If you’re heading to Asheville soon for a weekend getaway I wanted to share my recent weekend itinerary. I was there for a long weekend to celebrate my friends bachelorette, and it was the perfect combination of relaxing and fun.
Checked into our Airbnb, which was too cute by the way! We had a total of 13 girls in the house and had plenty of room to get ready. The decor and finishes were gorgeous, and there was a hot tub and fire pit to enjoy the view of the river. The only negative was there were no full length mirrors and the driveway was slightly scary to navigate in and out of with a big drop off right in front of the house.
I’m not a beer drinker by any means, but I enjoyed learning about the process and science that goes into different types of beer. Plus, you get to hear a little about the history of Asheville and get great recommendations for food.
We finished the tour right next door to this highly recommended BBQ restaurant. I split the fried chicken sandwich with my friend, but the real winner was the sausage ball appetizer we split.
This came highly recommended by Y’all and it didn’t disappoint. This is a farm to table southern comfort breakfast menu.
This was the coldest day in Asheville, so we were hiking in low 20-degree weather. I wore two layers of leggings (one being fleece lined) with a long sleeve Lululemon top under this puffer jacket. I was only cold the first few minutes and was comfortable the rest of the hike. There was a point in the hike where we had to cross over a river on stepping rocks, so if you’re not comfortable with that you may not make it to the top (right picture). The hike overall was very easy, I never got winded and I’m out of shape, haha!
After the hike, we built up an appetite and headed to a brewery for drinks and food. Outside of New Belgium, there are food trucks. The day we were there, there was only one, but the tacos were so good! I ordered a chicken and waffle and gyro taco.
We got downtown early and had a drink before dinner. A guy walking his dog highly recommended to stop into this bar for wine and we weren’t disappointed! They had $5 wine specials and the service was very quick. There is live music on the weekends around 8:30. The venue is pretty intimate, so get there early if you have a large group.
I’m not sure if I had just build up an appetite, but this meal was my favorite of the weekend! I split the Tortellini Alla Vodka and a cannoli with my friend, and everything from the bread and appetizers to the last bite was delicious.
We walked to this bar after asking a few locals for their recommendations. It’s the only nightlife we hit in Asheville, but we had fun here!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Asheville has a very strict maximum capacity regulations and this place could only hold 49 people. If you hate crowds, this is the place to go for a relatively open dance floor. We waited outside for a long time before going in! But the music was on point if you love a good early 2000 playlist.
We cooked breakfast at home and had two girls made a quick run to Hole donuts to save time. This is another place that came highly recommended. The donuts are made to order and is more of a croissant donut. We tried the sesame cinnamon, matcha, classic, and cinnamon sugar. It was a good idea to cut them into bites so everyone could nibble and try them all!
This is pretty pricey ($55) and if the group isn’t into history, I wouldn’t spend too much time here. We didn’t have a tour so we walked around googling any specific questions. It’s just crazy to me that people make that kind of money.. haha! If you have the option, I would have preferred to go in the Spring or Summer when the gardens are bloomed.
We went to Antler Hill Village in the Biltmore property for lunch but I would honestly recommend to go elsewhere. It wasn’t worth the hefty price tag. I paid $20 for a soggy sandwich and would have preferred to spend more time exploring downtown Asheville.
The real reason we went to Antler Hill Village was for the complimentary wine tasting.
During this time before a late dinner we played a game at the house. We had the bride guess who brought which panty based on their personality. It took a little while to narrow down, but was very entertaining.
We happened to be visiting during restaurant week, so I ordered the trout special with a side of snow peas and fingerling potatoes. The pairings were all very unique and there was a good mix between indulgent and healthy meals.
We saved room for dessert and headed over to The Chocolate Lounge. Again, we had to wait outside in the cold for a few minutes before ordering. I ordered the chocolate creme brule which was very light but indulgent at the same time. They do run out of dessert the later it gets so if you have your heart set on something you may want to get there a little earlier!
We checked out of the Airbnb early and headed to breakfast before heading out-of-town. This was my favorite breakfast from the weekend. I ordered avocado toast and eggs with a side of chorizo sausage. The portion was a little disappointing for $15 avocado toast, but the sriracha honey drizzle made up for it.
Places on my list for the next time I’m in Asheville
CURATE Our tour guide from the brewery tour said this was by far the best restaurant in Asheville, even if you can just get a lunch reservation.
Asheville has more breweries per capita than any other U.S. city, so one weekend isn’t enough to explore them all!
Book Exchange and Champagne Bar – Dog-friendly champagne bar
This rooftop bar came highly requested for a great view on the city
I want to catch the sunset at Omni Grove Park Inn
Blue Ridge Parkway – Voted one of the most beautiful drives in America
Downtown Asheville – Filled with eclectic boutiques and unique finds. We didn’t really spend too much time downtown so I want to explore the city during the day next time!
If you want to have a unique pampering experience I thought this Salt Cave looked really cool!
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Thank you so much for reading and have the best time in Asheville if you’re planning a visit!
xo Amanda John