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Old 05-16-2013, 06:20 AM
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Default Activities in and around Asheville/Biltmore?

Jenny wants to go visit the Biltmore/Asheville area in June.

What kinda sightseeing and other activities/must see/do places are nearby?

It'll be an overnighter.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:23 AM
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Biltmore and the grounds/gardens will take most of a day to explore.

There is a little shopping village near the entrance of Biltmore that can keep women happy for some time.

Downtown Asheville is a different experience than one would expect
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:24 AM
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Make sure you stay at the Grove Park Inn. Truly historic place with great views and excellent food.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:26 AM
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It was a nice place to visit, but the airport was somewhat expensive -



If you like music and beer, this place was good -

http://www.jackofthewood.com/

Bluegrass jams and Celtic music.

A drive up to Mt Mitchell was also interesting, but the restaurant near the peak was VFR on Top when we were there...

The Blue Ridge Parway was a nice drive. One of these days I'll go back to see fall colors there...

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:45 AM
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There is a mining museum that I really enjoyed.

http://www.ashevilleguidebook.com/wn...ing_museum.htm
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We were just up at Biltmore a couple weekends ago. You could easily spend a full day there and not see everything.

The Parkway is a good recommendation; if you just want to get out and see the scenery, taking the Parkway from Asheville up by Mount Mitchell and back down to US 70 at Old Fort would burn a nice couple of hours.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:54 AM
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Make sure you stay at the Grove Park Inn. Truly historic place with great views and excellent food.
This is indeed the place to stay! Take a picture of the fireplace
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We were just up at Biltmore a couple weekends ago. You could easily spend a full day there and not see everything.

The Parkway is a good recommendation; if you just want to get out and see the scenery, taking the Parkway from Asheville up by Mount Mitchell and back down to US 70 at Old Fort would burn a nice couple of hours.
Get a real map and don't trust the Chamber of Commerce maps for roads outside of town.

We took a "short cut" road on the CoC map to get to Black Mountain that kept getting smaller and smaller, and turned into dirt, as it went over a ridge... We were waiting for the duellin' banjoes...

Black Mountain was also another little nearby town worth a visit. I would make it a longer than overnight trip...
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:18 AM
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When Jeanine and I went there we stayed at the Inn at the Biltmore. We had a rental car but focussed on the estate. The Inn was expensive, on the grounds (convenient) but I didn't feel anything special about it.

As far as the Biltmore itself is concerned, It would be easy to walk through any of the many tours in a semiconcious state then get out on the road and scout around on your own but I think this would be a mistake. There are certain homes and buildings to see in the United States that are worth focusing on and this is one of them.

We had toured the Breakers in Newport, RI which is another one well worth experiencing, when we got interested in visiting the Biltmore. We had visited Hearst Castle in California and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. There is something behind these great homes and hotels that make you stop and think about the people and the motivation to create something of lasting beauty in our country.

As far as restaurants are concerned we were not impressed with the on-property dining to warrant more than one meal there.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:29 AM
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My wife and I flew up to Asheville from Vero Beach last weekend to attend my nephew's college graduation. We had family from all over the country were there for the event. My sister rented a large cabin for the immediate family.
There's a good Mexican restaurant in town that serves huge portions. My brother and his sons went ziplining nearby. Sorry, I can't remember the name but Google probably can.
Landmark is the FBO. They're at the north end of airport. One runway - 16/34. Class C airspace. Strong crosswinds out of the west on my only 2 visits.
The cabins were reasonable and clean.
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