Things To See and Do

Click on one of these to see what our local events are.

Hot Springs

Downtown Marshall

Madison County

Mars Hill

Weaverville

Fiddlers of Madison County

This recent concert featuring our county`s fiddlers has come to be a must-see event. Where else could you find Grammy-award winners and other talented musicians in an intimate setting at such a great price? Grammy award winner Bobby Hicks is joined by Grammy nominated Josh Goforth and other fiddlers' award winners such as Arvil Freeman, Roger Howell and Ralph Lewis and The Sons of Ralph. In fact your can normally find Bobby Hicks and his band playing every Thursday night in Marshall at Zuma's Coffee House from 7-9. You best get there early cause the show is normally packed !! The Madison County Arts Council sponsors a variety of exciting musical events, arts and crafts show, and is the organizer of the upcoming in Hot Springs.

Navitat Canopy Adventures

One of the hottest new things to do around RiverDance is Navitat. Our guests are raving about it. Fly through the forest canopy on zip lines. For more info, please call (828) 626-3700.

French Broad white water rafting trips take you down the world`s third oldest river and is a great activity to add to your Asheville vacation. We can help you get discounted tickets to both French Broad Rafting and Nantahala Rafting. For more info.

Fish in the rich trout streams, including the stocked Laurel River just outside of Bear River Lodge. Want a guided trip? We have connections.

Take the Handmade in America tours and visit local craftsmen at work.

Hike along wandering trails. We are two miles from the Appalachian Trail and half a mile from the Laurel River trail. Maps available. For more info.

Wander small towns or immerse yourself in Asheville (the Paris of the South). Experience the majesty of Madison County, the Jewel of the Blue Ridge.

Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. There are lots of activities going on during its 75 anniversary year.

Visit the largest house in America, The Biltmore Mansion in Asheville. We can get you discounted tickets.
Go to Asheville's Grove Park Arcade , an art deco shopping experience

Horseback riding in the beautiful North Carolina mountains at Sandy Bottom Trail rides. For more info.

Local craftsman excel at furniture making like those at FireWalker Galleries in Marshall (where the latest DIY Blog Cabin front door was created) ,New Leaf Historical Woodworking and Fiddlestix in Mars Hill. At RiverDance we are working to showcase many of their works. For more info.

In Asheville

Check out www.asheville.com for happenings in and around Asheville. For happenings at the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn and the City of Asheville Events Calender.

More Things To See and Do

Wireless Hot Spots

Madison County Library, in Madison, Mars Hill and Hot Springs, (828) 649-3741

Zumas Coffee, 7 South Main Street, (828) 649-1617

Good Stuff 133 South Main Street, Marshall, (828) 649-9711

Well Bred Bakery and Cafe 26 N. Main, Weaverville, (828) 645-9300

Bruegers Bagels 671 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, (828) 254-1560, 160 Hendersonville Road, (828) 277-1070

City Bakery Cafe , 60 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, (828) 252-4426

French Broad River Rafting

Nantahala River Rafting, 1.888.905.7238
French Broad Rafting, 800-570-7238

USA Raft, 1(866) USA-RAFT,

Huck Finn Rafting, 877-520-4658

Blue Heron, (888) 426-7238

Horse Rides

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides, (800) 959-3513

Pig Pine Ranch, (828) 649-3176

Performing Arts

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater - Mars Hill, NC (15 miles)

SARTs purpose has been to produce quality theater by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays. 828-689-1384

Flat Rock Playhouse - Flat Rock, NC (57 Miles) One of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. Flat Rock is the State Theater of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Stage Company is an intimate off-Broadway venue in the heart of downtown Asheville, (828) 350-9090.

The Barter Theater - Abingdon, Va (95 miles), Barter is the State Theater of Virginia

The Montford Park Players, Asheville (828) 254-1320.

Asheville Community Theater, voted the "Best Theater Group in Western North Carolina" (828) 254-1320.

NC Stage Company Theater, Asheville (828) 350-9090.

Asheville Bravo Concerts brings world renowed performing to Asheville featuring ballet, operetta, symphony and musicals, (828) 255-5887.

Unto These Hills tell the story of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee through music, drama and elaborate costumes (866) 554-4557.

