6 Things to Do That Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit This Thanksgiving in Asheville

Shake off your Grinch this season by spending Thanksgiving in Asheville. Our friendly mountain city doesn’t disappoint when it comes to spreading holiday cheer. From the golden colors of fall to the lights of the Arboretum, there’s a little something for everyone here. If you’re searching for Thanksgiving plans, look no further than the town hidden in the Smokies. 

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What You Need to Do This Thanksgiving in Asheville

Start planning your Thanksgiving getaway to Asheville. Appalachia is the perfect backdrop when the leaves start to turn and fall, and you are sure to have an idyllic holiday season. Let us show you around our charming city this Thanksgiving. 

  • Watch the Leaves Fall

Discover the Appalachian Mountains from Asheville this fall. Hike to the top of Beacon Heights Trail, go apple picking at Grandad’s, catch a cascading waterfall along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Discover all of Asheville’s favorite fall activities!

  • Play a Game at Well Played

Asheville’s wholesomest neighbor, Well Played, is your stop for board games, brews, and bites. Well Played is the kind of place that will make you wonder why you chose to grow up. Grab a game, a grilled cheese, and one of Asheville’s microbrews, and you’re in for a treat. And with over 650 games (the largest game library in the state), you could be there all night! 

  • Enjoy a Biltmore Thanksgiving Dinner

Nobody does Thanksgiving quite like the Biltmore. From their lavish table settings to the five-star Thanksgiving staples to the incredible surrounding views, Thanksgiving dinner at the Biltmore is truly one-of-a-kind. You’ll want to make your reservations early for this annual event as it books up quickly. 

  • Shop ‘Til You Drop at the River Arts District

Sure, you can join the masses on Black Friday at the big box stores, or you could take a stroll down Depot Street to the River Arts District. Explore the portraits and paintings, find that special something to commemorate your holiday in Asheville, and talk with the artists themselves as you browse the galleries.

  • See the Winter Lights at The NC Arboretum

What better way to celebrate holiday cheer than to walk through the twinkling white lights of the season? Don’t miss out on The NC Arboretum’s Winter Lights festival. Activities include interactive games, a model train exhibit, crafts, nature program, and, of course, thousands of spectacular lights set up around the gardens.

  • Cut Down Your Christmas Tree

Boyd Mountain Christmas Tree Farm is the place to get the most beautiful Fraser Firs. Tag your tree, bring your saw (or they’ll provide one), and drag your tree back to its rightful home in true Griswold style.      

Plan Your Thanksgiving Stay at Oak Hill on Love Lane

White Oak Bedroom OneAfter you’ve explored the city, come back to your home away from home at Oak Hill. Book your stay in the White Oak Suite, the inn’s largest and most luxurious suite. The third-floor room boasts an airy queen-size bed, private parlor, plush bathrobes, and a Keurig coffee machine.

Enjoy our farm-to-table, complimentary, housemade breakfast each morning of your stay. Dishes include anything from scrambled eggs to freshly prepared blueberry oatmeal. We exclusively use seasonal, local products to bring you the most delicious entrees. Enjoy them in our dining room or on the patio if weather permits. We can’t wait to welcome you to Oak Hill on Love Lane!