This past weekend my fiance and I took a trip to Asheville, NC with his parents. They had been planning on going for months and they knew we needed a little break from constant wedding planning so they asked us to go along. I’ve been to the Carolinas quite a few times but Asheville ranks number one on my list after this little trip.
Asheville is a a city that has such a at home, small town vibe. Everyone there was so warm and welcoming. Below I am giving you a glimpse at some of the things we did while down there from the food to the drinks to where to go to see the best views of those gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.
WHAT TO DO IN ASHEVILLE, NC|
If you know us by now, then you know that we LOVE us some food. My whole day is spent around what I want to eat next. Let me tell you, Asheville is the place to be for any foodie at heart (NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS!!)! I don’t want to exaggerate but the options were endless when it came to places to eat.
While we were down there, we stayed in West Asheville, about 10 minutes from Downtown and in that small area alone there were two dozen unique restaurants.
We got to Asheville on Sunday and the first thing we did was head to Wicked Weed, a restaurant/ brewery. Ethan’s parents had been there before and raved about the food. It did not disappoint. I got their pork belly sandwich and it melted in my mouth.
After lunch we checked into the Airbnb we set out to find a bar where we could watch the Steeler’s game. They did not disappoint. Every bar we walked into had the game on the big screen which made this little Pittsburgh girl’s heart happy.
After walking around every square inch of the city, we decided to end the day with… PIZZA!!!
We asked a local who had the best pizza and they pointed us to Asheville Brewing. We ordered the Cheeseburger Pizza (my all time favorite type of pizza) and loved it so much that we ordered another one to go.
After a much needed night of sleep, we headed out Monday morning to find the best southern breakfast.
Right up the hill from where we were staying was the cutest breakfast joint, Biscuit Head. They specialized in well BISCUITS. From biscuits and gravy to the most delicious biscuit and bacon sandwich with a poached egg on top. I ordered the biscuits with fried chicken gravy and think I ascended into heaven.
The icing on the cake was their bacon that was cooked to perfection and their array of homemade hot sauces from Sol Shine to Chocolate Habanero.
Monday rained until late into the afternoon. When I say rain, I mean torrential downpours that caused all of their rivers to flood and countless Silent Hill type of alarms to go off all afternoon. That did not stop us from exploring the outskirts of Asheville. We traveled down to Bat Cave and checked out the array of little shops along the stretch.
Once we were done shopping it was time for a late lunch. We couldn’t visit the south without trying out some BBQ. We found a little restaurant a few miles outside of the city called Creekside Taphouse. Their menu was limited so we tried… everything. Pulled pork, brisket, slow cooked beans, mac n cheese, potato salad, and cole slaw. Their homemade sauces made it even better.
After lunch and a much needed nap, it was time for dinner. We checked out another restaurant that was close to where we were staying. A little taco place called Zia Taqueria. I usually eat twice a day so squeezing in another meal seemed like a tall order, but who can say no to tacos.
Tuesday was our last day there and we ended our food adventure by checking out the Taproom at Sierra Nevada. Pretzels, Bangers and Mash, and fresh chicken wings ended our trip on a high note.
For Asheville being a city on the smaller side, it did not disappoint in their beer selections. There were dozens of breweries all throughout the cities ranging from the smaller ones like Wicked Weed and Thirsty Monk (both had brew pubs in the city) to the big dogs like New Belgium and Sierra Nevada. In our few days there we visited quite a few of them.
Sunday we visited a few of the smaller ones that were downtown. Wicked Weed’s industrial vibe reminded me of some of my favorite Pittsburgh spots. Thirsty monk had three levels with a different bar on each floor, Belgium style beers in the basement, American style beers on the first floor, and on the top floor a member’s only cocktail bar that had the most amazing view of the city.
On Monday we had a brewery tour scheduled for New Belgium and no amount of rain was going to stop us.
Our tour guide was amazing, there were quite a few complimentary beers, and we even got to ride down a slide on the 90 minute tour.
Tuesday we took a self guided tour of Sierra Nevada before we headed home. It was amazing to see how different the two bigger breweries were. New Belgium was relatively new to the area and still in its growing stage while Sierra Nevada was a full blown estate with solar panels everywhere, a mile long driveway with intricate rose gold gates at the entrance.
The trip to Asheville took us around seven hours and views on the way were breathtaking (if you saw our instastories then you got a small glimpse of it). The leaves on the trees were the most beautiful reds, oranges, greens, and yellows. The mountains went on for miles.
On Monday we planned on going to Chimney Rock, but the rain stopped us at the gate where we were able to watch the calm rivers that turned into raging rapids from all of the rain.
The sun came out on Tuesday and we were able to travel through the Blue Ridge Parkway and take in those beautiful mountains.
While our trip was short, I feel like we did so much. I have a new found love for this little city and I cannot wait to travel back next year with Ethan’s family for Thanksgiving.
If you have been to Asheville before, I’d love to know what you did while there!