Start your day with adventure and fresh air on a Mountaintop Yoga Hike with Asheville Wellness Tours. During this mini-wellness-retreat, you’ll hit the trail with an experienced local guide for a two mile round trip hike plus an hour of yoga on the summit with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge as your backdrop. We’ll bring the mats, you bring your spirit of adventure!
After a relaxing afternoon, it’s time to sip and see the city from a bird’s eye view with Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours! On this three hour journey, your guide will share fascinating tales of Asheville’s history as you enjoy delightful hand-crafted concoctions at each stop and soak up the sights from three of downtown’s best rooftop bars. Even better, we’ll drive!
Overall: this package offers a uniquely balanced day of adventure, mindful mountain moments, history, culture, and an insider’s view of our stunning area that will help connect you more deeply to Asheville, yourself, and each other! Even better? You receive a special, discounted rate when you book these tours together. Click Book Now to choose your date!
Wrap up your balanced day of outdoor adventure and urban delights by retreating to your stylishly appointed room at The Element, one of Asheville’s newest hotels, located just steps from downtown and overflowing with thoughtful amenities, including a kitchenette for extended-stay guests, a spa-like bathroom, luxurious bedding, free high-speed Wi-Fi and more.
In addition to a first-class guest experience, this hotel prioritizes sustainability, limiting their footprint by offering locally brewed beers during vibrant nightly receptions, easy transportation to downtown through a bicycle lending program, and comprehensive recycling programs.
Even better? In keeping with the theme of the day, the Element Hotel offers an unparalleled view of the downtown skyline so you can end your day from yet another of Asheville’s best vantage points.
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!
Remember that cancellations more than 72hrs 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 and try again at a later date. If you’re looking at the forecast and dreading the adventure, you still have options! Out of respect for your guide’s time, cancellations between 0-72 hrs prior to your experience are non-refundable.
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.
Cancellations more than 72 hrs prior to your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $10/person admin fee plus any fees charged by our local partners 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.
NOTE: If you booked a private yoga hike and individual members of your party need to cancel due to Covid, we will refund the group member/s in full provided minimum thresholds for group size are met (ie: we have a minimum charge of $260 for private yoga hikes). These minimums 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 in uncertain times!
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
“Sip & See the City From a Bird’s – Eye View” can mean a “mocktail” (0% alcohol) as well as alcohol based drinks. Drinking while riding in our company vans isn’t permitted as you are being transported from one rooftop location to the next. If you choose to indulge in one or more of the incredible handcrafted cocktails, delicious locally brewed beers, and extensive wine lists that the rooftop establishments offer, we kindly ask that you please drink responsibly. Full food menus are available at each rooftop bar.
Tours are for guests 21 years of age and older.
Yes, there is only one rooftop bar location that requires climbing steps. The building is from the early 1900’s. There are 10-12 steps to reach the rooftop area. This stop currently not in our tour rotation but could be re-introduced. Please reach out in advance if this is a concern for your party!
Each tour lasts 3 hours.
All tours will have a starting location in the heart of the city of Asheville, NC. After booking your tour, an email confirmation will be sent to you that will include the location and street address for the starting point of your tour. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before scheduled start of tour to allow for check-in with our tour guide. At end of tour, guests will be transported by company van back to the original start location of your tour.
Tours will be held rain or shine. All of the rooftop establishments we visit have covered outdoor areas as well as spacious indoor areas great for viewing outside. We understand that some visitors may only be in town for a short period of time and still want to have this rooftop experience even if there happens to be some liquid sunshine that day! We have umbrellas availble if needed.
All service dogs are welcome, but unfortunately we are not set up to accommodate you bringing your pet.
Full group cancellations more than 7 days in advance of your scheduled experience are refundable minus a $15/person administrative fee plus any fees charged by our local partners or you may elect a store credit for your full purchase price. Out of respect for the guide’s time, full group cancellations from 7-0 days prior to your scheduled service are non-refundable.
Group size decreases will be accepted up to 48hrs prior to your scheduled experience with no penalty as long as minimum group size thresholds are met. Group size decreases between 48-0 hours prior to your scheduled experience are non-refundable and no store credits will be issued within that window.
These minimums and 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!
A gratuity is not required. We work hard to let you experience Asheville in a unique and original way on our tours. We hope you love what we do! If you feel so inclined…any gratuities received will be warmly welcomed. 🙂 Cash or Venmo are great options.
The key to enjoying year-round tours is to dress appropriately for the weather. We are in the mountains in NC, so expect cool weather in the early spring and fall. Layers of warm clothing and warm footwear are best. In the winter warm hats, scarfs, and gloves are good options to also bring along. Warmer months, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.
We follow the winter weather forecast and road driving conditions closely. If the forecast is for snow or ice on the day you have booked a tour with us or even forecasted the day before, or it is snowing the day of your tour, you will hear from us by email and by text message about a possible cancellation of the tour. You will be notified by 12:00pm the day of your tour, if not before. When we cancel a tour due to unsafe driving conditions and weather related issues or bar closures, we will issue a full refund to the credit card you booked with. We also reserve the right to shorten any tour if the road conditions are becoming unsafe during the tour or if the rooftop bars are closing early due to bad weather. Our first priority as a tour company is to keep our guests and employees safe in regards to our tours.
Your safety and the safety of our facilitators and community is of the utmost importance. To that end, we’ve taken a close look at our policies and procedures and have updated protocols for each tour, service, and experience we offer.