Asheville and Weaverville faves!

Kelly

Asheville and Weaverville faves!

Outdoorsy stuff
This is our go-to, just over the Tennessee line (it’s about 30 minutes from the house). If you map to the park itself it will take you to the trailhead. The trail winds along a river almost the entire time, with lots of small waterfalls and opportunities to take a dip. Not usually busy!
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Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park
501 Rocky Fork Road
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This is our go-to, just over the Tennessee line (it’s about 30 minutes from the house). If you map to the park itself it will take you to the trailhead. The trail winds along a river almost the entire time, with lots of small waterfalls and opportunities to take a dip. Not usually busy!
This is the closest trail to the house - if you GPS to the Bull Gap Trailhead, it’s about 15 minutes. Great views, and if you keep going you’ll run into some old homestead sites (Rattlesnake Lodge).
Rattlesnake Lodge
This is the closest trail to the house - if you GPS to the Bull Gap Trailhead, it’s about 15 minutes. Great views, and if you keep going you’ll run into some old homestead sites (Rattlesnake Lodge).
The town of Hot Springs is about half an hour away. Call the “Hot Springs Resort and Spa” to see if they have any hot tubs available (you have to call, you can’t book online). These are totally private riverside hot tubs that are filled with mineral-rich water from the local hot springs. It’s not fancy, but it’s GREAT! If you want to do a hike beforehand, we recommend “Lover’s Leap.” The trailhead is right in downtown hot springs, so you can hike and then soak. *One note - Lover’s Leap has some high cliffs, and isn’t a great hike for small children.
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Hot Springs Resort And Spa
315 Bridge Street
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The town of Hot Springs is about half an hour away. Call the “Hot Springs Resort and Spa” to see if they have any hot tubs available (you have to call, you can’t book online). These are totally private riverside hot tubs that are filled with mineral-rich water from the local hot springs. It’s not fancy, but it’s GREAT! If you want to do a hike beforehand, we recommend “Lover’s Leap.” The trailhead is right in downtown hot springs, so you can hike and then soak. *One note - Lover’s Leap has some high cliffs, and isn’t a great hike for small children.
Not too far from here on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views are INCREDIBLE, and you’re able to experience the “balds,” which are geographically unique to this region. It’s really special.
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Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
364 Blue Ridge Parkway
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Not too far from here on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The views are INCREDIBLE, and you’re able to experience the “balds,” which are geographically unique to this region. It’s really special.
360 degree mountain views without much hiking involved. If it’s a clear day, it’s absolutely worth the drive.
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Max Patch
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360 degree mountain views without much hiking involved. If it’s a clear day, it’s absolutely worth the drive.
If you want the most “bang for your buck” regarding waterfalls, this is the place. Three gorgeous (and huge) falls within a short hike of one another. The Hunger Games movies were filmed here, if you're into that!
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Dupont State Forest
Staton Road
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If you want the most “bang for your buck” regarding waterfalls, this is the place. Three gorgeous (and huge) falls within a short hike of one another. The Hunger Games movies were filmed here, if you're into that!
Weaverville food/coffee/beer - All walkable!
A true Weaverville institution. Come early to get a table, and stay for the live music. Great pizza, good vibes.
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Blue Mountain Pizza
55 North Main Street
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A true Weaverville institution. Come early to get a table, and stay for the live music. Great pizza, good vibes.
This is the closest spot to the house. They have amazing coffee and great food (not just for breakfast, but lunch and sometimes dinner too). Think avocado toast and huevos rancheros. If you’re going later in the day (or early, who are we to judge?), they have local beer on tap. Also prosecco on tap!
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Yellow Mug Coffee Lounge
113 North Main Street
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This is the closest spot to the house. They have amazing coffee and great food (not just for breakfast, but lunch and sometimes dinner too). Think avocado toast and huevos rancheros. If you’re going later in the day (or early, who are we to judge?), they have local beer on tap. Also prosecco on tap!
A short walk down Main Street you’ll find the “Best Bakery in Western North Carolina since 2014.” It’s no joke. Amazing pastries and breakfast items. Don’t sleep on the Mountain Eclair!
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Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe in Downtown Weaverville
26 North Main Street
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A short walk down Main Street you’ll find the “Best Bakery in Western North Carolina since 2014.” It’s no joke. Amazing pastries and breakfast items. Don’t sleep on the Mountain Eclair!
Great coffee shop with limited food (but they are very serious about the coffee!). Beautiful building (the old fire station!), with Grateful Dead playing much of the time.
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Allgood Coffee
10 S Main St
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Great coffee shop with limited food (but they are very serious about the coffee!). Beautiful building (the old fire station!), with Grateful Dead playing much of the time.
Listen - I am sometimes hesitant about “Asian Fusion” type places (it feels like they’re often trying to do too many things!), but this one is good. We typically order sushi. Good for takeout, with online ordering.
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Soba Sushi and Noodles
76 North Main Street
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Listen - I am sometimes hesitant about “Asian Fusion” type places (it feels like they’re often trying to do too many things!), but this one is good. We typically order sushi. Good for takeout, with online ordering.
Greek/American spot with a good draft beer and cocktail menu. Can get very busy on the weekends.
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Twisted Laurel
South Main Street
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Greek/American spot with a good draft beer and cocktail menu. Can get very busy on the weekends.
More upscale Italian place - great if you want something a little nicer, but don’t want to leave Weaverville.
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Glass Onion
18 North Main Street
