Asheville Guide

If you haven’t been to Asheville, NC I would add it to the top of your travel list! This hip little town is about a 6 hour drive from Richmond, VA but well worth the trip! There is so much to eat, drink, and do in this mountain town. This guide is a compilation of two visits.

Stay

When I travel, I usually stay in an Airbnb. This option is usually affordable and our hosts usually blow us away. I have stayed at this Cozy AVL Suite that was near everything!

During my most recent trip, I had the pleasure of staying at The Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn. We stayed in The Ivy Garden room and it was so luxurious. The 3 course breakfast, daily happy hour, and huge soaking tub made the stay even more special.

Eat

This is definitely a foodie town! There are a ton of places to eat so make sure you know where you want to go to make reservations.

Brunch/Lunch

Isa’s French Bistro – we enjoyed some sandwiches and I had a glass of bubbles! Delicious spot to start your day!

Biscuit Head – I will dream about this place until I come back. I enjoyed the Southern Scramble with pork while Holly enjoyed the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit. They have homemade jam and hot sauce that will have you drooling.

Hemmingway’s Cuba – We enjoyed a roof top brunch overlooking the mountains before we left. Bloodys and breakfast bowls were just the way to end the weekend.

White Duck Taco – This stop is a must if you love tacos. There are a couple locations around Asheville but we visited their flagship location right on the river. White Duck offers a huge variety of tacos — a couple of our favorites were the spicy buffalo chicken and lamb gyro.

Dinner

Sovereign Remedies – A bottle of Tempranillo, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, & The Sovereign Board were just the way to end our night after exploring The Biltmore.

Curate Tapas Bar – I am such a fan of Spanish Tapas so I was thrilled to experience Curate. This was my second time at Curate and it was such an amazing experience. We decided to try the Spanish Experience and taste through a variety of tapas paired with wine and sherry.

Strada Italiano – Pasta and wine are the way to my heart so we had to visit Strada. To start, we enjoyed calamari and a bottle of Chianti. For dinner, we devoured the Grilled Florentine Ravioli and the Tortellini Alla Vodka.

Drink

Battery Park Book Exchange – This was by far my favorite stop of the trip. A champagne bar and book shop… two of my favorite things! This cozy spot is an amazing place to enjoy a flight, glass, or bottle of Champagne. Their boards are also a great lunch to snack on!

5 Walnut Wine Bar – I was so pleased with our experience 5 Walnut Wine Bar. It has large open windows that overlooked the street and the vibe was great. From bubbles to red, they will have something you’ll enjoy.

Pleb Urban Winery – This urban winery offers flights, glasses, and bottles. Their flight options are from wine on tap.

The Crow & Quill – You all know I love a speakeasy — dim lighting, craft cocktails, and intimate seating. With over one thousand spirits, you’ll be sure to find something to sip on.

Wicked Weed Brewing – This was my second visit to Wicked Weed Funkatorium. I love their vibe and beer. My favorite was their Fresh Pressed #2 — a wheat ale with pineapple, mango, & guava.

A couple other breweries to visit are Burial Beer Co. and Hi-Wire Brewing.

Do

Hike — Asheville is located minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway so there are a ton of hikes that offer amazing views. The first day we hiked Catawaba Falls and it was amazing. The waterfall was breathtaking! We got to the trailhead around 7am and there was barely anyone there! The second day we got on the Blue Ridge Parkway and drove to the Craggy Pinnacle Hike — this one is super short and was supposed to offer extraordinary views but the dementors were out and it was so foggy! It was a very creepy hike but we got in some movement!

Explore The Biltmore — this was definitely the highlight of our trip. Known as America’s largest home, The Biltmore is is a 250 room mansion located on an 8,000 acre estate. It was the family home of the Vanderbilt’s. We decided to do an evening tour to see the house lit up for Christmas. There are different ticket options but essentially you get a tour of the house as well as access to the estate and winery in Antler Village. Since we did an evening tour, we saved the gardens and Antler Village for the following day. If you decided to visit The Biltmore you need a whole day. There were so many things that we did not see but we will definitely be back!

The last thing you need to save some time for is shopping! There are so many adorable boutiques and fun shops all around — I found so many fun little things to bring home.

Please let me know if you have questions or want more information on any of the places we visited!

Cheers, Paige