Did you know? U.S. News & World Report ranked March-May as one of the best times to visit Asheville and its surrounding areas! With temperatures ranging between the mid-50s and the upper 70s and some of our favorite annual events, you won’t want to miss May in Western, NC.
Before you plan your trip, don’t forget to check out our artfully crafted Vacation Guide. Our guide is free to use and is full of WNC’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events, making it the perfect tool for sculpting an unforgettable getaway!
Our Favorite May Activities in WNC
Imagine waking up to the sound of birds singing their songs outside your window. Take in the breathtaking views of mountains in every direction. Then, enjoy a gourmet breakfast on our outdoor dining patio! Now you’re ready to embark on our favorite activities. The beautiful temperatures make a spring trip to Western North Carolina a breeze! Enjoy various outdoor activities like the Asheville Botanical Gardens, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, excellent breweries in Asheville, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more!
Notable May Events
Biltmore Blooms | Every April – May | Tickets
The Biltmore House, an Asheville must-see, celebrates spring with a beautiful display of flowers and botanicals. Savor complimentary wine tastings, explore the beautiful grounds, shops, and restaurants, and learn about the history of the estate.
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Spring LEAF Festival | Every May | Tickets
Named the #1 Kids Festival in Western North Carolina and one of the best FAMILY festivals in the world, Spring LEAF Festival is an excellent option for kids and adults. There’s something for everyone between music performances, visual performances, and tons of family activities. Enjoy activities like life-sized hamster balls, climbing walls, launch rockets, Giant slides, and bounce houses.
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Saluda Arts Festival | Every May | Tickets
The Saluda Arts Festival has become a springtime tradition in Western North Carolina. Thousands of people gather each May to celebrate the art and culture of our small town. More than 80 artists and crafters set up their booths with paintings, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, etc. It’s the perfect place to find something unique!
Stay at The Orchard Inn
If you’re planning a vacation to Asheville in May, one of the most important things is to decide 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!