Whether your goal is to motivate, inspire, or bond with your team, meeting planners will discover a diverse mix of memorable and impactful team building experiences in Asheville. Hailed for being the top destination for travel in the United States by Lonely Planet, our Blue Ridge Mountain town is filled with customizable opportunities to help unify teams, develop leadership skills, and improve internal communication. Plan an outing your team will never forget by exploring the historic landmarks, cultural arts, and scenic outdoor beauty that have enticed visitors to our region each year.
Immersed in the breathtaking beauty of Southern Appalachia, Asheville is an outdoor lover’s dream. Our region is home to the highest peaks, the third oldest river in the world, and hundreds of spectacular waterfalls. Go miles away from the ordinary to let your team connect with nature in unforgettable ways. Whether your group wants thrills, or simply to chill, these are some of the best outdoor adventures to inspire your team.
Get a bird’s eye view of the mountains on one of the area’s many zipline courses. Navitat Canopy Adventures will have your team racing at 65 miles per hour to the bottom of a mountain while suspended 3,600 feet above the forest canopy. Or try the urban course at Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures, which features city views while you traverse from tree to tree.
Western North Carolina is filled with white water rafting opportunities. From the thunderous rapids of the Ocoee, to the milder, more relaxed Nantahala River, the Explore Asheville team can help you choose the right speed for your group.
Closer to the city center is the Asheville Outdoor Center, which can set your group up for an outing on the French Broad River. Head out for a stand-up paddleboard or canoe ride, or take a more leisurely approach with a seven-mile, self-guided float trip. There are places to stop along the way to grab a bite and brew.
Head out on foot and make your way up the mountains to reach some of the area’s stunning vistas. The local guides at the Blue Ridge Hiking Company will help your team experience the world-class trails and epic waterfalls found throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tailor the experience based on the fitness and skill level of your attendees. There are plenty of options for beginners and the more experienced hikers.
You can also challenge your team to break out of their comfort zone at the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park. This unique adventure has participants climb, zip, swing and rappel through a treetop obstacle course.
When exploring Asheville you can’t help but notice the bohemian vibe permeating the city where lively street performers and a plethora of arts and crafts galleries are found on every block. Asheville has a rich cultural history, one that helped create the thriving arts scene the city experiences today. Here you’ll discover how easy it is to find inspired, interactive activities to help get your team’s creative juices flowing.
Over a century ago, George W. Vanderbilt brought his master vision of a winter chateaux to life. Biltmore stands as a testament to America’s gilded age and is an architectural masterpiece located in the heart of Asheville. By employing the skills of artisans, stonemasons, horticulturalists, and weavers from around Western North Carolina and beyond, Vanderbilt helped sow the seeds of Asheville’s art scene.
The sprawling estate provides numerous ways to test your team in some uncommon skill-building experiences. They offer group scavenger hunts, tutorials in archery and clay shooting, guided fly-fishing expeditions, or your team can embark on a Land Rover expedition, which teaches off-road driving and outdoor skills. Afterwards take your group on a private tour through the back rooms and secret passages utilized by servants of George W. Vanderbilt, head to the rooftop for an incredible view of the estate, or tour the winery and enjoy a complimentary tasting.
Another can’t-miss destination in Asheville is the River Arts District. This offbeat neighborhood, filled with former industrial warehouses, is now home to hundreds of working artist studios, galleries, restaurants, and breweries. Gain an insider’s perspective into Western North Carolina’s art scene by taking a guided tour into these local studios, where you’ll meet artist and see first hand how they produce their craft.
Event planners should consider using Art Connections or Asheville Art Studio Tours to customize group experiences. Led by local artists, your group can choose specific types of art and craft to learn about and purchase. For a captivating experience go hands-on with a class in painting, glassblowing, or ceramic arts. Village Potters offer a workshop, which guides your group through the process of creating a piece of pottery to take home.
If there’s one thing we know in Asheville, it’s how to eat well. Asheville has over 250 independent restaurants, dozens of breweries, and more James-Beard nominated chefs than you would expect for a small mountain town. Our buzz-worthy food scene has attracted culinary talent from around the globe. Our innovative chefs use fresh locally sourced ingredients from hundreds of local farms and creameries - a perfect recipe for incredible culinary experiences. A well-fed team is a happy one, and here you’ll discover delicious ways to encourage group bonding.
The hardest decision you’ll make when visiting Asheville is narrowing down where to eat. Let the local experts from Asheville Food Tours lead the way. This walking tour of Asheville provides your attendees with the chance to sample the culinary genius of multiple chefs at their restaurants, cafes, and breweries throughout downtown.
For the group with a sweet tooth, visit the French Broad Chocolate Factory for a behind-the-scenes look at how Asheville’s French Broad Chocolate Lounge creates their artisanal truffles, chocolate bars, and pastries. This sustainable bean-to-bar factory and tasting room will provide your group with insights into the company’s handcrafted practice - and some free samples to sweeten the deal.
Looking for a fun way to engage with your team? Let a local beer connoisseur from Asheville Brewery Tours guide you on a tour through some of Asheville’s best craft breweries. You’ll get brew-master access, learn about the brewing process, and can sample numerous local beers to find your favorite. Tours for up to 150 people are available.
You can also visit Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s original brewery. This alehouse offers ample space for larger groups and will provide private tours of the facility. Groups can also enjoy the rooftop bar as well as an abundance of outdoor space.
Take your group on an “off-the-eaten-path” foraging adventure. With No Taste Like Home you’ll go into the forest to learn how to safely identify edible wild plants and mushrooms plus practical uses for them in cooking, home remedies and brews.
The best team building can happen when it’s not about the team. Work with local organizations to plan a river clean up, tree planting or a customized project on-site at your hotel. Explore Asheville has community service ideas for your group.
There's a new kind of "break out room" to include in your meeting's RFP. Asheville has multiple escape room attractions for the ultimate challenge of your group's communication and problem solving skills. Enter the Conundrum offers team expeditions for 40 people and up to 500 for custom experiences at the venue of your choice. Breakout Asheville can host 32 for an escape adventure sure to bond your team.
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“We chose Asheville for our 2016 conference not only for the beauty of the setting, but for its rich and diverse culture and support of the arts. As a very walkable city, Asheville provided our attendees a background of entertainment, amazing food, and creative drinks while learning about how to make a living in the field of jewelry and metals. The large amount of galleries in the downtown are provided for a rich exhibition crawl filled with unique and varied exhibitions.
Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith
Society of North American Goldsmiths