This past weekend we packed up our things and hit the road with friends for a weekend in Asheville, NC. I had been there once before with family, but was excited to go back and experience the city with some friends! If you don’t know a whole lot about Asheville, let me give ya the down low. There’s a little something for everyone in Asheville. From locally sourced food and beer, to museums, to hiking and shopping, there is always something to do! Since we went in the winter, we didn’t spend time hiking, but we did eat some SUPER yummy food, had some great drinks, and spend lots of quality time just hanging out! So, I figured I would share with you some of the things we really enjoyed!
Where We Stayed:
We opted for an AirBnB for this trip and it was SUCH a good call. We stayed HERE and had such a great experience. The listing is a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom home with a large kitchen area with all kinds of natural light! The living room is spacious and it has a fireplace – which we put to very good use while we were there! Not only was the space great, but they were super COVID conscious and made us feel very comfortable. The location was seriously awesome. We were about 8 minutes away from Biltmore Village and 10 minutes away from downtown Asheville – so getting anywhere was a breeze.
This was an early morning! We left at about 5AM and drove to Asheville, which is about 6 hours away. By the time we got there it was lunch time, so we stopped and grabbed a bite in Biltmore Village – which is an area right outside the Biltmore property! We ate at The Cantina at Biltmore Village! They serve Mexican fare in a taproom and it is AMAZING. We ate here when we visited Asheville back in 2019 and we were super excited to come back. Jordan and I both got their Spicy Beef Tacos and loved them.
After we were done with lunch we had some time to kill before getting into our AirBnB. We shopped around Biltmore Village for a while! There are all kinds of shops for local spots to big stores like Lululemon. One of my favorite shops we visited was called Nest! It is a super cute boutique that sells trendy and fun clothes! There’s also a Christmas store that sells Christmas décor year round.
We started getting a little sleepy and desperately needed coffee to get through the rest of the day, so we stopped at ULTRA Coffeebar. AND DANG GUYS. IT WAS A GOOD MOVE. The staff was super friendly and the coffee was amazing. My recommendations would be the Almond Milk Dirty Chai and the Iced Honey Lavender Latte. After our coffee stop we checked in to our AirBnB and took a little time to just relax and change out of the sweatpants we had been in for hours LOL.
After relaxing and drinking some wine at our condo – we ventured back out o Biltmore Village for dinner. We grabbed food at this super cute place called Corner Kitchen! It is set in a Victorian cottage and serves American food and craft cocktails. They also had a killer wine list – which we love. I got a glass of Vercheres Bourgogne Pinot Noir and it was delish! This spot is a little pricey for lunch in my opinion but it is a great dinner spot – especially if you are looking for a place for date night while you are there!
The first thing most people think of when they hear Asheville is the infamous Biltmore Estate. The property spans 8,000 acres and on it sits the nation’s largest home. This castle-like structure was built for George Washington Vanderbuilt in 1895 and is a must see if you are in Asheville. The house is now a museum and explains the history of the home. We have been there twice now and it really is a cool experience. You have to purchase a ticket to get in and choose a time you would like to go in. With COVID restrictions they are only allowing a certain amount of people into the home – so make sure you plan ahead. A mask is required while on property as well. They did a fantastic job with COVID rules and regulations – we were super impressed and felt really safe as well.
Not only will you find this amazing home on property, but you will also find Antler Hill Village and Anter Hill Winery! If you are looking for a fun spot to grab a drink and do some shopping – Antler Hill Village is it! The ticket we purchased included a free wine tasting at the winery, which we took full advantage of! We stopped to get a snack from Cedric’s Tavern – the ham and cheese fondue was OFF THE CHARTS people. So yummy and held us over until dinner time!
After shopping around for a bit we decided we could leave the state without getting super yummy barbeque. After a little research Buxton Hall BBQ sounded like the perfect spot to try. Their inside dining was closed – which worked out well because we were ready to go home and relax. After we ordered, we heard music coming from the lower level of the building. We decided to go explore and I am SO happy we did! We came across Wehrloom Meadery and it was too fun! If you are like me and don’t know what mead is, it’s an alcoholic drink with fermented honey instead of wheat – so super similar to beer. They had so many fun meads to try and the service was amazing. We grabbed a quick drink there and then headed home to eat bbq, play heads up, and watch movies for the evening.
And we are headed home – but not until we grab breakfast at Biscuit Head! This place came highly recommended and after having their food, I can see why! Biscuit Head offers a variety of different biscuit dishes and sides and let me tell ya – they were delish. We grabbed a to go coffee from ULTRA Coffeebar and hit the road home!
We weren’t in Asheville too long – but we had SO much fun. As you can tell – we ate WAY too much. But hey – eating yummy food is one of the best parts of vacation!! What are you favorite spots in Asheville? Have you been before? Let me know!!