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Food scene
This little diner is just down the road in Fairview and is connected to a gas station. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I recommend the huevos rancheros for breakfast and the Rueben with chips any other time.
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The Local Joint
1185 Charlotte Highway
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This little diner is just down the road in Fairview and is connected to a gas station. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I recommend the huevos rancheros for breakfast and the Rueben with chips any other time.
Pick up a breakfast burrito and coffee or some sandwiches and cold drinks on your way to hike Bearwallow mountain. They have a small selection of specialty and local goods. There is also a fresh seafood stand open on Friday and Saturday.
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Trout Lily Deli*Market
1297 Charlotte Highway
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Pick up a breakfast burrito and coffee or some sandwiches and cold drinks on your way to hike Bearwallow mountain. They have a small selection of specialty and local goods. There is also a fresh seafood stand open on Friday and Saturday.
The best local barbeque and cheap to boot! It is a roadside stand on highway 74 in Fairview. You can't go wrong with the pulled pork or ribs. They sometime have smoked chicken wings that aren't on the menu so you have to ask about them but that is probably my favorite. We like the mustard sauce but they have tons of options.
Smokey and the Pig
913 Charlotte Hwy
The best local barbeque and cheap to boot! It is a roadside stand on highway 74 in Fairview. You can't go wrong with the pulled pork or ribs. They sometime have smoked chicken wings that aren't on the menu so you have to ask about them but that is probably my favorite. We like the mustard sauce but they have tons of options.
The food is really good here and the owners/chefs are the sweetest couple. We like the Margherita and Buffalo Chicken pizzas.
Sky Mountain Pizza
1321 Charlotte Hwy
The food is really good here and the owners/chefs are the sweetest couple. We like the Margherita and Buffalo Chicken pizzas.
Grill in Fairview with hot dogs and hamburgers.
The Hot Dog King - Fairview
1487 Charlotte Highway
Grill in Fairview with hot dogs and hamburgers.
Coffee shop on highway 74 in Fairview. On your way to Asheville or the Blue Ridge Parkway use their drive-through window to grab a Dirty Chai or Mexican Mocha and a jalapeno cheddar biscuit.
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Daymoon Coffeebar
381 Old Charlotte Highway
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Coffee shop on highway 74 in Fairview. On your way to Asheville or the Blue Ridge Parkway use their drive-through window to grab a Dirty Chai or Mexican Mocha and a jalapeno cheddar biscuit.
Bakery in Fairview with breads, bagels, and pastries. Definitely try their bakehouse chai with almond milk.
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Rise Above Bakehouse
1207 Charlotte Hwy
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Bakery in Fairview with breads, bagels, and pastries. Definitely try their bakehouse chai with almond milk.
A farm in Fairview raising beef, pork & poultry, as well as growing fruit, with a farm store.
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Hickory Nut Gap Farm
57 Sugar Hollow Road
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A farm in Fairview raising beef, pork & poultry, as well as growing fruit, with a farm store.
A cheese shop just down the road in Fairview. You can buy locally made cheese or sit and enjoy the views from their garden. Try one of their cheeseboards paired with wine or a beer.
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Looking Glass Creamery, LLC
57 Noble Road
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A cheese shop just down the road in Fairview. You can buy locally made cheese or sit and enjoy the views from their garden. Try one of their cheeseboards paired with wine or a beer.
I almost hate to share this place as it is truly a hidden gem. It is down the road on highway 9 and is a roadhouse bar and cafe with plenty of outdoor seating and awesome live music. This place is definitely for those people who like a little more of a funky, backroads vibe. They actually have really good bar food and use local ingredients. I recommend whatever is on special but you can't go wrong with Ned's chicken tender basket and fries. They also have a really good house salad with the best cheese on top. Check their website for the music schedule.
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Straightaway Outpost
1722 North Carolina 9
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I almost hate to share this place as it is truly a hidden gem. It is down the road on highway 9 and is a roadhouse bar and cafe with plenty of outdoor seating and awesome live music. This place is definitely for those people who like a little more of a funky, backroads vibe. They actually have really good bar food and use local ingredients. I recommend whatever is on special but you can't go wrong with Ned's chicken tender basket and fries. They also have a really good house salad with the best cheese on top. Check their website for the music schedule.
