From grand estates to outdoor escapes, Asheville has no shortage of incredible venues for conference and meeting planners looking to create an exceptional off-site event. Whether you’re planner who has visited many times, or you’re considering Asheville for your next meeting, this is your inside scoop to some of our city’s best and most memorable venues.
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In our corner of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find some rather spectacular meeting venues in some unexpected places. Host your off-site event surrounded by the natural beauty that lures visitors to Asheville year after year and give your attendees a memorable experience.
Just outside of Asheville’s city limits you’ll find rolling hills and pastoral landscapes serve as the perfect backdrop for special events, receptions, and other social gatherings. Ideal for groups large or small, event spaces like Claxton Farm and Taylor Ranch provide a perfect indoor or outdoor setting for a Bluegrass and BBQ dinners or a rustic yet elegant evening under the stars.
One of Asheville’s most exceptional and iconic settings for a group event is Biltmore, which offers picturesque beauty, multiple venue locations, and exclusive programs for groups of all sizes.
For larger groups you may want to consider Diana at Biltmore, a picturesque outdoor venue with sweeping views of the mountains and the Biltmore house. This secluded space accommodates up to 600 attendees. Antler Hill Barn was once the center of all agricultural operation on the estate, and has been renovated as an informal event space for groups of up to 550 people. There’s also Lioncrest, a beautiful and flexible space, which includes a ballroom, open-air veranda, and patio. It can accommodate 20-400 groups members.
Smaller groups can meet in one of Biltmore’s most intimate and exceptional spaces. The Champagne Cellar, located at the estate winery, features stone walls, refined décor, and it’s perfect for groups of up to 30 people. For a medium size group, Cedric’s Garden is an excellent choice. This private, open-air event space can seat up to 80 people, and can be combined with indoor meeting space at Cedric’s Loft.
Inspired meetings need inspired settings. Asheville’s creative community provides numerous opportunities for groups to immerse themselves in the art and cultural experiences of our city. Here you’ll discover hundreds of working artist studios, some of which open their doors for groups.
Visit Lexington Glassworks in downtown Asheville that can host up to 110 for a reception while enjoying local beers on tap and watching a live glass-blowing demonstration. Meeting attendees can also take a guided tour of the funky River Arts District, or take part in a hands-on workshop to craft their very own piece of art.
In the heart of Asheville, a vibrant downtown is filled with an array of boutique shops, street performers on every corner, buzz-worthy restaurants, and some of the region’s best craft breweries. In the middle of this cultural mecca are venues like The Century Room, a beautiful wood and exposed brick ballroom overlooking Pack Square Park. There’s also the appropriately named event setting, The Venue, which boast three levels of meeting space and accommodates groups ranging from 200 to 750 attendees.
Explore the craft brew scene of Asheville at some of the city’s most notable beer locales, many of which offer meeting space, behind-the-scenes tours, and, of course, heady pints of tasty beer.
Highland Brewing Company, Asheville’s first brewery, has ample indoor and outdoor space as well as a new rooftop deck for social events. Other breweries with event space include High-Wire Brewing Big Top, and in downtown Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood, you’ll find event space at Catawba Brewing Company, which accommodates groups of 40-150 people. At Sierra Nevada’s East Coast brewery you can catch live music at the outdoor amphitheater while sampling their nationally recognized beer. Their private dining room can host up to 60 attendees and can be booked from Monday through Thursday.
Asheville’s culinary scene is filled with incredible dining experiences. Here, meeting attendees will find innovative and award-winning chefs using locally sourced ingredients to create food that is fresh, authentic, and absolutely delicious.
A number of restaurants have meeting space available for groups. In downtown Asheville up to 90 attendees can dine in the private event space at Rhubarb, which is owned by John Fleer, a four-time finalist for the James Beard “Best Chef in America” award. Posana, a contemporary American restaurant, led by Executive Chef and culinary master Peter Pollay, offers private space to accommodate up to 60 guests, or you can rent out the entire restaurant to seat up to 110 attendees.
For the best in fine dining, Red Stag Grill is a rustic-chic steakhouse located at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Historic Biltmore Village. Chef Scott Ostrander has been at the helm of many of the nation’s top restaurants, and now brings his foodie-flair to Asheville. The private room is beautifully appointed and offers an intimate atmosphere for smaller groups of 15-20 people.
One of Asheville’s most buzz-worthy restaurants is Cúrate. Located in downtown Asheville they offer private and chic event space for groups of up to 32 guests. Here you’ll enjoy some of superstar chef Katie Button’s incredible Spanish tapas creations and can test yours skills with the porron, a traditional wine pitcher and fun challenge for the group.
Also downtown you’ll find The Market Place Restaurant, which offers a private Mezzanine for up to 50 people, a dining room for up to 60, or you can rent both for up to 100. Executive Chef and Owner, William Dissen, crafts the seasonal menu. One of Asheville’s most innovative culinary artists, his southern farm-fresh cuisine has earned him numerous awards and accolades including the title of Culinary Diplomat for the U.S. State Department.
Check out all of Asheville’s great dining options for meetings and events here.
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