If you haven’t been to Asheville, NC I would add it to the top of your 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. I put together this guide of everything we did during our Asheville adventure!
When we travel, Zach and I usually stay in an Airbnb. This option is usually affordable and our hosts usually blow us away. We stayed at this Cozy AVL Suite that was near everything! Our host was amazing and we will definitely stay here again when we revisit!
This is definitely a foodie town! There are a ton of places to eat so make sure you know where you want to go! Before I visit places, I always check out blogs and ask for recommendations. This helps narrow down where we want to visit!
Isa’s French Bistro – we enjoyed some sandwiches and I had a glass of bubbles! Delicious spot to start our day on Friday!
Biscuit Head – I will dream about this place until I come back. Unfortunately, Biscuit Head was take out only but we just enjoyed back at our Airbnb. I enjoyed the Southern Scramble with pork while Zach enjoyed The Filthy Animal. 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 on Sunday. Bloodys and breakfast bowls were just the way to end the weekend.
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. Zach and I ordered several small plates and enjoyed (another) bottle of Tempranillo.
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.
5 Walnut Wine Bar – I was so pleased with our experience at this wine bar. It had large open windows that overlooked the street and the vibe was great. We ordered a small cheese plate and enjoyed a delicious bottle of Beaujolais.
Pleb Urban Winery – This urban winery offers flights, glasses, and bottles. Their flight options are from wine on tap. I ended up taking home a bottle of their Tempranillo blend — I can’t wait to open it and give it a try!
Wicked Weed Brewing – Even though Asheville is a beer town we only got the opportunity to visit one — the breweries were very busy! I am so excited we visited the Wicked Weed Funkatorium. We absolutely loved the beer and were a huge fan of their sours. Our favorite was their Fresh Pressed #2 — a wheat ale with pineapple, mango, & guava. We ended up tasting:
- Brett Farmhouse Sours Flight
- Limited Release Flight
- Fresh Pressed #2 Wheat Ale with pineapple, mango, & guava
- Raspberry Starfruit Burst
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. Zach hit up a few record stores and 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! This was seriously an amazing trip and I am already wanting to be back!