Getting around Asheville can be challenging, even when things are perfect. Over 30,000 people have moved to the city since 1990 and 90,000 to Buncombe County. In the car, traffic jams and fenders-benders are part of life in western North Carolina. Once you park, you join thousands of residents and millions of tourists as they navigate tricky terrain and often uncooperative weather. That is not to say anything negative about the city or county. Substantial efforts have been made to make the city more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists. We have excellent sidewalks and beautiful greenways. However, there is no doubt that life and travel in the mountains are a little more challenging than in most places.
Of course, we would not trade North Carolina for anywhere. If you are traveling to Asheville for a wedding, birthday, graduation, or special occasion, you will be created with spectacular views and stunning scenery. If getting around in a wheelchair is a consideration, Asheville has made great efforts to ensure excellent accommodations. Still, it is important to plan ahead. Here are a few tips for making sure you can enjoy special occasions with your wheelchair.
10 Things To Do in Asheville, NC
Valentines isn’t just a day for couples, but it’s a holiday that everyone should celebrate. It’s a great time to show love and affection to all of your friends and family and a great time to spend quality time with seniors in your family. Traveling looks very different depending on where you are from and where you are going. However, if you venture out on Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, be sure to check local restrictions and be willing to adhere to all safety regulations before planning a trip to Asheville. Whether they are wheelchair-bound or need transportation assistance, Loyal Lifts has put together ten things to do on a full shuttled day in Asheville, NC on Valentine’s Day.
How To Remember Seniors on Valentines Day
1. Breakfast at a Cafe
You could grab breakfast at your hotel, but if you’re visiting Asheville or spending a special day with your Valentine, Loyal Lifts can shuttle you to the Green Sage Cafe, Sunny Point Cafe, or Biscuit Head. These cafes serve Asheville’s most popular comfort food.
2. The Biltmore Estate
After breakfast, Loyal Lifts can shuttle you to Asheville’s beautiful historic house, built by George Vanderbilt. This 8000-acre estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers hours of touring in the wheelchair friendly house and victorian gardens. The Biltmore Estate sees more than 1.4 million visitors per year, but to have the best chance of beating the crowds, go early morning or afternoon.
3. Shopping Downtown
The next stop is downtown Asheville where you can find everything from farm-to-table restaurants, shops, art galleries, and museums. Loyal Lifts can shuttle you downtown to the top shopping spots like Battery Park Book Exchange, Grove Arcade, the new Asheville Art Museum and Woolworth Walk. The Battery Park Book Exchange is one of the coziest book shops that has a small coffee and champagne bar. Grove Arcade is one of the oldest historic buildings in Asheville and it is home to unique restaurants and shops. Lastly, Woolworth Walk is a cool gallery and emporium located in a fully-restored downtown Woolworth building.
Once you had enough shopping, shuttle over to Tupelo Honey Cafe on College Street for some Southern comfort food with a creative spin. This place is ranked one of the top places to eat in Asheville. They serve an all-day breakfast menu, as well as Southern favorites like fried pickles, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits.
5. Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville is tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains and offers a beautiful scenic drive on the Parkway. If you are exhausted from shopping downtown, take a relaxing trip throughout the famous Blue Ridge Mountains with stops at the Linville Falls Trail, Mast General Store, and The North Carolina Arboretum. During the winter, be sure to check for BRP closings.
6. River Arts District
This cool part of Asheville used to be an abandoned industrial area that was leftover from the booming railroad day. Eventually, the empty warehouses and buildings slowly began being bought up and transformed into art studios, workshops, coffee shops and galleries that spread out over a mile along the French Broad River.
7. Visit a Brewery
After exploring the art district, shuttle over to visit one of Asheville’s famous craft breweries. Wedge Brewing Company is located in an old warehouse building that serves small-batch beer and has food trucks on-site during lunch and dinner hours. You can also head to Asheville’s South Slope neighborhood and visit breweries including Burial Beer Co., Green Man Brewery, the Funkatorium, and Twin Leaf Brewery.
8. Cocktails at Grove Park Inn
If breweries aren’t your thing, another great pre-dinner place is located in the head north of downtown Asheville. Grove Park Inn is a luxurious mountain resort with Arts and Crafts architectural style and massive stone fireplaces. The resort is historically important and offers spa treatment, golf, and cocktails. The Sunset Cocktail Terrace is a beautiful place to look at the surrounding mountains and enjoy a drink.
9. Top Dinner Spots
Buxton Hall Barbecue is one of the most well-known and popular BBQ spots in South Slope that serves true Carolina barbecue. If you are wanting something hip and trendy, Cúrate is a fantastic option, which is a Spanish tapas restaurant that believes in sharing good food and wine.
10. Chocolate for Dessert
After dinner and just around the corner from Cúrate, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge is a great place to grab dessert to eat-in or to-go. This place serves delicious treats from truffles to brownies and tasty drinking chocolate.
Loyal Lifts Transportation Services
Asheville, NC is filled with a wide selection of local businesses and outdoor activities that are wheelchair-bound accessible. The central portion of downtown is flat, walkable, and wheelchair compatible. If you need transportation, Loyal Lifts Services provide chauffeur quality and personal service in a custom and luxury uplifted vehicle designed to accommodate mobility issues and disability. Contact us to schedule your next ride.
Asheville is one of the most visited cities in North Carolina. Tens of millions of tourists drive, fly, or take the bus to the largest city of its elevation east of the Mississippi River. Just a few moments in town and it’s clear why so many enjoy spending time here. Mile high mountains rise right out of the downtown skyline as if they are part of the city itself. There is a vibrant culture alive with great restaurants, music, and arts. There is a thriving business community made up of small companies and large corporations. Many of the businesses are attractions in themselves.
If you are considering visiting the city or western North Carolina area, and you need to get around with your wheelchair as well, Loyal Lift Transportation is here to help. In this article, we are providing tips for how to get around Asheville if you need wheelchair accessibility, and where to go.
Fall was a spectacular fall season in and around Asheville, North Carolina. The changing leaves were as beautiful as they have been in many years, and people traveled from all over to see them. We were treated to a relatively warm October and November, but as we transition to winter, the chill is in the air. Snowflakes have been spotted and even accumulated in the higher elevations. We can delay winter no longer here in western North Carolina.
For a high elevation city and region, December through March is relatively warm. However, most winters we do deal with at least some extreme cold, snow, and ice. Many people enjoy watching the snow silently fall, and paint the landscape white; however, once the snow finishes falling on the roads, it can be difficult getting around town. For those who travel requiring wheelchair accessibility, the season can be especially challenging. At Loyal Lifts Transportation, we want to help make sure seniors and those who are in a wheelchair have the tools they need to get around Asheville safely. Here are five tips for winter travel in Asheville.
Asheville is a great city full of interesting places to go and things to see. Aside from the surrounding tall mountains and pristine waters, there are numerous restaurants, art galleries, and shopping areas. If you are in Buncombe or Henderson counties or the surrounding area, there is no shortage of activities for you and your family; however, if you are wheelchair-bound or need additional assistance getting around, the city can be challenging to navigate.
With Loyal Lifts Transportation, seniors and wheelchair-bound residents of western North Carolina can easily get around and enjoy this great region.