Caribbean jerk meets pasta in the best way. This is one of the best Asheville restaurants and is a true crowd pleaser. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. I recommend 'The Meshach!'
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Nine Mile
233 Montford Avenue
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Caribbean jerk meets pasta in the best way. This is one of the best Asheville restaurants and is a true crowd pleaser. Lots of vegetarian and gluten free options. I recommend 'The Meshach!'
Perfect asian fusion. We love the dumplings, chicken wings, ramen, and shrimp fried rice. They have a cute little courtyard with outdoor seating.
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Gan Shan West
285 Haywood Rd
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Perfect asian fusion. We love the dumplings, chicken wings, ramen, and shrimp fried rice. They have a cute little courtyard with outdoor seating.
A comfort food favorite- try the fried chicken with sesame greens and fancy fries or blackened catfish with cheesy grits. Finish it off with the 'nana puddin and you won't be sorry.
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HomeGrown
371 Merrimon Avenue
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A comfort food favorite- try the fried chicken with sesame greens and fancy fries or blackened catfish with cheesy grits. Finish it off with the 'nana puddin and you won't be sorry.
One of my favorites in Asheville because I love comfort food. They are known for their breakfast but I also love having dinner here. Beware of the weekend brunch crowds. Their angel biscuits are heavenly.
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Sunny Point Café
626 Haywood Road
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One of my favorites in Asheville because I love comfort food. They are known for their breakfast but I also love having dinner here. Beware of the weekend brunch crowds. Their angel biscuits are heavenly.
Spanish tapas and arguably the best upscale restaurant in Asheville for a special occasion or romantic evening. Check out La Bodega as well.
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Cúrate
13 Biltmore Avenue
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Spanish tapas and arguably the best upscale restaurant in Asheville for a special occasion or romantic evening. Check out La Bodega as well.
Modern, upscale Mexican food- think ceviche, lobster nachos, and mezcal margaritas.
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Limones Restaurant
13 Eagle St
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Modern, upscale Mexican food- think ceviche, lobster nachos, and mezcal margaritas.
French comfort food. I recommend the french onion soup, steamed mussels with fries, and a martini.
Rendezvous
184 New Haw Creek Road
French comfort food. I recommend the french onion soup, steamed mussels with fries, and a martini.
Just good Greek food. You get a lot of food for your money here.
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Apollo Flame Bistro - Hendersonville Rd
485 Hendersonville Road
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Just good Greek food. You get a lot of food for your money here.
Good Mexican food and tacos.
Oles Guacamoles
90 South Tunnel Road
Good Mexican food and tacos.
Indian street food.
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Chai Pani Asheville
22 Battery Park Avenue
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Indian street food.
If you're craving Thai food, this is the place.
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Suwana's Thai Orchid Restaurant
11 Broadway Street
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If you're craving Thai food, this is the place.
Lebanese street food.
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Gypsy Queen Market, Deli & Food Truck
807 Patton Ave
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Lebanese street food.
Good Italian food.
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Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian
641 Merrimon Avenue
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Good Italian food.
My personal favorite coffee shop in Asheville with great food. They have a large garden and outdoor seating. Get the garden succotash with a latte.
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Liberty House Coffee and Café
221 S Liberty St
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My personal favorite coffee shop in Asheville with great food. They have a large garden and outdoor seating. Get the garden succotash with a latte.
Cutest donut shop making fried-to-order donuts with local ingredients.
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Hole Doughnuts
168 Haywood Road
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Cutest donut shop making fried-to-order donuts with local ingredients.
The chocolate lounge is in the heart of downtown right off of pack square. A must stop for visitors. If it's cold out, definitely get one of their flavored hot chocolates.
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French Broad Chocolate Lounge
10 South Pack Square
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The chocolate lounge is in the heart of downtown right off of pack square. A must stop for visitors. If it's cold out, definitely get one of their flavored hot chocolates.
Great local ice cream with traditional and funky flavors.
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Ultimate Ice Cream Company
1070 Tunnel Road
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Great local ice cream with traditional and funky flavors.
Awesome little tea house.
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Dobra Tea
78 North Lexington Avenue
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Awesome little tea house.
Craft cocktails and locally sourced, seasonal food.
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Sovereign Remedies
29 North Market Street
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Craft cocktails and locally sourced, seasonal food.
