Favorite Small Towns: Why Asheville is Our Family’s Favorite

-Amy Querido lives in Atlanta with her 2 school-age kids. They are a family on the go whether it’s across the pacific ocean or across the state line. She shares her travel tips, tricks and tales on her family travel blog. She also love to find deals and things to do with kids in Atlanta. She shares them with locals at her Atlanta With Kid and Atlanta Deal Sites blogs. When she is not busy with her blogs, you can easily find her dreaming and scheming their next trips.

I love to travel with my kids to visit different places around the country and hopefully around the world. With so many places to visit in our lifetime, I tend to always look for new destinations for our family trips. There are, however, a couple places that we just can’t get enough of, and we love to go back and visit them as often as possible. Asheville, NC is one of those places.

We have visited Asheville for the past 2 years and this year we already have another trip to in the works. What can we possible do in this small town tuck in the North Carolina mountains? 

Here are our favorite small towns sights and activities:

The Largest Home in America
Asheville Travel: Biltmore Estate
Asheville Travel: Biltmore Estate ©Amy Querido

One of the main attraction that brings millions of visitors to Asheville every year is the Biltmore Estate, a national historic landmark and America’s largest home. The Biltmore Estate is not just a regular home, but a working estate where there are different areas that support the home. With many activities you can enjoy throughout the day, its easy to spend a full day there. The Biltmore Estate home tour is a must-do in my opinion.  It’s just so amazing to walk around in a home that size and learn about the history and story behind each room.  Plus each season, there is always something different going on, which brings us back again and again.

Fun Vibe in Downtown Asheville

Walking in downtown Asheville is an experience like none other.  The city is very pedestrian friendly and you will see people walking around everywhere. Stop by  Pritchard Park on Friday night (weather permitted) and you can enjoy an Asheville Drum Circle where local citizens come together to dance and play music.  Everyone is welcome to bring own musical percussive instrument and join in the fun.

Local and Farm-to-Table Food
Asheville with Kids: Tupelo Honey Cafe
Asheville Travel: Tupelo Honey Cafe ©Amy Querido

Asheville prides itself in being a foodie town and it’s for good reason. Within a few blocks of the downtown area, there are so many great restaurants to choose from that our family can visit a different restaurant every day and never have time to eat at them all. You will not run into typical chain restaurants here. Independent and locally owned joints where chefs love to bring the freshest ingredients from local farmer markets to their kitchen are the norm here. When we plan our trip to Asheville, it always revolves around food!  We have had amazing meals in this funky little town, from Asian noodle soup to Southern cooking.

Get Back to Nature

With one of the entrances to the Blue Ridge Parkway and a short distance to the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, Asheville is heaven for nature lovers.  There are many outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy in spring and summer. Fall is the busiest season when thousands come to see the leaves changes color. We have driven the Blue Ridge Parkway, spent time in the informative visitor center, hiked up Chimney Rock and met many bicycle riders who enjoyed their time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The options on activities is limitless.

Now, there are many more family-friendly things to do with kids in Asheville so check out Trekaroo destination page to find out more. You see.. I told you it’s one fun place to visit with kids!


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1 Response
  1. paciport

    We love Asheville! We are only two hours away so we try to go once or twice a year as a family. We just got back from a long weekend and stayed in Black Mountain for the first time – it was awesome. Right off the highway so we were able to make it to Asheville, Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Parkway really easily! I just added a post on our visit to the Biltmore – www.thepaciport.com/biltmore

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