When you dream of western North Carolina, what comes to mind? For us at Orchard Inn, we think of the perfect balance of serene landscapes and the energy emanating from Asheville. This city has become an incredibly popular destination and for a good reason! You’ll find tons of things to do in Asheville from farm to table cuisine to fun events. Plus, the Blue Ridge Parkway and many other attractions are right outside the city! From nearby vineyards, great restaurants, and unique shops to historic sites and a growing arts district, there is something for everyone who visits Asheville.

Best of all, Asheville is an easy 40-minute drive from our Saluda bed and breakfast, meaning it’s a perfect day trip! You can explore Asheville and a few other attractions along the way, then come back to our cozy inn to end your day in relaxation and comfort. There are also many activities near Saluda if you would like to stay close to the inn!

Let Orchard Inn create your itinerary for things to do in Asheville and the surrounding area. Planning a vacation can be hard, so let us make your job easier with our complimentary Western North Carolina Vacation GuideUnlock the ultimate exploration experience with a carefully chosen selection of culinary, cultural, and nature-bound adventures.

Things to Do in Asheville, NC & the Blue Ridge Parkway

Biltmore Estate - places to visit in Asheville, NCBiltmore Estate 1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 |  (828) 225-1333

Visit the 8,000-acre estate built by George Vanderbilt and experience the country’s largest private residence. Besides sightseeing, this major Asheville landmark is known for its winery and vineyards as well as its available outdoor activities like horseback riding and rafting.


Gorge Zipline Canopy Adventure 166 Honey Bee Drive, Saluda, NC 28773 | (828) 749-2500

Seek some thrills when you take an exhilarating zip line canopy adventure in the spectacular Green River Gorge in Saluda. The Gorge drops an exciting 1,100 vertical feet from start to finish. Be amazed by the breathtaking views of 14,000 acres of protected forest while listening to the wild roar of the Green River!

Chimney Rock 431 Main St, Chimney Rock, NC 28720 | (828) 625-9611

Don’t leave the NC mountains without laying your eyes on the iconic Chimney Rock. Minutes away from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers a spectacular 75-mile view of the mountains, hiking trails suited for any ages, a 404-foot waterfall, and plenty of events. Here, you can see some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the whole state!

Mountain Brook Vineyards 731 Phillips Dairy Rd., Tryon, NC 28782 | (828) 817-4376

If you love wine, take a tour of Mountain Brook Vineyards in nearby Tryon, NC! This beautiful, 7.5-acre vineyard uses only North Carolina-grown grapes and specializes in small, high-quality vintages. Mountain Brook Vineyards produces a delicious range of red and white wines.


Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville 36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 251-8687

Discover Asheville through a sweet ride on Gray Line’s historic red trolley and get to know the city’s history and significant locations and hot-spots. They even have a program where you can hop on and off the trolley all day and spend as much time as you like at any of the sites of historic Asheville!

Asheville Brews Cruise 45 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 545-5181

Are you cruisin’ for a brewsin’? Hop on the Brews Cruise tour and find out why Asheville is known as the nation’s Beer City. Amazing local brews guaranteed.

Asheville Tourists 30 Buchanan Plance, Asheville, NC 28801 | (828) 258-0428

Go out for some ball game and visit the home of the Asheville Tourists. The best day to visit is on Thursdays for the Thirsty Thursday home game, where beers and soda cost only a buck.


A vacation in Asheville is incomplete without taking some swings on one of the dozens of golf courses in Asheville. Some were even designed by professional golfer and Hall of Famer, Donald Ross!

Asheville Cuisine

After experiencing all the great things to do in Asheville you are sure to get hungry. Asheville has become a premier foodie destination. Sitting down to a delicious meal is an excellent reprieve between your western North Carolina adventures!

Go Antiquing

There are tons of antique shops in the area! This is the perfect way to discover something unique for your home. Imagine remembering your trip to Orchard Inn every time you look at your gorgeous one-of-a-kind piece!

Ready to visit our beautiful part of the country? Download our Western North Carolina Vacation Guide, then explore our rooms and cottages!