Shopping
Grocery store in Fairview. There is also an Ingles on highway 74 on the way to Asheville but I prefer our Food Lion as it's newer, cleaner, and I have had better luck with the freshness of their perishable items.
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Food Lion
1350 Charlotte Highway
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Grocery store in Fairview. There is also an Ingles on highway 74 on the way to Asheville but I prefer our Food Lion as it's newer, cleaner, and I have had better luck with the freshness of their perishable items.
Whole Foods is in east Asheville near the mall but they will deliver to your doorstep through the Amazon Prime Now service.
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Whole Foods Market
4 South Tunnel Road
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Whole Foods is in east Asheville near the mall but they will deliver to your doorstep through the Amazon Prime Now service.
A huge farmers market located right off I-40 near west Asheville. It sits on a 36-acre site with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains. The market is open all year, and seven days a week. Find a big range of vendors with plenty of seasonal bounties. We usually get our Christmas trees from here as a ton of western NC farmers bring them there to sell.
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WNC Farmers Market
570 Brevard Road
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A huge farmers market located right off I-40 near west Asheville. It sits on a 36-acre site with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains. The market is open all year, and seven days a week. Find a big range of vendors with plenty of seasonal bounties. We usually get our Christmas trees from here as a ton of western NC farmers bring them there to sell.
Awesome little antique store in Fairview. They also have a good taco truck parked outside. If you like antiquing, definitely check out the Biltmore antiques district. Some of my favorites are ScreenDoor, The Regeneration Station, Antique Tobacco Barn, and Sweeten Creek Antiques.
New Moon Marketplace
1508 Charlotte Hwy
Awesome little antique store in Fairview. They also have a good taco truck parked outside. If you like antiquing, definitely check out the Biltmore antiques district. Some of my favorites are ScreenDoor, The Regeneration Station, Antique Tobacco Barn, and Sweeten Creek Antiques.
Sightseeing
You can get on the parkway from highway 74 just before you enter Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway (part of the U.S. National Park Service) runs north and south from Asheville with plenty of spots for roadside picnics, breathtaking vistas, and hiking. The 469-mile, non-stop recreational motor road follows the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. With the use of the milepost system (the numbers increase as you drive south), you can easily find points of interest along the way. There is no admission fee and it's one of the most scenic routes in America. Going north, you will pass the Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 384) and Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) on your way to hiking at Craggy Gardens (Milepost 367.6) and Mt. Mitchell (Milepost 355.4). Going south, check out hiking at Skinny Dip Falls (Milepost 417), Graveyard Fields (Milepost 418.8), and Black Balsam (Milepost 420.2). At Milepost 423.2, you can go south on Highway 215 also know as the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway to hike at Pink Beds and visit the Cradle of Forestry on the left. Go a little farther south to pass by waterfalls on the way to more hiking at Looking Glass Rock and John Rock off of Forest Service Road 475 on the right.
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Blue Ridge Parkway
3884 Blue Ridge Parkway
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You can get on the parkway from highway 74 just before you enter Asheville. The Blue Ridge Parkway (part of the U.S. National Park Service) runs north and south from Asheville with plenty of spots for roadside picnics, breathtaking vistas, and hiking. The 469-mile, non-stop recreational motor road follows the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, connecting Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. With the use of the milepost system (the numbers increase as you drive south), you can easily find points of interest along the way. There is no admission fee and it's one of the most scenic routes in America. Going north, you will pass the Parkway Visitor Center (Milepost 384) and Folk Art Center (Milepost 382) on your way to hiking at Craggy Gardens (Milepost 367.6) and Mt. Mitchell (Milepost 355.4). Going south, check out hiking at Skinny Dip Falls (Milepost 417), Graveyard Fields (Milepost 418.8), and Black Balsam (Milepost 420.2). At Milepost 423.2, you can go south on Highway 215 also know as the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway to hike at Pink Beds and visit the Cradle of Forestry on the left. Go a little farther south to pass by waterfalls on the way to more hiking at Looking Glass Rock and John Rock off of Forest Service Road 475 on the right.
