The Apple Of Your Eye When It Comes To Fun Activities In Asheville, NC!

Activities In Asheville NC 28803It has been said that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and that sounds like good advice to me. One of the finest gifts of autumn, that nature has to offer, is the juicy, sweet apple. Not only good to the taste but the apple is also very good for the body. Packed full of flavor and vitamins, the apple is a powerhouse fruit.

Located just down the road from the Brookstone Lodge, on Interstate 26, is the quaint city of Hendersonville, North Carolina. A great nickname for Hendersonville might just be the “Little Apple” or “Apple Central”. Fun activities to do in Asheville, NC would definitely include a drive down I-26.

This little city does reap with apples. Everywhere you look you will see apple orchards. Sixteen varieties of apples are grown and sold at the local fruit stands and farmer’s markets. Gala, Jonathan, Cortland, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Granny Smith, Stayman-Winesap, Arkansas Black, Fuji, Honey Crisp, and Junagold apples are right at your fingertips for your eating pleasure. This is definitely a delight for any apple coin surer or any simple lover of apples to enjoy.

The apples of Hendersonville have become so famous that for the past 60 years they have held an apple festival. Showcasing this amazing fruit has brought visitors far and wide, to taste, to smell, and to simply enjoy four fun packed days honoring the all American apple. It truly is a “Harvest of Fun” and amongst one of the great activities in Asheville, NC.

You might be surprised at what you can make with apples! A symphony for the taste buds awaits your beckon call. Fried apple pies, apple butter, apple dumplings, apple fritters, apple cider, apple jelly, apple jam, apple sauce, apple chow chow, and other mouth watering culinary treats are sold fresh daily by the local vendors.

Some of us might ask…”How do you know a good apple when you see one?” Quick and easy the local growers say, just check out the color, firmness, and of course the taste.

What about measuring apples? The “experts” in Hendersonville have some quick tips to share. One pound of apples is equal to 2 large apples or 3 medium apples, or 4 or 5 small apples. Six to 8 apples make a good pie. Forty two pounds is just about a bushel or 120 medium apples. This one I really liked, “Two apples equal one glass of water in thirst quenching ability”.

Activities in Asheville, NC should definitely include checking out the apples. There seems to be more to apples than meets the eye. A visit to Hendersonville, North Carolina in the fall during apple season is just the place to go. Remember if you are staying at the Brookstone Lodge there are fun activities in Asheville, NC and all around the area.

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Brookstone Lodge Asheville
4 Roberts Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 348-8405
(877) 798-5888

Reference: www.mtnfreshorchards.com, www.ncapples.com

Ready, Set, Go…Fun Things to Do in Asheville, NC!

danceThe race is on because summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. Despite the changing seasons there are always fun things to do in Asheville, NC. Looking for something inside, nice air conditioning, where you can sit and relax? Well, I think we have just what might fit the bill. How about some great performances?

Located in Flat Rock, a quaint little village about 30 miles south of Asheville, is the Flat Rock Playhouse. Selected as The State Theatre of North Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse has some pretty neat bragging rights. It is definitely one of the fun things to do in Asheville, NC.

It began back in 1940 with a few summer performances. Today Flat Rock Playhouse runs for an eight month season. Broadway musicals, comedy, drama and performances for young audiences are included in their genre of productions; so there’s something that will interest everyone!

Their mission is not only the production of the performing arts but also to provide education of the performing arts. They have a “ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the Youtheatre; year round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults.” Eighty thousand patrons are hosted annually.

The main stage facility is barn-like in appearance. The decor is reminiscent of their summer stock beginnings. Behind the scenes are state of the art lighting, sound systems, electronic stages, costume studio, storage, and dressing capacity for 40. The have come a long way to the delight of many.

The Flat Rock Playhouse auditorium seats 506 in air conditioned comfort. Reserved  seating is available for patrons with wheelchairs and other special needs. Assistive hearing devices are also available at no extra fee.

Hendersonville, North Carolina is host to Flat Rock Playhouse’s satellite theatre, “Playhouse Downtown”. Hendersonville is located off I-40 East about 30 miles from Flat Rock.

