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Joy Rides Appalachian Farm and Mountain Trail Ride
Reawaken your wander-seeking spirit on our Appalachian farm. Our trail rides offer open-field exploration, a winding uphill climb (hand-hewn by your host!) shaded by old growth forest, and four seasons of breathtaking Blue Ridge views. For two hours, give yourself permission to unplug and indulge in the hidden moments that make this experience unforgettable. From stunning flora to new horizons, come find your joy in nature. Our cozy farm is home to nine horses that love to ride and roam. All are gentle, playful and eager for an ear scratch. Worried about your first time on horseback? Your host, Joy, has trained many riders and will be by your side for the entire trip. Before hopping in the saddle, you’ll learn horsemanship techniques to help you understand your horse while building trust and confidence. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or first-timer, a kid or retiree, it doesn’t matter; you are capable and welcomed! Free your senses with the fresh air, rustling trees, and rolling acres — all in the quiet calm of our farmstead just 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. Whether you seek the anticipation of adventure or soulful solitude, our intimate trail rides create wellbeing for all who wander.
Tip-Based Asheville Walking Tour
Pay what you want in the end! We will start downtown in Pack Square to learn about the history, architecture, and some of the local legends surrounding Asheville! During our tour, we will be sure to cover all major landmarks like the Basilica of St Lawrence, and the Grove Park Arcade, but we will also go off the beaten path to explore the Block, the YMI, Woolworth Walk's old-timey soda fountain, and Wall St's catwalk! During the trip, I will be providing insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and play for the best prices, including the places where locals hang out for free! We will discuss hidden gems that many people walk by daily without ever noticing an eagle overhead, the faces engraved on the wall, or secret mice! We will dive deeper into Asheville's "buy local" culture and what that means for companies who get listed as "sell-outs." Also, we will discuss stories of sabotage, controversy, and little-known success stories of previous residents! We will also check out a cool museum called Leaf Global and taste local spirits from a distillery and ice cream from the Hop! At the end, my guest will get discount beer tickets to taste some local brews from one of Asheville's finest, local breweries called Twin Leaf. Other thing If you are unable to make your reservation, please let me know so I can plan accordingly!
Forging at Quiver Full Farm
Your blacksmithing adventure will include three hours of hands on instruction as you create your very own masterpiece. Your experience will start with a brief orientation to The Forge at Quiver Full Farm. During this orientation time we will make sure each participant is dressed and prepared with all necessary equipment to have a SAFE forging experience. We will be working with equipment that reach temperatures greater than 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. This experience requires participants to be attentive and be able to physically exert themselves. We will have all participants sign a safety liability waiver before starting. If you are under 18 years of age you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Jeremy will introduce you to all of the equipment that you will be using while creating your forged piece. He will give detailed and guided instruction on how to use these tools. From there you will choose one of several projects to create. Jeremy will be there to guide you, assist you, and maintain a safe working environment while you create your masterpiece. Other things to note This experience is for adults and children over the age of 14. If you have sensitivities to smoke and heat this may not be the experience for you.
Canoe the river to local craft breweries
Recipe for a perfect day: Floating down an ancient river, cooling your toes in the water, laughing with good friends... all within reach of award-winning breweries serving up fresh craft beverages and tasty treats. We start by meeting near Asheville's River Arts District, where your canoeing gear and friendly guide await. Canoe on a navigable but adventurous section of the French Broad River, where one of the oldest rivers on the planet passes by some of the best spots in "Beer City USA." We'll paddle up to a variety of Asheville's best breweries, eateries, funky riverside bars, and wading pools. Each trip will vary based on the weather, what is open, and what the folks in your group enjoy most. Most trips include 2 breweries, a couple of eating options, and depending on the day, a bonus brewery or winery. Non-drinkers will have plenty of sight-seeing options nearby as well. Depending on the time of year, we may see otters, beavers, herons, friendly ducks, and colorful fish. Other things to note You will enjoy this the most if you are comfortable with being on a river and are able to swim. Rapids are very mild (Class I at most). No pets or children allowed.
