Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains offer an ideal setting for a family reunion getaway. With access to mountain perks like hiking trails, rivers, lakes, ski resorts, national parks, swimming holes, waterfalls, and unique places to stay, planning your family reunion in and around Asheville gives you plenty of options. (Photo above: The Horse Shoe Farm)
Also, find plenty of large group vacation rentals that are designed to host the whole family, making it easier for you to begin planning your next family reunion to Asheville. These rentals have all the perks for a fun time like game rooms, fire pits, hot tubs, volleyball courts, mountain views, and more. You'll find large group rentals all over Western NC in a variety of settings including lakes, snowy mountaintops, woodland cabins, riverside retreats, and even downtown rentals.
Downtown Asheville offers its own variety of things to do from local breweries, one of a kind dining for delicious family meals, Biltmore Estate, and more. Don't forget the Blue Ridge Parkway (which runs through Asheville) with instant access to scenic winding roads with Appalachian highlights like Pisgah Forest, waterfalls, overlooks, and plenty of hiking. See our top Blue Ridge Parkway hikes for ideas! Looking for ways to explore the outdoors with less of a "hike?" Find our guides for Accessible Hiking Trails and Easy-to-See & Roadside Waterfalls for those in your family that aren't interested in an all-day hike.
Start planning with featured lodging and group activity ideas below.
Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals, Asheville
This premier luxury cabin and home vacation rental firm has 165+ hand selected properties, ranging from quaint 1 bedroom cabins and lofts for romantic weekends to sprawling 9 bedroom estates for large family gatherings, corporate retreats or intimate weddings. Yonder also knows how pets are a part of these gatherings and proudly allows guests to bring their dogs along. Rates from $175/night,… read more
Greybeard Vacation Rentals
Choose from over 200 top-notch vacation rentals and cabins in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Western NC. Plenty of options including secluded mountain top getaways, romantic cottages with hot tubs, large, family-friendly vacation homes, and more! Greybeard Vacation Rentals has been around since 1999, and they make your getaway effortless. Cabins include pet-friendly, wifi, fully equipped… read more
The Horse Shoe Farm, Hendersonville
The Horse Shoe Farm is an 85+ acre riverfront estate located minutes from downtown Asheville, Hendersonville, and the airport. Offering high-end nightly accommodations, the Farm is perfect for… read more
Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins
Located in West Asheville, this unconventional cabin campground is the perfect intersection of urban and outdoor adventure! This cabin “village” overlooking the French Broad River Greenway… read more
Blue Ridge Mountain Lodge
Beautiful mountain lodge with 11 bedrooms (with TVs), 4 full bathrooms, and 3 half baths. Fully stocked kitchen, bar, large living room, TV room, game room, sitting room, and large sunroom that… read more
Top Restaurants in & near Asheville
From casual to sophisticated, there are many restaurants for all tastes, with flavors from around the world. Plus, find many more award-winning chefs throughout the mountains. See our top picks… read more
300 Things to Do
See our master list of places to see and things to do in the western North Carolina mountains, including Asheville and our many small towns.
Best 75 Mountain Hikes
There are thousands of miles of hiking trails near Asheville, many of which are in pristine national forests or parks. We picked our favorites and created extensive guides for each with photos and… read more
Flat Rock Playhouse
See a fabulous professional show at the State Theatre of North Carolina, about 30 miles south of Asheville, with an eight-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy and drama.
6 Mountain Beaches near Asheville
Hit the beach on pristine, cool mountain lakes in the NC mountains near Asheville, complete with sandy shores, lifeguards and plenty of summer fun in the water.
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Take a scenic train ride on excursions along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, over the mountains, across valleys and through tunnels. Choose from a variety of train adventures departing from… read more
Top 8 Zip Line Canopy Tours
Fly above the trees and experience the mountains' natural beauty from a bird's perspective. See our favorite zip line canopy courses to enjoy in the Asheville area of the North Carolina Blue Ridge… read more
Take the most fun city tour ever in a bright purple bus full of laughter! Through captivating stories, comedy skits, and an enthralling musical soundscape, experience Asheville's history, current… read more
Hendersonville Wine Country
Visit six award-winning wineries on a 10-mile scenic drive just east of Hendersonville in apple country. Each has both indoor and outdoor spaces with beautiful views, live music, and more.
Nantahala Outdoor Center
NOC's big Nantahala River campus offers rafting, zip lines, treetop adventures, paddleboards, kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and more for the entire family. It's like Disneyland for lovers of… read more
There's a lot happening in this lake town! In addition to a beach to keep cool on hot summer's day, there's a wonderful Town Center Walkway that connects the beach to the beautiful Flowering Bridge. Take a boat tour of the lake or bring your mountain bike for their new trail system at Buffalo Creek Park.
Waterfalls Top 60
Of hundreds of waterfalls near Asheville, we picked the most spectacular falls that are easy to find. Some can be enjoyed with a short walk or even roadside. Others require a scenic hike. See full… read more
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Top 30 in NC
Explore the most visited national park in the country! See our top places and things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains on the North Carolina side near Asheville. Four entrances to the Park are… read more
Adventure Center of Asheville: Outdoor Family Fun!
Open all year and just five minutes from downtown and 10 minutes from Biltmore, ride 11 zip lines from treetop platforms and adventure towers. Walk three sky bridges amidst 150-year old trees.… read more
18 Scenic Drives
See gorgeous countryside, mountain views and charming communities on a windshield tour via national and state scenic byways near Asheville. Lots of opportunities for stops along the way.
Top Guided Tours & Experiences
Take a guided tour for sightseeing, art, wildlife, history, food, beer, waterfalls, wellness and more in Asheville and western North Carolina. See our list of favorites.