A Guide on Where to Eat, Play and Stay in Asheville, NC
In recent years, Asheville, NC has gotten national praise from Buzzfeed and Zagat as one of the “hottest” and “most underrated” food cities in America. So, not only does this city host a vibrant art scene but it’s also a dream destination for foodies and beer aficionados. Our favorite time of year to visit Asheville is in the fall, but there’s really not a season we say no to a weekend trip. This town has a little bit of a hippie vibe, but you don’t have to be a total tree hugger to fit in!
There are a few places and things you’ll want to make sure you squeeze in on your first trip, but other than that, park your car and set foot in downtown Asheville or Biltmore Village to find unique shops, great food, and lots of friendly people and DOGS!
The Corner Kitchen
TOP 5 Salads I’ve ever had. The Cool Chicken salad has a lavender marinated chicken with the most scrumptious vinaigrette. We asked for the recipe and our server promptly provided it to us, but of course, I lost it. Have no fear, I am on a mission and will have it again!
The Wicked Weed
BEST Black Bean Burger! Just trust me on this. It is topped with yummy pimento cheese (you know how picky we Southerners are about our pimento cheese) and a pickled okra….. so give it a try. Be prepared to wait for a table or even a spot at the bar on the weekends. During a recent visit it was one-in-one-out. They also have a great patio, so weather permitting it’s a fun location to have some food and brews..
Gourmet Chip Company
As a lifelong chip lover, this place is actually what my dream are made of. They serve handmade kettle chips with gourmet toppings like goat cheese, herbs, and so much more! A great take on an American staple.
There are so many critically acclaimed restaurants that line the streets of downtown Asheville, and we feel like we haven’t even scraped the surface, but here are a few I recommend:
The brewery scene in Asheville is bursting with a variety of tastes and techniques. You’ll find major players like New Belgium and Sierra Nevada who have hopped their way to Asheville but don’t skip over the ones you are not familiar with, as they all offer something unique. I recommend visiting one of Catawba’s locations in Asheville!
Touring these breweries is fun, and learning about their craft is truly an educational experience. Your reward at the end of the tour is sampling their APA’s, IPA’s and whatever other funky flavors the brewmasters have created!
The Grand Bohemian in Asheville is located in the heart of Biltmore Village. As with all the Kessler Collection hotels, this one is decorated with an eclectic theme. You will find chandeliers fashioned from antlers, and other interesting decor to delight the eye. The rooms are well- appointed and the service is impeccable. Again, the best thing about this hotel is its location. Grand Bohemian is part of the Marriott group, so if you’ve racked up loyalty points, consider cashing them in here!
Grove Park Inn
Add the Grove Park Inn to the list of historical places in Asheville. The views here are absolutely stunning. Don’t miss having a drink on the famous Sunset Terrace, then enjoy a fabulous meal at one of their many fine dining options. If you need a break from all your sightseeing and shopping, the Grove Park Inn offers a luxurious and spacious spa. If golf is your thing, play a round on the 18-hole Donald Ross designed mountain course.