Asheville barhop by SUP or Kayak
We will be exploring a couple of the best breweries of Asheville by SUP and kayak! 21&up. Get your friends together for a river caravan down the French Broad! This river is flat and wide, an easy beginner run, winding through the river arts district. Our guides will help you learn to kayak or SUP if you are new to it. It is a scenic and fun way to get to the breweries. Great for groups, solo travelers or couples, because you make friends with your crew throughout the afternoon. We have dry bags for personal items, dress to get wet and still be able to walk a block or two. Our takeouts are riverside banks, not docks, so ability to get out of your boat and walk up a trail is required. A sample or two can be provided at the breweries, but bring your wallet to purchase beer and food.

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The original Wine Me, Shine Me, Dine Me-Must do tour
NOTICE **no tours between 12/20-1/18.** We can’t wait to enjoy our experience with you!! Ride in style on a luxury high top van or limo bus. This experience hits it all! Wine, Moonshine, Local cuisine, and fun with friends. Let the Husband/Wife team - Mike and Jenn (The Hosts of the #1 rated Airbnb Experience Moonshine Walking tour) show you where the locals shop. We meet across the street from Islands of Pigeon Forge. After this we will head to one of our favorite distilleries in the area. We will sample "grain to bottle" spirits from Vodka, Moonshine and Whiskey. Next you will be treated to an AMAZING lunch! No bagged lunch here! Fresh and awesome! We will be avoiding the tourist trap distilleries and take you to where WE shop! Once we leave there, we will be heading to our other location. This location has both the Winery and a moonshine distillery with over 36 different flavors of shine! Enjoy samplings of Tennessee wines and moonshines from a family doing this for FIVE generations.You can sample all the way from Pumpkin Spice to right off the still 135 proof moonshine. We have now been able to add in some time showing you the Still and explaining the process The reviews say it all!! Don't see your dates? Large Group? Sold out? Just Message us! Jenn and I co-host so we can have up to 20 NOTE -10:00 and 10:30 are same/combined tour. Check in at 10:20.
Goat Farm Tour & Cheese Tasting
Please note- we will be closed for the majority of Dec, Jan and Feb. This is a rest period for our staff and the mamas as they gestate. Tours will begin again mid-March. Be sure to book in advance to get a chance to hold, cuddle and play with newborn baby goats! Guests will tour the goat farm, home to 64 goats. We will begin the tour by giving loads of information about goat care and farming. Guests will have the option to play and interact with goats. We will finish the tour with an elaborate tasting of the 9 fresh cheese varieties we make weekly on the farm.
Sound Healing Relaxation in the Sound Nest
Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, or desiring to relax, be supported, & experience meditative sounds? Arrive at the Sound Nest in Alexander, in the rolling hills just outside Asheville, leaving the outside world behind beginning with a cup of soothing tea. Slip off your shoes entering a comforting & nurturing room filled with special instruments to soothe your cares & nervous system. Dawn walks participants through what to expect in a tranquil & reassuring way. The bespoke sound healing journey can be tailored to support your life experience. Grounding gongs, timeless & soaring singing bowls, refreshing chimes, a relaxing ocean drum, amongst other instruments help us to re-imagine life & bring fresh air to the intensity that life naturally brings. Why sound healing? These instruments and the way Dawn plays them allows the mind to relax so your body can activate the parasympathetic nervous system & rest, digest, and heal itself. Dawn welcomes groups up to 7 with space to lay down, more are welcome if seated upright. Private group or individual sessions are happily arranged in addition to the times shown here, please contact Dawn. We can also host sessions instructing how to play the instruments if booked specifically for that goal. PS If the private session booking option shows a crazy high price, that's because that time is not available; just contact for times.
