Planning a visit to Asheville

Asheville is a great place to visit and has been recognized by a number of publications and websites, for more on notable news and awards.

Downtown Asheville Accommodations:

  • The Haywood Park- excellent location, the heart of Downtown
  • The Renaissance- in downtown, close to the City and County building- easy access to everything
  • The Four Points Sheraton- Downtown, easy access to everything, near the interstate I-240
  • Aloft hotel- Biltmore Ave
  • Hotel Indigo- Haywood St

Other accommodation options:

  • A great Bed and Spa just North of Downtown: ASIA, this place is unique because they have 5 deluxe suites and offer in house spa treatments- this is a great low key getaway.
  • The famous Grove Park Inn - Presidents have stayed here! This place is made of stone, has views of downtown, 2 restaurants on site, a piano bar, roaring fireplaces, this is a famous Asheville resort. It is about 5 minutes north of Downtown and 10 minutes from Biltmore.
  • There are a number of more affordable hotels on Tunnel Road and in the Biltmore Area. All of these hotels are major chains with clean & acceptable rooms. These hotels are an easy drive to Downtown and Biltmore Estate- I have had clients stay in just about every hotel on Tunnel Rd and in the Biltmore area- no negative reports so far.
  • Pet-friendly travel


  • Downtown Asheville has lots of boutiques and is about 99% locally owned and operated. For more information and a list of local businesses visit:
  • If you want to shop for local arts and crafts I would recommend the Woolworth Walk on the corner of Haywood and College- they also have an old timey soda shop in there that make delicious ice cream treats.
  • If you are looking for shoes, Tops for Shoes is the best store in town.
  • Ten Thousand Villages on College is a chain of fair trade stores with crafts made all over the world- mostly from 3rd world countries. Pretty cool stuff!
  • Biltmore Village has many locally owned shops, but also has some chains like Cold Water Creek, Chico’s, and Talbots- a fun place to walk around and shop!

Interesting Places:

  • American Author, Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Downtown Asheville
  • Basilica of St Lawrence. There are only 56 Basilicas in the USA. The church has beautiful rose garden in the warmer months and amazing architecture and stain glass works.
  • Pack Square Park- College Street Downtown. I would recommend a walk around this park starting in front of the city & county building and continuing west. You will notice a variety of architectural styles from Neoclassical, Romanesque Revival, and Art Deco. Asheville has the most Art Deco buildings of any city in the south, besides Miami.

Hiking, Walks, or Mountain Biking:

There are so many places to hike if you have the time- here are some of my favorites:


  • Max Patch (40 minutes from Asheville)- 360 degree view of NC and TN mountains. Amazing!
  • Dupont State Forest (40 minutes from Asheville- near Brevard)- Great short hike (I recommend Triple Falls & High Falls), mountain bike trails, and small lakes.
  • Shining Rock Wilderness to Cold Mountain (45 minutes from Asheville)- more serious hikers. Great views, balds, and quartz rock outcrops.
  • Greybeard Mountain (30 minutes from Asheville)
  • Want to see wild ELK? Visit the Smoky Mountains National Park - about 40 minutes west of Asheville. There are some good trails in this area too, like the Boogerman Trail.

Mountain Biking

Nice walks in the woods


  • A drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a must; HOWEVER, THE PARKWAY IS CLOSED IN THE WINTER DUE TO SNOW! There are several entrances to the parkway in Asheville. The best sunset spot, known only to locals, is at Craggy Gardens north of Asheville on the parkway. The mountain vistas on the parkway are amazing and this is one of the hottest spots to view fall color in the South East.
  • A fun place to see local wild life is the WNC nature center. Kids love it, adults love it!
  • NC Arboretum is in Asheville near the Blue Ridge Parkway- a great place I would highly recommend, great bonsai gardens!
  • Want to see wild ELK? Visit the Smoky Mountains National Park - about 40 minutes west of Asheville.

Asheville has so many great restaurants...

Downtown Asheville
The Asheville Independent Restaurant Association site has a great list of local owned and operated restaurants!
Biltmore Village:
Rezaz Mediterranean Restaurant - 28 Hendersonville Rd
Corner Kitchen - 3 Boston Way

For Breakfast:
The Early Girl Eatery- 8 Wall Street
Over Easy- 32 Broadway
Tupelo Honey- Southern Flair- 12 College Street

Modesto- Grove Arcade, 1 Page
Storm Rhum Bar- Hilliard Ave- Lexington Station
Curate- Biltmore Ave- Spanish Tapas
The Admiral- West Asheville, Haywood Rd
Chai Pani- 22 Battery Park
The Southern- corner of Lexington and Walnut

Chestnut- Biltmore Ave

Good Outdoor Seating:
Scullys- Walnut St
Posana Café- 1 Biltmore Avenue
Bouchon- Lexington Ave
Mellow Mushroom- Broadway

Best Burrito Place in Town:
Mamacitas- 77 Biltmore Avenue


The Laughing Seed Café- 40 Wall Street
Plant- Merrimon Ave

Great Lunch Spots:
Doc Chey’s - 37 Biltmore Ave
Twisted Crepe- 53 Haywood
Chai Pani - 22 Battery Park

Wicked Weed- Biltmore Ave

Old Europe- 13 Broadway
Chocolate Fetish- 36 Haywood
City Bakery- 60 Biltmore
French Board Chocolate Lounge- Pack Square- Blue Building

Karen Donatelli Cake Design- 57 Haywood St

West Asheville-

This is a great place to experience the local scene. There are lots of local shops, a Urban Orchard Cider, and great restaurants.

The River Arts District-

Home of the Wedge Brewery, lots of local artist studios, and trendy local restaurants.

The Mountain Xpress has local listings for all types of music in our area. We have numerous live music venues nightly in Asheville. During warm months there is a drum circle in Pritchard Park every Friday night; this is a very Asheville experience!

The Biltmore Estate has a winery, so I suggest that you stop there during your visit.
A great place to have a glass of wine and relax is the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar , Sante Wine Bar in the Grove Arcarde, or 5 Walnut, on you guessed it- Walnut St in Downtown.  Love this place!

Asheville received the title of "Beer City USA" for several years running. We have a number of local breweries. Take a tour of local breweries, with the Brews Cruise And check out the Asheville Brewers Alliance for local beer brewers. Our area is home to Sierra Nevada's East Coast operations with an incredible facility and the future home to New Belgium Brewery in 2016.

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