Top 5 Group Activities to Book

Looking to plan out the weekend for your group?

Here are some ideas for a fun filled vacation in the Upstream Way neighborhood!

1) Book a scavenger hunt with Asheville Detours. Their scavenger hunt-style tours are designed to get your group off the beaten path with an interactive experience in downtown. Choose from their customized options to fit your group – from bachelorette parties to team building outings they have you covered. Your group can expect to experience anything from a wine tasting, to gallery tours, to local food, art projects and more!

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2) Book a Private Group Training (aka Party Workout) with our local popular fitness entity, Asheville Fit Tribe. We’ve partnered with Trainer Preston to offer you an exclusive chance to book a private group training right across the street at Carrier Park. The workout will consistent of a mix of endurance, agility, & high intensity, or can be customized based on your personal preference. Availability includes weekends, however, you must book in advance to reserve your spot. Text/call Preston at 984-204-0591 and let him know that you’re with Upstream Way.

Note: is your group not as enthusiastic about working out as you are? You can also drop in at their regular sessions during the week Monday – Friday for $15/session, also at Carrier Park. Reach out to Preston in advance as space is limited.

3) Explore the River Arts District by electric bike with Flying Bike Tours! Go at your own pace with self-guided rentals (rates are $39/bike for 2 hours), or choose from their popular guided tours. Their most common tour is the Downtown Asheville Tour ($69/person), and you can throw in tastings for an additional charge with stops like Luella’s BBQ & the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.  Or tour the Upstream Way neighborhood with their River Arts District tour ($59/person), with highlights that include mountain views, an indoor art studio stroll, and the French Broad River greenway. They can even bring the bikes to you in the lot just below Upstream Way for an additional charge. Contact them through their website to discuss customizing the routes and stops.

4) Take a guided sunrise/sunset paddle board tour with Waimauna Asheville SUP Tours. Times and pricing varies depending on how long you’re out on the river. The 4-mile trip departs just down the road near New Belgium Brewery. They also offer 7-mile trips, both guided and self-guided. Be sure to also book in advance to reserve your spot!


5) Float down the French Broad River. Rent tubes right down the street at Sky Tubing – an easy 1.5 mile walk/drive from the rentals at Upstream Way. They are open Friday – Sunday, and require a reservation. Tubes are $25/person, or $20/person if you have 15 or more people in your group.

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It’s Time For An Asheville Brewery Tour!

The spring is the perfect time to book a few nights at a vacation rental and visit Asheville. The chill in the air is gone and the sun is shining, this clearly means one thing.. time to hit up some breweries!


Many of the breweries in Asheville offer tours, some for free and others for a fee. Some are in the same area but others are off the beaten path. With so many breweries in one area, the hardest part is figuring out where to begin. I want to be as efficient as I can with my beer drinking so I put together the perfect brewery tour list. 


In the South Slope area downtown, aka the “brewing district” which is located along Coxe ave is an ideal place to start. 

The Funkatorium is the east coast’s first sour beer taproom. They offer a “sour tour Sunday” which includes an in-depth exploration into their sour program. You will learn all about the history of sour beer, sample some of the best sour beers around and even take a field trip to the “funk house” where you will get a first-hand look at the brewing process. The price varies depending on the tour you choose but the “sour Sunday tour” will run you about $40 for the 2 1/2 hour experience. You will definitely get your money’s worth. Book online here:


From the Funkatorium it is easy to hop around and check out all the neighboring breweries including: Burial Beer Co, Green Man Brewery, Catawba, Twin Leaf, Asheville Brewing & Hi-Wire. 

The amazing, New Belgium Brewery is only a quick 5-minute drive from the south slope. This should be the next stop on your tour list. Located in West Asheville, this expansive brewery offers ample indoor and outdoor space and is nestled along the French Broad River. Lucky for you, they have FREE 90-minute brewery tours. During the tour, you will be able to sample several beers, learn about the history of the company, the brewing process, and even see how eco-conscious they are. Reservations are recommended but not required. Book online here:

Up to venture outside of Asheville? Sierra Nevada Brewery is located in Mills River (near the airport) and is the holy grail/Disney World of breweries. They offer free tours but you must make a reservation online to snag a spot. Each tour can cater to your needs with different topics, lengths and beer samples. The facility alone will blow you away – don’t miss it! Book online here:


Across town is Asheville’s first craft brewery, Highland Brewing. Their space itself is grand and also doubles as a music venue and event space. They offer free guided production tours every day of the week, usually towards the late afternoon/early evening. Book online here:


Down to venture out to Brevard? There you will find Oskar Blues Brewery, located only 5 minutes from Pisgah National Forest, making it the perfect stop after a hike! The taproom is open daily and hosts free tours of the brewery. There is a food truck on-site and live music most days of the week. Check out the brewery here:


Several tour companies in Asheville curated a brewery crawl for you, all you have to do is show up thirsty. Most of them provide an itinerary and transportation packages. To explore these options check out the links below:

10 Reasons to Put Asheville On Your Travel Bucket List

Need a little vacation from your daily grind? Our luxurious Asheville rentals certainly offer plenty of amenities, but maybe you need a few other reasons to visit the Asheville area. Fortunately, we’ve put together the top 10 reasons to visit Asheville in case you aren’t convinced!

