Asheville Guidebook

Amanda
Asheville Guidebook

Food scene

Neighborhood dive bar with cool vibes, solid local beer selection, and great food! Also, one of the few late night food spots in town and often has live music.
the barrelhouse
1459 Merrimon Ave
Neighborhood dive bar with cool vibes, solid local beer selection, and great food! Also, one of the few late night food spots in town and often has live music.
Best spot for coffee, tea, or pastry lovers. Meticulously crafted drinks, including seasonal items, a variety of homemade baked goods, and incredibly high standards for sustainability and ethical practice.
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Gallivant Coffee
126 Elkwood Avenue
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Best spot for coffee, tea, or pastry lovers. Meticulously crafted drinks, including seasonal items, a variety of homemade baked goods, and incredibly high standards for sustainability and ethical practice.
Farm to table, made from scratch plant-based food with a casual fine-dining scene. Voted one of the best vegan restaurants by Zagat and loved by people of all dietary preferences. *Reservation recommended.
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Plant
165 Merrimon Avenue
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Farm to table, made from scratch plant-based food with a casual fine-dining scene. Voted one of the best vegan restaurants by Zagat and loved by people of all dietary preferences. *Reservation recommended.
We are kind of known for our BBQ here in Asheville, and I believe this spot to be one of the best (not to mention there are several locations).
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Luella’s Bar-B-Que - North Asheville
501 Merrimon Avenue
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We are kind of known for our BBQ here in Asheville, and I believe this spot to be one of the best (not to mention there are several locations).
There are multiple locations in addition to this one (the OG) in the historic Montford District, including West Asheville and South Asheville. This is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants that Asheville has to offer. They do a Caribbean/Mediterranean fusion and have tried MANY things on the menu without ever being disappointed. A must.
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Nine Mile
233 Montford Avenue
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There are multiple locations in addition to this one (the OG) in the historic Montford District, including West Asheville and South Asheville. This is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants that Asheville has to offer. They do a Caribbean/Mediterranean fusion and have tried MANY things on the menu without ever being disappointed. A must.
#1 Brunch spot in Asheville. There will be a line, so expect to wait. However, they do generally take drink orders while you wait and their blood mary's and megamosas are not to be missed. They also do dinner, which is also quite delicious, but the brunch is a non-negotiable.
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Sunny Point Café
626 Haywood Road
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#1 Brunch spot in Asheville. There will be a line, so expect to wait. However, they do generally take drink orders while you wait and their blood mary's and megamosas are not to be missed. They also do dinner, which is also quite delicious, but the brunch is a non-negotiable.
Upscale Spanish tapas restaurant that is highly regarded in this town and owned by Katie Button (James Beard Award nominee and semifinalist). Highly recommend making restaurants decently in advanced. Hands down, best paella. They do wine pairings as well.
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Cúrate
13 Biltmore Avenue
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Upscale Spanish tapas restaurant that is highly regarded in this town and owned by Katie Button (James Beard Award nominee and semifinalist). Highly recommend making restaurants decently in advanced. Hands down, best paella. They do wine pairings as well.
Champagne bar/book store in the Grove Arcade, located Downtown. Have the most pleasant afternoon, sipping some bubbly, perusing through the book collection, and [many times] enjoying the music from a string quartet. Not to mention, they have the most delicious lunchy/bistro food.
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Battery Park Book Exchange
1 Page Avenue
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Champagne bar/book store in the Grove Arcade, located Downtown. Have the most pleasant afternoon, sipping some bubbly, perusing through the book collection, and [many times] enjoying the music from a string quartet. Not to mention, they have the most delicious lunchy/bistro food.
High quality tapas restaurant downtown with a noteworthy wine selection. The food is outstanding and vibes are super neat - both inside and outside!
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Zambra
85 West Walnut Street
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High quality tapas restaurant downtown with a noteworthy wine selection. The food is outstanding and vibes are super neat - both inside and outside!
Casual upscale Hawaiian restaurant in the River Arts District. Casual upscale means the food is upscale, but the dress is casual - a very Asheville thing lol. They have incredible poke bowls and an amazing drink menu. People don't talk about this place enough. Though there are still always people there, so a reservation is recommended.
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RosaBees
27 Foundy Street
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Casual upscale Hawaiian restaurant in the River Arts District. Casual upscale means the food is upscale, but the dress is casual - a very Asheville thing lol. They have incredible poke bowls and an amazing drink menu. People don't talk about this place enough. Though there are still always people there, so a reservation is recommended.
Mexican/Caribbean fusion restaurant downtown with amazing food and margaritas. It does get packed, but I've never needed a reservation before. The fajitas are insane.
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Salsa's
6 Patton Ave
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Mexican/Caribbean fusion restaurant downtown with amazing food and margaritas. It does get packed, but I've never needed a reservation before. The fajitas are insane.
A local favorite spot for a wide variety of tacos of various cuisines and flavors. They are also accommodating with dietary preferences. Multiple locations throughout Asheville, but this is hands down the best one. It's right on the river and perfect for grabbing a bite after a walk around the riverwalk or float down the French Broad.
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White Duck Taco Shop
1 Roberts Street
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A local favorite spot for a wide variety of tacos of various cuisines and flavors. They are also accommodating with dietary preferences. Multiple locations throughout Asheville, but this is hands down the best one. It's right on the river and perfect for grabbing a bite after a walk around the riverwalk or float down the French Broad.
A must for "nightlife" in Asheville on the weekends. An old garage turned bar/japanese sake bar/restaurant with all of the vibes, the dancing, the music, and honestly amazing food.
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Ben's Tune Up
195 Hilliard Avenue
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A must for "nightlife" in Asheville on the weekends. An old garage turned bar/japanese sake bar/restaurant with all of the vibes, the dancing, the music, and honestly amazing food.
An urban winery in the heart of the River Arts District that sells and distributes local products, many of which are very unique styles and flavors of wines. They have such a cool concept, as well as a nice venue to chill and grab a bite from the foodtruck and enjoy the local graffiti art.
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plēb urban winery
289 Lyman St
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An urban winery in the heart of the River Arts District that sells and distributes local products, many of which are very unique styles and flavors of wines. They have such a cool concept, as well as a nice venue to chill and grab a bite from the foodtruck and enjoy the local graffiti art.

