Hey, sometimes hiking in the mountains with bugs, heat, possible rain, etc is no fun for some! That’s OK! There are plenty of options for you if hiking to a destination isn’t your thing!
In this post, we’ll talk about some venues around WNC and things to consider if you’re wondering if a mountaintop elopement is right for you. The venues I will mention have mountain views without the hike, and some of them will be closer to town so you can enjoy everything downtown Asheville has to offer! Also, these venues are LGBTQ+ inclusive and if you’ve been following me, you know how important that is to me!
First, here are some things you should consider if you’re planning a mountaintop/wilderness ceremony:
Are your family members (or even friends) able to hike to the destination? If not, maybe consider either booking a venue or a ceremony location with a very easy hike.
If not, chances are, you might be miserable trying to have your ceremony in a more remote location. If you’re still wanting those mountain views, there are places with an easier hike/walk. Or, keep reading to see my venue suggestions!
The Blue Ridge Mountains are MOODY in the higher elevations. It’s often foggy, damp, and much colder than the valley where Asheville, NC lies. Weather changes fast in the mountains so it’s important to consider how weather could affect your experience. If you’re prepared for bad weather conditions, it makes it so much better! However, if cold and rain sounds like a nightmare for you, I would recommend having a back-up plan or booking a venue.
If any of these questions bring up concern for you, here are some venues to consider if you still want an outdoorsy ceremony without the need for hiking boots!
This space is located in McDowell County with 360 degree views of the mountains! Something Blue can accommodate up to 24 guests and they have an array of custom and all inclusive packages to choose from!
It’s privately owned, 50 acre gated property with an inclement weather ceremony space and the option to have an indoor reception! You can drive right up to it and it’s handicap accessible!
From their wesbite:
“Paint Rock Farm, an idyllic retreat looking over the expansive Pisgah National Forest, combines the harmony of nature with sophisticated and comfortable hospitality. Located on the ancient French Broad River, the farm offers more than incredible outdoor event spaces and a sustainable organic hemp farm. The 162 acre refuge also boasts Western North Carolina’s premiere Glamping Cabins, providing cozy and thoughtfully designed accommodations set in the midst of unforgettable natural beauty. With the ability to host weddings, retreats and corporate events for 200 or more, Paint Rock Farm offers 30 acres of pastoral fields with multiple unique vistas. A 3200 square foot historic barn is also available, a rustic yet opulent space for your ceremony or celebration.”
Paint Rock Farm is located in Hot Springs, NC and offers plenty of glamping opportunities for you and/or your guests! You’re sure to find a beautiful backdrop for your ceremony on their expansive property!
Located about 25 minutes from Asheville, NC in Gerton, NC, Laughing Waters is a historic property nestled in the Hickory Nut Gorge. The property is right next to a creek with many waterfalls and hiking trails right on the property. It has a large main house that could be used as a reception spot and a smaller, private cabin available as well.
This quaint little farm is conveniently located, complete with mountain views! From their website:
“The tiny farm is nestled in one of the most picturesque valleys in Asheville, NC. Located less than five miles from Downtown Asheville and four miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. A working sustainable homestead with gardens, dahlia flower hill, a mountain stream, a tiny orchard, a two-stall barn with cafe strings lights above, and 180-degree views of the Appalachian Mountains, two tiny houses, and a yurt.”
This 20+ acre farm offers an all-inclusive experience for your elopement, intimate wedding, or large wedding. They offer flowers, catering, and housing for your ceremony all within 15 minutes of downtown Asheville, NC. They even have horses and offer carriage rides!
In the end, you have options and I’m here to help you work through them! Every couple has different needs and I’m positive we can find the best solution for you! Reach out so I can help you plan your perfect day!