Things to do in Asheville

I have officially been in Asheville one week and the airbnb I am staying in is in the perfect location. It is less than 2 blocks from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Harris Teeter. I can walk to downtown (less than 1 mile) and Grovepark Inn and I have found 4 trails that are within an hour from me.

So far , here are my suggestions for your next visit to Asheville.

I would definitely say that fall is a magical time to be here. I have visited Asheville 3 times, once in the spring, once in the winter and the fall of this year. Fall is my favorite. The colors are spectacular! 

Places to Hike near Asheville

Rattlesnake Lodge Ruins – I know it sounds super creepy but it’s really not. The trail consists of dense woods, lots of switchbacks and rough terrain. It’s about a 3 mile hike and parking along the side of the mountain. We had some amazing vista views along the way to the ruins which we found fascinating in that we couldn’t figure out how folks got to the “cabin” in the woods back in the day.  The cabin burned to the ground in 1926 leaving the “ruins”. 

Craggy Gardens – I visited this trail on a Saturday (a gorgeous fall Saturday) and it was packed with kids, families and dogs. It’s a very easy hike with stunning views overlooking the mountains. Likely a week day would be a better time to visit the overlook. On the ride up the Blue Ridge Parkway there are multiple overlooks that offer wonderful views .

Catawba Falls – On a Thursday afternoon, I ventured out to Catawba Falls. This hike is relatively easy 1.3 miles on a well defined large swath through the woods along the river. The trail was busy but manageable on a week day afternoon. Tink and I hiked to the waterfalls for a wonderful view and back. It took us about 1 ½ hours as we stopped for photos and views along the way up and back. The bonus was a sculpture garden I came across on my way there. 

Downtown Asheville is a neat area. There are loads of neat shops to explore and places to eat and drink. (As of this writing Nov 21, masks are required in every establishment)

Places to Eat in Asheville

Isa Bistro – French restaurant at the Haywood Hotel. I had the Cedar Salmon Nicoise and it was divine! 

Tupelo Honey – The blueberry pomegranate mimosa was yummy and Jen got the shrimp and grits which was so very good. ** this place is always packed, so I suggest making reservations.

Pleb Winery Is dog friendly! It’s in the River Arts District and I loved the vibe of this place and the wine selection was great! I attended a local networking event at Pleb and enjoyed meeting the local business women in Asheville. 

I found a couple of really informative blogs focused on Asheville that helped me discover the networking event and a lot of other places to check out while I’m here. 

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