Hey y’all! It’s crazy to think that summer is almost over and fall is on its way. Or if you’re me, fall is already here and you’ve already switched out your closet. Bring on the scarves and booties! We celebrated our favorite season by kicking it off in one of our favorite places: Asheville, NC! We spent Labor Day weekend in the mountains with some friends and had a great time. This area is jam-packed with fun things, so here’s how we did Asheville in one weekend!
Place to Stay: Airbnbs
Unless you have a SUPER strong urge to stay in one of the cool hotels downtown, I would highly recommend finding an Airbnb. We stayed in this little house in Fletcher and it was AWESOME. It’s about 15 minutes from everything- Biltmore Village, downtown Asheville, hiking and tubing, etc. It also has a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Drinking coffee on the back porch in the morning was a dream.
Airbnbs are a great way to be a local for a little while when you’re visiting a new town. Ours was also stocked with local coffee and beers to try and the host was as sweet as can be. I love a good hotel, but Drew and I love trying out Airbnbs when we travel!
Places to Visit: Breweries
It’s no secret that Asheville is PACKED with breweries. We spent the day Saturday touring different breweries and brewpubs including New Belgium Brewing Company, Wicked Weed Brewing, and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. If a structured tour isn’t your jam, these breweries have plenty of places to eat, hang out, and try your favorite brews! New Belgium was our favorite, HANDS DOWN. They have a gorgeous campus, a huge open space with food trucks, and a super fun tour! Spoiler alert: the tour includes a GIANT slide!
Even if you aren’t a beer lover, I highly recommend checking out some local Asheville breweries. Asheville is very child and dog-friendly, so your excursions work for the whole family!
Places to Eat: Local Spots
You HAVE to eat local when you travel. It’s non-negotiable. Look for places that were founded where you are, like Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville. They basically wrote the book on farm-to-table Southern comfort food, so it’s a must-visit when you’re in Asheville. But the favorite from our group was White Duck Taco Shop. They have specialty tacos and you order a la carte, so pick your favorites and share!
If you’re looking for brunch, you have to try Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village. They have delicious food and their atmosphere makes you feel like you traveled back in time to the good ol’ days. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with food in Asheville.
Places to Go: Outside
Y’all, if you’re going to the mountains, you HAVE to be outdoors. Situated right in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is the perfect place for nature-lovers and outdoors-amateurs. There are hiking and walking trails everywhere and tons of places to climb (that I can’t recommend because ya girl likes to keep her feet on the ground). We took a morning walk around Fletcher Park, which is a great place for dogs and kids too!
If the weather is warm enough, I highly recommend Zen Tubing. It’s a 2-4 hour float down the river and it will make you want to buy a house in the mountains. We were literally looking for real estate while in our tubes. It’s that good. (PRO TIP: Go with a big group and rent a cooler tube. Hook your tubes to the cooler tube and float on, my friends)
Places to Visit: Downtown
It’s hard to go to Asheville and not stop in downtown. Most of the fun local spots are in the heart of downtown or at Biltmore Village, so I highly recommend spending an evening in either place. If you go downtown, stop at Battery Park Book Exchange and wander around their shelves with a glass of wine. Or satisfy your sweet tooth at French Broad Chocolate Lounge. (Get the toasted coconut milkshake. Thank me later).
There is so much going on in Asheville, so you can easily fill a weekend with fun. We had a blast taking our time and hitting up our favorite local haunts. My one suggestion: don’t try to squeeze too much in one weekend and wear yourself out! Take your time and soak up all this gorgeous mountain town has to offer. Stay weird, Asheville.
Are you a mountain lover or a beach bum? Let me know in the comments below!