The tourist time is upon us (and I don’t mean baseball games) here in Asheville. Make sure you are ready for people who drive too slow on the parkway, crowded downtown streets loitered with out of state license plates, people taking pictures of any fallen leaf, and people constantly asking you for directions, where to visit and where to eat. Oh wait maybe those are just all the things I remember of Fall in Asheville because I work in retail. Anyways, here’s my personal guide on the best of Asheville (and surrounding areas) that will make you feel like a local if you are visiting, or places all you locals must visit!!
Where to Eat
5 Points Diner located at 258 Broadway Street is right outside of downtown (a walk from the skate park and Moog foundation downtown) is a hidden gem. Andrew took me here one day (he said he used to go all the time as a kid) and it’s literally my now favorite affordable greasy food place in Asheville. They have the best breakfast (and you can literally get so full off of 7 or 8 dollars including a drink), they also serve lunch and dinner. They have delicious bacon cheeseburger, fries, gyros, chicken tenders and salads (they have the best ranch around Asheville). I’m pretty sure Andrew has tried everything on the menu and he said nothing was bad!
East Village Grille located off of Tunnel Road has excellent food. Everything I have ever gotten from there is beyond delicious! I will say the service is horrible, and expect to wait almost an hour for any amount of food or appetizers, but it’s just too yummy. I highly suggest tourists not to waste your time here, but locals order over the phone and watch about an hour of Netflix then head out to pick it up! Tiger chicken strips, sweet potato fries, and the blacken grilled chicken Cesar salad are the best!!
Sky Bar, located downtown is somewhere everyone should visit at least once. It’s very over priced for the drinks but the view is amazing. They do close up after Halloween for the winter so head in there for a Fall themed drink (just eat the 10.00 price for a fun atmosphere and beautiful view, oh the elevator ride is pretty fun as well), they also serve food, but I’ve never ate anything from them.
The Chocolate Lounge, is also a must. They have truffles, cakes, cookies, drinks, just about anything. There’s also something for everyone with a gluten free menu! There’s not much more to say (because it’s AMAZEBALLLLLSSSS) just go early because it’s always crowded. You can also order online if you are out of Asheville.
Some of my other favorite places are Pack’s Tavern, Storm Rhum Bar, The Black Bird, 12 Bones, The Hot Dog King (yes true), Hana, and Farm Burger.
Where to Play
Asheville and surrounding parts of Western North Carolina have many things to see.
The Biltmore is the largest privately owned home in America and we in Asheville are lucky enough to have it here. The home is beautiful and worth a tour but there’s also much more than just touring the home. There are plenty of trails to take a walk on, the gardens are always a sight to see, there’s a winery, there are very delicious restuarants, on Friday and Saturday nights there is live music, and there are so many spots to have a perfect picnic.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is great to see the fall foliage. Mt. Mitchell is located off the parkway and is the highest peak east of the Mississippi.
Brevard, about 40 minutes outside of Asheville has numerous waterfalls and hiking trials that are a must see. Be careful though you may see bears.
Breweries!! Asheville is beer city and there are plenty of places to get a local drafted brew but head to the brewery for a tour and some special sips. Most even have food available, There is Wicked Weed, One World Brewery, Highlands, Asheville Brewing, Green Man, and French Broad Brewery that are the best.
Hendersonville is the town next to Asheville, and the perfect place for Fall. If you want to go apple picking here is the place to visit. Hendersonville produces the largest amount of apples from the state of North Carolina. If you want to go apple picking I highly suggest Grandad’s Apples N’ Such. They have a bakery, fresh produce, the apples, a corn maze, pumpkin patch and activities for the kids. Also Hendersonville has a cute little downtown section with shops and restaurants.
Downtown Asheville is very unique. There are plenty of shops and restaurants that can appeal to everyone.