The Brehm's Guide to Asheville

Catherine

The Brehm's Guide to Asheville

Moderate Dining
No reservations, prepare to wait!
We would eat here every night if wouldn't get just a bit embarassing. Everyone’s favorite Montford spot, just a short walk away. Jamaican-inspired, but incredibly eclectic menu with something for everyone! Large portions and most meals come with a delicious salad with homemade dressings. Watch out -- spicy means SPICY! Go early or plan to stroll the pretty historic homes of Montford while you wait for them to text you with a table.
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Nine Mile
233 Montford Avenue
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We would eat here every night if wouldn't get just a bit embarassing. Everyone’s favorite Montford spot, just a short walk away. Jamaican-inspired, but incredibly eclectic menu with something for everyone! Large portions and most meals come with a delicious salad with homemade dressings. Watch out -- spicy means SPICY! Go early or plan to stroll the pretty historic homes of Montford while you wait for them to text you with a table.
Absolutely yummy ramen, along with other Asian choices. We hear that everything here is good, but we are so smitten with the veggie ramen that we haven't been able to bring ourselves to try anything else. Two locations -- downtown and West Asheville. Downtown is walking distance with great atmosphere. Locals' tip -- pickup ramen at the West Asheville location and take it to Archetype Brewing down the street.
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Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas
630 Haywood Rd
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Absolutely yummy ramen, along with other Asian choices. We hear that everything here is good, but we are so smitten with the veggie ramen that we haven't been able to bring ourselves to try anything else. Two locations -- downtown and West Asheville. Downtown is walking distance with great atmosphere. Locals' tip -- pickup ramen at the West Asheville location and take it to Archetype Brewing down the street.
Cute little spot in West Asheville. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, and other “bar type” food at reasonable prices. Really good with lots of options for all. Great outdoor seating.
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Universal Joint
784 Haywood Road
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Cute little spot in West Asheville. Burgers, chicken sandwiches, and other “bar type” food at reasonable prices. Really good with lots of options for all. Great outdoor seating.
Creative and delicious pizza. Near the River Arts district -- a bit off the beaten path. Chris really wants to include ASP on his Taco Tour -- so he says that they serve "Flat Italian Tacos."
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All Souls Pizza
175 Clingman Avenue
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Creative and delicious pizza. Near the River Arts district -- a bit off the beaten path. Chris really wants to include ASP on his Taco Tour -- so he says that they serve "Flat Italian Tacos."
Really good Mexican downtown. Nice outdoor patio and large, lively indoor dining space.
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Mountain Madre
13 W Walnut St
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Really good Mexican downtown. Nice outdoor patio and large, lively indoor dining space.
Note to self: do not edit Airbnb guidebook when hungry for Curry -- mouth will water. If you like curries of all types, give Blue Dream a try for lunch or dinner. Right downtown. Moderately priced. So. Good.
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Blue Dream Curry House
81 Patton Ave
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Note to self: do not edit Airbnb guidebook when hungry for Curry -- mouth will water. If you like curries of all types, give Blue Dream a try for lunch or dinner. Right downtown. Moderately priced. So. Good.
Wow, is this place delish! Serving "Indian street food" at reasonable prices. In 2021 the New York Times named Chai Pani one of “The 50 places in America we’re most excited about right now.” The chicken shawarma with it's buttery chicken and tangy slaw will make you swoon. A short walk from your Airbnb.
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Chai Pani Asheville
22 Battery Park Avenue
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Wow, is this place delish! Serving "Indian street food" at reasonable prices. In 2021 the New York Times named Chai Pani one of “The 50 places in America we’re most excited about right now.” The chicken shawarma with it's buttery chicken and tangy slaw will make you swoon. A short walk from your Airbnb.
Fine Dining
Asheville is a foodie town. These restaurants are all splurges that we recommend based on food quality and ambience. Reservations are a must! Make them as early as you can to ensure availability.
Italian in a beautiful old building that used to be a church. Nestled in Montford -- walking distance. Delicious and cozy. UPDATE: Chiesa has had some closures due to staffing shortages. Please call to make sure they are open.
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chiesa
152 Montford Avenue
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Italian in a beautiful old building that used to be a church. Nestled in Montford -- walking distance. Delicious and cozy. UPDATE: Chiesa has had some closures due to staffing shortages. Please call to make sure they are open.
Contemporary American in the heart of downtown. Specializing in local, natural food with a romantic, cozy ambience. One of the city’s best. Gluten free kitchen.