You will never fall short of fun things to do in Asheville, NC. Here at the Brookstone Lodge we welcome the opportunity to show you all the attractions that make Asheville, NC a place you will want to return to again and again. The list of fun things to do in Asheville, NC goes on and on. Come on over to the mountains and sit a spell, relax, and enjoy the hospitality and the many fun things to do in Asheville, NC, you will be glad that you did.

 

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Brookstone Lodge

4 Roberts Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 348 8405

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Hiking in Asheville NC

freeimage-5292769-webAsheville, NC offers so many things to do! Vacationers of all ages will not be disappointed. One of the great things to do in Asheville, NC is hiking the nearby trails. Staying at Brookstone Lodge is a great place to begin a wonderful hiking adventure. A first rate experience awaits you as you walk the trails in ancient, wooded mountains that are older than the North American Continent, nearby Brookstone Lodge. Asheville is nestled in the Pisgah National Forest, with easy access to the beautiful nature surrounding it. As you hike the mountain trails breathe the fresh, clean air, listen as the birds serenade you with their endless chatter and enjoy breathtaking views from some of the highest ridgelines east of the Mississippi River. Soak up the sounds and the smells of the deep life-filled forest and discover the beautiful waterfalls, green forests and babbling brooks.

A great hike for families with small children is Woodland Adventure, located within Chimney Rock Park. The interactive hike is easy for little ones along a 0.6 mile trial. Along the trail are handcrafted wood and metal sculptures of the Park’s mascot, Grady the Groundhog and his friends. The hike takes about one hour, with a trailhead elevation of 1,100 ft.

The Carolina Mountain Trail is also good for beginners. This 1.2 mile trail winds through three different types of forestry: Pine, mixed hardwoods and ericaceous. Along the way hikers can rest and enjoy a beautiful overlook at Bent Creek. This is about a one hour loop, with a trailhead elevation of 2,200 feet.

Up for a little more challenging hike, then Deep Creek Loop Trail might just be the hike for you. This trail has a bonus of magnificent views of amazing waterfalls. The Great Smoky National Park in the Deep Creek portion is the setting for this unique trail. A 4.4 mile loop highlighted by the Tom Branch Falls and the Indian Creek Falls. Prepare for a 1.5 to 3 hour adventure…that is well worth it!

For avid or more adventurous hikers, Devil’s Courthouse is a more strenuous nearby hike. According to folklore, within the jagged mountains is a cave where the devil holds court… a little scary but what a beautiful scene to behold. At the top, hikers enjoy a panoramic vista of the steep surrounding cliffs. It’s a steep but short, 0.5 mile trek to the peak. Venture if you dare!

Go ahead, take a hike! With so much natural beauty surround Brookstone Lodge, there is sure to be a hike that fits all skill levels and adventure interests!

Hiking in Asheville NC

4 Roberts Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 348-8405

(877) 798-5888

 Reference: www.exploreasheville.com

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Things to Do in Asheville NC: Summer Music

Music Festival AshevilleSummertime in Asheville is a favorite for music enthusiasts! Local and national acts perform throughout the summer at the various music festivals and events making it a popular draw for visitors and locals, alike.

There are a variety of music festivals and there is sure to be something for everyone! Here are some of the favorites: Bele Chere, Asheville’s local music festival, held every summer in July, is a three day festival street party which offers fun for the whole family. The Biltmore offers summer evening concerts on the South Terrace, with the backdrop of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for romanticists. Moogfest features three days of music, exhibitions, films, workshops and discussions celebrating the spirit and vision of Bob Moog. While Moutain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will host a three-day music festival in downtown Asheville with a vision to celebrate the creative spirit of musical exploration and spark innovation. Other favorites include The Brevard Music Festival, which offers classical music, and the Downtown After Five Movement, which offers locals music-filled Friday evenings, including Jazz, blues and rock. The Festival of Native Peoples features culture with music and dance from many Native American tribes, while Folkmoot USA offers global sights and sounds from over 350 performers from nearly a dozen countries. Another popular event–Mountain Dance and Folk Festival–offers sounds of banjo, fiddle and dulcimer along with traditional dance, while Shindig on the Green features bluegrass music. Finally, Singing on the Mountain offers the oldest ongoing old-time gospel convention of its kind along the Appalachians. There is truly something for every music enthusiast!

