Thanksgiving week in Asheville, NC and things to do.  Yes, many restaurants and shops will be closed on Thanksgiving day itself, but lots will be open.  Following are a few options for the week, weekend and Thanksgiving Day.

Most restaurants, shops and activities will be open on Wednesday and Friday of Thanksgiving week, and a few will be open on Thanksgiving Day itself.

The Biltmore Estate will be open on Thanksgiving Day, although no Candlelight tours will be available that evening.  In spite of no candlelight tour, it should be a wonderful day to visit the Biltmore Estate, grounds and winery as the crowds will be a bit down (expect it to be very crowded on the Friday after Thanksgiving day).  Restaurants on the Estate grounds will be open, including the Deerpark Inn, with traditional Thanksgiving fare (reservations required, 828 225-6260).

Other restaurants in town and in the area reported to be open for Thanksgiving Day dinner include the Grove Park Inn, Grand Bohemian Hotel, Hotel Indigo Hotel’s 151 Boutique Bar & Kitchen, Restaurant Solace, Packs Tavern, Olive or Twist and more.  If you decide to have lunch or dinner at the Grove Park Inn, be sure and visit the Gingerbread House exhibit!

For entertainment, most venues will be closed on Thanksgiving Day itself but look for lots to do on Wednesday and again on Friday and through the weekend.

The NC Stage Company (15 Stage Lane, Asheville, NC 28801, 828 239-0263) will be presenting “It’s a Wonderful Life” all week, excepting Thursday night (Tuesday Nov 22, Wed Nov 23, Fri 25 – Sun 27th at 7:30 pm) – a fun and heart-warming play set in the fictional studio of WVL Radio Theater, struggling to stay on air on a snowy winters night.  four actors play all the roles, sponsored by BMW of Asheville.  $20 Adult tickets, $10 children, sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

And, if you need a place to stay, consider an Asheville Bed and Breakfast or Asheville Vacation Rental.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!