asheville city guide
Growing up in North Carolina, Asheville was a frequent school field trip. With the Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Parkway, it was a playground for kids and families. Today, it has changed a great deal, but still boasts the same beautiful scenery along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The city is bustling with tourists, new restaurants, shops, and hotels are going up every week, and the traffic has become an issue with the locals. However, the vast number of waterfalls and hikes within the Great Smoky Mountains is just at your fingertips.
Throughout the last few years, Asheville has focused intensely on artists and local craftsman, making it a must-visit destination for any art lover. More than 200 artists work in the River Arts District of Asheville, and that number is only growing.
While the food scene is not quite up to par with West Coast cities, Asheville does a few things better than anyone, BBQ and doughnuts. There are enough breweries in Asheville to warrant a Pubcycle Tour, and the bluegrass music scene is the best in the country.
Asheville shows no signs of slowing growth, but my money's on the growing number of small towns hidden in the mountains of NC, like Highlands, NC which houses the 4-diamond inn, Old Edwards Inn.
Western North Carolina never looked so good.
My gut had me book with this Airbnb in the River Arts District, but I was pleasantly surprised by the plethora of B&B's, inns and hotels.
The Bunn House is great for a more modern inn, or The Windsor Boutique Hotel if you're interested in being right downtown. For a more classic Southern inn, go with the mother-daughter owned The Lion and the Rose.
Like I said previously, Asheville is the best at BBQ and doughnuts, but they also have a fair share of delicious southern style cuisine.
For brunch or lunch, The Rhu is an absolute must try, better yet order their Cruze Buttermilk Biscuit with Benton's Prosciutto. You're likely to never try another biscuit that taste's quite as good. For more baked deliciousness, OWL Bakery has some of the yummiest tartines (pictured here.. need I say more?).
The only two doughnut spots in town worth trying are Hole Doughnuts and Vortex Doughnuts, and frankly they don't even compete against each other. Go to Hole Doughnuts for a new style of doughnut, fresh and made-to-order, but for a more traditional style doughnut, Vortex is your spot.
Aside from the array of outdoors activities, the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar sparked my curiosity when I first learned about it. I love books, but I love Champagne even more, so where better to enjoy both than in Asheville at Battery Park Book Exchange.
Back to those outdoor activities.. Drive America's most scenic route along the The Blue Ridge Parkway, stop along the way and view one of these 60 waterfalls, or take one of these 75 hikes around Asheville!