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Posana Restaurant
1 Biltmore Avenue
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Contemporary American in the heart of downtown. Specializing in local, natural food with a romantic, cozy ambience. One of the city’s best. Gluten free kitchen.
Italian in a fun part of downtown. Larger and more bustling than Chiesa. Eclectic menu and great food/atmosphere.
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Strada Italiano
27 Broadway Street
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Italian in a fun part of downtown. Larger and more bustling than Chiesa. Eclectic menu and great food/atmosphere.
Absolutely mouth-watering vegan restaurant in Montford. Small menu but delicious. Do not miss the “cheese” platter. We were trying to find a moment when no one was looking so we could lick the plate. Plant is a real treat that even non-veg patrons rave about.
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Plant
165 Merrimon Avenue
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Absolutely mouth-watering vegan restaurant in Montford. Small menu but delicious. Do not miss the “cheese” platter. We were trying to find a moment when no one was looking so we could lick the plate. Plant is a real treat that even non-veg patrons rave about.
Mediterranean tapas. Cozy yet lively atmosphere and very interesting food that’s fun to nibble and share. They have large plates also if that’s more your vibe. Nice bar too.
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Zambra
85 West Walnut Street
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Mediterranean tapas. Cozy yet lively atmosphere and very interesting food that’s fun to nibble and share. They have large plates also if that’s more your vibe. Nice bar too.
Spanish Tapas with a beautiful ambiance. Highly acclaimed restaurant that’s hard to get into. Known for local ingredients and creative menus.
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Cúrate
13 Biltmore Avenue
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Spanish Tapas with a beautiful ambiance. Highly acclaimed restaurant that’s hard to get into. Known for local ingredients and creative menus.
Hawaiian/Polynesian restaurant. Very interesting menu -- from poke to stir fry and noodles. Lots of seafood options. Located in the Foundry (see entry in this guidebook). A very Asheville experience -- fine dining surrounded by warehouses covered in graffiti!
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RosaBees
27 Foundy Street
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Hawaiian/Polynesian restaurant. Very interesting menu -- from poke to stir fry and noodles. Lots of seafood options. Located in the Foundry (see entry in this guidebook). A very Asheville experience -- fine dining surrounded by warehouses covered in graffiti!
A beautiful spot in the historic Grove Arcade. Lovely indoor or outdoor dining. Rustic Italian with woodfired oven. The pizzas will make your knees buckle and with a few apps are big enough to share (or you can bring your extra slices back to your friendly Airbnb hosts! ha).
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Modesto
1 Page Avenue
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A beautiful spot in the historic Grove Arcade. Lovely indoor or outdoor dining. Rustic Italian with woodfired oven. The pizzas will make your knees buckle and with a few apps are big enough to share (or you can bring your extra slices back to your friendly Airbnb hosts! ha).
Locally sourced French comfort food. So charming...so cozy. Kinda like the restaurant version of your Airbnb. Lots of mouth watering seafood options.
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Bouchon
62 North Lexington Avenue
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Locally sourced French comfort food. So charming...so cozy. Kinda like the restaurant version of your Airbnb. Lots of mouth watering seafood options.
Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch
Ashevillians LOVE their brunch! Prepare to stand in line.
Brunch, lunch and dinner too, though the menu is really “brunchy.” Very lively West Asheville vibe with lots of outdoor seating. Always a line around the block. Lots of ingredients are harvested from the garden adjacent to the restaurant.
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Sunny Point Café
626 Haywood Road
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Brunch, lunch and dinner too, though the menu is really “brunchy.” Very lively West Asheville vibe with lots of outdoor seating. Always a line around the block. Lots of ingredients are harvested from the garden adjacent to the restaurant.
In West Asheville or downtown on Biltmore Avenue. Biscuits are delish and all meals are centered around them. The gluten-free biscuits are really good and you'll want to sample the creative jams/jellies at the jelly bar! Excellent breakfast faire. Their logo is “put some south in your mouth" and it’s very appropriate.
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Biscuit Head
733 Haywood Road
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In West Asheville or downtown on Biltmore Avenue. Biscuits are delish and all meals are centered around them. The gluten-free biscuits are really good and you'll want to sample the creative jams/jellies at the jelly bar! Excellent breakfast faire. Their logo is “put some south in your mouth" and it’s very appropriate.
Our sweet local spot here in Montford. Coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner -- they do serve all day, darling! A short walk from the house. Love, love this place!