Just down highway 74 in Gerton, Bearwallow Mountain offers exceptional scenery in reward for a short hike! At 4,232 feet above sea level, with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360° view that includes Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Pisgah. Its breathtaking vistas also includes a birds-eye view of Hickory Nut Gorge, downtown Hendersonville, and the high country of South Carolina. A historic fire lookout tower occupies the summit, as do grazing cattle who call the mountaintop home. The trail to the summit is approximately one mile each way. You can also follow a gravel road back to the parking area for a loop hike. Bearwallow is a great place to go for a short day hike or you can combine it with a hike on the Trombatore Trail, which starts at the same trailhead for a total seven mile hike. Also check out Florence Nature Preserve and Wildcat Rock trails at another trailhead in Gerton.
Bearwallow Mountain
Just down highway 74 in Gerton, Bearwallow Mountain offers exceptional scenery in reward for a short hike! At 4,232 feet above sea level, with a grassy meadow at its summit, the mountain features a nearly 360° view that includes Mt. Mitchell and Mt. Pisgah. Its breathtaking vistas also includes a birds-eye view of Hickory Nut Gorge, downtown Hendersonville, and the high country of South Carolina. A historic fire lookout tower occupies the summit, as do grazing cattle who call the mountaintop home. The trail to the summit is approximately one mile each way. You can also follow a gravel road back to the parking area for a loop hike. Bearwallow is a great place to go for a short day hike or you can combine it with a hike on the Trombatore Trail, which starts at the same trailhead for a total seven mile hike. Also check out Florence Nature Preserve and Wildcat Rock trails at another trailhead in Gerton.
The 100-ft. tall Catawba Falls is located near Old Fort (26 miles east of Asheville, just three miles off I-40). In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service opened a parking lot and restrooms for the waterfall hiking trail in Pisgah National Forest. The 1.5-mile hike (3 miles round-trip) is a steady and slightly uphill walk but it is not difficult. It follows the Catawba River, with many smaller cascades along the way. It's a beautiful trail, with sounds of rushing water and short side trails to see it.
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Catawba Falls
3074 Catawba River Rd
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The 100-ft. tall Catawba Falls is located near Old Fort (26 miles east of Asheville, just three miles off I-40). In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service opened a parking lot and restrooms for the waterfall hiking trail in Pisgah National Forest. The 1.5-mile hike (3 miles round-trip) is a steady and slightly uphill walk but it is not difficult. It follows the Catawba River, with many smaller cascades along the way. It's a beautiful trail, with sounds of rushing water and short side trails to see it.
Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet. From historic Biltmore House and its gardens and grounds to Biltmore Gardens Railway, outdoor adventures, a Farmyard, dining, shopping, and wine tastings, Biltmore offers something for everyone. Purchase tickets and reserve tours in advance especially around popular times like the candlelight Christmas tour.
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Biltmore
1 Lodge Street
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Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet. From historic Biltmore House and its gardens and grounds to Biltmore Gardens Railway, outdoor adventures, a Farmyard, dining, shopping, and wine tastings, Biltmore offers something for everyone. Purchase tickets and reserve tours in advance especially around popular times like the candlelight Christmas tour.
One of the country’s most celebrated resorts for its history, elegance and southern charm. Ten U.S. Presidents and countless luminaries from the worlds of art, entertainment, sports, and politics have stayed at this one-of-a-kind hotel. Built in 1913 with its distinctive undulating red clay tile roof and Roycroft furnishings, The Omni Grove Park Inn captures the essence of the Arts and Crafts movement. You can visit and dine on the romantic Sunset Terrace with amazing sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Asheville. The Great Hall has 24-foot ceilings and two gigantic 36-foot stone fireplaces. You could also book a spa treatment and have day access to their facilities to float in mineral pools with soothing underwater music and waterfalls. Enjoy exhilarating contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room.
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The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave
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One of the country’s most celebrated resorts for its history, elegance and southern charm. Ten U.S. Presidents and countless luminaries from the worlds of art, entertainment, sports, and politics have stayed at this one-of-a-kind hotel. Built in 1913 with its distinctive undulating red clay tile roof and Roycroft furnishings, The Omni Grove Park Inn captures the essence of the Arts and Crafts movement. You can visit and dine on the romantic Sunset Terrace with amazing sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and downtown Asheville. The Great Hall has 24-foot ceilings and two gigantic 36-foot stone fireplaces. You could also book a spa treatment and have day access to their facilities to float in mineral pools with soothing underwater music and waterfalls. Enjoy exhilarating contrast pools, a lap pool, an inhalation room, sauna and a eucalyptus-infused steam room.
