There it is again: that restless feeling you get when your everyday routine becomes mundane, and the desire to wander takes over. You start thinking of a place nestled between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, where the fall foliage turns the colors of a flickering flame in a fireplace and the scent of tangy North Carolina barbecue wafts through the downtown streets. There’s a sense of familiarity about this place. It feels like home.
Some may think this marvelous place only exists in the movies or on the postcards, but it’s real. It exists, and the easiest way to get there is to book a stay at one of our incredible downtown Asheville hotels, such as the Haywood Park Hotel. The sweet taste of North Carolina barbecue and good old Southern comfort are within your reach.
The best time to travel to this town out of all the four seasons is up to you, traveler, but here’s what we think: The summer months are much cooler than most Southern cities, and the sweltering heat of the eastern North Carolina plains seems to be nonexistent when you’re hiking through a thick woodland of dogwoods and buckeye trees in Pisgah National Forest. The local flora is a lush green color, thanks in no small part to the rain showers that commonly fall in the summer afternoons. But when autumn takes ahold of this town, those emerald woods seem to be lit on fire due to the changing of the leaves. The brisk, clear days and fall foliage offer the perfect setting for exploration. Whether you wander in the summer or in fall, our Asheville downtown hotels, like the Days Inn Asheville/Mall, are perfect places to put your feet up after a long day.
Asheville is known for a multitude of wonderful sights, sounds, and attractions. The grandest sight of them all is an 8,000-acre private estate that looks like it jumped out of the French countryside and landed in the Western North Carolina Mountains. The Biltmore Estate will dazzle and astonish you with its massive chateau serving as its center piece, surrounded by a park that rivals any city park in the country. You’ll feel like a part of the Vanderbilt family while roaming the exquisitely maintained grounds of this massive estate.
The appetizing smell of Carolina-style chopped pork smothered in sweet barbecue sauce is too much for you to handle. You’ve got to treat yourself a flavor experience that will last a lifetime. Wander the streets of downtown Asheville and take your pick from establishments like Luella’s Bar-B-Que, 12 Bones Steakhouse, and Moe’s Original BBQ. They’re all worthy of your presence, so pick one and start eating.
You’ve read all there is to read about this quaint town in the North Carolina Mountains, and you’re hooked. You can’t wait to get this adventure started. Book one of Travelocity’s downtown Asheville rentals and set off for the “Tar Heel State.” Bring your appetite and a desire to explore.