My family will be traveling to Asheville from Charleston, SC for Thanksgiving. It’ll be my husband and I, our kids (15 & 12, boy & girl) and our dog. While none of us are total “marshmallows”, my daughter and husband are definitely the most active and in-shape. Another factor is that my daughter can get extra credit in social studies for doing reports/presentations on “personal field trips” to historic properties so I want to make sure we can cram in as much as possible!
On Thanksgiving day, we have reservations at the Grove Park for dinner at 2:30. I know we’ll want to get to GPI early to walk the grounds and see the gingerbread houses. I remember getting some beautiful photographs of the kids when we were here 3 years ago. We have friends who will be there as well (their dinner isn’t until 4:30, though) so we’re trying to squeeze in some time with them.
Trying to figure out what to do after lunch/dinner-time, as I know most places won’t be open. I had thought about trying to fit in a hike, but sun sets so early and I don’t want to get stranded in the dark. Ideas?
OK – Friday night we have 6:00 dinner reservations at the Biltmore and entrance to the Candlelight Evening tour (8:00). This comes with day-time admission to the grounds and winery. I don’t know if we want to plan to spend most of the morning afternoon at Biltmore, then go back to the house and rest up/clean up before dinner. I see we can take our dog to the grounds, but of course not the winery. I think we can let the kids walk Stella around while we go in the winery so that won’t be an issue. I just don’t know how much time we’ll want to spend there.
Additionally, I was thinking of trying to fit in a visit to the Western North Carolina nature center, maybe first thing Friday. It is so close to the house we’re renting. If we do that first thing, maybe have lunch (thinking of Roman’s) then pick up Stella to visit Biltmore grounds and winery, will we be leaving enough time? We’ll have to get back to the house (near WNCNC and GPI) to dress and drop off the dog before getting to our 6:00 dinner.
Lastly, Saturday, we’ll be packing up and heading to Clemson for a football game. Depending on game time, I think we’ll be able to take a scenic drive and stop by DuPont State Forest or Caesar’s Head State Park. I really want to do the DuPont State Forest and had originally thought of trying to stop on the way up, but will probably have to wait until Saturday.