Off The Wagon Asheville Dueling Piano Bar Blog
We are all busy. Even in the best of times, it is challenging to keep up with everything you need to do. Now, we are regularly juggling working and learning remotely and ever-changing schedules while trying our best to keep ourselves and our families safe. It is enough to wear anyone out.
Are you tired? Are you stressed? Are you anxious about what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month?
You need to get away from your normal day-to-day life. You need a break. You need to find a way to relax, rest and reconnect with nature. If you are due for a break, you need to visit Asheville. Here’s why Asheville is the perfect getaway.
Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Asheville, NC This Weekend
Get ready to make your weekend plans for visiting the beautiful mountain city of Asheville, NC. Here’s a list of some of the best events happening all around the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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1. Shop at the Tailgate Markets
Shop fresh and local at the Asheville’s area, numerous farmers’ markets, and tailgate markets. You will get to experience some of the finest farm-to-table chefs in town, all searching for the best seasonal ingredients and local flavors.
Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe, Sovereign Remedies, and The Market Place are just a few of the many places where you can savor meals prepared with farm-fresh food. Here are some of the open year-round markets you can enjoy on your weekend getaway.
- WNC Farmers Market: Open 7 days a week, year-round. Located at 570 Brevard Road.
- East Asheville Tailgate Market: Open on Fridays from 3-6 p.m. at Grove United Methodist Church on 954 Tunnel Rd.
- ASAP Farmers Market: Open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AB Tech Campus Bailey Student Center on 340 Victoria Rd.
- North Asheville Tailgate Market: Open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at UNC Asheville Campus on 1 University Heights.
- Black Mountain Tailgate Market: Open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church Parking Lon on 130 Montreat Rd.
2. Visit an Art Studio or Art Exhibition
Western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art. With thousands of extraordinary artists who live in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Asheville is a mecca for artwork, with dozens of galleries scattered throughout downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village, and the River Arts District, and beyond.
Whether you enjoy fine art, photography, sculpture, or woodwork, Asheville art galleries have something for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite art galleries you should visit over the weekend.
- Blue Spiral 1: This large three-floor gallery located in the heart of downtown Asheville presents over 15 shows annually and features contemporary works by over 100 Southeastern artists.
- Folk Art Center: Located in east Asheville, this gallery showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary crafts of the Southern Appalachians. You can browse the Eastern National bookstore, Blue Ridge Parkway information desk, three art galleries, a library, and a craft shop.
- Grovewood Gallery: Known as one of the nation’s premier galleries, Grovewood offers beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, a working artist’s studio, and an expansive collection of fine American crafts. This gallery is located in the Biltmore Industries in North Asheville.
3. Sip on Wine at These Top Wineries
When you visit Asheville, NC, sample wines at different wineries in the North Carolina mountains and foothills. We have created a winery tour for a fun afternoon where you can chat with the winemakers and stroll through the vineyards.
Many of these locations host special events, including live music and tastings.
- Biltmore Winery: Included in admission to Biltmore Estate, enjoy specialty tastings and a variety of tours. Shop for all the Biltmore wines and plenty of gift items in the Antler Hill Village.
- plēb urban winery: Located in the River Arts District, this is one of the best Asheville wineries for space and ambiance. plēb outsources grapes from local farms and creates small-batched tapped and canned wines.
- Addison Farms Vineyard: A fourth-generation family farm, Addison creates small-batch fine wines and is one of Asheville’s closest wineries, about a 30-minute drive. You can enjoy the plentiful outdoor seating overlooking the farm, mountains, or vineyard.
- Metro Wines: Located at 168 Charlotte Street in Asheville, Metro Wines can help you find the perfect pairing whether you are preparing a date night meal or a special event. They work with some of Asheville’s top event planners, wedding venues, and caterers. Metro Wines is dedicated to working with you on every aspect, providing high-quality wines for the right price Metro Wines is dedicated to working with you on every aspect.
4. Entertainment at Off The Wagon
Asheville is filled with numerous exciting things to do. From farmer’s markets, art galleries, and wineries, there is always something to explore. If you are looking for entertainment, Off The Wagon Dueling Piano Bar hosts dueling piano shows like you never experienced before.
Music isn’t the only thing happening at Off The Wagon.
We also have some of the most delicious drinks in Asheville, along with the best service. Visit our website today, or stop by our business for more information about celebrating a special occasion.
One great thing about living in the mountains is the weather. Despite our elevation, we do not have the extreme cold and frequent icy storms that towns like Boone experience.
At the same, we do usually get enough snow to take some nice pictures for social media.
Spring and Fall are majestic, full of the kind of vibrant colors that attract millions of people to visit the area. Even in the French Broad River Valley, our elevation is high enough to take some of the edge off of the heat and humidity.
Most summer evenings, the temperature drops below 70-degrees, so you can even open your windows some nights. However, it still does get hot during the day. Sometimes June, July, August, and September temperatures can climb over 90-degrees.
So, what can you do to beat the heat if you are already in the mountains?
This has been a strange year for college graduations.
While it was more normal than last year, many still found that they did not get to graduate in front of all the friends and family they would have anticipated being present.
At Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar, our hearts go out to all directly affected by the pandemic, but also those indirectly affected by not getting to fully enjoy some of the events for which they have worked for years.
As we have finally reopened safely and comfortably at Off the Wagon, this is the perfect location for your graduation party. Some of what makes Asheville great for graduations includes:
We have had a long hard year here in western North Carolina. In the last few decades, we have experienced unprecedented growth, with thousands of new residents moving here and many new businesses opening every year. Millions of tourists visit Asheville every year, so there are always new people to meet and things to do. At least that's how it is supposed to work here.
However, last year saw the prolonged closures of several of the unique restaurants, bars, venues, and more for a year or more. Families had to juggle working from home and remote learning, while some people said goodbye to loved ones. It has been a long hard year here, and we have missed our loyal regulars and meeting all those who would have visited.
But there's good news. We're back! We have reopened, and we're ready to rock! Here's what you can expect now that we are back, providing the experience you've come to expect here at one of the only dueling piano bars in the South.