Board one of Gray Line’s nostalgic trolleys for a fully narrated 90 minute tour, highlighting the history, homes, hang-outs and hot spots of Asheville. They also have a special Ghost and Christmas tour. You can also check out the adults-only LaZoom comedy and Amazing Pubcycle tours.
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Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
36 Montford Avenue
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Board one of Gray Line’s nostalgic trolleys for a fully narrated 90 minute tour, highlighting the history, homes, hang-outs and hot spots of Asheville. They also have a special Ghost and Christmas tour. You can also check out the adults-only LaZoom comedy and Amazing Pubcycle tours.
We are so lucky to have the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville! Surrounded by the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the NC Arboretum is one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America. The 434-acre campus in Pisgah National Forest is the ideal place for a sensory-rich stroll or hike while admiring and learning about our natural wonders. Home to many events throughout the year, it is located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway in south Asheville. There are many trails to choose from, including many easy walking trails and easy to moderate mountain bike trails.
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The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
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We are so lucky to have the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville! Surrounded by the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, the NC Arboretum is one of the most beautiful natural garden settings in America. The 434-acre campus in Pisgah National Forest is the ideal place for a sensory-rich stroll or hike while admiring and learning about our natural wonders. Home to many events throughout the year, it is located at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway in south Asheville. There are many trails to choose from, including many easy walking trails and easy to moderate mountain bike trails.
Looking for a beautiful spot for a leisurely stroll to enjoy nature in the middle of the city? Go to the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located just two miles from downtown at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The garden collections focus on plants native to our Southern Appalachian Mountains and include a large variety of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, herbs, grasses, sedges, aquatic plants, ferns, mosses and lichens - approximately 600 species in all. See much of the ten acres via an easy walking trail that forms a half-mile loop, taking you across bridges over streams, through meadows, and across a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. Admission is free!
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Botanical Gardens
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Looking for a beautiful spot for a leisurely stroll to enjoy nature in the middle of the city? Go to the Botanical Gardens of Asheville, located just two miles from downtown at the University of North Carolina in Asheville. The garden collections focus on plants native to our Southern Appalachian Mountains and include a large variety of trees, shrubs, vines, wildflowers, herbs, grasses, sedges, aquatic plants, ferns, mosses and lichens - approximately 600 species in all. See much of the ten acres via an easy walking trail that forms a half-mile loop, taking you across bridges over streams, through meadows, and across a woodland ridge to a wildflower cove. Admission is free!
See wildlife up close just a few miles from downtown Asheville! The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a 42-acre wildlife park sanctuary, providing a home for injured, orphaned or imprinted animals that could not survive on their own.
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WNC Nature Center
75 Gashes Creek Road
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See wildlife up close just a few miles from downtown Asheville! The Western North Carolina Nature Center is a 42-acre wildlife park sanctuary, providing a home for injured, orphaned or imprinted animals that could not survive on their own.
This riverside space features paved trails, a scenic overlook, open areas for play & a dog park. The city of Asheville has three adjacent riverside parks: Carrier Park, Amboy Road Park and French Broad River Park. The French Broad River Greenway, a 2.8-mile riverside paved trail, connects all the parks.
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French Broad River Park
508 Riverview Drive
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This riverside space features paved trails, a scenic overlook, open areas for play & a dog park. The city of Asheville has three adjacent riverside parks: Carrier Park, Amboy Road Park and French Broad River Park. The French Broad River Greenway, a 2.8-mile riverside paved trail, connects all the parks.
The Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful wildlife oasis in the very busy north Asheville area. It is a great spot for a evening walk or morning birding expedition. Walk a 3/8-mile boardwalk through a wetland area and by the lake, complete with sitting areas along the way to soak up the views and watch birds. Beaver Lake provides resting, feeding and nesting spots for resident and migratory birds. The Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, a chapter of National Audubon, manages the 10-acre sanctuary. It was established in the mid-1980s, when Audubon successfully led an effort to prevent construction of a strip mall on the site. It's free to visit.
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Beaver Lake
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The Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary is a wonderful wildlife oasis in the very busy north Asheville area. It is a great spot for a evening walk or morning birding expedition. Walk a 3/8-mile boardwalk through a wetland area and by the lake, complete with sitting areas along the way to soak up the views and watch birds. Beaver Lake provides resting, feeding and nesting spots for resident and migratory birds. The Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, a chapter of National Audubon, manages the 10-acre sanctuary. It was established in the mid-1980s, when Audubon successfully led an effort to prevent construction of a strip mall on the site. It's free to visit.
