Ardenwoods is the ideal setting for active senior living. Unique shopping, wonderful dining, exceptional cultural venues and museums, and an ever-changing lineup of fun and engaging local events are just minutes away. The Ardenwoods Active Life Navigator plans a complete calendar of cultural, recreational and social opportunities, so you can experience everything our area has to offer. These are great ways to learn something new, see new sights, and make new friends.
Shopping and Dining
The Asheville/Hendersonville area has become famous for its distinctive farm-to-table dining scene, many renowned craft breweries, and numerous award-winning local wineries, including the Winery at Biltmore, the most visited winery in the country. The vibrant entertainment hub of downtown Asheville brims with local, independent shops chock full of antiques, clothing, jewelry, and regionally produced folk art and crafts. For book lovers, Asheville boasts two legendary bookstores, Malaprops and Captain’s Bookshelf. Additionally, art studios and galleries abound in Asheville’s River Arts District. Comprised of 22 former industrial and historic buildings along a one-mile stretch of the French Broad River, this area houses more than 200 artists.
The Asheville/Hendersonville area features a vibrant arts and cultural scene, including Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center, the 92,000 square foot complex that includes the Asheville Art Museum, Colburn Earth Science Museum, Diana Wortham Theatre, and the YMI Cultural Center, which features exhibits on local African-American history and African culture. Asheville is also home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, one of the finest local playhouses in the country as well as the Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Two of the country’s most highly respected men of letters, Thomas Wolfe and Carl Sandburg, resided in the area and both the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville and the Carl Sandburg Home near Hendersonville are available to tour. And, of course, no mention of the area’s cultural attractions would be complete without highlighting the incredible Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain winter retreat that features spectacular gardens and a 250-room French Renaissance-style chateau..
If it’s natural beauty you’re seeking, Ardenwoods is the place for you. Our community is nestled on 48 acres of lush rolling woodlands with stunning mountain views. Three woodland trails traverse our grounds. In close proximity lies the incredible beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell State Park, DuPont State Forest, and one of the most famous scenic roadways in the U.S., the Blue Ridge Parkway. You’ll also find lovely nature trails and educational classes at the North Carolina Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.
There’s no shortage of fun, recreational activities in the Asheville/Hendersonville area. This is golf paradise, with the Great Smoky Mountains Golf Trails featuring 17 of the finest courses in western North Carolina, upstate South Carolina, and eastern Tennessee. Sports lovers can take in the NCAA Division I action of the Big South Conference UNC Asheville Bulldogs. Baseball fans can catch the up-and-coming stars of the minor league Asheville Tourists, the Class A farm team for the Colorado Rockies. Music mavens can immerse themselves in the multiple music festivals that occur throughout the area, including the famous Shindig on the Green in Asheville, the yearly celebration of bluegrass, string band, and Appalachian folk music. And railroad buffs can hop aboard the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in nearby Bryson City for a scenic ride through the beautiful countryside of western North Carolina.