting at 11 AM featuring Heritage Black Turkey Roulade, Appalachian Forest Ham, Grilled Venison Tenderloin and Black Grouper. The Kessler Ballroom hosts family-style dining for larger gatherings, featuring traditional Turkey and accompaniments. Additional carvings stations will offer Cider-Glazed Pork Loin and roasted Brasstown Beef. Read more about the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Roux: (South Asheville) Traditional Thanksgiving buffet including delicious selections of roasted all-natural NC turkey with orange-cranberry relish, baked ham with maple-jack glaze, sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel, homemade pumpkin pie, dark chocolate cherry bread pudding, gluten-free options, and much more! Seating will be from 1–8 PM. Adults $36/person, $16/child 12 and under. Located in the Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park.
DoubleTree Biltmore's Thanksgiving Buffet features seasonal classics with an elegant twist, with roasted turkey, autumn greens, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, pork loin stuffed with apples, pears and sage, pumpkin cheesecake and much more. 1:30-6 PM. Adults $35; Children 12 and under $14.
Buffalo Nickel: In West Asheville, open 12-8 PM with a set menu of farm-to-table turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans, plus dessert, for $17 adults and $9 for kids.
Edna's coffee shop in North Asheville is open 6 AM-10 PM with sandwiches, salads and a variety of drinks.
Downtown Asheville Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving (Make reservations!)
- Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, 3-course prix fixe menu with choice of heritage breed turkey, beef, pork or fish. They serve from 2-8 PM and the bar will be open until midnight.
- Isa’s Bistro, 11 AM-4 PM, 3-course prix fixe menu $55.
- Strada Italiano, 11 AM-8 PM, Italian family recipes (Social Lounge next door stays open until 12:30 AM).
- Carmels, a la carte Southern inspired menu, Grove Arcade, 11:30 AM-8 PM
- Pack's Tavern, Two Thanksgiving Buffets with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings special and plenty of beer choices, 20 South Spruce Street, 11 AM-9 PM. $29.99/adults, $14.99/children under 10.
Hot Springs: Mountain Magnolia Inn Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner served from 12-7 PM. 3-Course Prix Fixe $60, 5-Course Prix Fixe $70, Children Under 12 with 3-Course Prix Fixe $25; Under 6 free. Executive Chef serving some traditional favorites as well as new creations, organic and locally sourced when possible.
Black Mountain Camp: The Thanksgiving Folk Dance Camp (November 26-29, 2015) is a holiday tradition with contra and folk dance classes, live folk music, crafts, hiking, outdoor gams and more. Packages include lodging, food and all activities. Go to their Web site.
2. Holiday Packages / Places to Stay: See our holiday vacation packages page for the latest holiday vacation packages, deals and specials. Also see our list of the bests hotels, bed and breakfast inns and cabin rentals in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Make reservations early since we will have lots of visitors in town for the big Thanksgiving Weekend.
3. Biltmore Estate: Biltmore Estate is open on Thanksgiving Day. Normally it is not very busy, so it's a great day to visit to see America's largest home decked out in festive finery. Restaurants are open (make dining reservations in advance). The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are very busy on the estate. When you purchase tickets, inquire to see if your self-guided tour of Biltmore House requires a reservation (required on very busy days). See our Christmas at Biltmore Guide. And see Five Other House Museums for Holiday Tours.
4. Shop Downtown Asheville: Most all downtown stores are closed on Thanksgiving. But there's plenty of holiday shopping on Friday and Saturday to find those special gifts. Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores - all locally owned. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home on Friday or Saturday. See our Downtown Asheville Guide. For more great local shops with unique gifts, explore the quaint downtowns of nearby Brevard, Hendersonville and Waynesville.
5. LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours: What a fun outing with friends and family! Take the zany tour on the big purple bus. Read more about LaZoom Tours.
6. Gingerbread Houses at Grove Park Inn: For a real treat, see the amazing display of gingerbread houses from the National Gingerbread House Competition at the famous Grove Park Inn Resort. Overnight guests and restaurant guests at the resort can view the display at any time. If you're not a guest, visit on Sundays-Thursdays and enjoy the other elaborate decorations at the grand hotel. See our Gingerbread House Competition Guide.
7. Holiday Shopping: New for 2015 is the big Asheville Outlets Center with 70 stores. Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village is home to more than 40 unique shops. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Asheville is a mecca for artists, so this is the place to find one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition to the galleries downtown and Biltmore Village, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide. The best area in Asheville to find antiques is the Biltmore Antiques District with 13 stores within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. Included is the local long-time favorite, the Antique Tobacco Barn. See our Antique Shopping Guide. Most all stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Pick your Christmas Tree: North Carolina is the number two state in the country for growing Christmas Trees! Go to a "choose and cut" Tree Farm to pick the perfect one for your home on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many farms offer hayrides and other holiday-related events. See our Asheville Christmas Tree Farms Guide.
9. Get Outdoors: Take a late fall hike and enjoy views through with leafless trees, cool temperatures, and few fellow hikers. See our hiking guide for top picks. All trails in the National Forests are open every day. And don't forget to find some of our spectacular waterfalls (most waterfalls are open on Thanksgiving Day, including DuPont State State Forest and Gorges State Park). Area ski resorts will open by the weekend if we get a lot of cold weather before Thanksgiving. Or zip line at Navitat Canopy Tours. During Green Friday for Ziplines, take a canopy tour near downtown Asheville or in the Nantahala Gorge and help raise money for great environmental causes.
10. National Parks: Both Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are open on Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting. For road closures and conditions on the Blue Ridge Parkway, along with weather reports, call the Parkway information line at (828) 298-0398. The Parkway Visitors Center and Folk Art Center are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smokies is open on Thanksgiving Day.
More Holiday Happings: See our Top 50 Holiday Outings for more holiday fun!
Thanksgiving Weekend Events
- Winter Lights at the NC Arboretum, stroll through impressive displays in the gardens.
- Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland two-mile drive through light spectacular.
- Hard Candy Christmas Fine Art & Craft Show in Cullowhee with more than 100 artisans will fill Western Carolina University's Ramsey Center arena (November 27 & 28, 2015).
- Holiday Bazaar at the North Asheville Tailgate Market outside on the campus of UNC Asheville, 12 Noon until 3 PM. 60 vendors and artists with fresh baked goods, meats and cheeses and lots of local art and crafts. November 28, 2015
- Christmas at Connemara. Hot cider and cookies will be served. This free festive celebration honors Carl Sandburg and the family holiday tradition of music. November 28, 2015
- Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum in downtown Brevard features vintage trees and ornaments, inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum.
- See more events in our Daily Calendar.