Extended Douglas Lake Region Tour by Helicopter
Duration 8 mins. Fly high above the Tennessee countryside on this 16 mile helicopter tour over the French Broad River, Douglas Lake, and the Great Smoky Mountains. Extra elevation gains guarantee broader views of the surrounding landscape with a focus on Douglas Lake and the Douglas Dam, while the included headsets make it easy to communicate with your pilot and hear about the sights as you weave through the sky. Total length experience includes the following: Check in, weigh in (as a group), briefing, tour, gift shop/photos and food truck are both available for additional cost. Upon arrive, our receptionists at the desk will greet you and check in for your reservation. After, one of our boarding attendants will assist you to the helicopter pad where you will meet one of our Pilots. We are a large company and have several employees who are well trained and years of experience there to assist you so you can get the most out of your experience. WEATHER RELATED Safety is our #1 concern. Reroutes will be taken if weather is an issue at the same duration of the original flight. If flights are shortened due to safety reasons, we will recommend coming in after weather has passed or we will adjust the reservation and charge accordingly if its a shorter tour then originally booked and a refund will be issued. We will let you know BEFORE your flight if there are possible reroutes
A street photographer, craft beers, and an Asheville insider
Spend time with local Asheville photographer and craft beer connoisseur Joel, as he shares with you his love for all things Asheville. Put down your cameras and enjoy the experience while I capture some candid moments on film. I'll also share my love of dive bars, to fancy restaurants as we walk around one of Asheville's coolest neighborhoods. We will meet up at Burial, my favorite brewery on the south slope - first round is on me - as I snap some moments with you and your party. If beer isn't your thing there is an awesome coffee shop/vinyl record store with some sick house plants. Then we will take a short walk around exploring some of Asheville's street art, music venues, unique photo ops, and local craft stores. I'll let ya'll do some exploring, and l'lI play paparazzi. We will make another stop at a sake distillery called Ben's Tune Up for the last round and I'll share with you all I know about this awesome city, and help plan some more highlights for your trip. If you don't see a day available hit me up, and I can try to get you in! The tour can be dog friendly, just let me know ahead of time. Come to walk, drink, and share some stories. :) You'll get a collection of over 30 edited digital photos, one to two days after the tour, those are yours to keep and post as you please! Check out my Insta for more content: roadwarrior_and_copperdog

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Joy Rides Appalachian Farm and Mountain Trail Ride
Reawaken your wander-seeking spirit on our Appalachian farm. Our trail rides offer open-field exploration, a winding uphill climb (hand-hewn by your host!) shaded by old growth forest, and four seasons of breathtaking Blue Ridge views. For two hours, give yourself permission to unplug and indulge in the hidden moments that make this experience unforgettable. From stunning flora to new horizons, come find your joy in nature. Our cozy farm is home to nine horses that love to ride and roam. All are gentle, playful and eager for an ear scratch. Worried about your first time on horseback? Your host, Joy, has trained many riders and will be by your side for the entire trip. Before hopping in the saddle, you’ll learn horsemanship techniques to help you understand your horse while building trust and confidence. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or first-timer, a kid or retiree, it doesn’t matter; you are capable and welcomed! Free your senses with the fresh air, rustling trees, and rolling acres — all in the quiet calm of our farmstead just 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. Whether you seek the anticipation of adventure or soulful solitude, our intimate trail rides create wellbeing for all who wander.
Tip-Based Asheville Walking Tour
Pay what you want in the end! We will start downtown in Pack Square to learn about the history, architecture, and some of the local legends surrounding Asheville! During our tour, we will be sure to cover all major landmarks like the Basilica of St Lawrence, and the Grove Park Arcade, but we will also go off the beaten path to explore the Block, the YMI, Woolworth Walk's old-timey soda fountain, and Wall St's catwalk! During the trip, I will be providing insider tips on the best places to eat, drink and play for the best prices, including the places where locals hang out for free! We will discuss hidden gems that many people walk by daily without ever noticing an eagle overhead, the faces engraved on the wall, or secret mice! We will dive deeper into Asheville's "buy local" culture and what that means for companies who get listed as "sell-outs." Also, we will discuss stories of sabotage, controversy, and little-known success stories of previous residents! We will also check out a cool museum called Leaf Global and taste local spirits from a distillery and ice cream from the Hop! At the end, my guest will get discount beer tickets to taste some local brews from one of Asheville's finest, local breweries called Twin Leaf. Other thing If you are unable to make your reservation, please let me know so I can plan accordingly!
