Enjoy the ultimate “Urban Wellness Retreat” – on your schedule! No need to commit to a full week in Costa Rica to recharge (although, that’s not so bad either!) – this retreat is designed with busy schedules in mind and can be reserved year round when it’s convenient for you!
Balancing the great outdoors with Asheville’s incredible food & beverage scene and a plethora of unique opportunities to practice self care, this retreat includes just enough activity to keep you engaged while weaving in plenty of down time so you can recharge. It’s the best of Asheville in a long weekend.
As with all packages, you can mix-n-match and schedule each experience at the time that makes the most sense for your itinerary. Take a peek below for a sample of how this particular package might flow best:
Day 1: Arrival & Tarot
Day 2: Private Yoga Class + Winery Tour
After your relaxing morning, it’s time to explore! Your private transportation will arrive at 10:30am to whisk you away to one of our favorite vineyards – the first of three winery visits on your private group winery tour! You’ll have plenty of options for lunch here and will enjoy your first guided tasting of the day. From here, you’ll pop by two more stunning vineyards with one more guided tasting along the way.
Day 3: Yoga Hike + Mobile Massage + Private Chef
Day 4: Goat Yoga (or Forest Bathing) + departure
Because this mini-retreat takes you out and about to explore the mountains, you might opt to stay in a more urban setting close to (or in the heart of) downtown Asheville.
Enjoy just the right mix of privacy and personal time balanced by the ultimate convenience of being within walking distance of all of downtown’s adventures. We recommend starting your search with The Foundry Hotel, Yonder Luxury Rentals (ask for the downtown lofts), or Windsor Boutique. For a more comprehensive list of our top recommended accommodations for groups, take a peek at this page.
Total mileage = 2 miles. Easy/moderate
The hike begins with a forested, 1 mile steady (but not steep) incline with some switchbacks and a couple of sections that have stairs built into the earth. Once you’re at the summit, you’ll pause to settle in then enjoy a 45-60min yoga flow suitable for all levels. Finally, you’ll hike 1 mile along a steady (but not steep) downhill on a forest road that will complete the loop back to your car.
If you’re concerned about pacing or are a beginner hiker, no need to worry! We’re not in a rush or race and always encourage you to hike at your own pace. The guide will pause regularly along the way to share stories of the area and fun facts about nature. We keep our groups small so your guide can better personalize the experience and manage pacing according to the group.
Nope! The yoga session is appropriate for all levels and is a great introduction to the practice and a sweet opportunity to stretch & move even if you haven’t tried it yet. All of our instructors are accustomed to teaching to varied levels of experience and will be happy to offer modifications and prompts throughout the class.
Wear any light, flexible, weather appropriate clothing that you’re comfortable moving your body in. I recommend synthetic, quick drying fabrics. Avoid cotton at all costs! Closed toe shoes and a rainproof layer are critical.
Because the weather here can vary dramatically, dressing in layers will be your key to comfort. Remember that temperatures in the mountains can be 10-20 degrees cooler than in town so a warm, dry upper layer is always recommended even if it looks like a hot day. If you’re hiking in Spring, Fall or Winter, I also recommend bringing gloves and a winter hat just in case. Your rain jacket can double as a wind breaker. Ponchos are ok too!
Sun protection like sunscreen, hat, or long sleeves is critical year round as your yoga practice takes place on the sunny summit.
I recommend bringing a small day bag for your personal items. Make sure to bring rain protection (rain jacket or poncho) no matter what the forecast says, a full water bottle, sun protection, and any critical medications.
Your instructor will provide a yoga mat and carrying strap for your comfort.
Weather is part of the practice! We will hike rain or shine so please check the weather, dress accordingly, and always bring rain protection. Sometimes, weather may prevent us from holding a yoga practice while on the trail. In those cases, the following will apply:
If Asheville Wellness Tours cancels for any reason, we will refund your purchase in full or reschedule you if you prefer.
One important note about this adventure that I cannot stress enough: I encourage you to not allow a sketchy forecast dampen your spirits. The weather here is incredibly difficult to predict and we often enjoy sunny skies when rain is in the forecast or run into a heavy downpour when we expected bright sunshine. Our instructors are wonderful at adapting the practice to the weather and it’s all part of the adventure out here! It’s all part of the practice (and the fun) if you allow it to be!
The trail is approximately 40 minutes SE from downtown Asheville.
You will receive detailed driving instructions in your confirmation email. You are responsible for getting yourself to/from the trailhead. It is important to note that, while an Uber/Lyft may bring you to the trail, they will NOT pick you up from the trail head. If you do not have transportation, we recommend reaching out to AVL Ride several days in advance of your arrival. The team there is familiar with the trailhead and will pre-arrange round trip transportation for some of the most reasonable rates in town.
After receiving your confirmation email, please take a look at your route and estimated travel time a day or two prior to your yoga hike so you know how to prepare. I also recommend snapping a screenshot of the directions before leaving town in case you lose cell service along the way. Driving in the mountains is different than cruising down the highway so assume the drive will take at least 10mins more than what Google Maps estimates just in case.
NOTE: the hike begins NO LATER than 10mins after start time. Parties who are 10+ mins late may be left behind and no refunds will be issued.
Public Hikes: we like to keep our public hikes small and intimate with a maximum group size of 15 and a minimum of 2 so you have plenty of opportunities to connect with other hikers or have space to connect with yourself.
