Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Plan for Father's Day Now: Take Dad on a Getaway to Western North Carolina

Father's Day is quickly approaching! It will be here in only a few short weeks. Give Dad a much needed break from the everyday routine and plan for some family time in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Whether you plan to reunite the entire crew for a reunion-style family getaway to celebrate all of the dads in the family or something more along the lines of a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains with your close immediate family, it's not too soon or too late to make your trip plans. Now is the perfect time.

With the summer season almost here, Asheville and the surrounding areas offer a variety of fun family activities sure to please Dad no matter what his interests may be. Here are some ideas.

For the Adventurous Dad
Adventure abounds in Western North Carolina. There is plenty of outdoor fun to be had and is a great resource that lists local information for planning your adventure whether it's kayaking, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, or fly-fishing. Your adventures are only limited to your imagination. The Asheville area has frequently been rated as a top destination for outdoor fun, recreation, and adventure.

For the Arts-Appreciative Dad
The Asheville area boasts a thriving arts, musical, and theatrical scene year-round with plenty to see and do for the art enthusiast. Visitors will find a vibrant artistic community ranging from fine arts to folk arts found in art galleries around the area, local art events and festivals, and in the River Arts District where you can watch artists work right in their studios. 

There are a wide range of live music events in an array of genres as well as many performing arts venues to attend during a visit here. Be sure to check out LiveWire Asheville for a comprehensive listing of live performances and other performing arts events happening locally.

In the next few weeks, you'll find arts events such as the 5th Annual Sculpture for the Garden at the Grovewood Gallery, Asheville Art in the Park in Pack Square Park, Edwin McCain  performing live at The Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and Much Ado About Nothing by the Montford Park Players opening the summer Shakespeare season.

For the Downtown Dad
Perhaps Dad prefers to stay in downtown Asheville for the convenience of the nearby shopping, fine cuisine, rich architecture, and proximity to the museums and other local attractions. There's plenty to do but take time out to sip some java and relax in one of the independent locally-owned coffee shops and be sure to taste the local flavor at one of the farm-to-table restaurants.

Whether your dad's interests fit into any or all of these categories, we know he'll enjoy his time in the Asheville area making memories with his family. Who knows, it may start a tradition of spending Father's Day in Western North Carolina. We certainly hope so!

Have you spent a family holiday in the Asheville area? Be sure to tell us all about it. We always love hearing from you. Kudos to all of the great dads out there!

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