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May Flowers and Spring Beauty in Asheville

No doubt you’ve heard the childhood riddle: If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring? Well, if you are in New England, the obvious answer is Pilgrims. If you’re in Asheville and the western NC mountains, however, the answer is much different. The month of May, with its flowering trees and plants, brings with it one of the best times to visit Asheville.

Asheville Area Waterfall


In general, the months of May in Asheville bring cool evenings and warm days with plenty of sunshine. And that means that there’s ample opportunity to take advantage of the various hikes and trails that exist in western NC. The same views that provide spectacular fall foliage in late October now present incredible vistas of color as native trees and wildflowers come into bloom. And with the plentiful April spring rains, NC waterfalls flow with abundance, making for scenic picnic spots and photography.

This spring, Asheville is fortunate enough to host Chihuly at Biltmore, an exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s renowned glasswork, installed in the Biltmore’s historic garden.  Open from May 17 to October 7, it’s the first NC garden exhibit of his work. While on the grounds, enjoy Biltmore Blooms, as close to 100,000 tulips are on display in the Estate gardens. If you have a craving for some local history, travel to Black Mountain to the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an art show and sale entitled “Step Back in Time: A Walking Tour of Black Mountain” that features 15 original watercolors by artist Gerald Pope.

May also brings the Lake Eden Arts Festival or LEAF Festival that includes music performances as well as arts, dance and outdoor activities. From May 10 to May 13, LEAF hosts more than 12,000 people and all donations and festival proceeds support arts programs locally and globally. New this year is the Haute Route Cycling Event, a three-day, European-style cycling event that takes place from May 18 to May 20. And if you’re still looking for a reason to come to Asheville in May, maybe the Asheville Beer Week and Beer City Festival is more to your taste. From May 25 through June 2, Asheville celebrates its craft beers and culture.

Greybeard Rentals’ recent newsletter highlights these local events as well as others and provides links with additional information. Also, there are several cabin specials in addition to Greybeard Rentals’ general listings. If you’d like, you can use the “What fits my needs” webpage that lets you choose amenities, location and cabin size to pinpoint the perfect cabin for yourself and your fellow travelers.

Again, Asheville in May is flourishing. It’s a wonderful time to explore the area and take advantage of all of the Asheville area events. For more information about the area or for help in selecting the best rental cabin for your stay, please contact Greybeard Rentals.  In Asheville, May flowers bring beauty, art, and outdoor activities.