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All Day Darling
102 Montford Avenue
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Our sweet local spot here in Montford. Coffee, tea, breakfast, lunch, dinner -- they do serve all day, darling! A short walk from the house. Love, love this place!
Interesting, healthy, filling! The cafe/bakery is gluten free, but you would never know it. Very savory choices. They are only open on weekends (check before you go). Expect a line. Get the egg sandwich. You're welcome.
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BimBeriBon
697 Haywood Rd
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Interesting, healthy, filling! The cafe/bakery is gluten free, but you would never know it. Very savory choices. They are only open on weekends (check before you go). Expect a line. Get the egg sandwich. You're welcome.
Chris's Taco Tour
In Chris's fantasy world, he quits his day job and takes guests on a three-meal-a-day Taco Tour of Asheville. Tacos are definitely Chris's love language, so we eat them a LOT! These are NOT necessarily Mexican tacos — fancy, every flavor combination you can imagine! All of the suggestions listed are budget -friendly. Don’t get more than two tacos anywhere we suggest unless you are STARVING.
Go to the Riverside Drive location!!! Tacos at picnic tables overlooking the river. It doesn’t get much better than that! Tofu, beef, shrimp, falafel...they've got a delish taco to satisfy every preference and craving.
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White Duck Taco Shop
1 Roberts Street
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Go to the Riverside Drive location!!! Tacos at picnic tables overlooking the river. It doesn’t get much better than that! Tofu, beef, shrimp, falafel...they've got a delish taco to satisfy every preference and craving.
It ain’t fancy (especially if they are still only doing outside seating), but oh my! Delish. We recommend the breakfast tacos for breakfast or lunch. Billy Ocean, Billy Joel, Billy the Kid...pick your fav -- they are all good. Locals' tip: order by phone or internet and then pickup and eat out back at their picnic tables.
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Taco Billy
201 Haywood Rd
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It ain’t fancy (especially if they are still only doing outside seating), but oh my! Delish. We recommend the breakfast tacos for breakfast or lunch. Billy Ocean, Billy Joel, Billy the Kid...pick your fav -- they are all good. Locals' tip: order by phone or internet and then pickup and eat out back at their picnic tables.
Whatever you order, get it on a corn tortilla...made all day on-site from special corn imported from Mexico and milled here. I could drink their smoky salsa and the guac is the best in Asheville (IMHO). It's a little over a mile to walk there from here, but if the weather is nice you can stroll the charming streets of Montford and walk off some of that taco guilt.
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Taco Temple
132 Charlotte St
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Whatever you order, get it on a corn tortilla...made all day on-site from special corn imported from Mexico and milled here. I could drink their smoky salsa and the guac is the best in Asheville (IMHO). It's a little over a mile to walk there from here, but if the weather is nice you can stroll the charming streets of Montford and walk off some of that taco guilt.
More traditional Latin-American faire. “Authentic and fresh.” Check out their live music calendar!
Grey Eagle Taqueria
185 Clingman Avenue Extension
More traditional Latin-American faire. “Authentic and fresh.” Check out their live music calendar!
Very mouth-watering Mexican! You go through the line Chipotle-style, but they have very interesting ingredients. The cauliflower is soooo good, as are the sweet potatoes. It’s a casual burrito place in town. Same owners as Taco Temple.
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Mamacita's Taqueria
77 Biltmore Avenue
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Very mouth-watering Mexican! You go through the line Chipotle-style, but they have very interesting ingredients. The cauliflower is soooo good, as are the sweet potatoes. It’s a casual burrito place in town. Same owners as Taco Temple.
Breweries (and other "Drinkeries")
Asheville is known for it’s top-notch local beer and interesting breweries! The South Slope area (Coxe Avenue, about a mile from here) is the mecca for breweries, but they can be found throughout the city. There are other interesting watering holes -- we've included those below too.
Popular with tourists and locals because of its pretty location overlooking the river (and the delicious beer). There’s usually a food truck parked out front, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables with umbrellas. If you can get a spot on the patio, even better. Very friendly staff.
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New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven Street
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Popular with tourists and locals because of its pretty location overlooking the river (and the delicious beer). There’s usually a food truck parked out front, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating at picnic tables with umbrellas. If you can get a spot on the patio, even better. Very friendly staff.
Two great locations in the River Arts District (one at the Foundry). Usually a food truck there too. Very popular with the locals.
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Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
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Two great locations in the River Arts District (one at the Foundry). Usually a food truck there too. Very popular with the locals.
