As the world becomes increasingly connected, group vacations have become a popular choice for all kinds of travelers. Whether it’s friends and family reuniting, or a corporate retreat – Asheville is a welcoming destination for all kinds of groups.
The days of taking over a floor of rooms in a traditional hotel are in the past. No one wants to get stuck in a stuffy and sterile room that creates division and separation rather than allowing people to congregate together. As an alternative solution, we have compiled a list of the best places for groups to stay together in Asheville.
Best Vacation Rentals for Groups
If you’re a group traveling to Asheville whether it’s for a girlfriend getaway, wedding weekend, or corporate retreat, we recommend renting your own space. So many sweet memories are made during “downtime” in your schedules, when folks are lounging around, relaxing, and catching up. This can’t happen if you’re sequestered in separate hotel rooms.
If you opt for a full house rental, make sure you choose one with enough…
- bathrooms, and
- common spaces (lovely outdoor living spaces are key!)
…for just the right mix of privacy, personal time and space balanced by comfy gathering areas where the loveliest bonding moments take place. Here’s where we recommend starting:
Inspired Getaway offers a collection of “green built” newly constructed rental properties located just 15 minutes from downtown Asheville. The village feel of this little vacation neighborhood is perfect for groups who need space to come together, as well as space to spread out. The community fireplace is the perfect spot to gather your group for a fun tarot reading with a nearby firepit for an added ambiance.
Wrong Way River Lodge
Wrong Way River Lodge is one of Asheville’s newest vacation properties. With an excellent central location along the French Broad River, these sophisticated A-frames are the perfect landing spot for groups of various sizes. The cabins make it feel like you’re in the mountain wilderness, even though the city is at your fingertips. Corporate retreats take note: the main lodge features an event space and conference room plus you’ll enjoy access to lovely green space, peacefully tucked away on the hill, where the campfire is sure to draw your guests together.
Yonder NC has several options for groups ranging from classic mountain cabins to luxurious modern homes, to artsy downtown lofts. With an ever-growing list of properties, Yonder can provide groups with flexibility and options. Whether your group wants to get moving with a private yoga class, or slow down and connect with a guided meditation, Yonder’s wonderful team can help you sort through the options and find the perfect property.
Arcadian Ave offers two properties in the Asheville area, both of which are the epitome of luxury with plenty of space for large groups. In addition to unbeatable views, these properties also boast notable special features like a sauna, hot tubs, stunning outdoor living areas, and a movie theater. These properties make the ideal setting for a full weekend retreat and we always love bringing rejuvenating activities like group tarot readings, yoga classes, and mobile massage into these stunning spaces.
Upstream Way is another little rentable village that has a great central Asheville location on the outskirts of the River Arts District and just across the street from a greenway along the river! Unlike the plethora of log cabins, these properties boast a modern, upscale design with specialized features and unique use of space balancing plenty of individual beds (a rarity with vacation rentals!) and private nooks with cozy gathering spaces. Depending on what amenities guests choose, they can enjoy views of Biltmore forests, or unwind in a rooftop hot tub. Unlike other vacation rental companies, Upstream Way actually caters directly to bridal parties with properties specifically designed to accommodate bachelor and bachelorette groups.
Asheville Cabins at Willow Winds
Asheville Cabins at Willow Winds is the ultimate destination for large groups who are looking for a serene escape in nature. Twenty-five cabins are nestled on 40 wooded acres so there is enough space here for everyone. Groups can take advantage of private nature walks by the pond and unwind in the gazebo. We love hosting private yoga classes in view of the water and gardens. There is even space here for beloved furry friends.
Bend of Ivy
Bend of Ivy is another great option for groups who would prefer a retreat in nature. This collection of cabins is situated on 63 acres of beautiful mountain landscape and is located just 20 minutes from Asheville. There are options for lodging, as well as space for group receptions and recreation. Bend of Ivy is a great spot for corporate groups, who can designate spaces for different activities.
Soon, we will be able to add another spot to this list. Our friends at IROX Living are hard at work on the construction of their second cabin, the Gallery House which will complement the already existing property and provide even more space for groups traveling together.
Best Downtown Hotels for Groups in Asheville
If being in downtown Asheville is a “must” for your crew, these boutique options are an ideal mix of walkable convenience without losing the oh-so-crucial element of gathering spaces. The Windsor offers kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas within each suite while The Foundry’s gathering spaces include an upscale lounge, award-winning onsite restaurant, lovely lawn oasis, and adjoining (local’s favorite) coffee shop. Both properties are located in the heart of downtown Asheville, which means that convenient shopping and dining are situated just steps from your room.
Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Group Accommodations
When it’s time to start planning your next group getaway in Asheville, there are several important factors to consider. Think of location, not just your proximity to town and to each other, but also how that impacts transportation. Are you planning on getting out and about to explore often or will you primarily stay in? Will Uber/Lyft suffice or will you be renting cars? If you need help coordinating transportation for your group, we can help. Just chat with our crew to get the answers you need.
Your next step will be to make a plan for the activities your group will do while you’re here. Will you rally your band of adventurers for a yoga hike, toast your friendship on a local winery tour, or build a staycation with in-home massages and a yoga class? The options are nearly endless and tend to book up fast. Be sure to plan AND reserve before you leave for your trip.
Lastly, a bonus pro tip: plan ahead for food! One hungry person is unpleasant. A hungry group is the stuff nightmares are made of. See our recent article, Best Asheville Restaurants for Groups, and make reservations in advance. Everyone will relax easier knowing that food is already in the plans.
Traveling with a large group can feel like herding cats. A central location can help keep everyone together and the chaos to a minimum. Remember, you’re not alone in your planning! We’re here for you and are always happy to sort through the options we’ve listed above. Please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime. It’s our greatest joy to help make your time together spectacular!