What to Do

The Biltmore

The Biltmore is more than just a big fancy house you can tour. It has expansive gardens, a winery, outdoor activities, and curated events. Tickets can sellout, so consider buying yours in advance.


Sara has been visiting Brevard since 1996 - thanks Uncle Lane - and Gideon has been visiting since 2020. It is about 45 minutes from downtown Asheville and has tons of great local shops, restaurants, art, and breweries.

A few we recommend: O.P. Taylor's Toy Shop, Mantiques, Blue Ridge Bakery (where our wedding cake is from), D.D. Bullwinkels Outdoor Gear, Cup & Saucer, Morning Social, Number 7 Arts, Mud Dabber's Pottery, Ecusta Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery

Pisgah National Forest

We access Pisgah via the entrance by The Hub & Pisgah Tavern. We enjoy the John Rock hike. Popular waterfalls are Sliding Rock and Looking Glass.

"The Pisgah National Forest is a land of mile-high peaks, cascading waterfalls, and heavily forested slopes. Comprised of over 500,000 acres, the Pisgah is primarily a hardwood forest with whitewater rivers, waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails. This national forest is home of the first tract of land purchased under the Weeks Act of 1911 which led to the creation of the national forests in the eastern United States. It is also home of the first school of forestry in the United States, now preserved at the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site, and boasts two of the first designated wilderness areas in the east. " - Pisgah National Forest

French Broad River

"The French Broad River is believed to be one of the oldest in the world, cutting over geologic eons through ancient rocks in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.[8] However, the current topographic relief of the Southern Appalachians is relatively new, making it virtually impossible to estimate the age of the river.[9]" - Wikipedia

We love Headwaters Outfitters based in Rosman, NC. However, it is about an hour from downtown Asheville. French Broad Adventures is only 30 minutes from downtown Asheville.

If you want to stay dry, check out French Broad Chocolates. They have factory tours in Asheville and seriously good chocolate.


Bop around Asheville! There are tons of shops and good places to eat and drink. Check out our Eat and Drink page for more suggestions.