This past November LAS and I took a weekend trip to Asheville and I feel like we made the most of our 48 hours. When I have free time or vacation time, I often get anxious trying to make perfect use of the time and worry that I'm wasting an opportunity. So I am proud to report that our trip to Asheville, while obviously not comprehensive, was pretty perfect for us.
Flew in to Greenville and stopped along the way to visit our cousin who is school near Greenville.
We settled in to our Air BnB which was AWESOME! It was located in West Asheville and so close to all we wanted to do. It was a basement walkout with the owners living upstairs. The space was perfect for two--a small living room, bathroom, and bedroom. You can rent it here. I cannot recommend this rental enough--they even had robes and a white noise machine, which we are so used to hearing on the kids' monitor, it felt like home.
We went downtown and did a little shopping including the Battery Park Book Exchange (hello used books and champagne!), Asheville Bee Charmer, and Malaprops Book Store.
In trying to find a dinner spot we accidentally ended up at the New Belgium Brewery--it was a delight and there was a Taco truck called Belly Up that made for a great, quick dinner.
Though the Biltmore on Sunday was wonderful, we both agreed that Saturday's activities were tops. We started the day at Biscuithead for breakfast which was without a doubt, the best meal we had in Asheville. We waited in the cold for probably an hour and it was worth every chilly minute. We enjoyed a gravy flight, a ham and egg biscuit with a fried green tomato and more gravy for LAS, and a fried chicken biscuit with egg, slaw, and sweet potato jam for me. HEAVEN.
We let it warm up a bit before heading to hike Catawba Falls--it was an easy hike with breathtaking scenery. Changing leaves and sweet creeks created the perfect Fall wonderland for these season-less Floridians. The Falls themselves were awesome and worth a look any time of year.
Saturday wrapped up with dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe which was delicious. Grilled okra y'all. That's what you need to know.
We started Sunday by checking out of our airBnB and high tailing it to Hole, a doughnut shop. The doughnuts were so good and different from your typical Dunkin, Krispy Kreme, local donut shop. They were so light and airy and they had a limited assortment of interesting flavors.
Then we went to the Biltmore and it was magnificent. I wanted to go to the Biltmore but LAS wasn't so sure until two sweet ladies in the line at Biscuithead convinced us that we had to go. We got the audio tour which really enhanced what we were seeing by providing some background information. The house and it's history reminded me of an American version of Downton Abbey. Decked out for Christmas, it was especially gorgeous. I would love to go back in the spring or summer because we loved the gardens and it would be fun to see those in full bloom. If you're in the Asheville area I highly recommend a day at the Biltmore. There was a ton to do and after 5 or so hours we had to go catch our flight but we could have stayed and seen more.
Things on the list for next time:
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Omni Grove Park Inn