Stay in Tryon, Explore Asheville Attractions

Tucked along North Carolina curves is Tryon; a gathering of southern charm and easy hours. The Blue Ridge Mountains frame each morning and the consequence is a perfect retreat. But found just 47 miles away are Asheville attractions. BBOnline recommends giving a day to explore them. They're unforgettable and never regrettable.

Pack Place Education: Arts & Science Center
2 South Pack Square
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 257-4500
http://www.packplace.org/

You'll find excitement with Pack Place Education: Arts & Science Center. Inside is a complex circle of museums, restaurants and shopping options. All roads must lead here, offering an experience like no other. Drive from your Tyron Inn and discover hours of entertainment. Stroll the corridors of the Colburn Earth Institution. Observe the modern beauty of the Asheville Art Museum. Enjoy drama with the Diana Wortham Theatre. There is much to do. Park Place opens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices vary for each activity but package deals are offered (and recommended).

Grove Arcade
1 Page Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28801-2317
(828) 252-7799
www.grovearcade.com

A brilliant blend of the old and the new, the Grove Arcade stands as one of the premier Asheville attractions. Designed in 1926 by E. W. Grove, this structure rambles over 269,000 square feet; a massive undertaking for its time (and even ours). Originally meant to house specialty shops, it was abandoned during World War II and remained idle for many years. In 2002, however, it was reestablished as a series of boutiques, local craft stores and fine dining halls. Guests are even allowed a tour. It's not to be missed. The Grove Arcade is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. No reservations are needed.

Asheville Urban Trail
Downtown Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
(828) 259-5815
http://www.romanticasheville.com/urban_trail.htm

Journey from your Tryon Bed and Breakfast for this outdoor museum. Spanning almost 2 miles, the Asheville Urban Trail allows visitors to tour the streets; providing 30 destinations along the way. Important shops, landmarks and architectures are explained. Plaques and statues commemorate each stop, offering unique insight into the town. It's ideal for families seeking history. But, travelers, be cautious: this is a walking tour that will take 2 hours to complete. Because of this, it may not be right for those with young children or health concerns. Scheduling is required and should be done at least 2 weeks in advance.

Botanical Gardens at Asheville
151 W. T. Weaver Boulevard
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
(828) 252-5190
http://www.ashevillebotanicalgardens.org/

No summer day will be better spent than the one you give to the Botanical Gardens. Wandering through 10 acres, this nature reserve offers visitors a rare treat: to see southern blooms and mountain trees. Over 600 species are carefully tended, making each path a beauty. Tour through Appalachian irises and endangered heartleafs. Visit the Cole Library and study 1 of their 1000 available texts. Look for the countless birds and other wildlife. It's a lazy morning. The Gardens open at dawn and close at dusk each day. There is no admission fee but donations are appreciated. Large groups must schedule in advance.

Asheville attractions offer diversity and excitement. From the natural to the historical, BBOnline believes you'll find much to enjoy.