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More upscale Italian place - great if you want something a little nicer, but don’t want to leave Weaverville.
Tiny place with the best burgers in town.
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Main Street Grill
5 South Main Street
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Tiny place with the best burgers in town.
No frills spot with outdoor seating and really good beers. There’s also a taco and burrito place (Baa’d Sheep Burritos) attached to the brewery. We go there all the time, it’s a good hang.
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Eluvium Brewing Company
11 Florida Ave
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No frills spot with outdoor seating and really good beers. There’s also a taco and burrito place (Baa’d Sheep Burritos) attached to the brewery. We go there all the time, it’s a good hang.
A Bob Ross themed Aperol Spritz bar! Not nearly enough Bob Ross stuff, but the drinks are great.
Hoppy Trees Beer & Spritz Bar
7 Florida Avenue
A Bob Ross themed Aperol Spritz bar! Not nearly enough Bob Ross stuff, but the drinks are great.
Truly special brewery. They focus on Belgian and French farmhouse ales, and “historical beers” (like, recipes that are hundreds of years old), and the results are fun and funky - but definitely for serious beer enthusiasts. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm - 6pm, to add to the mystery.
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Zebulon Artisan Ales
8 Merchants Alley
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Truly special brewery. They focus on Belgian and French farmhouse ales, and “historical beers” (like, recipes that are hundreds of years old), and the results are fun and funky - but definitely for serious beer enthusiasts. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm - 6pm, to add to the mystery.
Asheville faves
Hopefully a few here that are a little under the radar (i.e. not on every "best of" list)
Hawaiian-inspired menu in the River Arts District, surrounded by tons of cool graffiti. Great cocktails, and don’t miss the desserts. The owner also has a really successful cake business (Cakes by Gray) and the desserts are the BEST.
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RosaBees
27 Foundy Street
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Hawaiian-inspired menu in the River Arts District, surrounded by tons of cool graffiti. Great cocktails, and don’t miss the desserts. The owner also has a really successful cake business (Cakes by Gray) and the desserts are the BEST.
Amazing food, the best service, good cocktails. Menu is African/Southern, and pays tribute to Eagle Street’s history as the center of Asheville’s African American community in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Highly recommended!
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Benne On Eagle
35 Eagle St
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Amazing food, the best service, good cocktails. Menu is African/Southern, and pays tribute to Eagle Street’s history as the center of Asheville’s African American community in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Highly recommended!
Upscale Mexican downtown. Sit at the bar if you can. Lobster nachos!
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Limones Restaurant
13 Eagle St
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Upscale Mexican downtown. Sit at the bar if you can. Lobster nachos!
Downtown, great food and location. Excellent brunch.
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Rhubarb
7 Southwest Pack Square
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Downtown, great food and location. Excellent brunch.
Upscale in the River Arts District, interesting menu (meat centric, not the best for vegetarians) and great atmosphere. Try their more casual burger place down the road, Baby Bull.
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The Bull and Beggar
37 Paynes Way
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Upscale in the River Arts District, interesting menu (meat centric, not the best for vegetarians) and great atmosphere. Try their more casual burger place down the road, Baby Bull.
Amazing upscale plant-based spot - dinner only. If you have friends who think they don’t like vegan food, this place will change their minds.
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Plant
165 Merrimon Avenue
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Amazing upscale plant-based spot - dinner only. If you have friends who think they don’t like vegan food, this place will change their minds.
To be honest, the location isn’t great. It’s in a shopping center across from the mall. But if you want excellent oysters, this is your spot (their original restaurant is in Key West, this is the 2nd location). Especially good if you’re wanting seafood but don’t want to deal with the crowds at Jettie Rae’s (which is also great).
Little Pearl
15 Peaks Center Lane
To be honest, the location isn’t great. It’s in a shopping center across from the mall. But if you want excellent oysters, this is your spot (their original restaurant is in Key West, this is the 2nd location). Especially good if you’re wanting seafood but don’t want to deal with the crowds at Jettie Rae’s (which is also great).
Classic red sauce Italian on the north side of town. Really good food!
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Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian
641 Merrimon Avenue
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Classic red sauce Italian on the north side of town. Really good food!
Funky cocktail bar (with light food) in West Asheville. Our favorite bar.
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The Golden Pineapple
503 Haywood Road
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Funky cocktail bar (with light food) in West Asheville. Our favorite bar.
Great cocktails on the north side of town. Great if you’re not quite up for the crowds downtown.
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Little Jumbo
241 Broadway St
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Great cocktails on the north side of town. Great if you’re not quite up for the crowds downtown.
Very much a “locals” brewery on the river. Our very favorite brewery to hang out at, with an excellent authentic taco truck on site. If you’re up for it, the beef cheek quesadilla is the way to go. **Kids not allowed
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Zillicoah Beer Co.
870 Riverside Dr
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Very much a “locals” brewery on the river. Our very favorite brewery to hang out at, with an excellent authentic taco truck on site. If you’re up for it, the beef cheek quesadilla is the way to go. **Kids not allowed
Best brewery in town, on the South Slope. If you’re brewery-hopping down there, don’t miss it (it’s a little tough to find unless you’re looking for it).
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Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Avenue
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Best brewery in town, on the South Slope. If you’re brewery-hopping down there, don’t miss it (it’s a little tough to find unless you’re looking for it).