Destination guide

Experience Asheville from vacation home rentals

Throw your favorite trail mix in your trusty hemp tote—you're going to Asheville! Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in eastern North Carolina, Asheville is a chilled-out southern town known for its art deco architecture, funky shops, and eclectic dining, as well as a wealth of preserved natural beauty. Outdoorsy types flock to the city for its numerous campsites and hiking trails, while the nearby Lake Lure offers plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming. Home to a thriving alternative scene, your Asheville vacation rental will also put you close to plenty of bookstores, vegan restaurants, and live music venues.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Asheville vacation rentals

If it's nature you crave, head to the Pisgah National Forest, where you'll find more than half a million acres of wilderness amid the Blue Ridge and Great Balsam mountain ranges. Or you can check out the Biltmore Estate, a massive Gilded Age manor where you can tour the art-filled mansion, as well as its sprawling, Olmsted-designed grounds and rose garden. For a more modern look at Asheville, visit the headquarters of Moog, the country's preeminent manufacturer of analog synthesizers. Here, you can see how the handcrafted instruments are built with a guided—and free—tour of the factory.

Activities

Things to do near Asheville vacation homes

With plenty of rivers, lakes, and hiking trails in the area, Asheville is a nature lover's paradise. A short drive from your Asheville vacation rental, you'll find the Blue Ridge Mountains, a scenic wilderness of wooded slopes and winding mountain streams. Camping, hunting, and fishing are popular in the area, and the stunning foliage displays are a big hit with visitors during the fall. Back in town, you can check out Asheville's numerous hip shops and restaurants, and you can watch live shows by local and national bands most nights of the week.

Weather

Local weather for your trip to Asheville vacation homes

Like most of the region, Asheville has a humid subtropical climate, which means warm summers, relatively mild winters, and regular precipitation throughout the year. Average summer highs peak at 84 degrees in July, while winter temperatures range from the upper 20s to the upper 40s from December through February. Snowfall is relatively common during the winter months, and skiing is a popular pastime in the area. Asheville is busiest in the summer, and you'll find that lower temperatures usually translate to lower rates on Asheville vacation rentals during the cooler winter months.

Natural features

See the sights in natural North Carolina

Asheville lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the Swannanoa and French Broad rivers meet. Lake Lure, a scenic man-made lake, is a short drive away, and you'll find plenty of space for waterfront activities throughout the region. The 500,000-acre Pisgah National Forest boasts rocky peaks, old-growth forests, and rushing mountain streams, as well as miles and miles of hiking trails, including a stretch of the famed Appalachian Trail. The park is also home to numerous species of wildlife, including deer, river otters, and even the occasional black bear.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Asheville

Fly into Asheville, NC (AVL-Asheville Regional), the closest airport, located 11.2 mi (18 km) from the city center.

Family friendly

Kid activities near Asheville vacation homes

Kids will love the fun-filled attractions in Asheville. Vacation rentals are available near exciting attractions like the Asheville Pinball Museum, a unique museum and arcade with classic pinball and video games, and the WNC Nature Center, a zoo with wildlife from the Southern Appalachian region. The Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, an aerial park with swings, rappelling, zip lining, and other adventure activities, is also great for kids.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation rentals in Asheville

If you're looking for a couple’s retreat, the alpine splendor and quiet of Asheville is ideal. Romantic vacation homes are available near places like North Carolina Arboretum, a forest arboretum with mountain views, gardens, and a bonsai exhibit, and the Folk Art Center, a showcase for Southern Appalachian crafts and artwork. You'll also like the Botanical Gardens at Asheville, a garden with hundreds of species of Appalachian plants.

Can I find a vacation rental around Asheville?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,109 vacation rentals near Asheville. From 607 Cabins to 979 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Asheville for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Asheville?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Asheville:

  • Downtown: 250 vacation rentals
  • West Asheville: 101 vacation rentals
  • Historic Montford: 256 vacation rentals
  • Biltmore Village: 17 vacation rentals
  • Kenilworth: 507 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Asheville?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Asheville. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Asheville's Fun Depot: 2,169 vacation rentals
  • Biltmore Estate: 2,183 vacation rentals
  • Downtown Market Asheville: 1,936 vacation rentals
  • Western North Carolina Nature Center: 2,208 vacation rentals
  • Asheville Treetops Adventure Park: 2,817 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Asheville listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Asheville?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 607 Cabins in Asheville. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Asheville include:

  • Houses: 979 rentals available
  • Cottages: 607 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 607 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Asheville?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 203 vacation rentals with pool available in Asheville. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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