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About Me & My Family

Hiking, exploring historical sites and attending cultural events are some of our favorite family activities. We love to learn new things and to explore our natural world.
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Blue Ridge Mountains
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Yellowstone National Park
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Kid-friendly Mother's Day Activities Around Asheville, NC

Destinations for the mom in your life.


1 Winery Approach Road
Asheville, North Carolina

Celebrate Mother's Day with Free Admission! Sunday, May 13 Mom receives free estate admission with the purchase of a youth or adult admission. Not valid with any other offer. Free tickets must be picked up at Biltmore's Reservation and Ticket Center. Choose to eat in one of the restaurants on the estate or bring your own picnic depending on your family's style.


6500 South New Hope Road
Belmont, North Carolina

Mom gets in free May 12th & 13th 2012 from 9am until 3pm. Call ahead to order a picnic basket, arrive early and mom could get a complimentary potted plant (first 250 moms daily). Carriage rides will be available weather permitting.


100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Asheville, North Carolina

If mom loves to take pictures, sketch or paint; she'll be find lots of inspiration here. There's a cafe or you can enjoy a picnic on the grounds.

reviewed on: May 23 2010

"Gorgeous Place To Spend A Day"
The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 393 inside Pisgah National Forest near Asheville.  Gorgeous is the first word that came to mind when we visited.  Parking fees are the only charge for visiting.  We thought the fee of $8/car was fair when divided by the number of people in the vehicle.  In our case that was 5 so we basically paid $1.60 each to visit this 434 acre public garden.  Commercial vehicles and buses pay more for parking.  According to the website, parking is free the first Tuesday of every month.

Flowers were blooming everywhere when we visited (late May).  The quilt garden and bonsai collection were favorites for our family.  The whole place is beautiful and there are benches just waiting for you to sit and drink in the beauty around you.  You really don’t want to forget your camera when you visit the North Carolina Arboretum.  There are terrific places to pose the kids for photos…assuming they cooperate.  We got some wonderful pictures of our 3 daughters.  We spent a couple hours just exploring the gardens.  I noticed there weren’t many empty tables near the café but we didn’t eat there so I can’t speak for the food.  One thing I found a tiny bit unsettling was unattended/forgotten wine glasses.  We saw at least 3 with drink still in them and no one anywhere close to them.  If your kids are the kind who would pick up a cup and take a drink, you’ll want to keep that in mind.  

The North Carolina Arboretum offers more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails.  We didn’t take any of the trails on our first visit since we had combined the Arboretum with another attraction for a full day.  

There are Discovery Day Packs available for loan from the Baker Exhibit Center and Education Center.  You’ll need to leave a drivers license or Arboretum Membership Card with them while you use the day pack.  Packs are free to borrow and include a notebook, binoculars, insect net, magnifying jar, seasonal activity and kid’s guide to discovering the arboretum. We didn’t use one on our visit but I wanted to point out the availability.    There’s also an interactive learning space on the ground level of the Education Center.

We’ll return to the North Carolina Arboretum.  I’m sure it’s gorgeous there in all seasons.


Julian Price Memorial Park
Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Relax in the mountain air with mom while the kids splash in the stream at this park along The Blue Ridge Parkway.

reviewed on: July 26 2009

"Perfect Parkway Picnic Spot"
Julian Price Memorial Park is our favorite picnic spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Kids love playing in the stream that meanders through the picnic area.  The park also offers hiking along 7 trails, fishing, canoeing, camping, guided walks and evening campfire programs.  The 300-seat amphitheater is used for lectures and talks during the summer months. Canoes can be rented for use on Price Lake.  A nominal fee is charged for campsites.  With enough wide-open space for Frisbee, catch and even a game of baseball, this park is a popular choice.  Despite a tendency to become crowded, it's always family friendly.  Park rangers patrol the picnic area frequently.

The Boone Fork Trail is a 4.9 mile loop with a strenuous rating.  We hiked this in July 2009 when our daughters were 9, 8 and 7.  Our family hikes regularly and we found this trail challenging.  There are numerous stream crossings and rock scrambles.  The girls were a little intimidated by a wooden ladder put in place to assist hikers on one part of the trail.  The Boone Fork Trail takes hikers through  the camp ground and  'a tunnel' of Rhodedenderon.  You spend a lot of time in the woods but you also walk through a pasture where you have excellent long range views.  Watch your step in the pasture; it's still in use.  The cows don't pay any attention to the people walking through.  We weren't lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the beavers that live near the trail but the girls enjoyed reading the information posted along the trail and looking at the beavers' work.  The trail head for the Boone Fork Trail is located in the picnic area of Julian Price Memorial Park.

The Price Lake Loop is a 2.3 mile trail that would be an excellent alternative to the longer more strenuous Boone  Fork Trail.  The Price Lake Loop is ranked easy and can be accessed at the Price Lake Overlook a short distance from the picnic area.


290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina

Want to spend a whole weekend celebrating Mom or get away from home overnight? This is the place to stay. Be sure to schedule a spa visit for Mom.

3791 Clubhouse Drive
Conover, North Carolina

Can't celebrate on Mother's Day? Gift certificates from here will give mom the promise of future pampering.