Asheville received an unseasonable wintery blast this past week, and while some trees did shed their leaves, most held on to their color. Cooler temps mean that the transition to peak color has accelerated around elevations below 2,000 feet. Anyone looking for a fall color adventure around the mountains still has about two weeks remaining.
Around Asheville, you'll find some color remains around downtown. Wall Street and Pack Square Park are good areas to take a stroll. Just south of downtown, the tree-lined streets of Biltmore Village are still showing some color, although this is the probably the last good week of foliage for this area.
East of Asheville find the thriving community and quaint downtown shops of Black Mountain (elevation 2,405 feet). From here you can access Highway 9, which winds it's way down to Chimney Rock State Park (2,280 feet in elevation at Chimney pinnacle). The foliage will be on full display as you descend into the gorge. From atop the Chimney you'll get a 75-mile view of fall color surrounding the area, including Lake Lure.
If you're eager to get outside to enjoy the final warm days of fall, hike to the base of Catawba Falls, one of the top five waterfall adventures near Asheville. It's located just east of Asheville at the base of Old Fort Mountain. Since it's located in the foothills of the mountains, fall color will still be transitioning to peak.
Hickory Nut Falls, accessible at Chimney Rock State Park, is boasting
some bright color. Photo by Tom Ennis.Over the next few weeks, fall color will shift to elevations below 2,000 feet. The foothills and mountain valleys within short, scenic drives of Asheville are already starting to see great color, however many trees are just now beginning to transition. Here's what people are seeing right now.
Shannon from Chimney Rock State Park says there is "beautiful color, particularly further down the mountainsides of the Hickory Nut Gorge. While higher elevations in the Gorge have peaked, leaf peepers can still enjoy prolific yellows while walking down the Hickory Nut Falls trail or on the 3 mile drive to the top of the Rock."
This weekend's Studio Stroll in the River Arts District will open 170+
working studios and galleries to the public.This weekend, hundreds of artists will open their doors for an inside look into their private studios. The River Arts District Studio Stroll will introduce you to the edgy, yet sophisticated, side of Asheville. See live demonstrations, get your hands dirty making your own art, and find specialty handmade gifts as the holidays are fast approaching.
Go into the kitchen with one of Asheville's premiere culinary instructors to learn how to create Amuses Bouches (small bites) for your next dinner party. Susi Gott Séguret will lead this cooking class offering up suggestions for appetizers and food pairings that will wow your guests.
Tickets are on sale now (and going fast) for the upcoming Evening with the Kruger Brothers at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Asheville. The concert, taking place on November 21, is a special homecoming stop in the middle of their world tour. Get a sneak preview of the show with their song, "Carolina in the Fall," now available as a free download.