Neighborhoods
Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown on the Urban Trail. Stop in at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge or catch some live music at the Orange Peel. Do some shopping at the Mast General store or the Grove Arcade. Browse the books at Malaprops or Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne bar. Plenty of restaurants, cafes, and home to a string of breweries on the south slope. In the warmer months there is a huge drum circle that takes place every Friday night in Pritchard Park. There's also several events and festivals that take place throughout the year. We especially enjoy Downtown After 5 and LEAF Downtown AVL.
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Downtown
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Take a self-guided walking tour of downtown on the Urban Trail. Stop in at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge or catch some live music at the Orange Peel. Do some shopping at the Mast General store or the Grove Arcade. Browse the books at Malaprops or Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne bar. Plenty of restaurants, cafes, and home to a string of breweries on the south slope. In the warmer months there is a huge drum circle that takes place every Friday night in Pritchard Park. There's also several events and festivals that take place throughout the year. We especially enjoy Downtown After 5 and LEAF Downtown AVL.
The River Arts District is a warehouse district along the French Broad river that was converted into artist studios and is home to some of our favorite breweries and the best place to see live music in Asheville, The Grey Eagle. You can tour artist studios and galleries to pick up something from a local maker or even take a class. Grab lunch from 12 Bones BBQ or refuel with coffee at Summit Coffee Co. while you check out all the graffiti murals on Foundry St.
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River Arts District
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The River Arts District is a warehouse district along the French Broad river that was converted into artist studios and is home to some of our favorite breweries and the best place to see live music in Asheville, The Grey Eagle. You can tour artist studios and galleries to pick up something from a local maker or even take a class. Grab lunch from 12 Bones BBQ or refuel with coffee at Summit Coffee Co. while you check out all the graffiti murals on Foundry St.
Haywood Road has been the main street of West Asheville for more than a century. Old buildings are now home to modern businesses, but the street still has a small hometown feel. As you walk down the street, you will see old buildings renovated for new businesses side-by-side with second- and third-generation shops. There are now many restaurants, breweries, pubs with frequent live music, bakeries, a variety of resale consignment shops, vintage clothing boutiques and even a half-dozen record shops lining the road that appeal to visitors interested in sampling the unique, bohemian flavor of Asheville.
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West Asheville
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Haywood Road has been the main street of West Asheville for more than a century. Old buildings are now home to modern businesses, but the street still has a small hometown feel. As you walk down the street, you will see old buildings renovated for new businesses side-by-side with second- and third-generation shops. There are now many restaurants, breweries, pubs with frequent live music, bakeries, a variety of resale consignment shops, vintage clothing boutiques and even a half-dozen record shops lining the road that appeal to visitors interested in sampling the unique, bohemian flavor of Asheville.
Montford is a historic neighborhood located just north of downtown Asheville. A portion of Montford is a National Register Historic District with 600+ buildings, mostly residences built between 1890 and 1920. Take a driving or walking tour to see a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during the turn of the 20th century. Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combine with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like design. Supervising architect of the Biltmore House Richard Sharp Smith created many homes in Montford.
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Montford Area Historic District
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Montford is a historic neighborhood located just north of downtown Asheville. A portion of Montford is a National Register Historic District with 600+ buildings, mostly residences built between 1890 and 1920. Take a driving or walking tour to see a variety of architectural influences reflecting the cosmopolitan character of Asheville during the turn of the 20th century. Victorian, Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts styles combine with Neoclassical, Colonial Revival and castle-like design. Supervising architect of the Biltmore House Richard Sharp Smith created many homes in Montford.
City/town information
The perfect small mountain town with loads of unique shops, great eateries, and beautiful views.
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Black Mountain
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The perfect small mountain town with loads of unique shops, great eateries, and beautiful views.
One of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the country, Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located about 27 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. Look up to see the famous Chimney Rock. From the top of Chimney Rock, there are spectacular views of the lake and gorge. It has been a filming location for scenes from the movies Thunder Road, Dirty Dancing, A Breed Apart, The Last of the Mohicans and Firestarter. Take a relaxing walk on the boardwalk any time of the year (free) and cross the Flowering Bridge. Enjoy a picnic by the lake. They also have a huge swimming beach and water park open seasonally with admission. Nearby is shopping and restaurants in the village of Chimney Rock.
