In today’s review, I will talk about a hidden gem. Asheville, NC is a cute little town complete with eclectic food spots and outdoor experiences.
Its only a 2 hour drive from where I live, so it’s perfect for a quick weekend getaway anytime of year.
I’ve been twice in the last few years and I experienced new things each time I went.
Where to stay:
The first time I went, I booked a room in the Esmeralda Inn located in Chimney Rock which is about 20-25 minutes outside of downtown Asheville. Now this place books fast so get on it if you plan to go. Every night they bake fresh cookies and each morning they serve a freshly prepared hot breakfast by the in house chef. Both were delicious.
This last time that I went, I booked an air bnb in south Asheville. It was only a 10-15 minute drive into downtown.
It was a private apartment in the basement of a large house complete with kitchenette and your own bathroom.
Things to do:
On my first trip to Asheville, my focus was on becoming one with nature. I went in February but still wanted to hike a little. I went to Chimney Rock state park which was a 5 minute drive from the Esmeralda Inn. You have to drive up into the park and pay the entrance fee which was around $7-$10. There are several trails to explore and one that even leads to a waterfall.
Now if nature isn’t really your thing, don’t worry there’s plenty more to do.
Asheville is also known for some of its unique restaurants and eating experiences. Within the downtown area, you will only find restaurants born in that area. I can’t name every spot, but some of the ones I’ve tried are: Nine Mile (a carribean fusion restaurant), White Duck Taco (really interesting taco combinations that you wouldn’t get anywhere else), and Biscuit Head (the #1 breakfast place in town). These are literally only a few of the many places in the area. It’s definitely a foodie town.
After you fill your tummy, there’s still more to do. As I said before Asheville is a very eclectic town. This last time around I decided to try the LaZoom bus tour. It’s a big purple school bus that’s now converted. They offer three types of tours: a general comedy tour, a haunted comedy tour, and a beer and music tour. I tried out the haunted comedy tour.
The tour takes you through Asheville at night while the host tells funny haunted tales about the city. You can bring your own alcohol on the bus as well. I found it pretty entertaining and it was only $23. I booked my ticket directly on the LaZoom website.
Another cool area to explore is the River Arts District. If you’re into art galleries this is the area for you! It’s a mile long strip filled with galleries, coffee shops, and breweries. In this area you will also find the NC glass blowing center where you can also do a 30-minute glass blowing or glass torch class.
As you can see Asheville has so much to offer. I highly recommend it for a quick weekend getaway if you are close.
So this is my first real giveaway. If you read my Los Angeles review you will remember that I received a flight credit from Southwest Airlines. Well, I won’t be able to use the credit in the time limits (must book by April 2018) so I’ve decided to transfer it to one of you. It’s a $150 credit and depending on where you live and where you go, it can cover a full flight. Here are the rules, you must leave a comment on this post telling where you would like to getaway to and why? Contest will be open until Friday June 30 at 12 noon. I will pick one person and email you with instructions on how to use the voucher. So comment away and good luck!
Happy Traveling ✈️