Asheville has firmly established itself as a “go to” destination. Some of the draws here would include but not be limited to: superb biking and hiking, craft breweries, a vibrant art scene, inspired cuisine, Biltmore House, most especially at this time of the year, the enchantment of Candlelight Christmas reigns supreme. All those are are still here but for purposes of this blog, the concentration is Christmastime. If you find yourself in Asheville for a few days during the season you can’t go wrong with the following suggestions.
- Candlelight Christmas: Every year in November-early January, Biltmore Estate opens the house to host visitors from all over the world for Candlelight Christmas. In short, after the regular house tour closes at 5:00 p.m., the candles come on bringing the glowing magic of Candlelight Christmas to this stately home. Musicality in every form you can imagine from cellists, to flutists, to seasonal choral components combine to ensure that the spirit of the holidays reside in your heart. It is unforgettable and sure to become a family tradition.
- Grove Arcade: Located in downtown Asheville, this historic building, always a phenomenal haunt housing some really awesome local retail and dining opportunities, undergoes a transformation transporting this space into a serene winter wonderland. Beautiful decorations, great shopping opportunities, sparkly lights, impromtu visits by our lauded Asheville choral group, tastings and Gingerbread House touring make this a great place to spend a holiday afternoon.
- Lake Julian: Their 16th year of Festival of Lights going on through December 23 and a bargain at $5 a car (20% of this year’s fee goes to Special Olympics. It’s a drive through experience and one of this innkeeper’s favorite Christmas memories. Lake Julian took this project on shortly after we purchased our inn and we’ve gone every year. Christmas scenes of every kind from a deer feeding elf, to carolers. No chaos, no screaming music and syncopated lighting~ just beautiful twinkly lights allowing your sincere appreciation of the season.
- I have always loved theatre. It’s a gift I often offer myself during the holiday season. Take in a play. Support the arts. Asheville Community Theatre: Snowbound and Santaland Diaries. Flat Rock Playhouse: A Christmas Carol located in nearby Flat Rock, (30 mins away from our inn.) My personal favorite from North Carolina Stage Company: All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Concealed within this play is the true meaning of the season. I hope you find as much value in it as I did.
Our inn, as is our custom, will be closed on the evenings of December 23, 24 and 25 allowing us and our employees time for family. We look forward to hosting you this wintertime and hope you find the true meaning of the season in your heart. Merry, Merry Christmas and the Best of 2017 are our holiday wishes for you all.