While the winter of 2017 has been rather kind to us (just one snow day so far…and our daffodils are peeking out at the end of January… whaaaaaat!?), wintertime in the mountains of Western North Carolina can often be a teensy bit unpredictable. For those chilly days when you don’t want to go outside or you’re getting antsy for spring, we suggest a little indoor “green” therapy at Biltmore Estate’s Conservatory. Inside we go!
Coming to the Asheville area for the Thanksgiving holiday? We’ve got a handful of restaurants to share with you that will be open for dining on Turkey Day.
Finally(!), oak trees are changing en masse, with bold orange and rust-colored tones dominate the landscape at our elevation of 2,300 feet in the North Carolina mountains. This will be our final fall color report for 2016, and it’s been a beautiful fall season.
Fall color has quickly worked its way down the mountainsides near Asheville, NC, adding some nice hues to the landscape at elevations between 2,000 and 3,000 feet heading into the last part of October. Some oranges and reds are lingering at higher elevations as well, but those areas above 3, 500 feet will be slipping past peak soon.
Oh la la, fall color is making a real splash at elevations above 3,500 feet in the mountains around Asheville, NC, this week, with peak color set to arrive at those elevations over the next few days. Meanwhile, here inside Pisgah National Forest at 2,300 feet, the fall foliage is starting to quickly dominate the landscape in some parts of the forest (as you can see from our cover photo of our labyrinth taken on Oct. 16).
The official start to fall is just six weeks away, but who’s counting? OK, we admit it. We are! After a hot and dry July, we’re so ready for the cool and crisp autumn mountain air that we know and love. This post will highlight what to expect when you visit the Asheville, NC, area during the fall season.
UPDATE – APRIL 16: The Craggy Gardens area is now open!
We aren’t the only ones who have a project list that we tackle in the wintertime: the National Park Service has been working on projects relating to improving the tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway around Asheville, including Tanbark Tunnel at Milepost 374.4 near Craggy Gardens.
Asheville Restaurant Week is a special treat — not just for locals, but also for wintertime visitors to the North Carolina mountains. What better way to sample the awesome food from the Asheville area?
One of the most impressive Christmas displays in western North Carolina, Christmas at Biltmore is nothing short of spectacular. Their theme for 2015 is “A Gilded Age Christmas” and Biltmore is definitely living up to that theme!
Peak is passing at our elevation (2,300 feet), and this will be our final fall leaf report for the Asheville, Black Mountain and Old Fort, NC, area for 2015.