Plan one last vacation before summer ends. If you’re planning to visit Asheville in August, you’ll find no shortage of things to do. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina are the perfect destination for outdoor adventures, ways to cool off from the heat, and fun-filled summer events! We are more than happy to point you in the direction of beautiful waterfalls, outdoor dining patios, and festivals that you won’t want to miss.
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5 of the Best Things to Do in Asheville in August
1. Embark on an Outdoor Adventure
If you consider yourself to be an outdoors enthusiast, then you probably already know that Western North Carolina is home to an exciting selection of adventures in nature! From hiking and mountain biking to horseback riding and fly fishing, there are so many exciting ways to spend your day in the great outdoors.
Travel Tip: Take Advantage of Our North Carolina Adventure Vacation Package!
Get the most out of your WNC vacation when you book one of our North Carolina Adventure Vacation Packages! Your package will include:
- A two-night stay in either the Boxwood Cottage or Twin Poplar Cottage
- Your choice of either:
- Zip-Line Canopy Adventure (The Gorge Zipline)
- Big or Little Bradley Waterfall Rappel (Green River Adventures)
- Kayak on the Upper Green River (Green River Adventures)
- A bottle of wine or a six-pack of locally brewed beer
- A picnic lunch for two
2. Enjoy Dinner with a View
One of the best ways to wind down after an exciting day is to enjoy a delicious dinner at a restaurant that has outdoor seating. Treat yourself to a farm-to-table feast with local wine on the side and take in breathtaking views that surround you. Here are just a few of our favorite local establishments with outdoor dining options:
- Newman’s Restaurant at The Orchard Inn
- The Sunset Terrace at The Omni Grove Park Inn
- Carmel’s Kitchen and Bar
- Courtyard Market at The Biltmore Estate
3. Cool off from the Summer Heat
There’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the water or getting splashed by rapids on a hot summer day. Even in the mountains, the weather can be quite hot in August. So, if you’re planning to spend time outside, you should consider some of the following options that will help keep you cool:
- Get splashed on a waterfall hike
- Go kayaking
- Try whitewater rafting
- Float down the river on a tube
4. Attend an Exciting Event
Every year, Asheville and the surrounding areas host wonderful events, festivals, and concerts that attract locals and visitors alike. Here are some of our favorites:
- Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
- Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair
- Chow Chow Culinary Festival
- Shows at The Orange Peel
- & so much more!
5. Stay at The Orchard Inn
If you’re planning a vacation to Asheville in August, one of the most important things to decide on is where you will stay. The Orchard Inn is a beautiful B&B in Saluda, NC, just a short trip away from the city. Our gorgeous rooms, stunning suites, and beautiful cottages set the scene for a relaxing summer vacation. Enjoy unparalleled views of the mountains from your bedroom window. Wake up to gourmet breakfasts every morning. Staying on our property is a real treat that you don’t want to miss.
We can’t wait to host you!