Culture of Asheville NC
The Windsor’s favorite things to do in Asheville
George Vanderbilt´s historic country estate, and America´s largest home - plus gardens, a winery, Antler Hill Village, historic farm, shops, restaurants, and outdoor adventures. This National Historic Landmark is an amazing destination offering a wide range of activities for all ages.
One of Asheville’s claim to fame, Craggy Gardens has vivid colors of wildflowers, exposed rock bald and spectacular views of distant peaks at Craggy Gardens, recognized by the state of North Carolina as a National Heritage Area. It is home to a multitude of rare plants and wildlife and easily accessible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Closed in winter months.
Triple Falls in DuPont State Forest offers a unique opportunity to stand (or even have a picnic) in the middle of waterfall! A level rock surface allows plenty of room to safely enjoy the views and cascading water. These amazing falls have been made famous by such movies as “The Last of the Mohicans”, “The Hunger Games”, and “Max”.
Located in the heart of downtown, this team of artists creates timeless and innovative hand-blown glass. Each piece is skillfully crafted using century old techniques and locally sourced material with the singular goal of creating top-notch work. By inviting you to view the glassblowing process from start to finish, you grow an appreciation for and relationship with the artist making the glass and the pieces on display in the gallery.
LaZoom Tours are by far, the best and most entertaining way to see and get to know Asheville. Their incredibly talented, dedicated guides—each with their own special personality—will inform and delight you at every turn! Comedy, haunted & beer tours available!
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th-century American literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe’s colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of “Altamont” Asheville, North Carolina, and “Dixieland” the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse, earned the Victorian period house a place as one of American literature’s most famous landmarks.
Favorite breakfast spot:
Over Easy, just a few doors down from The Windsor, serves up local & seasonal breakfast items that will appeal to the whole family plus fantastic juices and smoothies! It’s very popular with visitors and locals so get there early!
Favorite lunch spot:
While walking around downtown Asheville, you’ll bump into many options so no need to plan ahead for lunch. Staff favorites include Chai Pani for approachable Indian street food, Farm Burger for quick-n-easy and Buxton Hall Barbeque for renowned BBQ (be sure to try their fried chicken too!).
Favorite dinner spots:
Asheville is bustling in the food scene and you’ll soon see why, be sure to make a reservation for highly recommended dinner spots! Cúrate serves authentic tapas dishes by Asheville´s most well-known chef, Katie Button. Rhubarb serves what Asheville is known best for, farm-to-table seasonal dishes by former Blackberry Farms chef John Fleer.
Local brewers are gaining bi recognition for their innovation and tasty flavors. There’s no shortage in Asheville and within walking distance! Check out Burial for the local scene, Funkatorium for sour beers or New Belgium in the RAD for Asheville’s newest big name addition.
An unprecedented mountaintop zipline adventure! Nowhere else will you find ziplines this long, this high, and this fast integrated into a truly spectacular wilderness setting. About 30 min north of Asheville, reservation recommended.
Before you leave Western NC: Take a ride along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many hiking trails and overlook spots are along this scenic roadway.
Dining within walking distance from The Windsor:
Chai Pani (828) 254-4003
Indian chaat (street snacks) plus homestyle platters (thalis) in a funky, laid-back space.
Cucina24 (828) 254-6170
Features modern and classic interpretations of the rich Italian gastronomic traditions.
Cúrate (828) 239-2946
A traditional Spanish tapas bar.
Early Girl Eatery (828) 259-9292
Early Girl serves made-from-scratch regional fare. Breakfast entrees are available all day and the dinner menu is served from lunchtime on.
Farm Burger (828) 348-8540
Burgers are made from grass fed beef, dry-aged, and ground fresh.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge (828) 252-4181
This decadent shop handcrafts the finest chocolate from the bean for use in artisanal chocolate bars, truffles, caramels, brownies and pastries.
Green Sage Coffeehouse and Cafe (828) 252-4450
Downtown Asheville’s greenest restaurant, featuring fair trade organic coffee and tea.
Limones (828) 252-2327
The love of Mexican food is combined with french-influenced California cuisine.
Mellow Mushroom (828) 236-9800
Delicious pizza, hoagies, calzones and salads made with only the freshest ingredients.
Old Europe (828) 255-5999
Real, homemade Hungarian pastries.
Over Easy Cafe (828) 236-3533
Breakfast, brunch and lunch made fresh to order, including a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free dishes.
Posana (828) 505-3969
Features an innovative 100% gluten-free menu.
Rhubarb (828) 785-1503
Rhubarb is the place where food and drink are at their uncomplicated best– nurturing lasting memories and personal experiences.
Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean Restaurant (828) 252-9805
An eclectic fusion of traditional Caribbean and Mexican cuisines.
Table (828) 254-8980
An artful take on traditional classics.
Thai Tara (828) 774-5554
Wonderful, authentic Thai food.
The Market Place (828) 252-4162
Specializing in American farm-to-table cuisine with a menu that is equally healthy, locally-sourced, unique, and delicious.
Wasabi (828) 225-2551
Asheville’s favorite sushi restaurant.
Zambra (828) 232-1060
Zambra has a modern, local vision of the tastes and flavors of the western Mediterranean. A tapas restaurant with menu based on locally available ingredients.
Bars within walking distance from The Windsor:
5 Walnut Wine Bar (828) 253-2593
Enjoy their eclectic selection of quality wines (many in the $5-to-$15-a-glass range), favorite local beers on tap and local bites.
Jack of the Wood (828) 252-5445
A cozy Celtic pub featuring the best in live music, handcrafted English-style Green Man Ales and friendly conversation.
Sovereign Remedies (828) 919-9518
Just around the corner is the place to enjoy a superior mixed drink, crafted with the best ingredients, as well as elevated bar food with the highest commitment to local, organic and humanly raised meats.
Live Music & Dancing:
5 Walnut Wine Bar
Live music every night at this favorite wine bar just steps from The Windsor!
Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
A favorite among locals, the Grey Eagle plays host to a diverse mix of locally, regionally and nationally touring bluegrass, rockabilly, jazz, rock, indie-rock, folk and blues artists.
The Orange Peel
The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club is one of the Southeast’s preeminent concert venues. The club features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment rarely found in a club of its size.
Tressa’s Downtown Jazz and Blues
Offering the city’s best selection of fine spirits as well as famous martinis, light fare menu, and fine cigars.