Private Hikes: private yoga hikes are available year-round any day of the week for groups of 4-30. Larger groups may be accommodated upon request with advanced notice.
This is a great option for groups celebrating special occasions like birthdays, bachelorette parties, girls getaways, retirement, and family. A yoga hike is also a nice, creative outing for corporate groups interested in creative team building experiences or those who like to balance a hectic meetings schedule with an opportunity to unplug and refocus.
All guides hold a minimum 200hr yoga certification and a passion for sharing the story of Asheville and our stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout the experience, please consider your local guide a resource! They love to chat about unique approaches to wellness, our wild natural world, and have allllll the recommendations for what to do around town.
Any children under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian present to sign their liability waiver. For families with children 12 and younger, please contact us to schedule a Private Yoga Hike any day of the week.
Though pets are not allowed on public hikes, we love your fur babies and are happy to have them join in the fun! We’ve even had kitty cats join us! Please reserve a Private Hike (available daily year round). Pets must be on leash while on this private property.
Regularly scheduled, public hikes:
Cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. Cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable and no refunds or trip credits will be issued for no-shows.
NOTE: out of respect for other guests, the hike begins NO LATER than 10mins after start time. Parties who are 10+ mins late may be left behind and no refunds will be issued.
Private, custom departure hikes:
Full group cancellations more than 7 days prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee or you may choose a store credit for 100% of your purchase price. Out of respect for your guide’s time, full group cancellations between 7-0 days prior to your experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
Group size decreases will be accepted up to 72hrs prior to your scheduled experience without penalty as long as minimum group size thresholds are met. Group size decreases between 72-0 hours prior to your scheduled experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
If you feel ill, are experiencing Covid-related symptoms, or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of Covid 19 in the past week, please stay home and let us know as soon as possible. Our stated cancellation policy will still apply. If you are concerned about the risks of last minute cancellation, please consider taking out travel insurance.
These minimums and policies ensure all experience providers, admin team members, guides, and instructors are paid a living wage for their work. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to remain as flexible as possible!
If Asheville Wellness Tours cancels for any reason, we will either reschedule you or refund your purchase in full.
Tips are never obligatory but are always appreciated. If you feel you had a wonderful experience, the average amount shared is $5-20/person.
Another way to show your appreciation is to share a review of your experience online and give your hardworking guide a shout-out. Your kind words mean more than you know! You can find us on TripAdvisor, Google, Facebook, and Yelp
Included in your winery tour:
Not included in the winery tour:
The short answer is that it depends! Factors that might influence the itinerary are special events at specific vineyards, seasonal closures, your preferences, and more. Our classic tours focus on wineries and craft beverages in Henderson County. Your tour typically includes three of the following (actual combination depends on the day/season/group size).
Let us know if you see a “must-visit” winery on the list and we’ll do our best to make it happen!
We’ll come to you! Winery Tours for private groups include round trip transportation from your accommodations. Note that locations more than 10 miles from downtown Asheville incur an additional travel fee at a rate of $25 per additional 10 miles.
Absolutely! Our private winery tours can be reserved for solo adventurers or groups as large as….well, the sky is nearly the limit. For parties of 1-5, the price is $930 total. This includes approximately 5hrs of private transportation and tastings at two of your three stops.
Use the “book now” button to request your ideal tour date instantly. An Asheville Wellness Tours concierge will be in touch to finalize details like where to pick you up, winery preferences, and any special requests.
Not to be dramatic, but we recommend booking as soon as possible, especially if your desired date is between May – October or falls on a Saturday. Those dates sell out several months in advance while Mon-Thurs and Sundays tend to be more open, especially if you’re visiting within a month or two. Please don’t let that deter you from reaching out though! We will always do what we can to accommodate and are happy to work with you.
Food trucks, small plates, charcuterie boards, and limited menus are often available on site. If you prefer to have the details taken care of in advance, let us handle lunch for you!
Add on a box lunch for $20/person or have a lovely charcuterie box full of local goodies delivered before your pick-up time so you can enjoy it at your leisure along the route for $30/person. You can add these options on during your instant-booking process by clicking the Book Now button or Contact Us to customize your day!
Have non-drinkers in the group? We offer reduced rates for “rider only” guests. See the “add-on” options during check out or give us a call and we’ll book it for you.
Note that all guests partaking in tastings must be 21+
Full group cancellations more than 14 days in advance of your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $25/person administrative fee plus any fees charged by our local partners. Out of respect for the guide’s time, full group cancellations from 14-0 days prior to your scheduled service are non-refundable.
Group size decreases will be accepted up to 72hrs prior to your scheduled experience with no penalty as long as minimum group size thresholds are met. Out of respect for your guide’s time, group size decreases between 72-0 hours prior to your scheduled experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
Your role: If you feel ill, are experiencing Covid-related symptoms, or have been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of Covid 19 in the past two weeks, please stay home and let us know as soon as possible. Our stated cancellation policy will still apply. If you are concerned about the risks of last minute cancellation, please consider taking out travel insurance.
These policies ensure all experience providers, guides, instructors, etc are paid a living wage for their work. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to remain as flexible as possible!
Plan on approximately 5 hours door to door for the classic tour (longer if your location is more than 10 miles from downtown Asheville). The upgraded Tryon area tour takes a minimum of 6 hours. We don’t want you to feel rushed so let us know ASAP if you have dinner/evening plans and we can advise from there.