At Biltmore Estate, Asheville’s iconic
must-visit attraction, group experiences
include outdoor adventures like the Land
Rover Driving Experience and fly-fishing,
as well as team cook-offs. Plus, there are
amazing event spaces that can accommodate 1,000-plus people.
“The estate, site of America’s largest
home and the country’s most visited winery, offers a variety of venues for meetings
and meals in beautifully restored historic
buildings and magnificent outdoor settings,” Adams said.
There is also Claxton Farm, a 500-acre
working farm that resides on a land conservancy and provides an idyllic mountain
backdrop for special events, and Highland
Brewing Company, Asheville’s oldest craft
brewery, which hosts private events for up
to 400 people and features a rooftop venue
with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Asheville receives consistent national attention for its standout culinary scene, which
features more breweries per capita than any
other city in the U.S., 14 farmers markets
and six James Beard Award-nominated
chefs, including Chef John Fleer at Rhubarb.
Rhubarb, with private dining space
for up to 90 people, is among the superb
group-friendly dining options in Asheville.
Posana, which offers private dining for up
to 50 people, is another option, as is Buxton
Hall BBQ, where groups can book a private
loft area for 35 people.
“Our chefs incorporate exquisite local
farm-to-table fare into catering menus and
elevate the everyday break and banquet to
something outstanding,” Adams said. “There
are also a number of food adventures and
culinary experiences for groups, including
wild food foraging and farm tours.”
With all the beer flowing in Asheville,
meeting planners are encouraged to in-
clude a brewery tour or an off-site event at
a local brewery in the itinerary.
As the city is surrounded by over a million
acres of national forest and the East’s largest
peaks, attendees can first work up an appetite by engaging in a fun outdoor activity.
“Asheville offers opportunities for
outdoor adventure and unconventional
teambuilding like guided hiking, white-wa-
ter rafting, stand-up paddleboarding and
ziplining,” Adams said.
The Asheville arts scene is also abuzz, as
the city is home to fine artists, performing
arts venues, mountain crafters, music venues, art galleries and annual festivals that
“Street performers entertain crowds on
nearly every corner of downtown,” Adams
said. “Great group options include Ashe-
ville Art Studio Tours that lead participants
on a behind-the-scenes walking tour of the
River Arts District and Lexington Glass-
works, a downtown glassblowing studio
and gallery that welcomes groups and pri-
vate events. This beautiful space also offers
a bar with local brews on tap.”
Adams suggested groups also explore
RAMP (River Arts Makers Place) Studios,
a hot new area just north of the River Arts
District. It’s home to Ginger’s Revenge, a
brewery specializing in ginger beer, and
moving in soon are French Broad Choc-
olates as well as a spice factory run by
the owners of popular Indian street food
restaurant Chai Pani. m
Check out the ASHEVILLE story on
Meetings Today.com for a closer look
at the River Arts District in Hip Hood.
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Latest + Greatest
➜ The 136-room Cambria Hotel Downtown
Asheville ( www.cambriadowntownashe
ville.com) opened in late 2017 with over
8,000 square feet of meeting and event
space, including a ballroom, boardroom
and outdoor terrace.
➜ In 2017 Omni Grove Park Inn (www.
omnihotels.com) renovated its 204
Sammons Wing sleeping rooms and added
a group-friendly 230-person pavilion with
glass walls and mountain views.
➜ Hotel Arras ( www.mckibbon.com) is sched-
uled to open in 2018 with 128 guest rooms
and 5,000 square feet of meeting space.
➜ The 132-room AC Hotel Asheville
Downtown ( www.marriott.com) opened
in mid-2017 with 2,086 square feet of
➜ Hilton Garden Inn Asheville/Downtown
( www.hilton.com) and Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown (https://ashevilledowntown.
place.hyatt.com) both opened in 2016
with 140 guest rooms and just over 2,000
square feet of meeting space at both properties. Both hotels also added rooftop bars
to Asheville’s downtown scene.