NORALLY HOUSE- ASHEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA AREA VACATION RENTAL  


The Holiday Season is always a lovely one at our Asheville/Weaverville NC Vacation Rental. Christmas at Norally House begins on the first weekend in Nov. to allow more visitors to enjoy the area Christmas activities. All decorations, tree, and lights are up from the first weekend in November through January 4.  It is our hope that this extended Holiday Season will allow everyone who wants to, to come up and enjoy the Western North Carolina Mountain areas Christmas entertainment or just make your own good times with friends and family. Theres plenty of room in this large 7 bedroom Asheville Vacation Rental.


Who doesn’t love a tailgate or farmers market of fresh veggies, meat and dairy products not to mention home made  goodies and crafts of every kind.  These markets are all nearby 10 to 20 minute drives of Norally Vacation Rentals. NC Vacation Rental information and reservations: 828-536-1054 or 334-718-2800

Looking for something to do?  Norally NC Vacation Rental House is near many great attractions, activities, and areas of interest.

Norally NC Vacation Rentals provides brochures of all area activities and attractions.  We update this page often so be sure to return to it and see what is going on during your stay.


Cradle of Forestry  If the natural beauty of the mountains is not enough to keep you busy with sightseeing, then check out all there is to do at The Cradle of Forestry. There are guided tours, restored historic buildings, exhibits, a gift shop and more. Kids will certainly enjoy seeing the restored locomotive and wandering the forest.

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides For your horseback riding adventures is our guest favorite. River Rafting There are many rafting and tubing outfitters. We keep brochures at both rentals for guest to view. 

Great Swimming Holes- Along the South Toe River is The Carolina Hemlock . The mountain-cold water cascades from Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the Eastern U.S., and there are large slabs of rocks ideal for sunbathing. From Asheville follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Route 80 north to Carolina Hemlock campground or head north on U.S. 19 to Route 80 south.

Green River, is  another popular swimming hole. Tube rentals are also available nearby. Head east on I-26 from Asheville to Saluda. Take Exit 28 and head north on Holbert Cove Road to Green River Cove Road. Turn left. The swimming area is at the bottom on the left.

SOUTH TOE RIVER, NC Though the river is relatively safe, it does feature some true rapids. Know your river safety rules before you jump in. Also, don’t float past the bridge at the end of the campground. From Burnsville, take U.S. 19-E for five miles. Turn right on NC 80 and travel nine miles. Unlike most mountain swimming holes, the South Toe’s proximity to the campground means you’ll have a place to change, set up your camp chairs, and spread out your picnic blanket without having to haul everything down a gully through tangled laurel slicks. Just park and play. Down by the deepest point of the river, true sun worshippers can spread out their towels on a concrete platform, though they might get splashed by jumpers. Or just hop in an inner tube and float down past the giant rocks. The light bouncing off the river will brown you on both sides.

Davidson River-Pisgah National Forest The Davidson can be more powerful than it looks. Parents should keep a close eye on small children, especially in the small sections of rapids. Wear sandals or sneakers to protect your feet from sharp rocks. When close to the banks, watch out for overhanging twigs and branches. They have a thing for eyes. The NC 276 entrance to Pisgah lies just east of Brevard. The tube man will give you directions to a number of different places to park along the river depending on how long you want to float for. Remember you’ll need two cars: one at the start of your trip and one at the end. Sycamore Flats picnic area in Pisgah is the universal take-out spot for Davidson tubers.

NATURAL WATERSLIDE Sliding Rock-is a rock that forms a mountain waterslide in the Pisgah National Forest on U.S. 276 near Asheville. The 60-foot, flat, sloping boulder is a perfect launching pad for thousands of visitors every year. Fueled by 11,000 gallons of water pumped down the rock each minute, Sliding Rock is a perfect place for chlorine-free fun. (While you’re in the area, check out Looking Glass Falls, also on U.S. 276. The 60-foot waterfall is stunning and the wading pool below is perfect for children.) Located along US 276, about 7.5 miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway (or a little over seven miles north off of US 280 in Brevard).

Grove Park Inn   Celebrating 100 Years in 2013!!!! Grove Park Inn is just down the road a very short 10 minute drive from Norally NC vacation rentals. You don’t have to stay at the Inn to enjoy the fine dining and the activities that are planned for public enjoyment. This breathtaking Asheville resort, turns 100 years old this year. The luxury hotel's actual birthday is July 12 but the entire year is being celebrated, and all of the property's annual events will have a special vibe this year. If you are visiting the area this year you will not want to miss a visit to Grove Park Inn.  Spend an evening dining in one of their wonderful resturants or attend one of the many events they have scheduled for this year.   Grove Park Inn will have three themed entertainment seasons this year, all recognizing the hotel's centennial. The first major event of the year is the 22nd annual Big Band Swing Dance Weekend scheduled for Jan. 18 and 19. Both the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform, and dance floors will beckon to attending hoofers. All That Jazz Weekend follows on Jan. 25 and 26 featuring performances by multi-Grammy award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny and jazz guitarist and vocalist John Pizzarelli. Celtic music comes to Grove Park Inn the first weekend of February. Solas performs Feb. 1 and Gaelic Storm Feb. 2.  Celtic everything is used to describe this event. Sheepherding demonstration along with Celtic vendors will be included on this weekend.The biggest centennial celebration will be the Fourth of July weekend. B.B. King will perform, and there will be a major fireworks display. Another of the year's most anticipated events will be the new Southern Writers Literary Conference in September. It will feature celebrated contemporary Southern writers paying homage to the Southern literary giants who most influenced them.

