Saturday Activities

Since you’re in Asheville for the conference, it would be a shame not to stay for the weekend, right? 😉

Join us for post-conference group activities on Saturday, June 10th! If you are visiting town with a friend, family member, or significant other, you are encouraged to register them as well and bring them with you!

Check out the four options below and register or RSVP.

Touring Biltmore House & Estate

Biltmore House

Spend the day touring Biltmore house, gardens and grounds. Built by a Vanderbilt heir around 1900, this is still the largest privately-owned home in the country (though it's current owners live elsewhere on the 7,000 acre campus). The estate includes a winery, extensive formal and informal gardens, dining, hiking trails, shopping, and, of course, the house. The self-guided house tour runs about 2 hours, and there's plenty to see and do around the estate. If you’ve not been before, we highly recommend it! Beautiful architecture and landscapes, and fascinating history.

  • Cost: $90/person
  • Time: 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Lunch: Not included, but multiple dining options available on Biltmore grounds

Registration for Biltmore now closed.

Tubing on the French Broad River


Take a 2-3 hour lazy float down the French Broad River, which winds through the heart of Asheville. (Fun fact: the French Broad is one of the oldest rivers in the world and one of very few that flow north!) Wear a swim suit and flip flops or river shoes, and bring your own beverages (cans only) and snacks.

  • Cost: $30/person
  • Time: 1:00pm-4:30pm

Hiking at Graveyard Fields

Graveyard Fields

Drive south along the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping occasionally to enjoy scenic overlooks. Then hike to the waterfalls at Graveyard Fields, and eat lunch on the trail, before heading back to town.

  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Lunch: Stopping to pick up lunch on way out of town

Touring Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed

Tour Wicked Weed Brewpub, one of Asheville’s most popular breweries and “the second most visited tourist attraction in Asheville after the Biltmore Estate.”

  • Cost: Free
  • Time: TBD (tours are 45 minutes and run every hour from 1:00pm to 5:00pm)

Tours must be scheduled the week of the conference. Please RSVP to indicate your interest and we will do our best on the scheduling!

Looking for something else? You’re always welcome to plan your own excursions! You‘ll be able to do this in the conference Slack #social-plans channel.