Chill Out with Spring and Summer Travel Deals
Someone recently told me to “chill out.” A familiar phrase in the American vernacular, yes…but this time it resonated as a fitting, and possibly useful, mantra. Times are tough and bad news is in no short supply. More than ever, we owe ourselves time to decompress and bask in life’s simple pleasures.
Asheville just happens to be in the R&R business, full of ways to relax and reinvigorate your spirit. It’s not summer yet, but when those dog days get you all hot and bothered, remember that you can literally chill out in the cool green mountains. That being said, the chill pill is certainly easier to swallow if it’s affordable or, better yet, free. A little good news…
To help you keep your spring and summer getaway in the budget, we’ve launched CoolAshevilleSavings.com with deals, insider savings secrets, freebies and travel packages to help maximize the value of your vacation. We’re adding new spring and summer travel deals every day.
Asheville’s Top 10 Free Things to Do
1) Explore a National Park – This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited park in the national park system. The Smokies are a nearby natural wonder and always free to explore.
2) Have a Play Date – Take in Asheville’s best outdoor theatre with the Montford Park Players. Each summer, North Carolina's longest-running outdoor theatre troupe puts on amazing performances of Shakespearean plays for free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
3) Watch Working Artists – Looking is free. Explore the River Arts District, an old industrial district transformed by a community of working artists into an enclave for creativity.
4) Grab a Bike -- Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has all the elements that make for great cycling – a mild climate, a wide range of terrain and many scenic roads. Bring your own bike or stop by one of Asheville’s many bike shops to rent some wheels.
5) Dance, Dance, Dance – Asheville has long been known for its independent eateries and pubs that transition to live music venues at night. The rhythmically inclined will want to head to downtown’s Pritchard Park for the Asheville Drum Circle on spring and summer’s cool Friday evenings.
6) Revel in Mountain Views – Soak in the famous and free vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive up Town Mountain near the historic Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa or cruise America’s favorite scenic highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway.
7) Cool Off at a Waterfall -- The hundreds of waterfalls in the mountains surrounding Asheville are part of what make the region one of the most beautiful in the world.
8) Tempt Taste Buds at the Tailgate – Stop by one of Asheville’s many tailgate and farmers’ markets, known for free samples of local flavors and farm-fresh treats.
9) Do the Time Warp -- Embark on a self-guided tour of the Asheville Urban Trail. City streets serve as an art and history museum without walls, where pieces of art tell the story.
10) Get Festive – Spring and summer in Asheville are synonymous with free festivals, ranging from music to arts to mountain sports.