Guide to the Perfect Weekend Getaway #1 - Asheville, NC
Asheville: A Mountain Weekend Getaway
Asheville embodies everything we want out of a fall weekend getaway. Whether you are into art, the great outdoors, food, antiquing, beer, or history, there is plenty for you to do in Asheville, and we've put together a guide for the perfect Asheville, NC weekend getaway where you can do it all!
Where to stay
The Graham House $165/ night
👍 Why we like it: A better question is what do we not like? The Graham house is the perfect place to stay in Asheville! The clean midcentury modern design is everything we dream our own homes would look like. Paired with our new favorite fall scent Weekend Getaway, we hardly wanted to leave the house and explore Asheville.
The Wicked Weed $20/person
👍 Why we like it: It wouldn’t be a trip to Asheville without a trip to a brewery (Asheville has the most breweries per capita in the United States). We like Wicked Weed because the beer is good, and the food and the atmosphere are equally as good. When the fall weather is right and the garage windows are open, it is the recipe for a perfect evening.
🍽What We Order: Pretzels and Mustard, Burger, Beer Flight
French Broad Chocolate Lounge $5/person
👍 Why we like it: This is the best chocolate around and well worth the line that is usually out the door (15 -20 minute wait). Be sure to check out their quieter retail shop next-door where they sell chocolate bars from chocolatiers around the country.
🍽What We Order: Liquid Truffle
👍 Why we like it: These two shops are right around the corner from each other and it would seem a shame to not try both. OWL Bakery is dedicated to not only using the highest quality ingredients, but also quality methods in bread and pastry making. This is quite evident in the taste and texture of all their food! Hole makes the most delicious doughnuts fresh to order. They are open daily (except Tuesdays) from 7:30 – 2:00, but they almost always sell out early. They only have four flavors at a time so why not try all four?
🍽What We Order: at OWL, anything is a good bet, but we love the Cardamom Bun. At Hole: one of everything.
Explore the River Arts District
👍 Why we like it: Once an old mill village by the French Broad River, the River Arts District is full of galleries, working studios, restaurants, breweries, and local shops. Street art and murals can be found on the sides of many of the historic buildings. The River Arts District is a perfect place to spend a few hours walking around and exploring galleries and shops.
Buxton Hall Barbecue $15-$20/ person
👍 Why we like it: It’s just good barbecue – slow cooked for hours on end, with vinegar rubbed all over throughout the process. The atmosphere of Buxton Hall is a clean industrial space that feels modern but old school at the same time.
🍽What We Order: Whole Hog Pulled Pork Plate with Black Eyed Peas and Waffle Fries
Hike Black Balsam
👍 Why we like it: The expansive mountain views are unbeatable and the drive to get there on the Blue Ridge Parkway is equally as incredible. Before you leave, decide if you want to pack a picnic or drive back to the Asheville for dinner (it is about an hour away). If you don’t want to drive this far, there are plenty of other hiking spots around Asheville. For other hiking options, click here.
Sovereign Remedies $30 / person
👍 Why we like it: Everything on the menu is going to be freshly picked and grown in or around Asheville. Since opening, Sovereign Remedies has received national attention for its excellent food, drinks, and forward thinking.
🍽 What We Order: Think light dinner (you won’t need convincing after a lunch at Buxton Hall). Three Cheese Board, Charred Okra, a cocktail of your choice, and Buttermilk pie.
Summit Coffee $5/person
👍 Why we like it: From made-in-house pastries, to the many delicious coffee offerings, and a nice outdoor seating area, Summit is the perfect way to start the morning.
🍽What We Order: your favorite coffee drink and a pastry.
Biltmore House and Estate $70/person
👍 Why we like it: Being the largest private residential home in the United States, there is plenty to check out during a tour of the home. The Biltmore house was built in the late 19th century by the Vanderbilt family, one of America’s wealthiest families of the 19th and 20th century. After a tour of the home, explore the gardens, visit the winery, or explore one of the trails. The possibilities are endless on the 8,000-acre estate.
King Daddy’s Chicken + Waffles $15/ person
👍 Why we like it: A popular spot for brunch in west Asheville, King Daddy’s offers simple and adventurous combinations of chicken and waffles. They also have a nice outdoor seating area.
🍽What We Order: habanero sweet potato chicken, Belgian waffle
👍 Why we like it: Asheville has lots of antique, thrift, and vintage stores, so no matter what you are hunting for, something will catch your attention.
Farm Burger $12/ person
👍 Why we like it: Farm burger is an easy win: wholesome ingredients, good burgers, inexpensive, and it is right downtown. It is usually pretty busy but don’t let the line scare you, it moves quickly.
🍽What We Order: #1 Farm Burger with fries