This article outlines what to do in Asheville, NC if you’re on a weekend trip –enjoy the culture, rich history, and natural beauty of Asheville with this perfect weekend itinerary.
Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, Asheville is a city in North Carolina surrounded by beautiful nature making it the perfect place to visit for outdoor enthusiasts. The city is set against a supernatural scenery of cloudy mountains and lavish foliage.
What makes Asheville a unique mountain town is its downtown. You’ll have plenty of things to do in Asheville NC, such as live music, galleries, exhibitions, and theaters. They also have a couple of restaurants and breweries that you should definitely see.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to have the perfect weekend in Asheville, North Carolina. In it, we’ll cover the most important basics such as things to see, what to eat, and where to stay.
In the many times I have visited Asheville, I can say that it’s definitely one of the coziest towns in America. The two favorite spots I will share here have their own fireplace where you can warm up and enjoy a nice meal.
First on this list of things to do in Asheville NC is the Capella on 9 which is located at the AC Hotel, just a few minutes away from the city’s many scenic trails. They have the best tapas-style menu with meals you can enjoy while witnessing breathtaking views of the mountains and the downtown landscape.
For your second place to visit in Asheville, I recommend is The Omni Grove Park Inn which has a 36-foot wide fireplace that can burn 8-foot logs! That’s just part of the relaxing experience. Another highlight to this place is its spa featuring 15 waterfalls and rock walls. You’ll have no problem unwinding here while enjoying the views of Blue Ridge Mountains.
Next, explore my favorite trail, the 400-foot Hickory Nut Falls. It’s an easy mile and a half hike and if you’d like to see some of the animals living in the park, don’t forget to visit the animal discovery den. This is definitely one of the fun things to do in Asheville, NC that you should include in your list!
After a long day, it’s time to check in at a cabin in Chimney Rock State Park, just a few-minute drive away from the waterfalls. Here you’ll witness some of North Carolina’s most dramatic mountain scenery. Aside from the Hickory Nut Falls, you’ll have opportunities to see the Rocky Broad River, Lake Lure, and Chimney Rock Mountain.
Today is the day you try out some food. I have to say, Biscuit Heads is my favorite restaurant here. Gravy flights? Definitely, yes! I also tried their heavenly take on chicken and waffles. Of course, the most popular area of this restaurant is the Biscuit Bar with options like sweet potato chili and bananas foster.
There’s rich history around every corner in Asheville. While downtown, you can enjoy learning about their historic architecture while hiking through the urban trail. After exploring for a few hours, you might want to drop by at of Asheville’s oldest local brewery called Green Man. You can take a tour of the brewery or enjoy some of the games in their tap room.
Burial Beer Co. is another popular brewery known for incorporating local ingredients like wildflower, honey, and North Carolina’s sweet potatoes. It has a nice outdoor scene perfect to pair with a bottle of brew.
For dinner, try Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro. It was named the “Coziest Restaurant in North Carolina” by Food and Wine.com. The candlelit backdrop and old romantic ambiance makes it the perfect place to cozy up with a loved one.
You can also visit Hemingway’s Cuba at Cambria downtown where you can try “the best daiquiri in the world”, as said by Hemingway himself.
Another breakfast favorite is Well-Bred Bakery, located inside Biltmore Village. Comere for the quiche and try their famous Mountain Eclair.
Of course, I saved the best things to do in Asheville NC for last –you can’t miss one of the best known Asheville attractions, The Biltmore.
The estate was built between 1889 and 1985 by George Vanderbilt and is still owned by his descendants. Admission includes a self-guided tour of the house and gardens. You even get a complimentary wine tasting at the Biltmore Winery.
There are frequently world-renowned exhibits that visit the Biltmore. When I visited, “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” was throughout the estate. Original costumes from the classic film were on display throughout the homes. Right now, there is a Chihuly Exhibit until October 7th, 2018.
That concludes this “things to do in Asheville NC” list –anything I missed? Let everyone know in the comments!
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