• The Best Day Trips from Asheville, NC
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    5 Fun Day Trips from Asheville, NC

    One of the things that makes Asheville so attractive is its beautiful surroundings and how quickly you can change the city’s urban vibe for breathtaking landscapes, charming small towns, and historical landmarks. Asheville’s strategic location offers scenic routes and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and sightseeing, making it a perfect base for your excursions. A simple drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway will give you some of the best day trips from Asheville. There are plenty of opportunities to picnic while enjoying astonishing views, chasing waterfalls, or spotting animals and wildflowers. The Appalachian Mountain towns of Western North Carolina have lovely downtowns with mom-and-pop shops, art galleries, and rich cultural…

  • Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville
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    7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville

    Dads are the men that helped shape us, prank us, and support us. They tell the best bad fart jokes and know the best ways to embarass their offspring. Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and if you’re looking to spend some quality time with your dad (or partner) this holiday, Asheville is a fun place to do it. Check out my favorite ways to celebrate the dad in your life if you live in Asheville or are just visiting – enjoy! Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day in Asheville 1. Watch Live Music with The Beach Boys at the Salvage Station Experience sensational live music with surf pop legends The Beach…

  • Complete Guide to Lake Powhatan in Asheville, North Carolina
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    Complete Guide to Asheville’s Lake Powhatan

    Lake Powhatan Recreation Area and Campground is an awesome and popular area for hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and camping. It borders the 6,000-acre Bent Creek Experimental Forest (the oldest in the East, established in 1927) in the Pisgah National Forest. And the best news? It’s only 12 miles from downtown Asheville!  It’s the perfect family-friendly spot to spend a day playing by the water, exploring the easy trails, or camping, making it the base of your Asheville trip. The seven-acre lake has a sandy swimming beach, a fishing pier, and forested areas hosting a campground with 97 sites for tents and RVs, with glamping options.  Bent Creek Experimental Forest, at…

  • Complete Guide to Summer Camps in Asheville, NC
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    Complete Guide to Asheville Summer Camps for Kids!

    I am happy that we live in an area that really does have an abundance of summer camp options available for kids of all ages and experience levels. But with more and more options added every year, it can create a lot of work for us parents. Researching who, what, where, and when and then working with multiple schedules, pickups, dropoffs, and planned vacations – it can be exhausting.  I’ve heard multiple parents this year say they want to schedule a summer camp for their kids but when they started researching it was just too overwhelming. Which is totally understandable and relatable.  But worry not parents, because I’ve got you covered! I’ve scoured…

  • Top Things to do in West Asheville, NC
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    Charming West Asheville: Must-Do Activities on Haywood Road

    West Asheville (WAVL) has earned its reputation for being a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood. In fact, many Asheville locals consider it the superior “downtown,” often referred to as “Best Asheville.” With its unique blend of artsy vibes, diverse culinary scene, and charming boutiques, Haywood Road is Asheville’s very own Haight-Ashbury.  Whether you’re a foodie, art enthusiast, or someone looking for a laid-back escape, West Asheville has something for you. Here are 10 must-do activities to make the most of your visit to WAVL! Must-Do Activities on Haywood Road 1. Explore Local Boutiques Begin your West Asheville adventure by exploring the myriad of boutiques lining Haywood Road. From vintage finds to…

  • Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Stops Near Asheville, NC
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    20 Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Stops Near Asheville, NC

    In the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge Parkway offers travelers a breathtaking world to explore. Stretching over 469 miles from Virginia to North Carolina, this iconic scenic byway is a treasure trove of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure. For those visiting Asheville, North Carolina, hopping on the southern section of the parkway is a must-do activity. Countless stops along the way promise unforgettable experiences and sights. That’s why we’ve got you covered with 20 of the best Blue Ridge Parkway stops near Asheville! 20 Beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway Stops Near Asheville 1. Craggy Gardens (Milepost 364.4 – 367.6) One of the most beloved stops along…

  • Where to See Fourth of July Fireworks in Asheville
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    Where to See 4th of July Fireworks in Asheville (2024)

    Asheville ignites with excitement every 4th of July as communities come together to celebrate Independence Day with dazzling fireworks displays.  Whether you’re seeking a waterfront view, a mountain backdrop, or a vibrant downtown atmosphere, Asheville and its surrounding areas offer a variety of spectacular locations to watch the sky light up in red, white, and blue. No matter where you choose to watch the fireworks this year, you’re sure to experience the magic and camaraderie of Independence Day in Western North Carolina. Here are the 12 best places to catch the fireworks in Asheville and its surrounding towns on July 4th!  The 12 Best Places to See 4th of July…

  • A Complete Guide to the Buncombe County ZOOM Pass 
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    A Complete Guide to the Buncombe County ZOOM Pass

    Buncombe County residents deserve to know about an incredible resource. I learned from a friend who had lived here for 10 years when I first moved to town, and I was mentioning visiting the science museum downtown with my toddler. She said I should check online once I got a library card and see if there was a science museum ZOOM pass. I was very confused, but once she explained it, I knew this would be a part of our lives for a while.  ZOOM passes are a partnership with various attractions in the Asheville area and the public library. When you have one, you are given free admission for…

  • The Best Places to Spot Animals and Wildlife in Asheville, NC
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    The 12 Best Places to Spot Animals and Wildlife in Asheville

    I often tell my kids I learned the most important lessons about life from observing animals. From watching birds at the birdfeeder at the Asheville Botanical Gardens to playing with black panthers at the House of Black Cat Magic to goofing around with my dog Dulce de Leche, animals are here to ground us and remind us that there is a natural rhythm of life.  Our area is so rich in wildlife that you don’t need to do much to see and interact with animals in Asheville. For example, it’s not uncommon to walk around North Asheville and encounter black bears, wild turkeys, falcons, and deer in one stroll! The…

  • Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids
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    15 Fun Things to Do in Asheville with Neurodivergent and Disabled Kids

    Asheville strives to be an inclusive community, and each year, new organizations make the “welcome to all” slogan a tangible reality, creating spaces for those with additional needs because of a medical, emotional, or learning difference.  From gyms offering safe sensory experiences for all to special needs farm days, Halloween and holiday events, accessible trails, and supporting shops hiring disabled folks, there are many fun things to do with neurodivergent and disabled kids in Asheville. Differences add so much richness to human diversity. It’s comforting to know that we all have something unique to share with the world, and nobody else has it. Differences bring so much wisdom and love…

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