Sweeping mountain vistas, sun-dappled hills, heart-pumping hikes, forests teeming with wildlife—can you tell we’re excited about the location of two of Inspirato’s newest destinations?
Each destination has its own appeal, whether you’re seeking an outdoor adventure or a little more action in town. Which will you visit first?
An artsy mountain town high on charm, Asheville has become known in recent years for its impressive arts and cultural offerings. Stay in the heart of it all at the Foundry hotel, a revamped steel mill in the heart of downtown.
Art lovers should be sure to make a stop at Blue Spiral 1, a three-story gallery in the heart of downtown Asheville and the estate of Will Henry Stevens, a renowned 20th-century modernist painter. And beer aficionados will appreciate its thriving brewery scene—Asheville’s been voted “Beer City USA” almost every year since 2009. We recommend the mainstay Asheville Brewing Company, one of the originals on the scene since 1998, or newcomer DSSOLVER, a fresh take on the traditional with the slogan “Brewed until surreal.”
One of Asheville’s most famous landmarks is the Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in the U.S. Modeled after French châteaux, the Biltmore was completed in 1895 by the Vanderbilt family. Boasting 250 rooms and beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds, it beckons travelers from around the world to discover a slice of French aristocracy in the hills of North Carolina. (You can stay on the grounds, too.)
Blue Ridge Mountains
Tucked away from the hubbub in an exclusive, 6,200-acre gated community, Blue Ridge and Red Maple make for an enticing getaway for those looking to get off the beaten path and out into nature. (The community, Blue Ridge Mountain Club, allows its residents to feel as if they’re living within a national park.)
These two brand new Inspirato homes offer the perfect jumping-off point for nearby hikes, like the Blue Hole Trail, an easy 2-mile path only accessible to those within the neighborhood. For something a little more challenging, Grandfather Mountain boasts 11 hiking trails of varying difficulty. And when you’re done exploring for the day, the Blue Ridge Mountain Club’s on-site restaurant Lookout Grill offers casual dining with a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.
The nearby towns of Blowing Rock and Boone—the latter of which is home to Appalachian State University—are worth a visit, too. Families will appreciate the Tweetsie Railroad Wild West-themed amusement park, featuring a 3-mile train ride, chair lift, and petting zoo. Or, pack a picnic and head down the Blue Ridge Parkway for panoramic views, one of our favorite scenic drives in the country.