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Use this holiday itinerary for visiting guests in Asheville, NC

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The holidays are almost here and if you’re hosting out-of-town guests, it’s time to step into the role of “official Asheville tour guide.” We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors and show your folks around like a total pro.

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The Biltmore Estate is especially magical to experience during the holidays. | Photo by @davidhousephoto

🏙️ Sightseeing

Is it even a trip to Asheville without seeing the Biltmore Estate? You can also take your visitors to The Omni Grove Park Inn for the perfect holiday family photo. And if there are any history buffs in the group, head to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

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Sunshine Sammies offers seasonal flavors. | Photo by @wncfoodie

🥘 Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, High Five Coffee, Summit Coffee Co., and Liberty House Coffee and Cafe are all offering a range of seasonal drinks. If you’re looking for a different kind of brew, the Land of the Sky is home to 50+ breweries with Highland Brewing Company and Burial Beer Co. being two local hot spots.

We’ve also got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. You can’t miss these under-the-radar restaurants that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Our personal picks include brunch at Abeja’s House Cafe and dinner at Benne on Eagle. Plus, satisfy your holiday sweet tooth at Sunshine Sammies.

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There are 120+ hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Parkway. | Photo by @wncphototours

🎳 Activities

If your visitors are ready for some outdoor fun, grab some local popcorn from Poppy’s Handcrafted Popcorn and head to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a family-friendly hike. The NC Arboretum is another great way to take in all of the beauty Asheville has to offer.

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Enjoy local artwork and high end furnishings in this VRBO. | Photo provided by VRBO

🛏️ Stay

If your visitors aren’t planning to crash with you, here are some places to stay:

Modern condo in the historic S&W Building | $195/night+

An artistically styled space in a premium downtown location with exposed brick walls, tons of natural light, and a gourmet kitchen.

Charming two bedroom home | $115/night+

A cozy two-bedroom house located in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.

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