Want to feel like a local? Walk down the street to Little Jumbo on a Monday night and enjoy some local jazz while sipping a craft cocktail. On any night of the week, you'll enjoy this cocktail bar with a "speakeasy" vibe. Lots of creative drinks on the menu, as well as many of the classics. Proof of vaccination required for indoor seating.
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Little Jumbo
241 Broadway St
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Want to feel like a local? Walk down the street to Little Jumbo on a Monday night and enjoy some local jazz while sipping a craft cocktail. On any night of the week, you'll enjoy this cocktail bar with a "speakeasy" vibe. Lots of creative drinks on the menu, as well as many of the classics. Proof of vaccination required for indoor seating.
This is the original location of Green Man brewery and pub. While Green Man is spruced-up and touristy (a great option), Dirty Jacks has remained small and gritty, which is why we love it (their website uses the word “groovy,” and it suits). Check their calendar for music -- we’ve seen some great artists here.
Dirty Jack’s
15 Buxton Avenue
This is the original location of Green Man brewery and pub. While Green Man is spruced-up and touristy (a great option), Dirty Jacks has remained small and gritty, which is why we love it (their website uses the word “groovy,” and it suits). Check their calendar for music -- we’ve seen some great artists here.
An Asheville favorite known for really good beer! Great vibe with outdoor picnic table seating.
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Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Avenue
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An Asheville favorite known for really good beer! Great vibe with outdoor picnic table seating.
An entire brewery dedicated to sours. If that’s your thing, don’t miss it! Part of Wicked Weed.
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The Funkatorium
147 Coxe Ave
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An entire brewery dedicated to sours. If that’s your thing, don’t miss it! Part of Wicked Weed.
Large and popular with tourists and locals. Very nice dining room and several outdoor spots (upstairs and downstairs). The've got really good pretzels, but warning, the mustard will clear your sinuses. Yummmm
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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
91 Biltmore Avenue
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Large and popular with tourists and locals. Very nice dining room and several outdoor spots (upstairs and downstairs). The've got really good pretzels, but warning, the mustard will clear your sinuses. Yummmm
West Asheville has a bunch of fun breweries. We like Archetype and One World West (they often have great live music), but there are others. Drive along Haywood Road and stop when you are inspired! The Whale is a fun place to hang out, eat and have a beer. But they do not specialize in local brews, so even though we like it here, we typically choose other places.
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West Asheville
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West Asheville has a bunch of fun breweries. We like Archetype and One World West (they often have great live music), but there are others. Drive along Haywood Road and stop when you are inspired! The Whale is a fun place to hang out, eat and have a beer. But they do not specialize in local brews, so even though we like it here, we typically choose other places.
Downtown location: Walk down a bunch of steps and arrive at this little hole-in-the-wall with great brews and a cool, basement vibe. Try not to get addicted to the Dutch shuffle board game in the corner...it's surprisingly fun! Check for live music. West Asheville Location: the opposite of the downtown One World scene -- big open windows and a back patio where live music spills out on warm days. Basement or bright -- pick your vibe...either way you won't be disappointed.
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One World Brewing
10 Patton Avenue
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Downtown location: Walk down a bunch of steps and arrive at this little hole-in-the-wall with great brews and a cool, basement vibe. Try not to get addicted to the Dutch shuffle board game in the corner...it's surprisingly fun! Check for live music. West Asheville Location: the opposite of the downtown One World scene -- big open windows and a back patio where live music spills out on warm days. Basement or bright -- pick your vibe...either way you won't be disappointed.
Dessert
You will find something to satisfy your sweet tooth here. All confections are locally-made and their shop is bright and lively. We walk there to justify our splurge, it’s about a mile away so you may choose to drive.
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French Broad Chocolate Lounge
10 South Pack Square
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You will find something to satisfy your sweet tooth here. All confections are locally-made and their shop is bright and lively. We walk there to justify our splurge, it’s about a mile away so you may choose to drive.
Absolutely spectacular selection of desserts. Wait in line outside, walk-up, and take your treat to go.
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Old Europe Pastries
13 Broadway St
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Absolutely spectacular selection of desserts. Wait in line outside, walk-up, and take your treat to go.
Sightseeing
Our visitors' center is the best we've ever seen, and it's located a few short blocks away. More brochures and helpful information than you can imagine.
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Asheville Visitor Center
36 Montford Avenue
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Our visitors' center is the best we've ever seen, and it's located a few short blocks away. More brochures and helpful information than you can imagine.