A street photographer, craft beers, and an Asheville insider
Spend time with local Asheville photographer and craft beer connoisseur Joel, as he shares with you his love for all things Asheville. Put down your cameras and enjoy the experience while I capture some candid moments on film. I'll also share my love of dive bars, to fancy restaurants as we walk around one of Asheville's coolest neighborhoods. We will meet up at Burial, my favorite brewery on the south slope - first round is on me - as I snap some moments with you and your party. If beer isn't your thing there is an awesome coffee shop/vinyl record store with some sick house plants. Then we will take a short walk around exploring some of Asheville's street art, music venues, unique photo ops, and local craft stores. I'll let ya'll do some exploring, and l'lI play paparazzi. We will make another stop at a sake distillery called Ben's Tune Up for the last round and I'll share with you all I know about this awesome city, and help plan some more highlights for your trip. If you don't see a day available hit me up, and I can try to get you in! The tour can be dog friendly, just let me know ahead of time. Come to walk, drink, and share some stories. :) You'll get a collection of over 30 edited digital photos, one to two days after the tour, those are yours to keep and post as you please! Check out my Insta for more content: roadwarrior_and_copperdog
Forging at Quiver Full Farm
Your blacksmithing adventure will include three hours of hands on instruction as you create your very own masterpiece. Your experience will start with a brief orientation to The Forge at Quiver Full Farm. During this orientation time we will make sure each participant is dressed and prepared with all necessary equipment to have a SAFE forging experience. We will be working with equipment that reach temperatures greater than 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. This experience requires participants to be attentive and be able to physically exert themselves. We will have all participants sign a safety liability waiver before starting. If you are under 18 years of age you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Jeremy will introduce you to all of the equipment that you will be using while creating your forged piece. He will give detailed and guided instruction on how to use these tools. From there you will choose one of several projects to create. Jeremy will be there to guide you, assist you, and maintain a safe working environment while you create your masterpiece. Other things to note This experience is for adults and children over the age of 14. If you have sensitivities to smoke and heat this may not be the experience for you.
Canoe the river to local craft breweries
Recipe for a perfect day: Floating down an ancient river, cooling your toes in the water, laughing with good friends... all within reach of award-winning breweries serving up fresh craft beverages and tasty treats. We start by meeting near Asheville's River Arts District, where your canoeing gear and friendly guide await. Canoe on a navigable but adventurous section of the French Broad River, where one of the oldest rivers on the planet passes by some of the best spots in "Beer City USA." We'll paddle up to a variety of Asheville's best breweries, eateries, funky riverside bars, and wading pools. Each trip will vary based on the weather, what is open, and what the folks in your group enjoy most. Most trips include 2 breweries, a couple of eating options, and depending on the day, a bonus brewery or winery. Non-drinkers will have plenty of sight-seeing options nearby as well. Depending on the time of year, we may see otters, beavers, herons, friendly ducks, and colorful fish. Other things to note You will enjoy this the most if you are comfortable with being on a river and are able to swim. Rapids are very mild (Class I at most). No pets or children allowed.
