Our Favorite Things – Places to See Spring Blooms

This year, we’ve put together Our Favorite Things: a short list of places near the Inn on Mill Creek B&B where you can find the stuff that brings joy. Springtime around here is all about flowers and we’ve got some local outdoor spaces in our neck of the woods that will boost your mood with beautiful blooms.

Biltmore – with 8,000 acres of grounds and gardens, Biltmore doesn’t disappoint. Now through May 25, visitors have the option to return to the estate at no charge the following day: biltmore.com

A paved foot path through large azalea shrubs blooming with spring flowering trees and other trees

Walking through the 15-acre Azalea Garden at Biltmore in April

Blue Ridge Parkway – if you’re looking for wildflowers, head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a drive to see rhododendron-covered slopes and other blooms – we recommend Craggy Gardens and the Linville Falls area in particular: blueridgeparkway.org

Large flowering shrubs with mountain vistas in the background

Rhododendron at Craggy Gardens Picnic Area

Botanical Gardens at Asheville – 10 acres of garden spaces full of native plants and a really good spot for spring birding: ashevillebotanicalgardens.org

Large flowering shrubs along a wooded path with a split rail fence on the other side

Spring blooming shrubs at the Botanical Gardens of Asheville

Lake Lure Flowering Bridge – a gorgeous public garden on a former road bridge between Lake Lure and Chimney Rock State Park; if you’re going to be in that area, don’t miss it: lakelurefloweringbridge.org

A stone curving walkway through a flowering garden with low stone walls on a spring day

Part of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge in bloom

North Carolina Arboretum – on the southwest side of Asheville is this 434-acre nature oasis with extensive gardens and hiking trails: ncarboretum.org

A flowering spring garden in a park-like setting with paved walkways meandering through the flowers

The North Carolina Arboretum in spring

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