We are bringing our oldest son to Wake Forest to start college in August. We are coming down several days early, flying into Asheville, and plan to drive up the Blue Ridge Skyway to see some of the sites.
My 18-year old loves big city life, great food, etc. We don't want to break the bank (he's starting college, after all!) but we also want this trip to be kind of special. Can you suggest a good hotel (downtown, I'm assuming) where we can easily walk to restaurants and just bum around in the evenings?
Also, we won't be spending lots of time out hiking, but what are the absolute "don't miss" beautiful sites as we travel up the skyway?