The Asheville Ballet, (828) 257-4530.

Asheville Symphony Orchestra, (828) 254-7046.

Asheville Lyric Opera, (828) 236-0670.

Diana Wortham Theater offers the best in live theater performance, music and dance, (828) 232-1536.

The Brevard Music Center offers 80 music events ranging from Broadway to chamber music, jazz and more (828) 862-2100.

Sports

University of Tennessee Volunteers Knoxville (90 minutes)

Asheville Tourists , semi pro baseball

Charlotte Bobcats, NBA - Charlotte(3 hours)

Tennessee Titans , NFL - Nashville (4 hours)

Nashville Predators, NHL - Nashville (4 hours)

Carolina Hurricanes, NHL - Raleigh (4 1/2 hours)

Recreation and Hiking

Navitat Canopy Adventures lets you soar through the treetops on ziplines, (828) 626-3700.

Appalachian Trail, voted the most popular outdoor destination by Blue Ridge Outdoors, (828) 254-3708.

Laurel River Trail, less than 2 miles from RiverDance. The Laurel River Trail is an excellent (rare) level ground hike in the Southern Appalachians.Beautiful scenery,a wild river and a distinct endpoint on the French Broad River. Old logging ruins, beaver signs and lots of "wildness" characterize this 4 hour walk. Best hiked in fall or winter. One of the best hikes around Hot Springs NC

Max Patch, On the Appalachian Trail, this 4,600-foot mountain was cleared and used as pasture in the 1800s. Today, it's a 350-acre tract of open land on a high knob with 360-degree views. On a clear day, you can see from Mt. Mitchell on the east to the Great Smoky Mountains on the south. What a picnic spot! And great for star gazing and enjoying wildflowers.

Lovers Leap Trail, The hike is 45 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on how much time you take to enjoy the views, wild flowers, rhododendron and scenery. Individuals in moderate physical condition can enjoy this hike.

Golf

Reems Creek Golf Club was designed by Hawtree & Son who developed Royal Birkdale site of the 2008 British Open (828) 645-4393.

The golf course at The Grove Park Inn was rated among the top 10 courses in North Carolina, (828) 252-2711.

Kids Stuff

For an overview of whats happening for kids go to www.asheville.macaronikid.com

Asheville's Fun Depot offer family entertainment with go-carts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages and more (828) 277-2386.

Great Smoky Mountain Railroad offers a 4.5 hour trips in beautiful Western North Carolina (800) 872-4681.

Day Trips

Cherokee has a variety of attractions from the "Museum of the Cherokee Indian", to the Oconaluftee Indian Village and the Qualla Arts & Crafts Cooperative, voted "Travel Attraction of the Year" by the Southeast Tourism Society for 2006, (800) 438-1601.

Grandfather Mountain is famous for its 260 degree views and the Mile High Swinging Bridge, (828) 733-4337.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is s the nations most popular park. It extends for 70 miles along the North Carolina/Tennessee border, (828) 497-1904.

Sliding Rock is the king of the swimming holes in the mountains, (828) 877-3265.

Tweetsie Railroad is a Wild West theme park featuring a three mile steam powered train ride, (828) 264-9061.

www.Hendersonville.com, a quaint town 20 miles South of Asheville

Dupont State Forest, a wonderful place to hike and visit waterfalls near Brevard

Education

Asheville Buncombe Technical College, Your local community college with campuses in Asheville, Enka and Madison.

University of North Carolina at Asheville, The only designated liberal arts institution in the 16-campus University of North Carolina system

Brevard College, Founded in 1853, the oldest college in the mountains.

Western Carolina University, in Cullowee, part of the University of North Carolina system

Mars Hill College, ranked as one of the top 50 Comprehensive Colleges in the South, according to U.S.News & World Reports.

Magazines Focusing on our Area

Mountain Homes Southern Style

Blueridge Country

Smoky Mountain Living

Carolina Living

Our State Magazine

WNC Magazine

The Laurel of Asheville

Tourism Resources

Visit North Carolina, general information on visiting North Carolina

The Asheville Visitors Center provides a wealth of information on things to see and do in and around town, (828) 258-6129

History and Museums

The Biltmore Estate, The largest house in America. An Asheville trademark.

