Yes, everyone wants to experience the fall foliage on the Blue Ridge Parkway but wouldn’t it be grand to take a drive slightly less-traveled and just as beautiful. There is another equally enjoyable way to experience Asheville’s Fall Season -wandering the beautiful mountains and winding roads locals, farmers and crafts people know so well. This fall from September 1 to November 15, 2015 this Asheville Inn will be offering a Fall Farm and Artisan Tour Package. The package is centered around a self-guided driving tour through the beautiful Sandy Mush community of Leicester, NC. The valley is a step back in time and breathtakingly picturesque with rolling hills that lead up to mountains that surround the valley in every direction. The landscape is dotted with horses, cattle, big red barns and working farms. The tour takes you to Addison Vineyards where you will enjoy a picnic and wine tasting, local farms and artisan studios and shops.
The package requires a 2 night booking and includes:
A picnic lunch to eat a Addison Vineyards. After your picnic enjoy a tasting and complimentary glass of wine. You will receive 10% off wine purchases.
A touring map/guide of Sandy Mush Community of Artisans and Farms. The map will include specific hours and contact information for each farm and artist. It is recommended that you contact the farm/artist ahead of time because some of them operate by appointment only.
Next explore the farm store at Sandy Hollar Farms. Shop for hone, beeswax candles and pick- your -own blackberries. You will receive 10% discount on store purchase. Although you won’t be in the market for a Christmas tree, Sandy Hollar Farms is one of the biggest local tree farms in the area.
Meet the pigs raised on the whiskey mash from Troy & Son (an Asheville whiskey distiller) at Whiskey Pigs. A 10% discount will apply to meat and eggs purchases.
Explore the Long Branch Environmental Education Center, a farm designed for research, education and conservation. In addition to seeing solar farm buildings and a tobacco barn, pick up conservation tips and buy apples and cider.
Tour, shop and meet the following fine artisans:
Jones Pottery, the studio of nationally recognized potter Matt Jones
The studio of quilter Laurie W. Brown
Painter Christine Hield at Sky Dance Art
Fiber artist June Hawkins at Sandy Hollar
The workshop of broom maker Marlow Gates and photographer Diana Gates
It’s not too early to be planning your fall trip to Asheville. Please call Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast 828-281-4275 for pricing details. We look forward to helping you plan your visit.