Asheville Visitors Guide
What to do during your stay? Our Asheville Visitors Guide offers some of our favorite things to see and do in the Asheville area.
George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estate is located just 15 minutes from our cabins and bed & breakfast. Your admission includes a self-guided tour of the 250 room Biltmore House, access to the gardens and Antler Hill Village, which features the Winery, the Biltmore Legacy building, the Village Green, and the farm, as well as acres of natural beauty. Frederick Law Olmsted, whose designs include New York’s Central Park and Boston’s Emerald Necklace, designed the estate’s gardens and grounds. We suggest you take an entire day to explore. Better yet, inquire about purchasing a special two-day pass from Engadine Inn and Cabins (two-day passes are only available from your innkeeper) and enjoy Biltmore at your leisure.
Downtown Asheville is a fun and eclectic place. Artists and street musicians converge with tourists and locals for a vibrancy rarely found in a city of this size. There is always something happening downtown with hundreds of shops to browse and more than 50 restaurants. There are more than 30 art galleries. Enjoy live music in the evening in several nightclubs, including the Orange Peel music venue. Go to one of the many festivals in Park Square Park. Enjoy Asheville’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles that are the perfect backdrop to the city’s edgy energy. And did we mention the great people watching?
Blue Ridge Parkway
A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is slow paced and relaxing, designed as a “drive awhile and stop awhile” experience. Please don’t be in a hurry! Overlooks, picnic areas, campgrounds, visitor centers, hiking trails, and other areas of interest are available along the road. The best way to experience this place is to take advantage of these opportunities. Short trails offer the chance to get away from the road and see the Blue Ridge up close and personal, even if just for a few minutes. Longer trails are also available for the more adventurous. Bicycling, photography, birdwatching, and practically any other responsible outdoor activities are available. Hundreds of overlooks allow opportunities to catch a glimpse of sunrises or sunsets, have a picnic, or just enjoy the view across the mountains and valleys of the region. Just a short distance from Engadine Inn And Cabins is Mt. Pisgah and Graveyard Fields, both of which offer a variety of hiking trails. Enjoy some of the areas most beautiful waterfalls while hiking through Graveyard Fields. Blue Ridge Parkway Guide.
Waynesville, located just 20 minutes west of Engadine Inn And Cabins, has a lively and friendly downtown with unique shops, art galleries, cafés and restaurants – all within walking distance on Main Street’s tree lined brick sidewalks. Its historic buildings and quaint charm make Waynesville a thoroughly enjoyable place to visit. After a morning of hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we recommend a stop in Waynesville for lunch and a little shopping before heading back to our bed & breakfast and cabins. Numerous popular events and festivals take place downtown throughout the year. The heart of Appalachian culture and heritage, Waynesville hosts FOLKMOOT USA, North Carolina’s official international music and dance festival annually. Downtown Waynesville Website.
Pisgah National Forest
The Pisgah National Forest covers 510,119 acres of mountainous terrain. Elevations reach over 6,000 feet and include some of the highest mountains in the eastern United States. Mount Mitchell, in Mount Mitchell State Park, is the highest mountain east of the Mississippi River and lies just outside the boundary of Pisgah National Forest. The forest also includes tracts surrounding the city of Asheville, the town of Brevard and land in the French Broad River Valley. Recreational opportunities include hiking and backpacking, among others. Pisgah National Forest Guide.
Western NC is the Land of the Waterfalls. Some of our guests’ favorite nearby waterfalls include Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock the falls at Dupont State Forest. See the Top 20 Waterfalls near Asheville.
There are hundreds of hiking trails nearby. Find them along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We can help you plan your perfect hike based on your desired level of difficulty and allotted time. See the Top 40 Hikes near Asheville.
Visit hundreds of art galleries and artist studios in Asheville, Waynesville and throughout our Blue Ridge Mountain area. Don’t miss Asheville’s River Arts District and the Folk Art Center for the best of regional art and demonstrations.
Chimney Rock Park
Chimney Rock is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Overlooking Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Chimney Rock Website.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a short distance from our Inn and Cabins. World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Online Guide.
The NC Arboretum is a wonderful place to stroll through beautiful gardens, explore exhibits, or go for a hike. This 434-acre natural treasure has 65 acres of cultivated gardens and 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, indoor and outdoor exhibits and one of the finest bonsai collections in the United States. The hiking trails are dog friendly! NC Arboretum Website.
There are plenty of whitewater rafting and kayaking nearby – for all skill levels. So no experience necessary! The nearby Nantahala River has many rafting companies that offer guided and self guided rides. Whitewater Rafting Guide.