We have been operating this Asheville Bed and Breakfast for almost 13 very lucky years and one of the biggest changes we’ve observed in the last several years is the duration of days our guests stay. It used to be folks would come in for a couple days to “get-away” and “recharge” – usually coming from not too distant towns and cities. More recently the average stay has gone from just a few days to longer visits with a good number of folks even staying for a week. Guests are coming from everywhere including a lot of international destinations.
While everyone almost certainly ventures to the Biltmore Estate for a day, or even 2, most people are looking for other adventures in and around Asheville. We are increasingly assisting incoming guests with planning their vacation and extended stays.
Of course there is any number of outdoor activities to keep you entertained, but one of the newest and definitely most fun activity to hit the Asheville area of late is Zen Tubing. It is the most leisurely way to enjoy an afternoon along the French Broad River.
I know what you’re thinking…..black tubes that you lug up the stream and float down and lug back up the stream and down again. Not exactly..this is tubing in a Cadillac, or perhaps being Asheville – a fully loaded Prius, and there is no lugging involved. The tube provides a soft and cushiony ride, has a back rest, a bottom (to protect your own) and can be hooked together with other floaters.
Zen Tubing has 2 locations that you can drop in from – the Southern route which drops in near Bent Creek, just a short ride south of Asheville and a Mid-town location that cruises through the River Arts District past a few Breweries ending just short of the Bywater, a great outdoor/indoor drinking and eating venue. They even have a free shuttle to the Bywater parking lot.
The process is so easy- just park at one of the end destinations, get checked-in and take the shuttle to the put in. The average time on the river is between 2 and 3 hours ending where your car is parked. They are open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 4:00. You just have to be out of the water by 7:00. The cost per person for adults is $20.00 and kids $15.00.
We took our kids out the last weekend of summer last year and had an absolute ball. We decided on the Southern route and couldn’t have had a sweeter family outing. We floated along with the current of the French Broad River, swam, swung from a rope, had a picnic on one of the many islands and relaxed. Thinking of everything for a fun-filled trip, they even provided a tube for our cooler.