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Spring 2021 Guide to Asheville, NC

2020 definitely changed the way cities and towns all over the country function from day to day. While Asheville is no different, we think our town, officials and residents have worked hard to create a safe and fun environment to welcome visitors looking for a place to get away.

With the temperatures rising and the sound of birds chirping and the morning mists rising, we can be sure of one thing. Spring is coming to Western North Carolina! Flowers and gardens are about to rush into full color coupled with beautiful sunsets over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Golf will be in full swing and bees will be buzzing! Asheville, N.C Is a truly wonderful place to be in the springtime with a variety of natural wonders, distinctive restaurants, art galleries and cultural attractions for guests and locals to enjoy. Asheville is uniquely located in a valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Linville Gorge area that lends itself to spectacular spring displays of plants and wildflowers.

Despite the ongoing pandemic Asheville still has many fun exciting things to offer! Read on for our Spring 2021 guide to Asheville, NC!

Explore the Biltmore Estate

Looking for an exciting and beautiful attraction that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville? Look no further than the Biltmore estate. Kick-off with their Biltmore Bloom Gardens! Spring Colors are abundant on the Biltmore estate property with full 360 views of Asheville. The Biltmore estate has many attractions on-site for spring and summer that can be enjoyed in a socially distanced atmosphere; The Biltmore Estate offers horseback riding, row boats, hiking trails and wine tastings! You can even take a chef prepared 1889 WhiteGate Inn Picnic Basket to enjoy on the beautiful grounds.  One can never go wrong with a taste of the Biltmore and spring flowers. No other residence in America offers a more authentic and inspiring view into the Gilded age! Rest assured that all Biltmore attractions follow strict CDC guidelines to keep you and your family safe as you enjoy one of the top attractions Western North Carolina has to offer.

Explore Downtown Asheville

If you would rather just wander through downtown Asheville, The 1889 WhiteGate Inn is just 5 blocks from the heart of it all.  Asheville is known to have a bohemian atmosphere consisting of independent unique restaurants and shops. Asheville Is known for its Craft breweries and pub scene.

Wicked Weed Brewing Company, located just a half mile from the 1889 WhiteGate Inn has many craft brews and IPA’s that are high gravity brewed by experts, and also serves fantastic American pub style food! The Grove Arcade located just a few blocks away is another great spot in Asheville for shopping and dining. The building itself was built in 1929 by E.W. Grove who created and sold millions of health tonics! It is now home to a number of favorite neighborhood shops and restaurants located within and just outside of the Grove Arcade.

Enter the Earth is a rare gem shop that houses unique gems from Morocco and Madagascar with one-of-a-kind items including gemstone lamps and serpentine jade tables! Battery Park book Exchange and Champagne Bar  is a must visit, where you can browse 1st edition books on American History and gardening will sipping on fine wine, champagne, or expertly crafted Espresso drinks.

All restaurants, breweries and shops in Asheville follow strict guidelines including but not limited to: Restricted seating, mask requirements, and deep cleaning measures to ensure that you can enjoy your Asheville getaway to the fullest without worry.


Discover the Wild Outdoors


There are many ways to experience Asheville. One of the best is to get outdoors and enjoy a nature walk or more strenuous hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway or in the Pisgah National Forest. We recommend booking guided tours or half-day hikes to some beautiful waterfalls. The Western North Carolina Nature Center is by far an exotic experience. Just minutes from the 1889 WhiteGate Inn you can experience over 60 animal species including river otters, black bears, red wolves, and cougars! For a different side of the outdoors, we recommend the Asheville Urban Trail, a roughly 2-hour walk through downtown which will take you to all the spots that highlight Asheville’s rich history and architecture!

Robert Frost Room at WhiteGate Inn

Stay Safe & Stay Luxurious

After a day of adventure and enjoyment, return to 1889 WhiteGate Inn, the closest bed and breakfast to downtown Asheville!  This historic and romantic inn offers a relaxing menu of spa treatments to help you relax and renew before heading out to dine in one of our incredible local restaurants, or spend the night in with some fabulous takeout food enjoyed in the privacy of a luxurious suite, followed by a Signature WhiteGate Inn Romance Package featuring chocolate covered strawberries and sparkling wine! Awaken each morning to a gourmet 3-course breakfast served safely at individual tables, and enjoy a post meal stroll through award winning gardens that have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens! Gather inspiration for your home gardening while strolling through the lush manicured landscapes, by the koi pond, and in the vibrant orchid greenhouse!

Even with new health and safety guidelines in place the 1889 WhiteGate Inn still manages to feel like a hone away from home while ensuring the utmost safety for all guests. Book your safe and private getaway to Asheville today to enjoy the blooms of Spring and all the culture and excitement of Asheville!

Current Safety Guidelines

By order of Buncombe County, masks are no longer required in indoor common spaces, restaurants and retail shops. The 1889 WhiteGate Inn however requires masks indoors. Our staff is fully vaccinated and here to make your stay safe.