Over the past couple of years, Will and I have found ourselves frequenting Asheville, NC. Before I ever visited there, I had always heard how great this city was. Now that we have stayed several weekends, I can firmly agree that Asheville is one of the best cities in North Carolina. My list could go on and on about the local food, wine, breweries, hiking, river floating… okay, I’ll stop there 🙂 Below I have put together my favorite things to eat, explore, and see while visiting Asheville.
When visiting Asheville we usually stay at an Airbnb or with our friends who live there. Most recently, we stayed at the AC hotel in downtown. I would HIGHLY recommend staying here if you plan to do a lot downtown. There are so many things walking distance from this hotel — including one of our favorites, Over Easy Cafe. Also, the hotel is pet friendly! Mindi had her first hotel stay here 🙂
Other spots to stay are the Biltmore Inn and the Omni Grove Park Inn. We have visited the Biltmore Inn for drinks and would definitely want to go back for a stay. We have never gone to the Omni Grove Park Inn, but several friends have and given great reviews.
BREWERIES & WINERIES
Beer: Asheville is known for its breweries. The locations we have visited and would recommend are: Sierra Nevada (you could spend an entire day here), Green Man (gorgeous view of Asheville from the Greenmansion upstairs patio), Wicked Weed, Hillman (try the soft pretzels and you’ll thank me later, I promise), Burial, Bhramari, and Twin Leaf. Places that are on my list to visit the next few trips are: White Labs (a yeast production company that has a taproom with beers that use different types of yeast… sounds interesting!), New Belgium, and Hi-Wire.
Wine: We haven’t spent a lot of time at wineries in Asheville, but the two that I would recommend are: Biltmore Estate (Will & I did a wine and chocolate tasting here that was awesome) and Saint Paul Mountain. A couple of great wine bars downtown are Sante and 5 Walnut.
OTHER THINGS TO DO/SEE
Craggy Pinnacle hike — easy hike with an incredible view just outside of Asheville.
French Broad River tubing. We used Zen Tubing when we were visiting with a larger group.
Top of the Monk — gorgeous view of Asheville and great cocktails. Plus, if you buy a drink, the mixologists will give you a key to open one of the old lockers. Inside the lockers are a variety of bar snacks. It’s a pretty neat concept!
Studio Zahiya — I brought in my 27th birthday by taking a hip-hop class with Lisa, owner of this studio. HOLY MOLY! I wish I could move to Asheville just to frequent Lisa’s classes.
All of my Asheville friends and friends who love visiting, what did I leave out? Please share your favorites in the comments below!