Asheville, tucked in western North Carolina’s fabled Blue Ridge Mountains, attracts millions of visitors from all over the world every year. In fact, our little mountain town is often called the “Paris of the South”.
Asheville is known for our vibrant art, food, and beer scene. Oh…and don’t forget our iconic homes which include both the Biltmore Estate (America’s largest home) and The Grove Park Inn (ok, not really a home, but an iconic destination none the less)
While the options for things to do in Asheville are limitless, for all intents and purposes we’ll be focusing on what can be accomplished in just 2 days!
So pack your bags and don’t forget your hiking shoes! Here’s our (completely biased) 2 day itinerary for Asheville North Carolina.
So obviously you’ve booked your stay at Asheville Glamping on www.ashevilleglamping.com and since you’re super smart you booked your weekend a year in advance so you landed the dome of your dreams! Check in isn’t until after 4pm so if you arrive in town early live like a local and treat yo’self to a beer over at Wedge Brewery in the River Arts district at 37 Paynes Way, Asheville, NC 28801 . You’ll get all the Asheville Vibes here as you sip your beer on the outdoor patio. Looking for a snack? Food trucks are usually found here in the evening so you never know what kind of goodness might be waiting for you.
After 4pm head on over to camp, unpack your bags and get settled in! If you don’t lose all motivation and decide to stay put around the campfire, then call an uber to take you back into downtown Asheville.
Dinner: Have you worked up an appetite yet? Have your uber drop you off at Polanco on Market Street for some of the best authentic mexican food in town. Start by ordering some of their amazing guac served up with the best fried chips you have ever tasted (no, for real…you’ll know what I mean when you taste them). Also make sure you try Chef Ricado’s famous Mole!
After dinner take off on foot to and head over to French Broad Chocolates for some tasty artisanal chocolates (you’re on vacation right?) Everything is amazing, but our favorite item on the menu is the highland mocha layer cake…SO GOOD!
Music: Now that you’re good and full lets head over to The Orange Peel for some evening entertainment! Here you’ll find everything from tribute bands to well known acts- with past performers like the Alabama Shakes, Flaming lips, and Emmylou Harris. This place is so good that in 2008, The orange peel was rated one of the top five music venues in America according to Rolling Stone. That being said, while tickets can be purchased at the door if available, make sure to buy tickets in advance over at www.theorangepeel.net so you’re not left out in the cold.
By now you are surely good and tuckered out right? Call another uber and set your compass back to camp to enjoy some late night star gazing before hitting the hay! Not much of an astronomer? Download the SkyView app on your phone to instantly identify stars, constellations, and satellites. Just point your phone at the sky! The app provides endless information on the world above and even provides notifications for upcoming stargazing events.
Breakfast: A good night’s sleep followed by breakfast at Biscuit head over on haywood road is the best way to start off your full day exploring Asheville. Their home made jam and butter bar might just be the highlight of your day! Don’t be discouraged by the long line, it goes by quickly and their cats head biscuits are well worth the wait! After breakfast spend an hour walking up and down haywood road and exploring the shops, eateries, and breweries that line it’s sides.
Biltmore: Now if visiting Americas largest home is on your bucket list then you’ll want to spend the next few hours touring the Grand Biltmore Estate. Construction of the Biltmore house began in 1889 after George Vanderbilt had set his eyes on Asheville for the site of his country home. When we say large, we mean it- The Biltmore house tips the square footage scales at a whopping 178,926 square feet! That means that you could multiply our small 500 square foot abode and fit 357 of them inside the biltmore estate! Man, that’s big!
Spend a few hours touring the inside of the house where each room has been painstakingly combed over and restored to be just as the Vanderbilt’s left it when they first opened it up to tourists on March 15, 1930. In 1930 admission to the estate was $2 for adults and $1 for children under the age of twelve. Ticket prices have increased quite a bit since then, but the estate can keep you occupied for an entire day with it’s 250 rooms and many attractions.
Lunch: After touring the house, have lunch at Biltmore’s stable cafe or Cedric’s before finishing your visit by exploring the grounds.
When you do you’ll find that it’s not just the house that’s impressive, the “yard” includes 125,000 acres of mountains, gardens, and even an impressive winery (with complimentary wine tastings!).
Beer City USA: Once you have finished at the Biltmore house it’s time to drink! Asheville has been dubbed “Beer City USA” so we expect you’ll want to spend a good chunk of the evening exploring the best breweries the south east has to offer! Our favorites? We recommend starting at Hi-wire brewing on Hilliard ave! You’ll be able to walk from there over to Twin Leaf Brewery on Coxe avenue and end over at Wicked Weed right on Biltmore.
Dinner: Finish the night off with dinner at Rhubarb, a farm to table restaurant in Battery Park whose Chef is famous for mouth watering and innovative dishes, our favorite being the wood-roasted trout with watermelon salsa! They also have a great craft cocktail list and wine-by-the-glass menu.
Breakfast: Is the weekend already over. Not yet! It’s time to end your weekend in Asheville on a sweet note. Pack up camp and head back into downtown to Vortex Doughnuts over at 32 Banks ave. They have a selection that will make your mouth water, but my favorite is the blueberry cream cheese iced cake donut followed by their bacon glazed donut….drooling yet? Wash it down with an iced coffee and then take one to go!
Hiking: Still have time to spare and want to burn off a few of the weekends indulgences? Head on down the road a few miles to pick up the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you only have time for a quick hike, put the folk art center into your GPS. From there you head south or North on the Mountains to Sea trail, marked with white circles on the trees. While there aren’t much for views at this lower point on the trail, if you have more time you can take the park way all the way up to Craggy Gardens, about a 40 minute drive from town. Craggy Gardens is a knobby, rocky, rhododendron-covered forest featuring a great hike that leads to classic blue ridge views. It’s just 2 miles round trip from bottom to top, so you’ll want to take your time enjoying this iconic hike- bonus if the Rhododendron are in bloom!
Now you’re weekend is a wrap! Sound good? Get to planning by booking your stay on www.ashevilleglamping.com