One of our area’s top attractions. Plan for the better part of a day to see the home, gardens and whatever special exhibit is currently featured. The home and gardens are spectacular and well worth the visit, but if time and budget don’t permit, there are plenty of other things to do in our charming little city so don't despair. If you do go to the Biltmore, spend the extra money and get the audio tour. Totally worth it!!!
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Biltmore
1 Lodge Street
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One of our area’s top attractions. Plan for the better part of a day to see the home, gardens and whatever special exhibit is currently featured. The home and gardens are spectacular and well worth the visit, but if time and budget don’t permit, there are plenty of other things to do in our charming little city so don't despair. If you do go to the Biltmore, spend the extra money and get the audio tour. Totally worth it!!!
It’s worth strolling through this spectacular hotel with it’s amazing views and amenities. The best time is sunset — great mountain views. Their restaurant/bar is beautiful. If you would like a good view, make a reservation. Otherwise, you can tuck in a drink at the bar or bar tables. There is a little shopping area and vintage car museum on the property -- very charming. Located in North Asheville, a quick drive (through some beautiful neighborhoods) from here.
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The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave
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It’s worth strolling through this spectacular hotel with it’s amazing views and amenities. The best time is sunset — great mountain views. Their restaurant/bar is beautiful. If you would like a good view, make a reservation. Otherwise, you can tuck in a drink at the bar or bar tables. There is a little shopping area and vintage car museum on the property -- very charming. Located in North Asheville, a quick drive (through some beautiful neighborhoods) from here.
Old warehouses that serve as the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. You’ll see woodworking, pottery, glass blowing, and every art under the sun. Meet and talk with working artists and support their craft by taking home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Enjoy the graffiti that adorns the outdoors of many of the buildings. The Foundry is interesting -- it’s got a skateboard park, restaurants (including Rosabees, above), artist studios, and spectacular graffiti on every surface.
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River Arts District
Riverside Drive
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Old warehouses that serve as the working studios and galleries of hundreds of artists. You’ll see woodworking, pottery, glass blowing, and every art under the sun. Meet and talk with working artists and support their craft by taking home a one-of-a-kind souvenir. Enjoy the graffiti that adorns the outdoors of many of the buildings. The Foundry is interesting -- it’s got a skateboard park, restaurants (including Rosabees, above), artist studios, and spectacular graffiti on every surface.
The French Broad River trail is beautiful. There are kayak and tube rentals. Walking/running trails are awesome!
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French Broad River Park
508 Riverview Drive
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The French Broad River trail is beautiful. There are kayak and tube rentals. Walking/running trails are awesome!
If you are here on a Friday night, stroll downtown to Pritchard Park from about 6 - 8 to enjoy Asheville's Drum Circle. It's a sensory experience you won't want to miss.
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Pritchard Park
67 Patton Avenue
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If you are here on a Friday night, stroll downtown to Pritchard Park from about 6 - 8 to enjoy Asheville's Drum Circle. It's a sensory experience you won't want to miss.
Our neighborhood is the perfect place to stroll/drive and admire the old homes. You might also spot a black bear or two (if you do, just walk away quietly)!
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Montford Area Historic District
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Our neighborhood is the perfect place to stroll/drive and admire the old homes. You might also spot a black bear or two (if you do, just walk away quietly)!
What a fun and efficient way to get to know Asheville without the hassle of parking! Buy a pass and then hop on and hop off all day long. The knowledgeable tour guides share Asheville history and information as you go.
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Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville
36 Montford Avenue
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What a fun and efficient way to get to know Asheville without the hassle of parking! Buy a pass and then hop on and hop off all day long. The knowledgeable tour guides share Asheville history and information as you go.
LaZoom tours are a ton of fun! Hop on one of LaZoom's campy busses and be prepared for a madcap adventure. Your bus might be flagged down by a nun, or a "local" with curlers in their hair. Expect the unexpected while learning a ton about Asheville history and culture. Choose from the regular tour, or a brewery tour featuring a live band on the bus. You may even catch a glimpse of your Airbnb on the tour.
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LaZoom Tours
76 Biltmore Avenue
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LaZoom tours are a ton of fun! Hop on one of LaZoom's campy busses and be prepared for a madcap adventure. Your bus might be flagged down by a nun, or a "local" with curlers in their hair. Expect the unexpected while learning a ton about Asheville history and culture. Choose from the regular tour, or a brewery tour featuring a live band on the bus. You may even catch a glimpse of your Airbnb on the tour.