Gourd morning, Asheville. 🎃 It’s finally fall — and to help you take full advantage of the festive season, we’ve compiled our Asheville fall bucket list, complete with 30+events and activities to try. 🍁
Grandad’s Apples| Aug.-Nov. | 2951 Chimney Rock Rd. After your trip to the apple orchard, visit the Country Store and Bakery at Grandad’s Barn to buy extra produce and homemade goodies (apple cider doughnuts, apple ice cream + more). And before you leave, stop by the five-acre pumpkin patch and take your pick between baby pumpkins and extra large ones to decorate, bake, or carve.
Jeter Mountain Farm| Sat., Sept. 28-Sun., Nov. 10 | 1126 Jeter Mountain Rd., Hendersonville Snag apples, peaches, blueberries + pumpkins as they become ripe through the harvest season. Fresh cider, a market, wagon rides + a brand new hard cider taproom in partnership with Flat Rock Cider Company will be available for your enjoyment. Bonus: One blend in the taproom will be made from only Jeter Mountain Farm apples.
Cider Chai from Odd’s Cafe Curling up with a good book + sipping on a warm Cider Chai sounds magnificent to us on these chilly Asheville mornings.
Pumpkin ice cream from The Hop The best thing about fall? Pumpkin everything. The Hop is back with their fan favorite pumpkin ice cream + we couldn’t resist getting a scoop already this season. A less spooky tradition, but one we crave every year.
Blue Ridge Parkway| North Carolina to Virginia See beautiful fall foliage galore as you travel the 469 miles of twists + turns through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Go as near or as far as you like + pull off at overlooks to embrace the full beauty of our mountains.
Appalachian Medley Scenic Byway | NC Highway 209 from Lake Junaluska to Hot Springs Get a taste of both the Pisgah National Forest + rural countryside as you twist + turn through this incredible 45 mile byway. If you love rustic barns, this is the drive for you.
Feeling festive yet? Click here or the button below for our full guide, with more recommendations in the above categories plus fall activities, festivals, haunted houses, Halloween parties + places to trick-or-treat.
30+ fall activities this way
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Weather ○ 74º | Mostly Sunny | 0% chance of rain
NowOpen ○ Asheville Yoga Festival founder Mike Hiers has openedBreeze Yoga Studio(515 Short McDowell St.) The new, open air studio was built with COVID-19 safety in mind and features custom 36 sq. ft. mats to maintain social distancing. Find the schedule for the new space here. 🧘 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Politics ○Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has announced she will be in Asheville campaigning on Thurs., Oct. 15. Vice President Pence does not have a campaign stop scheduled for Asheville at this time. (WRAL)
Health ○ Good news for students in Buncombe, McDowell + Macon counties. Mission Health has partnered with tech company EverFi to launch a digital course on mental health + wellness aimed at middle + high school students. The course offers students and educators access to a variety of mental health resources. Get more info here. 🧠 (WLOS)
Arts ○ICYMI: The Paradise Exhibit at The Arts Center (90 S. Main St., Marshall) is open now through Nov. 21. This exhibit celebrates the biodiversity in our area. The exhibit is free + open to the public, with all necessary safety precautions in place. 🖼️
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Tuesday afternoon, 3,613 cases and 92 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. ○ Henderson County Public Schools has launched a COVID-19 dashboard where real-time data shows case counts by school, the cumulative number of positive cases since the beginning of in-person instruction, and the cumulative amount of clusters reported by the health department. The dashboard is updated each week day at 9 a.m. Henderson County is the first district in the region to create + launch something like the dashboard. (WLOS)
Giveaway ○ Hey, did you miss the launch of our Golfer’s Dream Giveaway Package? Click here to enterso you don’t miss out winning up to $3,500+ in prizes, including new clubs, swag, lessons + more. 🏌
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FeaturedJob ○ The Biltmore is now hiring for various culinary openings across the Estate, including Sous & Demi Chefs, Cooks and Dishwashers. Apply today and help deliver world class guest service day in and day out, creating one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors to the estate.Ⓟ
DealOfTheDay ○ Center for Craft is currently offering 25% off of their coworking plans (with no minimum term). Visit their website or email [email protected] to learn more and reserve your spot before the promotion ends on Thurs., Dec. 31. No promo code is necessary.Ⓟ
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Cause ○ ABCCM Food Drive| Now through Fri., Oct. 16 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Outlet Food Court, 800 Brevard Rd. | Food donations can be dropped off via car outside of the food court. 🥫
Show ○ Stand Up Comedy Rooftop Show| Wed., Oct. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $48, table of four | Kickback + laugh with friends while catching a beautiful Asheville rooftop sunset. Tickets sold per table, wireless headphones provided. 😂 ○ Mr. Jimmy| Wed., Oct. 14 | 6 p.m. | Sweeten Creek Brewing, 1127 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Free | Grab a brew + listen to authentic blues from Chicago bred + Asheville based Mr. Jimmy. 🍺 ○ Travis Book Happy Hour| Wed., Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $20+ | A 90 minute variety show featuring Travis Book, Mike G. + Barrett S. of the Steep Canyon Rangers. Reserved seating. 🎤
Job ○ WNC Fall Career Expo| Wed., Oct. 14-16 | 8 a.m.-5p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Learn about local employers, determine your best fit + chat with WNC employers live.
Watch ○ Silent Cinema: Scream| Wed., Oct. 14 | 8 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $5 | Settle in for a spooky showing of the cult favorite. Tickets sold per table, wireless headphones provided. 🎥
FeaturedEvent ○ RunRA, A Rheumatoid Arthritis Research Study | Open now, 50 participants max | Virtual | Free | Prisma Health and UofSC researchers are seeking patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis to be a part of a new study to improve communication between physicians and patients. If you are interested, you can complete this form for more details. Qualified participants will be compensated. Ⓟ
PlanAhead ○ Reparations for Black Americans, in Asheville and Nationally| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | UNC Asheville’s Department of Economics hosts William Darity Jr. presents his views + calculations in a free webinar on reparations for Black Americans, not only in Asheville, but nationally. ○ Gerrymandering, Mathematics, + Fairness| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | Moon Duchin of Tufts University, a national expert on using math to assess representational fairness, is delivering UNC Asheville’s 2020 Parsons Lecture. ○ Taylor Pierson Trio| Thurs., Oct. 15 | 6 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Enjoy jazz, funk, and neo-soul tunes from the Asheville-based group. 🎶
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Answered: Many of y’all are excited about the proposed changes to downtown’s “pit of despair.” Reader Jacqueline said, “Having a park with green space will be a great way to keep Asheville aligned with our Bee City title. By prioritizing trees, native plants, and pollinators this park can be a trendsetter for what we need more of.” We couldn’t agree more. 🐝
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