Neighborhoods

West Asheville is one of the main areas in Asheville, and is packed with loads of great bars, breweries, restaurants, and people watching. It showcases the more "hippy" side of AVL and has much to offer. Some favorite spots in the area are: Sunny Point, Simple, Dobra Tea House West, One World Brewing West, Haywood Commons, Archetype Brewing, Leo's House of Thirst, Biscuit Head, The Trashy Vegan, Flora, Double Crown.
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West Asheville
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West Asheville is one of the main areas in Asheville, and is packed with loads of great bars, breweries, restaurants, and people watching. It showcases the more "hippy" side of AVL and has much to offer. Some favorite spots in the area are: Sunny Point, Simple, Dobra Tea House West, One World Brewing West, Haywood Commons, Archetype Brewing, Leo's House of Thirst, Biscuit Head, The Trashy Vegan, Flora, Double Crown.
What used to be railroad tracks, mills, and warehouses is now arguably the coolest area in Asheville. Take a walk and browse through the various art studios, take a glassblowing class, rent a bike and ride along the newly constructed riverwalk, or visit any of the many breweries, urban wineries, food trucks, coffee shops, or eateries. Some favorite spots in this area are: Ultra Coffeebar, Bottle Riot, Wedge Brewing, PennyCup Coffee, Zilicoah Brewing, Olde London Road (soccer bar), Pleb Winery, Guitar Bar, White Duck Taco, Rosabees, and Summit Coffee Shop.
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River Arts District
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What used to be railroad tracks, mills, and warehouses is now arguably the coolest area in Asheville. Take a walk and browse through the various art studios, take a glassblowing class, rent a bike and ride along the newly constructed riverwalk, or visit any of the many breweries, urban wineries, food trucks, coffee shops, or eateries. Some favorite spots in this area are: Ultra Coffeebar, Bottle Riot, Wedge Brewing, PennyCup Coffee, Zilicoah Brewing, Olde London Road (soccer bar), Pleb Winery, Guitar Bar, White Duck Taco, Rosabees, and Summit Coffee Shop.
Walkable area on the south end of downtown AVL with loads of breweries, such as: Green Man, Wicked Weed, Catawba, Funkatorium, Hi Wire, Twin Leaf, Burial, and Urban Orchard for cider. There are also lots of cool bars such as: Ben's Tune Up, Banks Ave, Barksdale, Antidote, and Storm Rhum Bar. A few spots for food as well (aside from the breweries and bars themselves/ food trucks) : Harvest Pizzeria, Pie Zaa, Bear's BBQ, Little Chango, and Buxton Hall.
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South Slope Brewing District
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Walkable area on the south end of downtown AVL with loads of breweries, such as: Green Man, Wicked Weed, Catawba, Funkatorium, Hi Wire, Twin Leaf, Burial, and Urban Orchard for cider. There are also lots of cool bars such as: Ben's Tune Up, Banks Ave, Barksdale, Antidote, and Storm Rhum Bar. A few spots for food as well (aside from the breweries and bars themselves/ food trucks) : Harvest Pizzeria, Pie Zaa, Bear's BBQ, Little Chango, and Buxton Hall.
This is the part of town where the Biltmore entrance is located, and has this very quaint, but classy vibe. The buildings are mostly brick, and even the McDonalds is strangely nice. This area is good for shopping around and then maybe grabbing a bite or sip somewhere nearby like: Red Stag Grill, The Cantina, Village Wayside Bar & Grille, Corner Kitchen, Hillman Brewery, or French Broad Brewery.
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Biltmore Village
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This is the part of town where the Biltmore entrance is located, and has this very quaint, but classy vibe. The buildings are mostly brick, and even the McDonalds is strangely nice. This area is good for shopping around and then maybe grabbing a bite or sip somewhere nearby like: Red Stag Grill, The Cantina, Village Wayside Bar & Grille, Corner Kitchen, Hillman Brewery, or French Broad Brewery.

