2023 Parade of Homes + Our Tips for the Perfect Fall Trip to Asheville

It’s October in Western North Carolina, which brings many to the mountains to watch as the deep greens and blues of the Spring and Summer turn golden. October in the mountains also brings an abundance of festivals, events, and fun Fall-time activities. One such event in the annual Parade of Homes, which sees some of the most stunning newly constructed and newly renovated homes across Western North Carolina open to the public for tours. This year, Buchanan Construction’s homes in the Parade vary greatly in design and architectural style. 


The Highland Cottage

The Highland Cottage in Village of Cheshire will be open for in-person tours October 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th from 11AM to 5PM.

Located in Black Mountain’s Village of Cheshire, this elegant Southern style home features a highly functional floor plan with a narrow lot footprint, and a detached carriage home complete with living quarters. Situated on the Village’s English-inspired green space, every inch of this home was thoughtfully designed to maximize both outdoor living spaces, and sunny, historic-inspired interiors.

Come and see some of our favorite features: 

  • Unique + functional narrow lot floor plan with detached carriage house
  • Beautiful courtyard fireplace landscaping + multiple outdoor living areas
  • Elegant, historic inspired interiors
  • Bunk room with window wall
  • Furniture vanities throughout
  •  Functional + charming dutch door


This home was designed by Allison Ramsey Architects. 

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The Pinegrove Retreat

The Pinegrove Retreat will be available for virtual tours only. 

This home’s functional and flexible floor plan serves as a starting point for the clean, contemporary design. Layered with timeless selections, this home achieves a perfectly layered design of depth and character.

Tour to see some of our favorite features:

  • Clean, contemporary design
  • Conservatory-style family room with built-in bookcases
  • 18’ sloped ceiling in great room with soaring fireplace
  • Owners’ Suite opens onto a spacious deck overlooking nature
  • Terrace level features large living area with full bath and wet bar
  • Private outdoor living space features fire pit and enclosed fences


Our Team’s Tips and Tricks for
the Perfect Trip to Asheville in the Fall

Alongside the Parade of Homes, here are some of our team’s favorite recommendations for making the most of a Fall trip to the mountains! 


Bold Rock and Mills River Brewing are my favorite for relaxed indoor/outdoor seating with great local food trucks and a huge variety of ciders, beers, and speciality drinks! I love that I can find a table outside to relax and socialize while our kids run and play in the grass field/natural rhododendron and tree setting(respectively to the locations listed previously). Just a short 10 minute drive to the AVL airport but quiet and off the busy roads.”  – Lindsey Kehres, Interior Designer


“My biggest thing to do is go to the apple orchards and pick apples and flowers with my daughter, Palmer! We have done it every year and now we are doing it with our son, Beckham as well. We usually go to Stepp’s Orchard and we will pick all the apples, and then have apple cider and donuts at their market and pick flowers for the house. Palmer has the best time and really enjoys it! They also have salsa that we get to make with tacos!

We also will go to the Mountain State Fair and Palmer has a blast riding the rides and getting cotton candy and ice cream! She and I also will go to the farmers market and pick out pumpkins and mums for the front porch and she gets to pick a whole bunch of them! She loves the green and pink ones.  We also went to the Biltmore a lot this last month to let her ride her scooter around the sunflowers while they were blooming it took walks! She always has a blast in the fall!”  – Madison McGraw-Parries, Interior Designer

“One of my favorite things to do in the Fall is a drive on the parkway or apple picking- Jeter Mountain or Skytop Orchard. I love to visit local wineries in the Fall. Something about the crisp air, stomping of grapes, and a good glass of wine. St. Paul’s Asheville location is great, but if you are already in Hendersonville for apple-picking then Point Lookout or Stone Ash has beautiful Mtn. Views!” – Kelsey Walker, Interior Designer

“There are lots of fun events, festivals, and orchards in Hendersonville. While we’re there one of our favorite places is Joey’s Bagels. The food is great, and they’re folks who care about the community.  Buchanan recently hosted the  First Annual Ryan Hendrix Memorial Golf Tournament and they provided the bagels for breakfast that morning at no charge.  Definitely check them out!”  – Jason Norton, Vice President, Residential Construction