Discover downtown Asheville attractions near the Blue Ridge Parkway

Leave your room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites, Asheville at Asheville Outlet Mall to enjoy the entertaining Grove Arcade shops and downtown's numerous breweries within a short drive. You can spend the day touring the landmark homes of the Vanderbilt family, Thomas Wolfe, and Carl Sandburg. Or explore the stunning gardens at Biltmore and in the River Arts District before dining at award-wining, locally owned restaurants. Our hotel is also the perfect base for outdoor exploration, allowing you to easily hike the Blue Ridge Mountains, seek out waterfalls off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and take in the natural beauty of the North Carolina Arboretum.

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The North Carolina Arboretum

2.58 mi / 4.15 km from the hotel
The North Carolina Arboretum offers a tranquil escape with 65 acres of gardens, 10 miles of trails, and a famed bonsai collection.


4.25 mi / 6.85 km from the hotel
Built in 1895, this 8,000-acre estate is America’s largest home and boasts 250 exquisitely furnished rooms, including a grand banquet hall, an indoor garden, and a 10,000-volume library. Explore the gardens, grounds, and winery during your visit.

Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville

5.37 mi / 8.65 km from the hotel
Attend a trade show, see musicians perform live, or laugh your way through some of the finest comedy routines around at Asheville’s largest event venue.

WNC Farmers Market

1.59 mi / 2.55 km from the hotel
Overlooking the Biltmore Estate, this farmers market is widely recognized as the place to go for locally grown produce, honey, garden plants, and baked goods.

Historic Downtown Asheville

5.31 mi / 8.55 km from the hotel
Stroll through Asheville’s vibrant downtown, home to boutiques, restaurants, breweries, and historic buildings. Shop and dine at the Grove Arcade, watch the artisans at Lexington Glassworks, and listen to local musicians at live venues.

Zen Tubing

2.61 mi / 4.2 km from the hotel
Take an inner tube cruise down the French Broad River at this seasonal attraction.

Asheville Outlets

0.2 mi / 0.32 km from the hotel
Browse more than 70 retail, food, and service vendors at this outlet mall. Stores include Coach, Vera Bradley, Pandora, and Brooks Brothers.

WNC Agricultural Center

8.29 mi / 13.34 km from the hotel
Home to the North Carolina Mountain State Fair, this 87-acre complex hosts events throughout the year, from craft exhibitions and food festivals to rodeos and trade shows. Check out what’s on while you’re in town.

Chimney Rock State Park

21.1 mi / 33.95 km from the hotel
Peer out over the Appalachian Mountains from atop the 315-foot Chimney Rock, or take the hike to Hickory Nut Falls, a 404-foot waterfall located inside the park. Little ones can explore the Great Woodland Adventure trail.

Blue Ridge Parkway

7.14 mi / 11.48 km from the hotel
Even a short trip on America’s Favorite Drive lets you glimpse stunning mountains, gorgeous panoramas, and historic spots. The entire parkway spans 469 miles.