Brookstone Lodge is excited to offer several summer packages, which are great for people coming to enjoy the music in and around Asheville to complete their experience and enjoy themselves. “Asheville in the summertime is wonderful with all of the various musical events in town. It’s a great time for people to enjoy a vacation away, or even a staycation close by. At Brookstone Lodge, guests can enjoy great accommodations and enjoy all that Asheville has to offer, including these wonderful music festivals,” according to Christine Maloney, Marketing Manager for Brookstone Lodge.

Packages feature a variety of room accommodations, including a King Whirlpool room and also feature deluxe continental breakfast. Packages start at just $139. All packages are subject to availability and black out dates and are available through the summer months. To learn more call Brookstone Lodge today to book your stay!

Summer Music for Things to Do in Asheville NC

Brookstone Lodge-Asheville

4 Roberts Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 348-8405

(877) 798-5888

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Waterfalls for Things To Do in Asheville NC

Waterfalls for Things to Do in Asheville NCVisiting Western North Carolina, staying at the Brookstone-Lodge and looking for some exciting things to do in Asheville, NC? Do you love water, and are you the outdoors type? Well it is summer and I think Mother Nature might be calling your name! Western North Carolina is home to some of the most beautiful, lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls. Here are some of our favorites in the surrounding Asheville area.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a popular area because almost any trail along this beautiful mountain highway leads to a breathtaking waterfall. The Graveyard Fields Loop, located on the Blue Ridge Parkway allows easy access to a number of these natural beauties to behold. Nearby Transylvania County is the home of 250 amazing waterfalls.

Traveling south on the Blue Ridge Parkway you can take  215 to U.S. 64. This road trip will take you through the colorful Cullasaja Gorge. This spectacular gorge is the home of numerous waterfalls such as Bridal Veil Falls, Dry Falls, and the majestic Callasaja Falls. These beautiful falls cascade close to the highway.

Stretch your neck as you discover the beauty of the  highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, Upper Whitewater Falls. This waterfall drops 411 feet. A rugged terrain where an abundance of wildflowers grow.

The Blue Ridge Parkway connects to a serene loop that meanders through part of the Pisgah National Forest. Moore’s Cove Falls and the show stopping 85ft Looking Glass Falls are all part of the viewing package. This stretch of highway also takes you to Sliding Rock. One side benefit to traveling along these byways are the many picnic areas. A place to sit, eat, relax and simply enjoy the surroundings.

Also while driving this parkway you will find a series of falls along the Linville River as it cuts through a steep gorge. Another trail to venture on will take you to the 100 ft drop of the Crabtree Falls into the Toe River.

While being a guest in beautiful Western North Carolina, you must see Hickory Nut Falls at Chimney Rock. A leisurely walk through a quiet forest of oak, hickory, maple trees, and wildflowers, both rare and endangered, will be rewarding. The journey’s end will be the spectacular 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls.

Visiting these majestic and beautiful gorges, forest and waterfalls should be one of your many enjoyable things to do in Asheville, NC. No matter the season these sites are breathtaking in their beauty. Staying at the Brookstone Lodge in Asheville gives easy access to the wonders of nature. Be sure to pack a lunch and bring your camera, you will want to capture these gifts of Mother Nature to view in years to come!

Things to Do in Asheville NC

Brookstone Lodge-Asheville

4 Roberts Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 348-8405

(877) 798-5888

Reference: www.exploreasheville.com

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Adventure and Activities in Asheville NC

freeimage-4965121-webStaying at the Brookstone Lodge is a great starting point for any adventure. When I say adventure, I mean ADVENTURE, because some of the best Asheville, NC activities include being adventurous!

Waterfalls, swimming holes, lakes and streams…are you looking for a drenching experience or just a simple cool down? Either way, look no further! Asheville is a perfect place to start your exploration of some terrific natural wonders.

Pisgah National Forest is the home to Sliding Rock, a natural  waterslide. This chlorine-free fun place is located in Transylvania (yes you read that right!) county on US 276 near Asheville. Wow…a 60 foot, flat sloping boulder is fueled by 11,000 gallons of water pumped down the rock each minute! This amazing ride, provided by Mother Nature, was named  Holiday Magazine’s top US Whitewater Destination! It is fast and furious but definitely enjoyed by both young and old.

