The beautiful fall season is in full bloom. While there are many amazing locations to get your fall foliage fix, we’d have to say that Asheville, North Carolina is one of our faves. For those of you looking for a great escape this fall, here are 7 great reasons for visiting Asheville, NC.
The Leaves Last Longer
In some places, fall always seems like it’s gone in the blink of an eye. Thankfully, that’s never the case in Asheville. Around the end of August, you’re in for a treat once the mountaintops begin to redden with varying shades of oranges and reds. If you’re not local, don’t worry about arriving too late or too early to see the foliage. The region’s website posts weekly fall color reports up until the middle of November, sometimes longer than that — yes, the colors do really last that long!
Your Tastebuds Deserve a Slice of Fall
Clear your mind and imagine what fall means to you. If food is right up there with cozy sweaters and pumpkins, Asheville is the perfect spot for you. Every year, the orchards churn out delicious seasonal ciders and fresh apples for picking. Small cafés are bustling with savory pumpkin spice lattes that would put big-chain coffee brands to shame. Local breweries release limited-edition beers with a fall twist that you can’t find anywhere else. Fall is also the perfect time for gathering local mushrooms and herbs out in the wild for a unique meal you’ll never forget. When your sweet tooth is salivating for a drool-worthy dessert, stop by Buxton Hall for a slice of their aptly named Autumn pie. You won’t regret it, we promise!
You’ll Fall In Love With The Festivals
If you don’t want festival season to end, go to Asheville in the fall. From September to November, the mountains come alive with over 40 festivals and events set up for the fall — you could even say that it’s busier than Christmas. There’s always something for everyone. Some are age-specific like Oktoberfest and the Brewgrass Festival. Others cover specific interests such as fishing (Stout Bout). Whether you want to admire the artwork or listen to live music with an apple cider donut, the festivals are easily accessible because of Asheville’s regional airport.
It’s Fantastic for Family Fun
Aside from the food, music, and nature, Asheville also offers up many activities for every member of your family to enjoy in the fall. You wouldn’t have to deal with the sweltering heat, or freeze in the winter chill. Not sure what to do? Eliada’s Corn Maze takes place in September and October every year, and all proceeds go to children in need. Thrill-seeking families can get a one-of-a-kind view of the colorful forests by ziplining. There are even plenty of fun museums to sneak in some education while the kids are away from school. It’s a win-win situation all around.
You’ll Have a Blast with Your Besties
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Not only is Asheville great for romantic adventures, but it’s also excellent for a getaway with your friends with cheaper flights to North Carolina during the fall. Hit up the art district. Explore the restaurants. Go on a haunted tour — there’s even another version with a comedic twist. Dance your heart out to live music on a purple bus during the Lazoom Band and Beer tour. The possibilities are endless, and the memories are priceless. And not to mention, your photos would have some of the best fall backgrounds.
Romance is Always in the Air
It’s not a surprise that Asheville is known as the “Paris of the South” for couples embarking on romantic vacations, especially during the fall. The crisp air and colorful leaves atop Asheville’s forests can make for the perfect environment in which to enjoy the company of that special someone. You can take a stroll together at the picturesque premises of the Biltmore. For a more secluded adventure, enjoy a picnic near a scenic waterfall, listening to the gentle rush of water in the background while you take in the view with your partner. At the end of the day, snuggle up with your significant other in a cozy cabin.
Amazing Road Trips Happen in Asheville
If you need a reason for a road trip, Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the best ways to truly revel in the stunning foliage. With 469 miles of slow and winding roads throughout the mountains, the beauty never seems to end. To make it even better, there are endless attractions to check out when you need a break from driving. Take a well-deserved hike up the Lunch Rocks trail to stretch your legs. Pull over to snap some pictures in one of their designated rest areas on the road. On a rainy day, stop by the Folk Art Center. Regardless of how far you want to drive, make sure to fill up the tank before you leave because there aren’t any gas stations along the parkway.
Asheville really is a perfect concoction of everything that you could want from a fall vacation. If you’ve visited this amazing city, we’d love to hear your experiences in the comments.