Blue Ridge Parkway in spring

The weather is warming, flowers are blossoming, and birdsong fills the air. Keep the cabin-fever at bay with plans for a May getaway to Asheville, NC! There’s always something fun to see or do in Asheville and May promises lovely weather and a host of popular events like the Asheville Herb Festival, AVL Beer Week, GRINDFest, and more!

There’s nowhere quite like Asheville, NC. We’re surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning natural beauty and outdoor adventure opportunities. At the same time, we’ve a thriving arts community and a historic and vibrant downtown filled with unique shopping options and other attractions. We know we’re lucky to be here and love sharing the area’s many gems with our guests.

Bent Creek Lodge’s secluded location in a quiet triangle of forest just south of downtown Asheville gives you easy access the best of both worlds. A quiet and restful home base surrounded by picturesque nature, yet within minutes of the area’s best hiking, biking, boating, fishing, dining, touring, shows, museums, and other attractions.

Asheville also plays host to a diverse variety of fun and popular events throughout the year. May is no exception, as Asheville’s 2024 event schedule demonstrates:

Bourbon Dinner Weekend

bourbon and tapas

April 19 & 20 – Come join us at Bent Creek Lodge for a weekend of food, drink, and fun! two nights lodging. 

Enjoy two nights (or more!) lodging with two cocktail receptions, two breakfasts, and two dinners, including a sumptuous, 6-course, steak and seafood, bourbon-paired dinner prepared by Chef Jill Wasilewski and led by Bourbon Sommelier Brian Smith.

Bourbon sommelier Brian Smith will impart bourbon legends, history, and pairing tips over bourbon chili, gourmet breakfast, and the 6-course, steak & seafood dinner. Fantastic!

Reserve your spot at the table, today!

Asheville Herb Festival

Asheville Herb Festival 2024

April 26, 27, & 28, 2024 – Asheville Herb Festival is the largest herb festival in the United States and Canada.

Learn from herb growers, herbalists and related businesses while also seeing demonstrations from experts on natural gardening and landscaping.  Free admission, free parking, and free workshops!

Friday and Saturday: 8:30am-5:pm, Sunday 10am-3pm at the Davis Event Center.

Get in Gear Fest

Asheville Get In Gear Fest

May 4, 2024 – Get in Gear Fest is a full day of outdoor recreation and experiences with some of Western North Carolina’s top gear makers and brands.

Demo or purchase mountain bikes, tents, hammocks, and other outdoor gear.  A free, family-friendly event with activities for all ages and experience levels. Enjoy live music, food trucks, local craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages.

12pm-5pm at The Outpost. Learn more.

Asheville Beer Week

Asheville Beer Week 2024

May 16-26, 2024 – Come celebrate Asheville’s thriving craft brewing with a week of fun events during AVL Beer Week 2024.

Expand your palate with beer tastings and craft-paired dinners, and expand your knowledge with panel discussions. You can also attend a Craft Beverage Expo, go in-depth with educational seminars, groove to live music, and so much more.

Visit the Asheville Beer Week website for more information.

GRINDFest 2024

GRINDfest 2024

May 24-26, 2024 – GRINDFest 2024 is a free, 3-day festival celebrating the life and progress of Asheville’s Black entrepreneurs and business owners.

The block party-style weekend includes music, live performances, games, food trucks, local vendors, and more.  Last year’s event included a hip hop concert with Big Boi, Waka Flocka Flame, and Talib Kweli. What’s in store for 2024?

Memorial Day Weekend at the AB Tech Conference Centers. Learn more at

And that’s just for starters …

The above is just a small selection of all the events one could attend while staying at Bent Creek Lodge this spring. Visit for a more complete list.

Alternately, feel free to ask us any questions you have about the area. Places to eat, things to see, unique experiences to not miss. We are more than happy to help you see make the most of your Asheville getaway. Book your stay at Bent Creek Lodge today!