Paint a Pot in a Historic Studio in the River Arts District
Looking for a relaxing, creative, and social way to spend a few hours in the heart of the River Arts District? Come decorate your own piece of functional pottery at an adorable creative studio inside one of Asheville's most historic buildings : The Asheville Cotton Mill. The historic Cotton Mill, built in 1887, is now home to a variety of studios, galleries, a Cuban food truck, and bars, providing an inspiring backdrop to enjoy a drink, lunch, and some creative fun! -Guests get two hours to design and paint their own ceramic "blank" and can choose from a wide variety of pre-fired pottery pieces like bowls, mugs, planters, plates, and more, with curated options and even pieces made in our West Asheville production studio. -Booking via AirBnb gets you a piece with a $30 or less value *overages refunded in-person, or, if a more expensive piece is desired the difference can also be paid in person, a reserved time so you are sure to get a seat, and free shipping! -A wide range of colors and brush styles are available and our staff is here to help you achieve the design you're going for! Let us clean up, add a top coat of glaze, fire, and ship the piece to your home (pick-up also available for locals). - Private party booking after-hours by request with BYO alcoholic beverage option...message us! - Once finished, peruse our gallery of local art for a souvenir :)
Nature walk & Highland Cow
We will meet at the front porch to of the historic farm house. We will then start our nature walk throughout the property. We will start at the top of the field and start out walking around our old pecan trees, then heading into the forest and around the pastures exploring the forest with our highland cows in the pastures along the way. We will share with you about the breed of cows we have and what they are known for. We will explore how they interact with each of us their mannerisms and irresistible cuteness. While circling the pastures we have other animals you may interact with that include 5 Scottish highland cows and their 2 calves who were born in spring 2019, 2022 our goats and our sweet rescue horse Eli &livestock guardian dogs. We will end our visit at the west pasture sharing treats with the animals sharing our time in the forests with them. Other things to note Wear good closed toe shoes for hike and you may not mind getting dirty, clothes you can interact with animals. Hiking stick, jacket if cold, bottle of water. For families with children 6 or younger message us privately to book we have a tour made specifically for little ones. No dogs please as not all dogs like cows. One more thing if the weather is bad don’t worry we will see cows.. but will replace hike with the historic farmhouse tour listed under our experiences..
Asheville barhop by SUP or Kayak
We will be exploring a couple of the best breweries of Asheville by SUP and kayak! 21&up. Get your friends together for a river caravan down the French Broad! This river is flat and wide, an easy beginner run, winding through the river arts district. Our guides will help you learn to kayak or SUP if you are new to it. It is a scenic and fun way to get to the breweries. Great for groups, solo travelers or couples, because you make friends with your crew throughout the afternoon. We have dry bags for personal items, dress to get wet and still be able to walk a block or two. Our takeouts are riverside banks, not docks, so ability to get out of your boat and walk up a trail is required. A sample or two can be provided at the breweries, but bring your wallet to purchase beer and food.
Goat Farm Tour & Cheese Tasting
Please note- we will be closed for the majority of Dec, Jan and Feb. This is a rest period for our staff and the mamas as they gestate. Tours will begin again mid-March. Be sure to book in advance to get a chance to hold, cuddle and play with newborn baby goats! Guests will tour the goat farm, home to 64 goats. We will begin the tour by giving loads of information about goat care and farming. Guests will have the option to play and interact with goats. We will finish the tour with an elaborate tasting of the 9 fresh cheese varieties we make weekly on the farm.
Forging Silver Stacking Rings
Be a jeweler for a day by creating your own keepsake hammered sterling silver stacking rings. We'll start off by getting you settled into the studio before teaching you the basics of metalsmithing. We'll cut silver, learn how to solder the rings together with propane torches and then learn how to polish them to make them shiny! Once you learn the basics, you can add textures to make your ring unique, and make two beautiful stacking rings!This is a wonderful experience to bring home a memorable souvenir from your trip to Asheville. Afterwards, feel free to peruse our beautiful gallery and walk around the River Arts District to get get inspired by the over 200 working artists in the warehouses. Feel free to sign up solo, as a couple, or as friends! Due to our close proximity in working together, masks and hand sanitizing are required. Other things to note Please try to wear closed toed shoes.
Private Horseback Trail Ride hosted by Glass Mountain Ranch
Private horseback trail ride. Only two people per group, must be at least 18 years old and no more than 200 pounds. No riding experience necessary! We will ride for approximately two hours up and down the Blue Ridge Mountains. The terrain varies from open fields to old growth timber forest. Depending on the time of year, we may see long range views from the peak in Winter, the beautiful changing colors of Autumn, or an ensemble of Spring blooms! Upon arrival at the trail head, we will ask you to complete a Release From Liability form, collect the balance of your payment, give you a brief riding demonstration, help you to mount your horses, adjust your stirrups, and make sure your saddles are tight before the start of each ride. However, there's no need to arrive in advance of your scheduled ride time. We simply want to make you aware that it takes time for us to get you ready to ride, so you may be with us a little longer than the 2 hours that you are scheduled to ride. In any case, your ride doesn't officially begin until everyone is mounted and the horses are headed down the trail.
