Living in our picturesque town of Marshall certainly has its benefits. Spring is an especially gorgeous time to enjoy the Western North Carolina area, especially if you are an enthusiast of the outdoors. And since we’re located only about 30 minutes north of Asheville, we get to delight in many fun (and safe) things to do in and around town. Here are a few of the top places to experience during this lovely time of year…
Feast your eyes on flowers
There’s truly never a bad time to visit the famed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, but springtime is exceptional. The annual Biltmore Blooms event celebrates the season with a breathtaking landscape bursting with color. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be greeted by hundreds of thousands of spring blossoms, including daffodils, tulips, flowering trees, orchids in the Conservatory, and much more. Check Biltmore’s Bloom Report for the latest on what plants are blooming and where to find each on the estate.
Date: April 1 – May 27, 2021
Location: 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
Fun fact: George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary gardens at Biltmore were the final professional project of Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. (We’re a big fan since he was an early activist in the land conservation movement.)
Delight in a hike
Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a hike in our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact, more species of plants are found in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville than in any other (similarly-sized) area in North America. When out on the trails this spring, you’ll discover the forest’s stunning wildflowers and other captivating floral displays, including trillium, azaleas, dogwoods, and redbuds. And while we’re fortunate to enjoy our own set of impressive hiking trails here at French Broad Crossing, there are plenty of others to explore nearby. Our friends at Explore Asheville provide an excellent list of the best hikes to experience in spring.
Tight lines along the river
Known as a very popular trout destination in the Southeast, Asheville is the ideal place to go fly fishing among the idyllic mountain backdrop. Looking for some larger fish? March through May is a great time to spend on the French Broad River in search of these prized catches. In these cool mountain waters, you’ll find brown, rainbow, and brook trout, as well as musky and smallmouth bass. For a guided experience, Southern Appalachian Anglers provides professional, full-service, waded fly fishing and float trips in Asheville.
Amble on the Asheville Urban Trail
Do you prefer to keep your spring adventures within the city? Head to the Asheville Urban Trail. It’s a 1.7-mile, self-guided walking tour and a fabulous way to explore downtown historic Asheville. Be on the lookout for 30 stations along the path, each offering a tidbit of information on the city’s fascinating history, art, people, and architecture. Even though you’re in the city, you’ll encounter plenty of pretty trees and flowers in bloom during your jaunt. Feel free to make impromptu stops along the way to enjoy the unique shops or refuel with a delicious beverage, sweet treat, or meal.
Tip: If you’re in downtown Asheville on a Friday night, make your way over to Pritchard Park (you’ll pass by it on the Urban Trail.) From April through October, at around 6 pm, you’ll hear Asheville’s legendary drum circle play. It’s a not-to-miss, enchanting experience. This weekly event is free, and anyone can participate by drumming, dancing, or watching.
Behold the Blue Ridge Parkway
Located just north of Asheville (and southeast of Marshall) is the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the most beautiful Scenic Byways in the United States. With its long-range views of majestic mountains along with spring’s bright green foliage, it makes for a memorable drive. Pull over at one of the many overlooks along the way to behold the epic views. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy. Or add to your adventure with a hike on one of the many trails that stem off the parkway. However you decide to enjoy it, you’ll find the colors, scents, and beauty of the mountain’s springtime landscape sensational. For more information, maps, and top places to visit, refer to Explore Asheville’s Blue Ridge Parkway page.
Unwind with wine (or beer)
Asheville is well-known for its plethora of wineries and breweries. If you’re in the mood for a top-notch wine tasting experience, we recommend one of our neighbors, Addison Farms Vineyard. Located northwest of Asheville and only 30 minutes from our French Broad Crossing gates, this family-owned and operated vineyard produces gold medal, award-winning wines from six grape varieties. Enjoy a tour of the facility and wine tasting while taking in the gorgeous, 360-degree mountain views.
Even closer to home (and our downtown office) is the Mad Co. Brew House, a craft brewery located right here in Marshall. Head there to enjoy small batches of IPA’s, light ales, seasonal brews, as well as a unique selection of ciders and ginger beer. Bring your appetite and nosh on one of their delicious, handcrafted pizzas. With 3000 sq ft of space, there’s tons of room to spread out safely. They have a covered patio, tasting room, and a back deck overlooking the French Broad River.
If you need more ideas for fun things to do here in spring, our knowledgeable team is happy to assist. We want your experience to be a fantastic one, so let us know if you need recommendations on the best accommodations, meals, and activities in the Asheville area. And while you’re in town, why not enjoy a private tour of our French Broad Crossing community? Our pristine mountain escape on the mighty French Broad River is well worth a visit, especially during the splendor of spring. Contact us today to schedule your exclusive tour.