Stay Close to the Biltmore and Asheville’s Downtown
Nestled in the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Asheville offers a quirky blend of Southern charm and vibrant artistry. The Country Inn & Suites, Asheville Westgate, located just off I-26 and I-240, puts you a quick drive from Asheville’s best local attractions, like the impressive Biltmore Estate with its massive mansion, elegant gardens, on-site winery and much more. Visitors with eclectic tastes love how our hotel is just one mile from Asheville’s downtown, where fun is shopping or dining at Grove Arcade or catching a star performer at the U.S. Cellular Center. Dozens of microbreweries
make Asheville a beer lover’s paradise. To find out more about what's happening in the city, visit ExploreAsheville.com
.Consider adding the following attractions to your Itinerary:
- Asheville Outdoor Center (2.3 miles)
Kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and inner tubes are a great way to experience the French Broad River. Floating past the Biltmore is a highlight of the trip.
Phone: +1 (828) 232-1970
- Basilica of St. Lawrence (1.3 miles)
A national historic site, this basilica’s stunning interior includes an elliptical dome and stained glass that’s well worth the time to view.
Phone: +1 (828) 252-6042
- Biltmore Estate (6.5 miles)
This 8,000-acre estate is America’s Castle. The mansion boasts 250 exquisitely furnished rooms, including a grand banquet hall, an indoor garden and a 10-thousand-volume library. Explore the gardens, grounds and winery while you are there.
Phone: +1 (800) 411-3812
- Blue Ridge Parkway (6 miles)
Even a short trip on “America’s Favorite Drive” will give glimpses of stunning mountains, gorgeous panoramas and historic spots. The entire parkway spans 469 miles.
Phone: +1 (828) 298-0398
- Folk Art Center (6.9 miles)
You can watch as Southern Highlands craftsmen and artists demonstrate their skills and offer elegant and unique works for sale at this shop and gallery.
Phone: +1 (828) 298-7928
- Grove Arcade (1.2 miles)
Located on Battery Hill, this historic building houses local shops, restaurants and the outdoor Portico Market filled with fresh produce and hand-made crafts.
Phone: +1 (828) 252-7799
- LaZoom Tours (1.3 miles)
Laugh your way through a zany comedy tour of Asheville aboard a madcap purple bus. You’ll never forget the many unique and colorful characters on the tour.
Phone: +1 (828) 225-6932
- New Belgium Brewery (2.0 miles)
Take a tour and see what this new brewery is pouring out in the Arts District of Asheville. The tasting room is a favorite stop.
Phone: +1 (828) 333-6900
- North Carolina Arboretum (9.2 miles)
This stunning public garden includes acres of flowers and shrubs, woodland trails, biking paths and more. Enjoy a meal at Savory Thyme café after your explorations.
Phone: +1 (828) 665-2492
- U.S. Cellular Center (1.3 miles)
Attend a trade show, see your favorite performers live or laugh your way through some of the finest comedy routines around at Asheville’s largest event venue.
Phone: +1 (828) 259-5736
- Western North Carolina Farmers Market (4 miles)
Overlooking the Biltmore Estate, this farmers market is widely recognized as the place to go for locally grown produce, honey, garden plants and local baked goods.
Phone: +1 (828) 253-1691
Events and festivals in Asheville during 2017 include:
- Southern Conference Basketball Tournament (Mar 3–6)
- Asheville Marathon on Biltmore Estate (Mar 11–12)
- Asheville Arts Fest (Apr 6–8)
- Asheville Beer Week (May 26–Jun 3)
- Beer City Festival (May 27)
- LEAF Festival (May 11–14, Aug 5–6 and Oct 9–22)
- Mountain Highland Games (Jul 6–9)
- NC Mountain State Fair (Sep 8–17)
- 37th Annual Heritage Weekend (Sep 16–17)
- National Gingerbread House Competition & Display at Omni Grove Park Inn (Nov–Jan)
- Christmas at Biltmore (Nov 3–Jan 7)
- Winter Lights at the North Carolina Arboretum (Nov 17–Dec 31)