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Lake Lure
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One of the most beautiful man-made lakes in the country, Lake Lure is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Located about 27 miles from Asheville, Lake Lure sits in the Hickory Nut Gorge, surrounded by lush mountain tops and sheer granite cliffs. Look up to see the famous Chimney Rock. From the top of Chimney Rock, there are spectacular views of the lake and gorge. It has been a filming location for scenes from the movies Thunder Road, Dirty Dancing, A Breed Apart, The Last of the Mohicans and Firestarter. Take a relaxing walk on the boardwalk any time of the year (free) and cross the Flowering Bridge. Enjoy a picnic by the lake. They also have a huge swimming beach and water park open seasonally with admission. Nearby is shopping and restaurants in the village of Chimney Rock.
Breweries
Awesome farmhouse brewery here in Fairview that specializes in using local ingredients situated next to beautiful Cane Creek. Check their social media for food trucks and live music.
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Turgua Brewing
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Awesome farmhouse brewery here in Fairview that specializes in using local ingredients situated next to beautiful Cane Creek. Check their social media for food trucks and live music.
Train themed brewery in Fairview. They serve their beers out of a train car and have a big outdoor playground, picnic area, and fire pit. Obviously the kids won't hate tagging along to this one. Check their social media for information on food trucks and live music.
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Whistle Hop Brewing Company
1288 Charlotte Hwy
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Train themed brewery in Fairview. They serve their beers out of a train car and have a big outdoor playground, picnic area, and fire pit. Obviously the kids won't hate tagging along to this one. Check their social media for information on food trucks and live music.
Family friendly brewery with a huge outdoor space. Check out their website for the food truck and live music schedule.
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Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway
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Family friendly brewery with a huge outdoor space. Check out their website for the food truck and live music schedule.
Wicked Weed is probably one of the most visited breweries in Asheville and is situated on the edge of the south slope which is home to a string of breweries. You can do a self-guided brewery tour through the south slope and also check out the Funkatorium which specializes in their sour beers. I recommend checking out Burial, Hi-Wire, and Bhramari while touring the south slope.
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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
91 Biltmore Avenue
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Wicked Weed is probably one of the most visited breweries in Asheville and is situated on the edge of the south slope which is home to a string of breweries. You can do a self-guided brewery tour through the south slope and also check out the Funkatorium which specializes in their sour beers. I recommend checking out Burial, Hi-Wire, and Bhramari while touring the south slope.
Microbrewery serving beers, pizzas & pub grub, with an in-house movie theater & game room. I recommend the 'Shear Delight' pizza and a 'Ninja Porter.'
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Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co
675 Merrimon Avenue
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Microbrewery serving beers, pizzas & pub grub, with an in-house movie theater & game room. I recommend the 'Shear Delight' pizza and a 'Ninja Porter.'
This is an Asheville hub right on the French Broad River with a huge lawn where you will find families and friends spread out on blankets and kids riding their bikes. Check their website for the food truck and event schedule.
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New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven Street
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This is an Asheville hub right on the French Broad River with a huge lawn where you will find families and friends spread out on blankets and kids riding their bikes. Check their website for the food truck and event schedule.
This is the original brewery in the River Arts District and has a large sandlot beer garden. They have a second location in the river arts district on Foundry St. which is know for its large graffiti murals. Check their website for the food truck schedule.
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Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
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This is the original brewery in the River Arts District and has a large sandlot beer garden. They have a second location in the river arts district on Foundry St. which is know for its large graffiti murals. Check their website for the food truck schedule.
This brewery is next to the french broad river just north of Asheville. They have great beers and the best taco truck in town.
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Zillicoah Beer Co.
870 Riverside Dr
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This brewery is next to the french broad river just north of Asheville. They have great beers and the best taco truck in town.
Other things to do
If you have kids, this park is a mile away. Just turn left on Old Fort Rd and it’s less than a mile up the road on the right. It has a playground surrounded by a paved loop for walking and riding bikes. There’s a creek to play in and a pretty nice view of the surrounding mountains.
