Located in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is known for its vibrant art scene, historic architecture, and micro breweries. And that’s just a few of the attractions that draw in over 10 million visitors each year! Add to it the amazing outdoor community and the booming food scene, and it makes for the perfect day or even weekend trip! In this blog, we’ve put together what we think is the perfect one day itinerary for this beautiful city. And while we don’t have any photos from our time (we lost them all in a mishap with an SD Card ::crying::) you can check out our “One Day in Asheville” vlog for a closer look at our visit!
Now, onto what you came here for...
Biscuit Head (Casual breakfast serving massive “Cat Head” biscuits with a variety of toppings, pairings, and homemade jams - 733 Haywood Rd)
Sunny Point Cafe (American Comfort Food - 626 Haywood Rd)
Double D’s Coffee & Desserts (Coffee and desserts served out of a double decker bus - 41 Biltmore Ave)
Summit Coffee Co. (Coffee shop with baked goods - 4 Foundy St suite 20)
Pennycup Coffee Co. (Coffee shop with baked goods - 39 S Market St)
9:15am: Explore Downtown Asheville on the Asheville Urban Trail
Weaving through downtown, the 1.7-mile-long Asheville Urban Trail walks visitors through the cultural and architectural history of the city. Created by the city of Asheville to showcase its unique past, each of the trail's 30 stops is marked with a public sculpture that captures an important person or moment in the area's history. And be sure to grab a Cheerwine along the way!
12:00pm: Vintage/Thrift Shops
Ragtime Vintage Clothing (20 E Walnut St)
Twice Round (665 Haywood Rd)
Wild Flowers Vintage (27 Foundy St)
Hip Replacements (72 N Lexington Ave)
Honeypot (86 N Lexington Ave)
Sweeten Creek Antiques (115 Sweeten Creek Rd)
Reunion Vintage Goods (90 N Lexington Ave)
12 Bones (Barbeque - 5 Foundy St Ste 10)
White Duck Taco (Taco Shop - 12 Biltmore Ave)
Wicked Weed BrewPub (Locally sourced New American fare - 91 Biltmore Ave)
Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack (Hot Fried Chicken - 1455 Patton Ave)
Juicy Lucy's Burger Bar & Grill (Cheese Stuffed Burgers - 620 Hendersonville Rd)
3:45pm: The Biltmore Estate (1 Lodge St)
At 178,926 sq ft, the Biltmore Estate (AKA The Biltmore House) is still to this day the largest privately owned house in the United States. It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is still owned by his descendants. While tickets to visit the property aren’t cheap ($75-$399 depending on the season, day, time, and type of tour), we definitely recommend splurging on this experience if you’ve never been! Visiting during the Christmas season is especially magical. Check their website for the most up-to-date pricing and availability.
Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas (Modern dim sum & Chinese small plates, plus wine and cocktails - 82 Patton Ave Suite 100)
Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant (Brewery and restaurant offering a seasonal menu showcasing house brewed beers, local farmers, and artisans - 100 Sierra Nevada Way)
Tupelo Honey (Southern comfort food with a creative twist, plus craft beers and cocktails - 12 College St)
Chai Pani (Indian chaat (street snacks) plus homestyle platters (thalis) - 22 Battery Park Ave)
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company (Upbeat spot specializing in locally brewed beers, starters, and specialty pies - 675 Merrimon Ave)
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