Asheville is regarded by most to be the cultural center of North Carolina. Merely 20 minutes from Montreat, there is a ton to do in the city. Asheville has everything from museums to festivals to breweries open for tours. During warmer months, there is the Drum Circle, where locals gather to dance, play, sing, or just to watch. Art and music are both heavily focused on in Asheville, as evidenced by the museums, festivals, and art shows that take place in the city.
Students who are looking for something more rugged or outdoorsy can take a weekend to go camping. There are tons of hiking trails, as well, along with fishing and boating areas. There are rockclimbing and caving opportunities, as well as mica mines relatively close to the College. Max Patch, a bald mountain, is a popular picnic and photography area. Because of the woods, creeks, rivers, lakes, cottages, and mountains, the area surrounding Montreat is picturesque and well worth a few free days of photography. Students interested in quiet movie nights can go to one of the nearby movie theaters or rent a movie from Ingles or the Redbox at CVS; on occasion, the College does outdoor movie nights, as well. Walks around Black Mountain and Asheville are fun, too; with the local shops, cafés, and other small businesses (including a library in BM), students can spend a few fun days just wandering the small town or eclectic city. Black Mountain, just minutes from Montreat, does an annual Holly Jolly celebration in December. Many students at Montreat love to go to the Holly Jolly for the refreshments, street music, and entertainment (the shops also stay open later).