Photo By: Jessica Menk

Asheville, NC: Known for having some of the best craft breweries on the East Coast, Asheville is an eclectic, artsy town that sits just outside the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. You can feel the city’s entrepreneurial spirit as you explore its various neighborhoods. The town is locally driven from restaurants to antique shops. This adorable town should be on your must-see list.


Early Girl Eatery

Early Girl Eatery | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall St. Asheville, NC 28801

If you’re looking for a taste of real Southern comfort food, then this is your place. The cute farmhouse kitchen décor and bright colors make this farm-to-table place a friendly stop for breakfast. The food will make your belly smile.

White Duck Taco Shop

White Duck Taco | Photo By: Jessica Menk

White Duck Taco
River Arts District 1 Roberts St. #101
Asheville, NC 28801

If you have a hankering for amazing tacos and margaritas served in mason jars, then look no further than this low-key local taco shop. Sit outside on the patio in the city’s River Arts District. The taco shop has an urban vibe on the outside and a local feeling inside. My favorite tacos: Jerk Chicken (with purple slaw & pineapple), Thai Peanut Chicken (with tropical salsa), Fish Taco (with pico de gallo, slaw, cilantro crema), Bangkok Shrimp (with cucumber chili aioli, sesame glaze).

12 Bones
5 Riverside Dr.
Asheville, NC 28801

Nestled in the River Arts District, this urban smokehouse is a staple in Asheville. Get a little taste of all of their fabulous meats for $1.75 each with their sampler platter. The jalapeno cheese grits and collard greens are perfect sides for this pairing. Have one of the local beers on tap. //////

Ben's Tune-Up

Ben’s Tune-Up | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Ben’s Tune-up
95 Hilliard Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

Ben’s Tune-Up is a fun-loving Polynesian/New American restaurant with a fabulous beer garden and a patio that you won’t want to miss. The light fare is a crowd pleaser and the life-size Jenga game will have you coming back for more. To top it off one of the best breweries, Hi-Wire, is right next door. //////

Bull and Beggar

Bull and Beggar | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Bull and Beggar
37 Paynes Way
Asheville, NC 28801

This Southern farm-to-table French restaurant is a new gem in the heart of the River Arts district. The beautiful, industrial décor compliments the delicious finely-crafted food. Their cocktails are superb. Make sure you get the Brussels sprouts.


Hi-Wire Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewery | Photo By: Jessica Menk

197 Hilliard Ave.
Asheville, NC 28801

This brewery is an easy walk from downtown Asheville. Try a flight and sample a bit of all they have to offer. From pilsner to stout, they don’t disappoint. The atmosphere is cozy and laid-back. Have a pint and play a round of shuffleboard.

Wedge Brewery

Wedge Brewery | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Wedge Brewery
125B Roberts St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Wedge is situated in the River Arts district. Their drafts are outstanding. Order a beer, sit outside, and have a nibble from the various food trucks that set up daily outside the brewery. Watch as trains roll past as visitors play corn hole outside.


5 Walnut Wine Bar

5 Walnut Wine Bar | Photo By: Jessica Menk

5 Walnut Wine Bar
5 W Walnut St.
Asheville, NC 28801

This wine bar is a lovely local hang out. You can expect live music every night. Get a glass of tempranillo and enjoy the local truffles from French Broad Chocolate.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar
1 Page Ave. #101
Asheville, NC 28801

There’s nothing better than enjoying a glass of wine snuggled up next to your pup while reading a book. The best part is that you are inside a bookstore/Champagne bar. Enjoy a glass of wine in one of their iconic glasses. This one-of-a-kind dog-friendly spot is in the heart of downtown. The décor is quaint with tufted leather couches, so plan to stay and hang for at least one glass and a truffle.


Biltmore estate

Biltmore Estate | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Biltmore Estate
1 Lodge St.
Asheville, NC 28803

This beautiful, historic property is a must-see when you are in Asheville. The gardens themselves are breathtaking. Allow for 2-3 hours to fully view the property.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Go for a walk up the hill to the gazebo that houses the Diana statue. Turn towards the house and admire the view. The Smoky Mountains create a magnificent backdrop for the estate.

Screen Door

Screen Door | Photo By: Jessica Menk

Screen Door
115 Fairview Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803

This town has some of the best antique shops in North Carolina. People from all over the country come here to check out the local antique scene. Plan to check out Screen Door. This is by far the best spot for antiques. It houses a variety of different vendors from mid-century modern to shabby chic. If you don’t come out with at least 1 item you will at least be inspired to create something on your own.

Great Smoky National Park
These beautiful mountains span all the way from North Carolina to Tennessee. Drive about 50 miles to Cherokee, NC, for the ultimate scenic drive. Continue all the way through Gatlinburg, TN, and head back down RT 40 to get back to Asheville. The best time is late spring and early summer, when the flowers are really starting to bloom. Drive with your windows down and take in the fresh mountain air!

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9 Responses

  1. Adam says:

    One of the most beautiful places I'm North Carolina.

  2. Martin says:

    Beautiful place. I want to visit USA someday.

  3. Maureen says:

    I just love Asheville! It won my heart the first time I visited and have returned many more since then. I plan to move there in the next year or so!

  4. The sales lady, surrounded by 50 different kinds of kielbasa, will inevitably reply: yes, but which one? There are well over 100 types of kielbasa, and the word itself is Polish Recipes meaningless unless followed up with the proper name: Kielbasa Rzeszowska, Kielbasa Krakowska, Kielbasa Tuchowska, Kielbasa Mysliwska, etc.

  5. I enjoyed this! Thank you.

  6. says:

    i just love Asheville very much really great and historic place to visit,

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  7. One of the best places in NC to visit. My family lives there and we go to Biltmore often, and now they have a lot of breweries…including Sierra Nevada.

  8. wow, very good post, thanks!!

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