Biltmore Estate Biltmore Estate is a 15 minute drive from Norally House. With more than 8000 acres, this beautiful mansion has kept its original flair since it opened to the public over a century ago. There are breathtaking gardens, a winery, a delightful gift shop and a dairy with scrumptious ice cream and much more. Let's not forget the grand tour of the home and property itself; this is an experience you will not soon forget. Exciting Antler Hill Village and Winery is located here as well and be sure to take a peek at what this area has to offer including dining, shopping and an Outdoor Adventure Center. Norally vacation rentals is a ticket partner of Biltmore Estate. As a ticket partner of Biltmore Estate we are able to offer our guest a two day Biltmore ticket for the price of a one day ticket. Your tickets will be waiting for you at Norally House and you and your guest can avoid waiting in line. Let your Norally reservation host know that you want to include Biltmore tickets when you make your reservations or before your arrival.  Spectacular Blue Ridge Parkway One of America’s most scenic drives. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a short 15 minute drive from Norally vacation rental. This scenic thoroughfare is 470 miles long and passes through the mountains of the Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Craggy Gardens is located at milepost 364.  Visitors can hike, picnic and take in panoramic colorful views all year round. The Folk Art Center on mile post 382 is a most see for the whole family.  Educational events are held year round along with daily craft demonstrations from March through December.  Hand crafted items from southern Appalachian crafters are available for viewing and purchase. Grandfather Mountain One of the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a truly rustic and fun adventure that includes a swinging bridge that sways a mile above sea level. Be sure to bring your camera to capture your treasured experience. There are also natural habitats with bears, cougars, eagles and otters.   

Smith-McDowell house Open year-round and located in downtown Asheville, the Smith-McDowell house has a reputation for being the oldest brick residence in Asheville. This beautiful Victorian home, built around 1840, has been restored and awaits your visit. Three storeys of interesting history, architecture and items from the past will keep you mesmerized and give you a glimpse into the past. 283 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801 828 253 9231

Western North Carolina Nature Center Kids can spend the day at this nature center learning and having fun! Along with deer, foxes and bears, the most recent additions are the red and grey wolves and the bobcats and cougars. More recent improvements also include the "hands on" Nature Lab and Educational Farm where kids can pet a corn snake or even hold a turtle.

Mount Mitchell State Park An area preserved around the Black Mountain Range, the highest range East of the Rocky Mountains. This is a wonderful place to come hiking, exploring, horseback riding or just enjoying the outdoors. Besides the main Mt. Mitchell Trail, which is just under six miles, there are several other paths including the Black Mountain Crest Trail and the Buncombe Horse Range Trail. Enjoy stunning views after a strenuous hike. 2388 State Highway 128, Burnsville, NC 28714 -828 675 4611

Vance Birthplace Zebulon Baird Vance was a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, the 37th and 43rd Governor of North Carolina, and U.S. Senator. Born in Weaverville, North Carolina. The five-room log house was reconstructed around original chimneys and its outbuildings are furnished to evoke the period from 1795- 1840. This historical site and tour is 10 minutes away from Norally vacation rentals. 

Thomas Wolf Memorial Thomas Wolfe and his mother's boardinghouse in Asheville, North Carolina—now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial—has become one of literature's most famous landmarks. Named "Old Kentucky Home" by a previous owner, Wolfe immortalized the rambling Victorian structure as "Dixieland" in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. A classic of American literature, Look Homeward, Angel has never gone out of print since its 1929 publication, keeping interest in Wolfe alive and attracting visitors to the setting for this great novel.  This interesting tour is only 15 minutes away from Norally vacation rentals.

