April 18, 2023
It is a tranquil, rural mountain community surrounded by nature; contrasted by a vibrant, eclectic town. At Pisgah Valley senior living community in Candler, North Carolina, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. This Life Plan community (formerly known as a continuing care retirement community or CCRC) is ideally nestled in the Hominy Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, with abundant conveniences right on site and endless options nearby.
One of Pisgah Valley retirement community’s greatest amenities is the location and beautiful, natural setting. Residents can enjoy nature walks, get some fresh mountain air on the patio or tend to the community garden. This active senior community also includes a wellness center with a pool, sauna and fitness classes. There are abundant onsite learning programs, clubs and so much more. While there are plenty of options to keep you engaged right on campus, this hidden gem is only 15 minutes from downtown Asheville where you can do even more. Set your own pace—enjoy relaxing visits to art galleries, stroll gardens, breathe in some mountain air, canoe crystal clear waters—or turn it up a notch and take a challenging hike, zipline over the treetops, navigate white water rapids or soar above it all in a hot air balloon.
A Perfect 10—Top Things to Do Near Asheville
- Take a hike or climb a mountain.
- Go for a ride.
- Get into the swing of it.
- Get hooked!
- For the more adventurous.
- Spark your creative side.
- Stroll through gardens.
- Study history and architecture.
- Experience the Gilded Age.
- Savor local flavors.
- Last, but certainly not least, Asheville has since 2009, frequently earned the reputation as Beer City USA. With approximately 50 breweries, there are more per capita, than any other U.S. city. And fittingly, there are numerous ways in which to enjoy the beers, including Asheville Brews Cruise, riding an Amazing Pubcycle, and more.
Asheville is the ultimate playground with are over 120 trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Trek along lush, green trails; pass under rhododendron tunnels and through fields of wildflowers; and cool off from the mist of cascading waterfalls. Within less than an hour drive, you can also access multiple trailheads of the storied Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile stretch traversing the North Carolina mountains. Other hiking options include: Craggy Gardens, Chimney Rock State Park, Pisgah National Forest and Grandfather Mountain.
Roll down your windows, open your sunroof and drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, also known as America’s Favorite Scenic Drive. It takes you through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Blue Ridge Mountain is perfect for outdoor adventures, picturesque drives and breathtaking mountain vistas. Farm Heritage Trail, a scenic driving route through the rural agricultural communities, features winding roads, farms, greenhouses, orchards, wineries and even sheep.
The forests and lush, rolling hills aren’t the only green you’ll see around Asheville. It’s also home to dozens of challenging public, private and 9-hole courses and over 40 championship courses. The spectacular scenery and elevation changes of the surrounding mountains make golfing here incredibly unique throughout the four seasons.
This region is best known for fly fishing (cue the movie, A River Runs Through It). The local area includes nearly 4,000 miles of mountain streams, creeks, lakes, stocked ponds and quiet fishing holes filled with crisp, crystal clear water where trout and bass are abundant.
For the daring and adventurous, gain a new perspective in a hot air balloon.
The River Arts District and Asheville arts scene is buzzing and features hundreds of fine artists, museums, performing art venues, crafters, folk artists, artsy neighborhoods, and dozens of art galleries and art events. You can even explore the South Slope Mural Trail, which includes over 17 colorful murals.
Botanical Gardens at Asheville, a 10-acre property, includes more than 600 species native to the Southern Appalachians. Enjoy the gardens and trails year-round, from sunrise to sunset.
Follow downtown Asheville’s history via the Urban Trail that highlights the city’s quirky past and many larger-than-life historical figures. Discover its notable architecture which remains beautifully preserved. Among the many gems that can be found along the Architectural Trail is the awe-inspiring Basilica of St. Lawrence, the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America; the historic Grove Arcade Market on Battery Hill; and City Hall, an Art Deco masterpiece
Tour the Biltmore, America’s largest privately owned home. This elegant and grand mansion was built by George W. Vanderbilt II in 1895. The 8,000 acres also include gardens, an orchid-filled conservatory and award-winning winery. In addition, there are dining and shopping venues and over 20 miles of nature trails. In Antler Hill Village, enjoy a farm, animals, museum and tavern, artist demonstrations, and live music.
Asheville’s food scene is fondly referred to as “Foodtopia.”Restaurants pride themselves on locally sourced foods and supporting local agriculture. Visit the flourishing culinary scene that includes many farm-to-table restaurants and nearly 20 local tailgate markets that sell farm-fresh produce and artisan goods.
Whether you enjoy the relaxing, comfortable setting of Pisgah Valley or explore nearby Asheville, you are sure to be living the good life—and the best of both worlds. Pisgah Valley retirement community offers independent living in spacious patio homes. Pisgah Villa and Pisgah Manor, both located onsite, offer assisted living, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing.