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Top 10 in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is a destination that immediately stole my heart. Not only is it a destination that I really wanted to return, I actually moved to Asheville and it’s now one of the places we call “home”. People often ask me what they should do in Asheville. So, I decided to make For the Love of Wanderlust’s Top 10 in Asheville. These are my broad top 10 activities of things not to miss in Asheville, and they can all be completed over a long weekend.

DRINK CRAFT BEER

Wedge Brewing

The number one of the my Top 10 in Asheville is checking out their wildly popular beer scene. Asheville was aptly voted Beer City, USA multiple times and has the prestige of having more craft breweries per capita than any other city. You can’t go there without trying at least one beer and the best thing is they’re spread all over town! Although, you could try many beers in restaurants all around town, I like to try them right from the source. Beer is best when it’s freshest.

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Left: Green Man Brewery // Right: Wedge

The Wedge in the River Arts District is perfect for summer nights, their new location is great for winter and rainy days as it has more indoor seating. Their Iron Rail IPA is so popular it has it’s own window at the original location. Both locations have food trucks daily – my favorite it El Kimchi. Burial Beer Co. is in the South Slope (the up and coming area just south of downtown). They have an extremely flavorful rotating menu. My favorite of their standbys are their Skillet Donut Stout (served with a Vortex donut hole) and their Surf Wax IPA. It’s a really cool vibe with a great outdoor space. Green Man Brewery holds a very special place in my heart. This is where my husband and I had our very first date. It’s grown a lot in the last few years, and isn’t quite the hole-in-the-wall spot that it was almost 3 years ago. But they’re still serving up delicious, well-crafted brews. Their Wayfarer IPA and Sunseeker Pils are my two favorites here.

GET INTO THE MOUNTAINS

The only reason that this isn’t the first on my Top 10 in Asheville list is because it does require getting in a car and driving out of the city just a bit. While you can enjoy the mountains in many ways (including taking in the view at the Grove Park Inn) I think the best way to explore them is by getting on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you drive an hour in either direction from Asheville you’ll get to catch some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the area. If you go further, you can see plenty more, but two of my favorite hikes are only an hour away and you get to see stunning views on overlooks all along the way.

For the Love of Wanderlust Favorites:

Left: Devil’s Courthouse / Right:  View from top of Devil’s Courthouse

Devil’s Courthouse  – Great views and only a mile roundtrip. Deep Gap Trail – This trail is a 9 mile (round trip/ out + back) hike across multiple peaks into a grassy open area, which is a great place for a picnic. I’ve only done 7 miles of it which took me over six peaks in seven miles. It’s absolutely stunning and one of my favorite hikes in North Carolina. Plus, you get to stand on the two highest peaks east of the Mississippi River. Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower – This hike is only 1.5 miles and ends at the top of a lookout tower, which is unique and the path is lined with wildflowers.

Left: Linn Cove Viaduct // Right: Crabtree Falls

If you’re looking to drive a little farther I would recommend Crabtree Falls, Linn Cove Viaduct + Waterrock Knob. All of these trailheads can be found right off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

EXPLORE DOWNTOWN

Asheville’s downtown has so much to offer. There are funky coffee shops, stunning architecture, galleries, breweries and historical sites to check out at every turn. Parking in downtown Asheville is ridiculously cheap. I mean ridiculously cheap! Three garages all in different parts downtown Asheville, as of now, are free for the first hour and then only $1 per hour, with a $10 maximum. Parking for $1 an hour in a popular downtown destination is unheard of in the U.S.! Wear your walking shoes this day because there is a lot to see. I think a downtown exploration is a great way to spend a morning or an evening because you can grab a meal, a coffee or a beer down here.

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Left: Basilica of St. Lawrence / Right: Grove Arcade

Stores: L.O.F.T. is a boutique store with loads of funky items that would make a great gift or souvenir from funky AVL. Malaprop’s is the perfect bookstore with an awesome cafe. My favorite thing to get there is a “Blind Date with a Book.” It’s a book wrapped in brown paper with a vague description of the book and the genre on the cover. You really do take a blind date with that book.

Eats: Early Girl for a delicious breakfast or lunch. Farm Burger for amazing burgers (with veggie options as well) and Barley’s has good pub food! If you’re looking for an awesome date night location The Market Place is a fantastic spot with amazing quality foods.

Coffee: Malaprop’s Cafe – This is located in the aforementioned bookstore. Izzy’s – Izzy’s was actually the very first place I ever went in Asheville. I love their chai lattes. Double D’s – The funky double-decker-bus that serves delicious coffee and smoothies.

Notable Things to See: The Friday Night Drum Circle takes place every Friday evening from April to October. It’s great for locals and tourists alike. It typically takes place from 6-10 pm, but it can sometimes run longer or start earlier. Dozens of people gather in Pritchett Park and play drums together. Feel free to bring your drum, dance or enjoy! The Basilica of St. Lawrence (built in 1905) is a beautiful piece of architecture and definitely worth popping in. The Grove Arcade is a beautiful building filled with shops including my favorite Battery Park Book Exchange + Champagne Bar for a morning cocktail or coffee and loads of books.

FIND THE PERFECT PIECE OF ART

Andrea Kulish-Wilhelm giving a pysanky demonstration in her studio

There are loads of art galleries all over town, however, in my opinion, the place to buy art is the River Arts District. I mean, art is in the name! The thing I love about the galleries in the River Arts District (RAD) is that they’re not simply full of art on display, they’re also working studios! I love to park my car and walk all down the street popping into all the studios. There is also a lot of street art to be seen in the areal. Also, don’t forget food trucks. However, my favorite RAD lunch spot is White Duck Taco. Plus, there are multiple breweries in the area.

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Left: White Duck Taco / Right: Finished Pysanky

My favorite artist in the River Arts District is Andrea Kulish Wilhem. She’s a very talented artist who specializes in the Ukrainian art of pysanky. Her eggs are detailed, beautiful and make a perfect souvenir or the great start to a unique collection. My favorite place to see street art in the River Arts District is by the Wedge at Foundation. There are other studios there, loads of street art and even a volunteer skate park. It’s a really unique area.

ENJOY BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH

The jam bar at Biscuit Head

It’s no secret that I love breakfast foods; especially in the south. Asheville has no shortage of places to grab breakfast any day of the week and many restaurants (and even breweries) that aren’t typically open for breakfast throughout the week have superb brunches on the weekends. No matter what part of Asheville you find yourself in, you can find a delicious meal to start off a day of adventures.

For the Love of Wanderlust’s Favorites:

 

Left: Cathead biscuit, jams and vegetarian chorizo from Biscuit Head / Right: Donut and coffee from Hole

Downtown: Early Girl (Breakfast served daily / hours on website)  – In my opinion, no brunch or breakfast I’ve had downtown is better. Their home fries are my favorite in town and I’ve never had something from here I didn’t enjoy.

West Asheville: Biscuit Head (breakfast served daily / hours on website) – This is my favorite place to eat in all of Asheville. I love their sides, their eggs are always perfectly served and massive biscuits are buttery and fluffy. Plus, the best part is their jam bar full of unique jams, butters and honey to adorn your biscuit with. There are multiple locations the Haywood Rd. location is my favorite. Sunny Point Cafe (breakfast served daily / hours on website) – Their breakfast is super tasty and there’s almost always a line, so they have bottomless coffee available for you to serve yourself while you wait.  W.A.L.K (West Asheville Lounge + Kitchen) – WALK has a really delicious brunch on Sundays. Looking for something quick? Grab a donut at Hole. Their coffee and donuts are a perfect, easy way to start a day of adventures!

CATCH SOME LIVE MUSIC

My favorite local musician, Chris Wilhelm, performing at the Guitar Bar

Whether you’re looking to catch big name artists, up-and-comers in a more intimate setting, or looking to check out local Asheville artists, Asheville has it all. Asheville is very much an artist community and that includes some extremely talented local musicians. There’s plenty to see, and hear all around town.

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Exterior and interior of Asheville Guitar Bar

My favorite place to catch a bigger-name band is The Orange Peel. It draws bigger artists, but is still a smaller setting and it’s in a great location downtown. The Grey Eagle is my favorite venue in West Asheville to see a wide variety of shows and artists. Many more popular indie artists stop here, but it has a much more intimate feel. Plus, locals play here as well! My favorite bar with live, local music is, hands down, Asheville Guitar Bar. The whole bar is music themed, and many pieces of furniture were made from musical instruments. If you play music, they even have a weekly jam session!

DIVE INTO THE HISTORY

Thomas Wolfe Angel Sculpture in Downtown Asheville

Asheville is full of history. There’s Native American history (Asheville was initially part of the Cherokee Nation), there’s Civil War History, literary history and all of it is in the area to explore. I really loved diving into the literary history here. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in the Grove Park Inn for two years while his wife, Zelda Fitzgerald, was in a local insane asylum. In fact, Zelda actually tragically died in Asheville. Thomas Wolfe was from Asheville and his book Look Homeward, Angel which inspired Jack Kerouac. You can take many historical tours, take the tram ride or make your own historical tour of Asheville.

For the Love of Wanderlust’s Favorites:

Left: Grove Park Inn Patio / Right: Gazing at the F. Scott Fitzgerald room within the Grove Park Inn

I love visiting the Grove Park Inn. You can find many historical markers and info on the walls and you can’t miss riding the vintage elevator. The elevator operators have always had some sort of interesting fun fact to share with me. I have also enjoyed strolling around downtown and checking out the historical markers as I pass them.

TAKE A YOGA CLASS

 

I know this might seem like a strange thing to make a top-10 list in the US. However, staying active while traveling is really important and Asheville is the perfect place to attend a yoga class for two big reasons. Asheville has many different yoga studios, so you can try out that new kind of yoga class. The even bigger reason is that there are several classes that are donation-based or less than $10. Their focus is on the well-being of the yogis, so you donate what you can. I know there have been days that I didn’t have as much to donate, but still being able to practice yoga was so good for me.

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Asheville Community Yoga is my favorite yoga studio. It’s donation-based and they just ask you to give what you can when you can. I really love their 8pm gentle yoga class as a great way to wind down after a long day of adventures. (Offered Mon-Thur). West Asheville Yoga Studio has my favorite Kundalini class. Their classes are $8-$15.

EXPLORE THE LOCAL WATERS

Dry Falls in Nantahala National Forest / Photo by Matt Wunder

The French Broad River runs right through Asheville and it’s a source of entertainment in itself. You can buy or rent a pool floaty or inner tube and float down the French Broad. This is perfect if you’re looking to really get in the water, but want a relaxing float. If you’re looking for a more adventurous adventure, you can drive down the road from Asheville and go white water rafting. Looking to just enjoy the river from land? There are parks alongside the river and even bars! In addition to the French Broad there are lots of waterfalls and lakes in the area to explore!

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Left: A drink at The Bywater // Right: Whitewater Falls

While I have yet to get on the river, it’s on my list. However The Bywater is an awesome spot along the river to catch open mic nights, have some drinks and even grill out on their grills there. I also enjoy the French Broad River Park. It has walking trails along the river which includes small decks where you can get amazing views of the river. However, my absolute favorite water activity is to chase waterfalls all through Western North Carolina.

VISIT BILTMORE HOUSE

There’s a reason that Biltmore is at the bottom of this list. As someone who is typically a budget traveler, I don’t think that Biltmore House is worth visiting unless you have the time to spend an entire day there. Their grounds are absolutely stunning, they were designed by the same man who designed Central Park in NYC. They’re absolutely worth exploring. The house is an incredible feat for the time and is undeniably a fantastic example of architecture. Also, their greenhouses and winery are amazing. Don’t forget to take part in the free tasting! I have been extremely fortunate to get to visit the Biltmore for free a handful of times using free passes from friends and family and from strangers who didn’t make it there at a campground. I don’t want to discourage people from visiting, but the steep ticket prices keep it from topping my list. There are many special events during different seasons and each one is unique. So, if you’re a Biltmore-lover, you can visit at different times and have a completely different experience. My favorite times to go are late spring and early summer when you can really enjoy the grounds. Take a picnic and even your bike if you’re going for the day!

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Greenhouse views at Biltmore Estate

If it’s your first time and you love detailed history, spend the extra money on the audio tour. Plant lover? Definitely do not miss the gardens around the house and the greenhouses. 

Asheville is truly a spectacular city! It’s so full of life and is rising in popularity every year. This Western North Carolina gem truly has something for everyone: foodies, craft beer lovers, outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs. It’s definitely worth a weekend getaway or, even better, a longer stay!
Have you been to Asheville? What would you put in your top 10 in Asheville?

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  • Reply
    Kaitlyn Jo Smith
    June 21, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I had been dreaming of going to Asheville for awhile, so this March we took an “adult” spring break there. It was breathtaking. We only spent one evening in town as much of our time was spent in the mountains. We actually climbed Devil’s Courthouse and I was so happy to see it on your list!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 21, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      I love the idea of an adult spring break! (My bestie and I want to try to find the perfect “adult study abroad” option 😉 I’m so glad you guys enjoyed it! When I am in Asheville my first stop is always Biscuit Head and then off to the mountains! I’m glad you guys did Devil’s Courthouse – it’s a steep littler sucker isn’t it? Ha! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and you’ll have to go back for more of the city next time too!

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        Kaitlyn Jo Smith
        June 22, 2017 at 8:34 am

        Very steep, but oh so worth it. We had the best time and decided to make “adult spring break” an annual thing (because let’s be honest around March everyone needs an escape). I would love to explore more of town and will definitely take up some of your suggestions should I ever find myself back there!

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          Paige Wunder
          June 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm

          That’s so awesome. March can definitely be a dreary month! My best friend and I usually do a March trip because our birthdays are 3/8 and 3/9 so we try to celebrate together away from home. I would love to hear where you choose for spring break 2018!

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    Patricia Steffy (@PLSteffy)
    June 21, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    We’ve actually been talking about going out to Asheville. Andy has family in the area, so it would make for an easy side trip. He’s a hiker, so I know he’d be all about seeing the many waterfalls, the Devil’s Courthouse, Deep Gap Trail and the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower. I’d love to explore the history and the food scene, too. Thanks for giving me some great trips ideas!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 21, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      You should definitely make a stop there – especially since you have an added reason to head that way! He will definitely love the hikes in the area. The Parkway is perfect because there’s a large concentration of hikes in one stretch! Have so much fun when you go and feel free to ask me about more info on Asheville and the surrounding area! Cheers!

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    Kavey Favelle
    June 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Apart from the yoga class, I’m right there with you. And I love that the first on the list is craft beer, that would suit my husband to the ground!!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 22, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Haha! Do you just hate yoga? I think your husband would definitely love Asheville then. It’s where I truly fell in love with craft beer.

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    rovingjo
    June 21, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    I never knew that Asheville had a big beer scene. Maybe because I am not a beer drinker. Now the brunches, the art, the mountains and views as well as the waterfalls is something I can certainly enjoy. And my favorite and the reason why it is on my list is to visit Biltmore estate. This one has been on my list for ages. .

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      Paige Wunder
      June 21, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      I wasn’t a beer-drinker before I moved to Asheville. I went to all the breweries, sampled lots of different beers and started slow finding one thing I liked and expanding my taste afterward. The Biltmore is absolutely incredible and you’ll really enjoy it! If you have the time, try to set aside an entire day for that alone (after brunch somewhere, of course 😉 )!

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    Megan Claire (@mappingmegan)
    June 21, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Love this! Asheville is one of our favorite parts of the US, we incorporated a stay here as part of our Blue Ridge Parkway Drive – splurged and stayed at the Inn on Biltmore Estate which was an incredible place to stay!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Ooh! That sounds really wonderful! We lived in the area on and off from 2014-2015 (outside of our travels of course) and are planning to move back there! It’s a very special spot!

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    Megan Indoe
    June 21, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Mountains, craft beer, and the Biltmore Estate! What’s not to love? I have always wanted to go to Biltmore, it’s honestly one of those amazing homes you just have to see for yourself! I didn’t realize there was so much other stuff to do nearby either!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 22, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      That’s very true! You’ll be amazed at every turn in Biltmore. The whole area is absolutely stunning! We plan on making the area our home base sometime soonish.

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    Tania Mukherjee
    June 22, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Asheville is such an interesting place where both native American History and civil war history co-exists! The white water rafting will quench the adventure thirst in the adrenaline junkies among us. Not to mention the interesting mountains are just a drive away!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 24, 2017 at 7:25 am

      You’ll have to make a stop there. I’m excited to give white water rafting a go myself!

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    Cori Carl
    June 22, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Wow, I had no idea how much there was to do in Ashville! I went a few years ago on a road trip and had a really great time, even though we apparently missed all the best spots. Now I have a reason (or a few reasons!) to go back.

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      Paige Wunder
      June 24, 2017 at 7:28 am

      There’s so much to do there and this is still just brushing the surface! You’ll have an amazing time on your next trip!

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    John Ezel
    June 22, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Asheville is one of my favorite places! Can’t wait to try some of your suggestions next time I go.

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      Paige Wunder
      June 24, 2017 at 7:29 am

      What’s your favorite thing to do there typically?

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    Sally E
    June 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    I feel like I always hear about things to do in SC but never in NC. I had no idea there were so many cool things to see in Asheville! I’d love to explore those gorgeous waterfalls and Biltmore estate of course!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 24, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Asheville is unbelievable. It’s one of my favorite places on earth! Plus, there are lots of other things in NC to see as well!

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    Cat
    June 22, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    What a great list of things to do in Asheville, both in the city and outdoor! I would personally love to explore the Biltmore House and see its interior. Open mic nights at The Bywater sounds like a fantastic way to spend summer evenings!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 24, 2017 at 7:35 am

      It definitely is a great place to spend summer nights. The interior of Biltmore House will not disappoint!

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    Candy
    June 26, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I wouldn’t mind paying the steep price to explore Biltmore House. It looks gorgeous and I love walking around beautiful architecture. Perhaps the steep price is to cove the free wine tasting:) I would def like to picnic there.

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      Paige Wunder
      June 26, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      It’s definitely worth it if you can spend the full day there! I know a lot of people who have tried to fit it into a short trip and all they have time for is the house. I would just save it for a longer stay unless you’ve set an entire day aside for it over a weekend.

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    Nano @ Travel With Nano B.
    June 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Wow, Biltmore House looks incredible, I’d love to visit!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      It is absolutely beautiful! The gardens are immaculate and worth a visit!

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    nycgingeronthego
    June 26, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    This looks like such a great trip! I love hiking and seeing waterfalls, but the history nerd in me LOVES the old estates. And you certainly can’t go wrong with craft beer and top brunch spots. I need to add Asheville to my bucket list!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      You definitely do! It’s such a spectacular spot! And this is honestly just scratching the surface – not to mention the amazing cozy towns that surround it!

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    Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L)
    June 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I didn’t quite make it to Asheville when I was in North Carolina but the blue ridge mountains are stunning. Would definitely like to return

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      Paige Wunder
      June 27, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      It’s definitely one of the highlights of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll have to go back!

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    Agness of eTramping
    June 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Asheville seems very amazing! I would love to visit it and enjoy these things!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      It is amazing! One of my favorites! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Claire
    June 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    I’m not a big lover of towns & cities so I’d get out to those mountains for that view! I love the flowers overlooking the valleys, so beautiful!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      I’m not a huge city lover. However, Asheville has this amazing small town vibe with big city culture. It only has about 90k residents so it’s not anything too crazy. The nature is definitely where it’s at, though! I love those mountains!

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    Claudia
    June 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    There is so many things and options to do in Asheville! I cant believe I lived in North Carolina for over a year and never explored much of Asheville! ughhh

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      Paige Wunder
      June 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      There definitely are! What part of NC did you live in?

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    elphie1
    June 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    We love North Carolina!!! But I have never been to asheville! Crabtree falls looks fantastic and reminds me of Proxy a Falls in Oregon!

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      Paige Wunder
      June 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      What part of NC do you usually explore? I just Googled Proxy Falls and they do look similar!

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    Jackie Sills-Dellegrazie
    July 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    I never knew that about Zelda Fitzgerald! I’ll have to read more about her and visit Asheville. The natural beauty of the mountains and waterfalls is also a big draw. How great to be able to hike and clear your mind only to finish the day in town kicking back to a delicious meal and live music.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Yeah! It’s a really interesting piece of literary history! It’s definitely a place full of natural beauty. I love Asheville – there’s just so much to do and see and this is just scratching the surface!

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    Ketki R S - Dotted Globe
    July 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm

    Beautiful photos and great description, this post makes me want to go back to Asheville. I had been there previously in fall and it was stunning.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Thank you very much! I’m glad to hear you thought it was beautiful. Did you get to enjoy the city any?

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    SherianneKay
    July 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I would love to do this in the Fall when the leaves change. The Biltmore has been on my list for a while

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      It’s definitely stunning in the fall. It’s my favorite season in general, so it’s awesome to be up in the mountains with a hot cup of coffee in a cozy sweater. Plus, there’s so much fog!

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    Mei & Kerstin 👭🌍 (@_travelwithmk)
    July 2, 2017 at 2:22 am

    What a pity that I had not read about Asheville last year! Otherwise we wouldn’t have skipped North Carolina during our East Coast road trip last year… The Biltmore looks so beautiful, so I guess we need to go there just for that! And we’ll certainly consider going to one of the other places you’ve mentioned here. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      No kidding! I skipped North Carolina for two trips before hearing about Asheville and I instantly fell in love. The city is great and the nature is amazing! Be sure to check out the art scene, at least, since that’s what the modern city is all about now.

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    Karla
    July 2, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I was told about Ashville when I was there but then I didn’t google it. Damn, now looking at your photos, I should have. it looks really lovely.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Haha! I know that feeling all too well. It really is lovely!

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    Antonette Spaan
    July 3, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I never heard of Asheville before but it seems lik there is a great lot to do. My pick would definitely be to head into the mountains as they look so inviting to be explored by foot!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      There is a great deal to do! They’re definitely worth exploring and on foot is the best way, in my opinion!

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    Annaa
    July 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Never been to Ashville but always wanted to go. Thanks for adding to my intrigue.

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    Annaa
    July 3, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Never been to N.C. but always wanted to go. Thanks for adding to my intrigue.

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    Laura
    July 3, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Loving this list! SO extensive and actually a great representation of what there is to do in town. Asheville is one of my favorites although I’ve only been there for a short period of time while visiting. I did almost all of these activities though! The mountains in North Carolina are something truly special in this world.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you so much Lauren. It really is an amazing city isn’t it? I’m glad you were able to get to do so much! The mountains really are something special and some of the oldest mountains in the world, which is pretty cool! I think it adds to the magic of the atmosphere there.

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    Dorene
    July 3, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hey Paige, I had no perception, let alone awareness of Asheville. What a beautiful part of North Carolina and the U.S. Thanks for this informative post.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      It really is a special part of the United States. One of my top favorites.

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    Lauren - #ljojlo
    July 4, 2017 at 6:10 am

    Not being from the US I have never heard of this place! Shame on me! Any place with mountains, waterfalls, breakfast/brunch and craft beer for my partner is a place I need to visit. Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      It’s definitely a perfect spot! There’s so much to do and see in the area. It grows in popularity each year. Your partner would LOVE Asheville if they’re a craft beer lover!

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    Sue Reddel
    July 4, 2017 at 11:30 am

    We’ve heard so many great things about Asheville especially the food scene. Can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions. Thanks!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      It’s definitely a special destinations. There is such an amazing food scene there – if you’re a foodie, you’ll love it!

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    Chrysoula Manika
    July 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Wow Ashville looks like a great place to visit. I have no idea it was voted as a beer city. Apart from the great beer another reason I would love to visit is the food scene. There is nothing better than a good brunch.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      It really is special. It has a huge beer and food scene. I agree that a good brunch is fantastic!

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    Gabriela
    July 4, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I love your pictures.

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    Rob
    July 4, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I have heard a lot of good things about Asheville. The grounds at the Biltmore look fantastic, and I would love to a wine tasting at the hotel. The area around Asheville also looks great, beautiful mountains, the waterfalls and there must be some great hiking trails!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      They are definitely gorgeous! The around Asheville has some of my absolute favorite hiking trails. It’s a really special place in the US.

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    Tami
    July 4, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Dry Falls doesn’t look very dry to me! But wow! it is so beautiful! And I would love visiting the Biltmore House; interesting history and architecture…

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      Paige Wunder
      July 6, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      It’s called Dry Falls because you can walk behind them and stay dry! The Biltmore definitely has extremely interesting history and architecture. It is beautiful – I learn something new every time I go!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    July 4, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    That is quite some list. And each one of them interesting and something unique. I would love to visit Malaprop’s given my love for books. I would try my luck with the blind book date, sounds so intriguing. Later on I may settle down with the book with that amazingly tempting doughnut.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Each one is unique – that’s the amazing thing about Asheville – so many one-of-a-kind things to do! I love the idea of the blind date with a book too.

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    Archana Singh
    July 5, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I had never been to Asheville but has been hearing and reading about it so much these days. You have listed down an exhaustive list of things to do. I would love to visit the Devil’s Courthouse since it provides such great views.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      It’s definitely an awesome destination. I’m not surprised that it grows in popularity each year. It definitely does provide insanely beautiful views. I highly recommend going at sunset!

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    Lauren
    July 5, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Wow, I love it! Seriously, these are all things that I’d love to do. Beer, hiking, art, music, exploring a city…checks all the boxes. I’ve gotta get to Asheville!

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      I definitely has something for everyone! Since it checks all the boxes, you’ll definitely have to get there ASAP!

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    City Cookie
    July 5, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Asheville looks like a great place to visit! The waterfalls and the views from the Devil’s Courthouse look amazing. I’d have to grab one of those donuts too 🙂

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      Paige Wunder
      July 7, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      They are absolutely gorgeous natural sites! You could get those donuts to go and head out to the mountains!

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    Elaine Masters
    July 8, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Ashville has so much to offer. I love the architecture and brewery scene plus that stunning countryside. Another one for the bucketlist.

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      Paige Wunder
      July 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      It definitely is a must-see in the US in my opinion. It just has something for everyone!

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