Living in the Eastern United States, I have always heard incredible things about the town of Asheville, North Carolina. With the mountains, the craft beer, and the weirdness all combined, I knew it was a destination I needed to visit.
So when I hopped off the plane from London and switched my phone off ‘airplane mode,’ one of my girlfriends had sent me a text asking if I wanted to go to Asheville the next day.
I was so exhausted from traveling, but it was January 3rd, and you know what my New Year’s Resolution is? JUST SAY YES.
You will look back on your experiences and remember all the fun you had with your friends, or solo, and not that you were tired.
So these are the best activities in Asheville, North Carolina:
1. Journal at a Local Coffee Shop
There are many locally-owned coffee shops throughout Downtown Asheville.
I walked to High Five Coffee on 13 Rankin Avenue, one of the town’s most beloved coffee shops for a simple Americano. I plopped down at one of the wooden tables and make my self comfortable. I stayed so long journaling and people-watching, that I decided to order another, this time I asked for the Barista’s Choice.
As I made friends with the (admittedly cute) Barista, he explained that he was making me one of the most popular drinks – the Diablo Cubano. With hints of cayenne and cinnamon, it was the perfect punch to leave on a high note.
While I didn’t snap a photo of my Diablo Cubano, while obsessing over their Instagram, I found the recipe to another Barista Favorite, the “Short and Stout.” OH. MY. GOD.
2. Pubcycle Tour
Pack your poison of beet or wine and get ready to see Asheville like you’ve never seen before – by Pubcycle! Think a giant bicycle/carriage that seats 10 new friends while getting a little buzz.
Tip: If you’re visiting Asheville between October and March, book your trip during the day when the sun is out. I made the mistake of going at night in January and no amount of beers can warm you up that much. Brrrrr.
3. Before I die Wall
Purchase a piece of chalk from the Keeper of the Before I Die Wall, Happy, who is a United States Veteran.
Read a little more about “Happy” aka Earl Gray HERE.
#4 Biltmore Estate
When you think of Asheville, North Carolina, you think of the Biltmore Estate. And for good reason. Spend an entire day exploring the mansion and its grounds. Eat lunch by the lush gardens and walk around the expansive wine cellar and take home a couple bottles.
Visit during the Christmas season for a spectacular holiday treat filled with joy and Christmas wonder. Nothing compares to Christmas at the Biltmore!