Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn

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Around Asheville

Asheville, NC is one of the most welcoming and vibrant cities in America.  Visitors to Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn in the historic Montford District find a unique and special place that lingers sweetly in one’s memories for years to come. The city’s rich architectural legacy is the perfect backdrop to the energy that comes from locally-owned shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and breweries, and exciting entertainment venues. Listed here are just a few of the interesting attractions and fun things to do you’ll find near our lodging. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s no wonder Frommer’s named Asheville a MUST-SEE destination!

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Biltmore Estate

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No visit to Asheville is complete without a visit to the The Biltmore House, America’s premier private home. The 250 room French Renaissance chateau is the creation of George Vanderbilt who sought out an entire community of craftsmen, including Richard Sharp Smith, the same architect that designed The Black Walnut Inn.

Please let us know if you’d like to visit the Biltmore House, and we’ll send you a link and our special affiliate code that will give you a discount off each adult ticket. This is not valid for enhanced experiences.

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The Great Outdoors

Asheville offers a wide diversity of outdoor adventure and is the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway. The breathtaking scenery of The Blue Ridge Parkway surrounds the city in all directions, with one million acres of protected forest and park land. There’s no end to the outdoor adventure options in and around Asheville, with over 200 waterfalls, several navigable rivers, hiking trails for every skill level, and terrain for mountain bikes and road bikes. With eight national and state parks within a short drive, it’s no wonder Asheville is constantly rated as a top US Adventure town.


Adventures range from a zipline between mountaintops to taking a ride down the rapids on the Nantahala River, a waterway that has produced dozens of Olympians and hosted four world championships. Stalk trout on the nation’s first fly fishing trail or raft, kayak, or canoe down the French Broad River through the woodlands of Biltmore Estate. Spot some of the area’s nearly 300 species of birds, from hooded warblers and indigo buntings to horned owls. Check out world-class gardens at the North Carolina Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens.

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North Carolina Waterfalls

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Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls”, and is located within driving distance, to the southwest of Asheville. With the rock mountain terrain and high rainfall totals, Transylvania is the wettest county in the state, making this area the best in Western North Carolina for waterfalls. Transylvania County is home to over 250 waterfalls, including some of the most popular in the entire state and several have been featured in movies such as The Hunger Games and The Last of the Mohicans.

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The Asheville Arts Scene

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Asheville is known for its vibrant art scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists’ studios.

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Asheville’s Food and Beer Scene

Asheville’s Food Scene, or better known as Foodtopia, is home to world-class dining and craft beer brewing. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a casual meal at one of Asheville’s outdoor dining patios, a gourmet meal at one of the city’s romantic restaurants, or anything in between, Asheville has it!  In addition to the food scene, Asheville boasts as a top-rated Beer City, with more microbreweries per capita than anywhere in the United States. Whether you’re in the mood for a full tour of a brewery or just can’t wait to have a cold and refreshing pint – you can find it in Asheville.

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Historic Asheville

Whether it’s Asheville’s own renowned author Thomas Wolfe, Zelda Fitzgerald, the Grove Park Inn, or the Biltmore House and Gardens, Asheville has a rich history and past that offers lot’s of things to explore and enjoy. From an architectural standpoint, there’s also lot’s to see here. The Art-Deco S&W Building has been repurposed and come to life again, the Grove Arcade, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, and of course the grand Biltmore house are but a few of the beautiful styles of architecture that can be found in Asheville. Montford, the neighborhood that The Black Walnut is in, has many incredible houses that are also worth a walk about.