Grove Park Inn, an upscale "Arts and Crafts" style hotel.

The Grove Arcade, A historic shopping area in downtown Asheville.

Thomas Wolfe Childhood Home

Colburn Earth Science Museum is an interactive earth science museum, (828) 254-7162.

The Carl Sandburg House in Flat Rock is wort a journey in itself, (828) 693-4178.

The Health Adventure is a fun-filled educational museum that sparks curiosity about health and science (828) 254-6373.

Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Centerfeatures a 24 minute move about the unique culture of the Blue Ridge, (828) 298-5330.

In Hot Springs

Town of Hot Springs, a resort destination since the early 1800s, has long been renowned for its healing mineral springs and scenic mountain setting.

Visit Hot Springs, details about the many activities in and around town.

The Hot Springs Spa offers a great way to relax and enjoy nature.

Mountain Magnolia Inn, fine dining and lodging in Hot Springs

Festivals

Trailfest - Celebrating the Appalachian Trial.

French Broad River Festival - The French Broad River Festival

Bluff Mountain Music Festival - Bring your dancing shoes

Dining (Thanks to Visit Hot Springs)

Iron Horse Station

Mountain Magnolia

Smoky Mountain Diner

Sweet Imagination Ice Cream Cafe

In Marshall

Town of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County.

Madison County Library System, A new building in Marshall houses the main library. Branch libraries are found in Hot Springs and Mars Hill. Join the Friends of the Library group to be part of the community.

 

Dining

 

Zumas Coffee, 7 South Main Street, (828) 649-1617

Bacchus Bistro, 18 South Main Street, (828) 649-0000

French Broad Cafe

Palace Grill (coming soon)

In Mars Hill

Town of Mars Hill, Resting amidst the rolling ridges and valleys of the picturesque and serene Southern Appalachian Mountains is the quaint college community of Mars Hill, North Carolina.

Mars Hill College, ranked by US News and World report as one of America's 50 best colleges. Mars Hill has a rich 149-year heritage and a tradition of serving many thousands of young people from throughout North Carolina and the world.

Mars Hill Farmers Market, Held on Saturdays in Mars Hill College from April to December. Excellent choices of homemade jams, goat cheese, farm produce, arts & crafts.

Dining

El Dorado Grill, 14 South Main Street, (828) 689-9704

Main Street Deli, 40 S Main St, (828) 689-9849

 

In Weaverville

Welcome To Weaverville, a charming small town six miles North of Asheville.

The Secret Garden Inn and Spa, Luxurious Spa Treatments, Bed & Breakfast, Japanese Gardens, & Waterfalls. A full service inn & spa

Dining

 

Well Bred Bakery and Cafe 26 N. Main, 828-645-9300

Stony Knob Cafe, 337 Merrimon Avenue, (828) 645-3309

Blue Mountain Pizza, 55 N. Main St, (828) 658-8777

In Asheville

www.asheville.com, Guide to Asheville and the surrounding WNC area

The Center For Creative Retirement has the threefold purpose of promoting lifelong learning, leadership, and community service opportunities for retirement-aged individuals.

Southern Appalachian Craft Guild, Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway, wending it's way from the Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, this is one of the most scenic drives in the nation.

Asheville Botanical Gardens, preserving and promoting the native plant species and habitats of these mountains.

North Carolina Arboretum, A 434-acre public garden located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest of the Pisgah National Forest.

Asheville Art Museum, An innovative museum that houses 20th Century American art, with an emphasis on North Carolina work.

Habitat for Humanity Store, 30 Meadow Rd Asheville, NC 28803, Items, including furniture and home construction items are available for purchase to benefit Habitat.

 

Dining

 

Tupelo Honey Cafe, 12 College Street, (828) 255-4863

12 Bones Smokehouse, 5 Riverside Drive, (828) 253-4499

The Lobster Trap, 35 Patton Avenue, (828) 350-0505

The Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way, (828) 274-2439
Tomato Jam Cafe, 379 Biltmore Avenue, (828) 253-0570


Other Resources

Antiques Tobacco Barn, 75 Swannanoa River Rd Asheville, NC 28805, Consignment dealers offer a huge selection of furniture, antiques and older items.

www.visitnc.com, General info about North Carolina

 

 

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