When do you plan to visit? That can make a difference on crowds. Biltmore House is usually a must do if you like historical or at least visit the winery. Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and make a stop at Mount Pisgah Inn. They have quite a few wines on Tap! www.mountpisgahinn.com and if you look it up on TA I think its on the Waynesville forum you can see all the wine taps. Pretty cool . A little further drive and you can exit to Sliding rock and there's a nice waterfall a few miles south of that too. Come back out to the BRP and keep heading towards Cherokee, Graveyard Fields is along the route and a nice hike, you can cool off in the pool at the bottom.
Thanks for the suggestions we will be going the first weekend in October!
Guess you wont be swimming LOL! There are some other waterfalls in the area, Linville Falls is nearby and would be near the before mentioned Lake Lure. Not sure how much driving you want to do but you could make a day trip over to the Smoky Mountains, even if you dont drive all the way thru at least go to Newfound Gap, and also visit Mingo Falls on the south end of the park. It is a short walk down some steps and is a pretty falls. If you decide to do this trip stop at the visitors center before the drive to purchase the brochure that tells you whats at the mile markers.
A 2nd option for a day trip is to drive over to the Highlands area. Dry Falls is one of the prettiest and you can walk behind it, another short hike down steps. However this is a very curvy winding road in that area. The drive there and back not so bad but that area is winding a lot. You can stop in Sylva / Bryson City for lunch.
Some people will recommend taking the BRP in the other direction towards Boone / Blowing Rock. Its supposed to be the prettier drive but its the one section we have not done yet. You will probably have some leaf color at the time but it probably wont be full yet unless they get some early cold weather.
I don't think of Linville Falls as really near Lake Lure. Hickory Nut Falls is at Chimney Rock, though, and right at Lake Lure. Linville Falls is about 2 hrs up the Blue Ridge Parkway from Asheville and 1.5 hrs from Lake Lure. It's a great hike and a fantastic waterfall if that's something y'all would be interested in.
Dupont Forest has Triple Falls. It's a little closer to Asheville. It's about 1 hr south. Lake Lure is about 45 min from Asheville.