Amazing waterfall hike & swim
The experience I would like to share with you will start with a 30 minute drive east of AVL. We will arrive at the trailhead around 9:30 am & begin our adventure on an easy uphill 1.25 mile trail. Along this path I will share with you the history of the area and discuss various plants & animals we may see as we venture along. At the end of this trail you will enjoy a lovely waterfall that will be full of people. From this point on the real adventure will begin! Beyond this waterfall is a secret second amazing waterfall that few people know about. The next 3/4 mile journey is difficult and involves climbing up a steep rocky wall & other rocky areas. We will go slowly & carefully, but you will need to be in decent shape & have proper footwear to make it. You will be holding onto rocks, roots, & branches as we go, but I will guide you along and I am confident you will be able to make the journey! Your reward will be an amazing peaceful waterfall with a great refreshing swimming hole! Yes the water is cold! There will most likely be no other people at this waterfall so we will have it for ourselves. After spending time swimming and having some snacks we will return to the trailhead. But our adventure does not have to end here! We can enjoy lunch at a great local brewery before departing from our wonderful experience! We usually arrive back in AVL around 2:30 pm.
Casual & scenic winery party bus tour
We will pick you up from Hendersonville on our 12 passenger bus and drive you to 3 or 4 of the best wineries in the area. We will have a cooler on board with bottled water, feel free to bring beers along if that is the preference of someone in your group. You are allowed to drink on board while we cruise the mountains, just no liquor allowed. All wine tastings or purchases at locations are on your own tab. Prices per glass or flight range from $7-15. Wineries often have live music. Private larger groups we can pick you up from your airbnb in the Hendersonville or Chimney Rock Area.
Top Rated Wine and Shine Walking Tour
NOTICE **no tours between 12/20-1/18.**. We will be hosting an experience out of the country. Hope to see you soon! After we give an informative overview and history of “Appalachia” wine/shine we will begin our tour. We will see working distilleries. You will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see exactly how their process works. Perfect for ADULT NIGHT out. After a short walk, we start off at an AMAZING distillery where we will taste a custom lineup just for us! At our next location we will get a true VIP experience at our favorite winery. Just remember...Tennessee does SWEET wines perfect We will take a short breather and talk history of the old timers. Even during the busiest times of the year this walk is beautiful and scenic. Once we arrive at our shine spot we get the full "VIP experience". After check-in, they will take you to an exclusive backstage tour of another working distillery (based on operating schedule). What better way to enjoy your tour then with a complimentary moonshine cocktail! Enjoy! It’s on me! If there is no tour, I will show the stills myself and answer questions. Next we will try some of the best moonshines ever made! Group size kept under 16! Don't see your dates? Large party? Message us!! 5* reviews DONT LIE! You'll have an AMAZING time. We will make sure of it! Check out my WINE/DINE/SHINE experience as well
Asheville Mountain Top Sunrise & Coffee
Experience the sunrise from up in the mountains! This is Asheville’s only sunrise tour and you will get a front-row seat to one of the greatest experiences in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We will drive you up the famous Blue Ridge Parkway to our favorite sunrise spot (located at 5,000 ft. above sea level!) After a short, 5-10 minute walk, we will arrive at our spot and your guide will brew some fresh local coffee. We will enjoy the coffee as well as the sights, sounds, and smells of awaking mountains as we watch the sun come up over the mountains! Your guide will also provide alternative drinks if you aren’t a coffee drinker. We will bring a variety of teas. We will take care of the details like cups, creamers, and sugar. Private Tour: Have a large group? Want a longer hike? Want to customize the trip? Book a private tour, or reach out to discuss your options! IMPORTANT: Mountain weather is extremely unpredictable. Fog and clouds can come through in minutes. As a result, clear viewing of the sunrise is not guaranteed, but we will try our best to get you to see the sunrise. If there is rain in the forecast for your tour, your guide will reach out before the trip to discuss alternative options such as moving to a different date. If the weather becomes dangerous and we must cancel the trip, you will receive a full refund.