Spring Mountain Community Center
807 Old Fort Rd
If you have kids, this park is a mile away. Just turn left on Old Fort Rd and it’s less than a mile up the road on the right. It has a playground surrounded by a paved loop for walking and riding bikes. There’s a creek to play in and a pretty nice view of the surrounding mountains.
Just down the road off of Highway 74, Shoji is the only Japanese-style bath house and spa on the east coast. Shoji Spa is nestled in the Pisgah National Forest and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Soak in your own private outdoor salt hydrotherapy tub, add Shoji’s Signature tub side tea service and enjoy a variety of massage and spa services. Take an invigorating cold shower and unwind in the wet cedar sauna. It's an idyllic spot for getting away from it all with some well-deserved, therapeutic pampering.
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Shoji Spa & Lodge
96 Avondale Heights Road
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Just down the road off of Highway 74, Shoji is the only Japanese-style bath house and spa on the east coast. Shoji Spa is nestled in the Pisgah National Forest and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Soak in your own private outdoor salt hydrotherapy tub, add Shoji’s Signature tub side tea service and enjoy a variety of massage and spa services. Take an invigorating cold shower and unwind in the wet cedar sauna. It's an idyllic spot for getting away from it all with some well-deserved, therapeutic pampering.
This nonprofit yoga center offers donation-based classes and workshops, focusing on yoga and healing arts. They offer all-levels yoga classes, including yoga for kids, meditation, private yoga therapy, and more. I highly suggest Michael's Vinyasa Flow class.
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Asheville Community Yoga
8 Brookdale Road
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This nonprofit yoga center offers donation-based classes and workshops, focusing on yoga and healing arts. They offer all-levels yoga classes, including yoga for kids, meditation, private yoga therapy, and more. I highly suggest Michael's Vinyasa Flow class.
One of our favorite paved bike greenways in the Asheville area is Point Lookout Trail, a 3.6-mile trail through Pisgah National Forest and barricaded to motorized vehicles at both ends. It was formerly part of Old US Highway 70, winding through the woods with serene views of the mountains, the railroad and forest. While the trail is only 3.6 miles one way (plus another 1/2-mile from the parking area), it climbs 900 feet in elevation from Old Fort to Ridgecrest (near Black Mountain). Begin at the Old Fort entrance to bike the uphill portion first (even, gentle climb), then you can coast down on your bicycle as your reward. It's an eight-mile round-trip trek from the Pisgah Forest picnic area parking.
Point Lookout Trail, Old Fort Trailhead
One of our favorite paved bike greenways in the Asheville area is Point Lookout Trail, a 3.6-mile trail through Pisgah National Forest and barricaded to motorized vehicles at both ends. It was formerly part of Old US Highway 70, winding through the woods with serene views of the mountains, the railroad and forest. While the trail is only 3.6 miles one way (plus another 1/2-mile from the parking area), it climbs 900 feet in elevation from Old Fort to Ridgecrest (near Black Mountain). Begin at the Old Fort entrance to bike the uphill portion first (even, gentle climb), then you can coast down on your bicycle as your reward. It's an eight-mile round-trip trek from the Pisgah Forest picnic area parking.
Closest apple orchard and great place to take kids in the fall. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is also close by.
Justus Orchard
187 Garren Rd
Closest apple orchard and great place to take kids in the fall. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is also close by.
A summer favorite around here is tubing. The Green River in Saluda and Deep Creek in Bryson City are our favorites but if you’re brave, the French Broad is also an option.
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Green River Cove Tubing
5200 Green River Cove Road
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A summer favorite around here is tubing. The Green River in Saluda and Deep Creek in Bryson City are our favorites but if you’re brave, the French Broad is also an option.
The Montford Park Players in Asheville is North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival! Free summer "Shakespeare in the Park" productions are outdoors at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay Street, near downtown Asheville. Yes, you can attend at no cost. They do pass a hat at intermission for funds to keep the theatre running, with a suggested $10 donation per person. Chair rental $2. Picnics encouraged. Concessions are available.
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The Montford Park Players
92 Gay Street
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The Montford Park Players in Asheville is North Carolina's longest running Shakespeare Festival! Free summer "Shakespeare in the Park" productions are outdoors at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay Street, near downtown Asheville. Yes, you can attend at no cost. They do pass a hat at intermission for funds to keep the theatre running, with a suggested $10 donation per person. Chair rental $2. Picnics encouraged. Concessions are available.