Asheville City Market- Check out one of these flourishing tailgate markets:  Where:  Located downtown in the parking lot of the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte Street When: Sat., 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Open: April 17

Asheville City Market—South Where: At Biltmore Town Square in South Asheville. In the grassy area across from P.F. Chang's restaurant. When: Wed., 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Open: May 5

Big Ivy Tailgate Market Where: In the parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office, on Highway 197. When: Sat., 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon  Open: May 1

Black Mountain Tailgate Market Where: 130 Montreat Rd. in Black Mountain  When: Sat., 9:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon  Open: May 5

Greenlife SundayMarket Where: Greenlife Grocery, 70 Merrimon Ave., just north of the 1-240 Connector. When: Sun., 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Open: May 5

Mission Hospital Tailgate Market Where: At the back entrance to the Mission Hospital Heart Center on the Memorial Campus. When: Thu., 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Open: May 13

North Asheville Tailgate Market Where: UNC-Asheville Campus in Commuter Lot #C. When: Sat., 8:00 a.m.– 12:00 noon Open: April 17

Victory Tailgate Market Where: In the parking lot adjacent to ABCCM Veterans Restoration Quarters, on Tunnel Rd. past the Blue Ridge Parkway Entrance. When: Wed., 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Open: June 2 Weaverville Tailgate Market Where: On the hill overlooking Lake Louise, behind the yellow Community Center, on Weaverville Hwy. When: Wed., 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Open: April 14

Wednesday Co-op Market Where: 76 Biltmore Ave., in the parking lot next to the French Broad Food Co-op, across the street from Laurey's Catering. When: Wed., 2:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Open: May 5

West Asheville Tailgate Market Where: 718 Haywood Rd., in the parking area between the Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank. When: Tue., 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Open: April 20

WNC Nature Center was voted "best place to take kids" in Western North Carolina; however, old and young alike will enjoy observing the butterfly garden, encountering the red wolf, mountain lions and bobcats, petting the farm animals, and exploring the interactive Nature Lab.

Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace State Historic Site in Weaverville, 15 minutes north of Asheville.  Zebulon B. Vance was North Carolina’s Civil War governor. Take us 19-23 north to New Stock Road, follow the brown directional signs to the site on Reems Creek Road.From Asheville: Take US 19-23 north to New Stock Road; follow the brown directional signs to the site on Reems Creek Road.

Riverside Cemetery is the final resting place for Vance, Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry as well as other past residents that helped shape the Asheville community.  From downtown Asheville on I-240 take the Montford Avenue exit, turn left onto Chestnut Street, turn right on Pearson Drive, turn left on Birch Street, cemetery entrance is at end of street.

Carl Sandburg homestead- walk the five miles of trails for free or take a tour of the home for a small fee.  From U.S. Hwy 26 take exit 53 and turn onto upward road, heading south.  At intersection for Rt. 176/Rt.25, continue straight to N. Highland Lake Road. Road ends a U.S. Hwy. 225 south, turn Left.  At next light turn right on to Little River Road.

Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain host permanent exhibits as well as special events focusing on the area’s history. This is the only museum of general history in Buncombe County, with exhibits that reflect the pioneer history of Western North Carolina.  Off I-40 take exit 64, go north into Black Mountain, turn left at State Street (State Road 70), museum is in former firehouse, 2nd block on left between Black Mountain Center for Arts and Dripolator Coffeehouse.

T360 Party Bus  WNC's premier party bus service featuring sleek customized limobuses outfitted like rolling nightclubs! 27"TV/DVD, satellite radio, custom stereo, club lighting, 7' ceiling. Great pricing for any event from kids b-days, casino runs, bach/ette parties, bar crawls. 'Round the block, 'round the clock.828-236-2841  

MADISON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET - Every Saturday, 8am until 1pm Market location: Dormitory Drive parking lots near Pittman Dining Hall on the campus of Mars Hill College. We offer locally produced vegetables, fruits and plants as well as honey, jams, pickles, licensed goat cheese and six bakers who make bread, cakes, cookies and pies. All our food producers have the required inspections and licensing. We have the finest variety of crafts including hand made cabin brooms, blown glass, jewelry, quilts, hand spun yarns and knitted items and woodworking. It's a festival atmosphere with live music and food hot off the grill. Come shop for all of your fresh produce, baked goods and jams, visit with your neighbors, listen to a little down home music and have lunch at the market.

Marshall Farmer's Market - Every Sunday, from noon to 3pm Visit the Island in Marshall to shop for produce, flowers, eggs, local meat, cold drinks and meet new friends. Music and good times. Call 649-0341 for more information.

Traditional Music at the Depot - Every Friday, 7pm Main Street in Marshall. Free, donations accepted. Live Country Music and Dance - Every Friday, 7pm At the Walnut Volunteer Fire Department, on US Hwy. 25/70 near Walnut.

Live Music at Paddlers Pub - Bluegrass Jam every Friday, 7:30 pm - Various local bands every Saturday, 7:30 pm Located on Bridge Street, in Hot Springs

Live Music at Pizza Roma - Throughout the week, 7-9 pm 611 Carl Eller Road in Mars Hill  Call 689-5542 for details.

Live Music at Zuma's - Every Thursday and Friday Main Street, Downtown Marshall Call 649-1647 for details.