Asheville provides great rafting opportunities such as those found on the French Broad River, the Nantahala River, and the Nolichucky River. The French Broad is ideal for calm family water floats and canoeing with its long peaceful stretches.

The Nantahala provides a great place for beginners to practice their skills but also provides options for the more experienced.The Nantahala flows through the beautiful Nantahala Gorge where the current is provided by the dam which also controls the water releases to be regular and predictable.

For the more adventurous, the fast moving Nolichucky River would be your ideal place. Hold on tight or on second thought you might have to paddle your heart out riding the waters of the Nolichucky. Many a visitor has found themselves outside their boat while navigating this river. One of the steepest and most breathtaking gorges in North Carolina. You will find yourself  maneuvering around rocks and boulders to get through its many rapids and pools. This is not an adventure for the faint of heart!

If you enjoy the water and don’t mind getting wet there is surely an adventure to be found in the many Asheville activities that all have to do with water. Remember to bring your swimsuit and a towel–a necessity for wet and wild adventures! Summer is here and nothing is as refreshing as a little mountain air and a cool dip in one of Mother Nature’s swimming holes.

For thrill seekers staying at Asheville’s Brookstone Lodge take in a few of these activities…you will be glad that you did!

Activities in Asheville NC 28803

Brookstone Lodge Asheville

4 Roberts Road

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 348-8405

(828) 798-5888

Reference: www.exploreasheville.com

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Things to Do in Asheville NC – Blowing Rock NC is a Brookstone Guest Favorite

things to do asheville ncWestern North Carolina is a great place to visit. There are so many things to do in Asheville, NC. Places to go and things to see all around the area. Brookstone Lodge in Asheville is a great starting place for any adventure!

Looking for things to do in Asheville, NC? Are you up for something relaxing, maybe a slower pace? Chances are that spending a day in Blowing Rock, North Carolina might just be perfect for you. Blowing Rock is a quaint village nestled in the Appalachian Mountains just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Blowing Rock is known as the “crown of the Blue Ridge”. It is a great place to visit and to play. It is a town rich in history of a simpler time. A peaceful setting that is inviting and welcoming. Visitors are enticed to leave their cares behind and renew their spirits.

The village streets are lined with boutiques, antique shops, clothiers, galleries, local crafts displayed in store windows, and even an outlet mall. Blowing Rock offers its own Art and History Museum. Apple orchards, Christmas tree farms, a ski resort, historical sites, and wineries are nearby…something for all ages and all taste to enjoy when looking for something to do in Asheville, NC.

Taste buds can be satisfied and thirst can be quenched along the way as you walk Main Street. Stop to chat and visit with the locals who are more than happy to direct you to whatever your interest may be.

If you’d like a trip to remember and a place you will want to come back to, then take a drive over and get acquainted with Blowing Rock, NC…you will be glad you did!

Contact us  for more information on things to do in Asheville, NC at 828-348-8405.

things to do in asheville nc
4 Roberts Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 348-8405

Things To Do In Asheville NC

If you are looking for things to do in Asheville, NC  the place to start is Brookstone Lodge. Nestled in the rolling Appalachian mountains, Brookstone Lodge is conveniently located off I-40. Your stay at our brand new hotel with plenty of amenities will give you close proximity to all the area attractions.

Your quest for things to do in Asheville, NC might begin with a visit to the Biltmore Estate. A trip back in time to a beautiful mansion in a breathtaking countryside. A must see attraction on your list of things to do in Asheville, NC.

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If it is outdoor adventures that have brought you seeking things to do in Asheville, NC, then the Pisgah National Forest or Chimney Rock State Park might be calling your name. Hiking trails for any level of adventure await and beckon to the wanderer  in each visitor to these pristine woodlands.

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If it is the city life that is catching your fancy, then there is always the spectrum from charming downtown to the busy Asheville Mall. A “Things to do in Asheville, NC” list might not be complete without discovering the nightlife of downtown.

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Wherever your  travels take you in looking for things to do in Asheville, NC you can rest, assured that a comfortable bed will be awaiting you at days end at the Brookstone Lodge.

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Brookstone Lodge
4 Roberts Road
Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 348-8405