10 – Hiking – Thanks to the Appalachian mountains, Asheville boasts some seriously exceptional hiking. The fresh mountain air is only a short drive away, as well as all the spectacular lookouts along the way. Amazingly, we have 3,000+  miles of free public hiking trails near Asheville, including 1,600 miles in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, 850 miles in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and many more along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the state parks and forests. Checkout our list of the best hikes in Asheville here:

9 – Rafting – With six Rivers for rafting nearby in the Western North Carolina mountains, it is no wonder Asheville was listed as one of the “Top 10 Whitewater Towns.” From beginners to experts, class 1 to class three rapids (and higher), Asheville has a river for any skill level looking to paddle. Not sure if white water rafting is for you? Many companies offer other, less adventurous outdoor options such as canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and good old fashioned floating. Romantic Asheville put together a comprehensive whitewater rafting list, check it out here:

8 – Golf – The scenic mountain views of Western North Carolina are like no other. Add a golf course to these views, plus pleasant year round weather and you have a golfers heaven. If you love a good view on the course, you must checkout Cherokee Valley Golf Club and The Black Mountain Golf Club – you won’t be sorry. For a special experience, you must play the course at the Grove Park. The views are spectacular and you can enjoy a cocktail on the terrace to celebrate your good game. Checkout our list of the best golf courses in Asheville here:

7 – Get Married – The Asheville area is a great place to tie the knot. Not only are the Blue Ridge mountains an amazing backdrop for any wedding but the sheer amount of artists, chefs and creative planners are abundant. Whether you are looking to have a large wedding or elope with family and friends you won’t have to look far to find exactly what fits your needs. Still aren’t convinced? Explore Asheville compiled a compelling list on why Asheville is the perfect wedding destination, check it out here:

6 – Leaf Season – The fall is the most magical time in the mountains! Did you know the Blue Ridge Mountains have the longest leaf season in the country? This makes it the perfect time to visit Asheville and enjoy the array of colors in foliage during this transitional period. Fall is also the busiest time of year so make sure to book in advance. Romantic Asheville does a yearly foliage timeline which can give you a good idea on when you should visit. Check out the fall color forecast here:

5 – Bachelorette Party – Asheville aka beer city has become the new mecca for bachelor and bachelorette parties. This city is full of delicious eats, fun activities and of course all of the libations your heart desires. This mountain city is easily accessible by car or plane and offers tons of lodging options super close to downtown. Lucky for you I put together a guide which highlights my favorite things to do, places to eat and bars to drink at, check it out here: Asheville Bachelorette Party Guide.

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4 – Yoga – Visitors not only come to Asheville for the amazing beer, great eats and beautiful nature but the YOGA. Asheville’s vibrant vibe has brought tons of eclectic visionaries, many of whom who have decided to make Asheville home to share their craft. Whatever variation of yoga you are searching for, you will be able to find it in Asheville. It is never too late or too early to find your niche in the yoga community. AVL today made this awesome guide to help yogis find their perfect studio, check it out here:

3 – Breweries – Boasting more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city, it is no surprise that Asheville has been named the “Beer City” since 2009. Asheville has roughly 30 breweries all of which have a unique atmosphere, vibe and of course, beer! But the big question is, where to begin? Luckily, The Thrillist came up with an article that outlines the essential breweries to visit in Asheville, check it out here:

2 – The Biltmore Estate – Want a once in a lifetime experience? Explore the Vanderbilt’s world famous home and grounds. It is the largest privately owned mansion in the United States.. you won’t regret shelling out some dough to view this architectural piece of history. Don’t forget to stop by the winery to sip on some of Asheville’s best wine. While there, grab lunch and walk around the shops at Antler Hill Village. For more information, check out the Biltmore’s website here:

1 – Great Food Scene – For a small town, Asheville has a huge amount of top notch chefs cooking up high quality, locally sourced food. There is something for everyone in this mountain town.. from bbq and burger joints to amazing vegetarian fare. The brunch scene can hold its own and the dishes being served at the local breweries are exceptional. Local blogger Sommer Collier compiled a comprehensive list of the local favorites, check it out here:

Asheville Bachelorette Party Guide