 Farmers Market - Burnsville, Town Center, 6 South Main Street, Every Saturday, from early Spring through OCT.  August 6th and 7th the nostalgic town square of Burnsville , The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair.   As you stroll up and down the "Norman Rockwell" streets lined with artist booths, you will find chairs and tables, hand hewn from rhododendron bushes and maple logs.  Seasoned blacksmiths produce everything from whimsical fairies to intricate candelabras.  Fresh popped kettle corn. You will see sparkling glass, gold, silver, and beaded jewelry, from the contemporary to the very traditional.   Birdhouses, candles, soaps, and lotions are available in every size and shape and we guarantee that you find something that you like and must have.  Our over 200 artists are as varied as the crafts that they produce and many will be working on their craft as you browse. Quilt squares appear not only on local barns and buildings but are for sale by some of the best quilters since Betsy Ross.  Handmade clothes, purses, and vests, are just some of the items that adorn the beautifully decorated booths.  Yes, we also have homemade jams and jellies that are as good as Aunt Bea used to make.    For lunch enjoy a delicious BBQ plate with a glass of cold Southern Tea while sitting underneath the cool shade of the large maple trees.  The sounds of the bluegrass band float along in the late summer breeze and up next is a clogging group from a local school.  A constant flow of performers entertain those gathered on the town square with all of the entertainment being free of charge.  Young and old cannot help themselves as they tap their feet or dance a jig as the bands and performers continue through the day... and did we mention the homemade ice cream. 

Flat Rock Playhouse  Flat Rock, NC The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina. Check the web site for schedule: www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

Mast General Store Authentic general store featuring quality goods, traditional clothing and custom fit shoes. Since 1883, Mast General Store has been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. Discover for yourself why..... some times are just too good to leave behind, and why it is a simple pleasure to just browse throughout the store.

Asheville Historic Trolley Tours-Sightsee Asheville in style aboard our vintage touring trolleys. Visit Asheville's major attractions on this live, narrated tour including the Grove Park Inn,Montford Historic District, Grove Arcade, Biltmore Village and much,much more.The ticket price includes admission to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial and Grove Arcade Building.  888-667-3600 

Blue Ridge Corn Maze-Bring the whole family and find your way out of a maze that traverses six acres of corn field. Open July through October. 828-884-4415 

   Great Smoky Mountains National Park- America's most visited National Park. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has the Blue Ridge Parkway going through it, so it is to access with great vistas around every turn.

Gorges State Park-The newest addition to North Carolina's state parks is right here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Gorges State Park has over 80 inches of rain a year making it a temperate rain forest. The plunging waterfalls, rugged river gorges, sheer rock walls, and concentration of rare and unique species makes this a wonderful park to visit. 828-966-9099  

Mount Mitchell-The eastern United States highest mountain. Experience a wonderful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Asheville to the Mount Mitchell State Park. A great place to have a picnic and walk on the surrounding trails. 828-271-4779 ext. 200

O- Travel back to 1750 when you enter this recreated Cherokee community featuring Native American guides in traditional costumes. Craft demonstration including canoe construction and arrow making take place in the midst of a seven sided coucil house, sweat lodge and cherokee homes. , hwy 441 N. Cherokee. 828-497-2111/ 828-497-2315     

Asheville Urban Trail creates a living, historic walking tour of Asheville: a museum without walls, that illustrates and highlights the city's heritage. "The remarkable abundance and survival of much of the city's turn-of-the-century architecture has set the decorative tone for the rebirth of the downtown area. And the visual beauty and intricate detail of the architecture style found here is not only a feast for the eyes, but also stands as a visual reminder of the remarkable, creative history of the city and of the dynamic and talented individuals who first chose Asheville as home." Along the Urban Trail the history of the city and of its people is represented in story and art. Feature Story 828-259-5800

       Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education A multi-agency wildlife center focusing on the wonders of NC native wildlife. Attractions include aquarium, guided walks, tour of fish hatchery, and gift shop. The center also offers a verity of schedules programs for groups. Special-event programs and educator workshops are also scheduled during the year. Free admission. FR 475 off us 276 N. Pisgah Forest. 828-877-4423

         Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery-Housed at the base of John Rock, the hatchery raises the thousands of trout used to stock area streams. Feeding the fish is a real treat for kids, and an educational center with programs and interpretive walking trail will educate and entrain all ages. FR 475 off US 276 N., Pisgah Forest. 828-277-3121  Activities (on site or nearby): Hiking, Rock Climbing, Biking, Golf, Tennis, Racquetball, Fitness Center, Gym, Miniature Golf, Amusement Parks, Fishing, Hunting, Wildlife, Horseback Riding, Shopping, Restaurants, Live Theater, Cinemas, Museums, Sightseeing, Swimming, Boating, Water-skiing, Rafting, and tubing.