Asheville Outdoor Dates for the Summer

Our mountain views are the envy of many, and partaking in activities outdoors is the best way to really take advantage of them. These dates require you to be fully present in what you’re doing and disconnect from any digital distractions. Whether you’re into craft beer, fitness, or love art, we have a few ways to elevate your typical date night while basking in our awe-inspiring views.

Experience a Waterfall Tour

Cost: 2 Hour Tour: $50/person
There are two waterfall tours to choose from, depending on how active you want your date to be. The 2 hour tour where you’ll hike approximately 3 miles round trip, while learning about the Pisgah National Forest and you’ll even catch a glimpse of the Appalachian river. For this tour, you’ll meet your guides 25 minutes east of Asheville where you’ll begin a hike towards a breathtaking waterfall. You can also bring your four-legged friends as long as they are on a leash.
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Gorgeous view of Craggy Gardens by Asheville Hiking Tours.
Cost: Tours start at $68/person
For a longer adventure, Tumblestone Tours offer a waterfall tour where you’ll visit 3 waterfalls, 2 protected forests, and enjoy the mountain view while riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway (pending the parkway is open). During your tour you’ll also do some exploring on foot, with your hike being about 3 miles in length at a comfortable pace with stops along the way to take in the air and of course, the views. Tour duration is between 4.5-5.5 hours and includes transportation within 5 miles of the city center, drinks and snacks.
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Waterfall captured by Tumblestone Waterfall Tours

Bike It Up

Cost: Pubcycle Full Tour $25/person; Nomad Tour $15/person
Most activities are only improved when you add beer or wine, and this is a perfect example of that. These BYO Beer/Wine tours meet at either the Aloft Asheville Downtown (51 Biltmore Ave.) or Renaissance Downtown Hotel (33 Woodfin St.) so be sure to check your departure spot when you book online. There are two tours to choose from, the Pubcycle Full Tour and the Nomad Tour. The Full Tour lasts around 1.5 hours and will make 1-2 stops at local favorites including Asheville Brewing, Hi-Wire/Ben’s Tuneup, and Pack’s Tavern among others. If you and your honey want to hop on a tandem bike, Tandem tours are also available. They depart from Renaissance Hotel, last approximately 1.5 hours and include only one pub stop. For all guidelines regarding the different tours, visit their FAQ page.
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Photo Credit: The Amazing Pubcycle
Cost: ½ day (up to 4 hours: $200/person; full day (up to 8 hours: $300/person; bike rental is not included.
Hop on your mountain bike and get your blood flowing! Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures offer ½ day and full day private tours that take place in Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Recreational Forest. Both tours include a snack and lunch, however your bike rental will be additional. Your tour guides can take you on an easier or more challenging route will based on your skill level.
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Exploring PIsgah forest with Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures

Enjoy Art in the Outdoors

The 2nd annual art festival will take place in Pack Square Park Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 10am-5pm. The festival will feature sculptures, painting, jewelry and other hand-crafted pieces of art from both national and regional artists. Not only is this a wonderful way to browse and support local art, there is also no cost to attend.
Love music festivals? Check out our Summer Music Festival Guide here.
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Photo Credit: Asheville Festival of Arts
Cost: $67-$75/person
Experience the stunning Biltmore House like never before while enjoying Dale Chihuly’s breathtaking large-scale glass sculptures as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Held on Thursday – Sunday evenings through October 7th, this special nighttime exhibit allows you to go on a self-guided tour inside the first floor of the Biltmore House, as well as and through the illuminated gardens which are displaying Chihuly’s large installations . Your stroll will be accompanied by live live music in the gardens and a pop-up Wine Bar offering complimentary wine tastings. Prior reservation is required as nights sell out quickly.
Chihuly Nights
“Chihuly Nights at Biltmore.” Photo Credit: Biltmore

Feature Image by Knoxville photographer,  Steven Hamrick.


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