Breweries

The nicest and most extravagant brewery I've ever been to. They have a beautiful garden outback, as well as frequent live music. This place is giant. Come hungry as well, because their food is top notch. I believe there is also a farm on their property where they produce a lot of the crops they use. It is right by the airport, so I recommend going either right when you arrive or right before you leave (if traveling by plane).
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
100 Sierra Nevada Way
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The nicest and most extravagant brewery I've ever been to. They have a beautiful garden outback, as well as frequent live music. This place is giant. Come hungry as well, because their food is top notch. I believe there is also a farm on their property where they produce a lot of the crops they use. It is right by the airport, so I recommend going either right when you arrive or right before you leave (if traveling by plane).
Everyone's favorite brewery. Best and most creatively named beers in Asheville, amazing market fresh food w/ rotating menu, and dope venue with great atmosphere. Best for outdoor seating.
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Burial Beer Co.
40 Collier Avenue
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Everyone's favorite brewery. Best and most creatively named beers in Asheville, amazing market fresh food w/ rotating menu, and dope venue with great atmosphere. Best for outdoor seating.
One of the newer breweries to get going in Asheville, but they happen to really know what they are doing. They have a really funky/trippy aesthetic with extremely creative can art and innovative beers.
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DSSOLVR
63 North Lexington Avenue
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One of the newer breweries to get going in Asheville, but they happen to really know what they are doing. They have a really funky/trippy aesthetic with extremely creative can art and innovative beers.
One of the OG's of the Asheville brewery scene and a must visit. They have a few sister locations throughout downtown, but the mansion is the main spot. Try the Trickster if you like IPA's, and if you like ginger beer, then try the Ginger's Have Soul.
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Green Man Brewery
27 Buxton Avenue
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One of the OG's of the Asheville brewery scene and a must visit. They have a few sister locations throughout downtown, but the mansion is the main spot. Try the Trickster if you like IPA's, and if you like ginger beer, then try the Ginger's Have Soul.
The brewery that you've definitely heard of, but the venue is worth visiting as well. You can take a tour if you'd like! They do have some great food too. And if you're a fan of the Pernicious, then try the Freak of Nature. And if you're into sours, then check out the Funkatorium a few blocks south for their other location dedicated to sour beers.
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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
91 Biltmore Avenue
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The brewery that you've definitely heard of, but the venue is worth visiting as well. You can take a tour if you'd like! They do have some great food too. And if you're a fan of the Pernicious, then try the Freak of Nature. And if you're into sours, then check out the Funkatorium a few blocks south for their other location dedicated to sour beers.
One of the better known breweries in Asheville, with a large space on the South Slope and a very popular beer selection. They're best known for their White Zombie (white ale) and their seasonal PB&J beers.
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Catawba Brewing Company South Slope Asheville
32 Banks Ave
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One of the better known breweries in Asheville, with a large space on the South Slope and a very popular beer selection. They're best known for their White Zombie (white ale) and their seasonal PB&J beers.
Asheville's oldest brewery, and really fun place to visit. While the location is not necessarily close to anything, Highland is a one stop shop for activity, entertainment, and brews. They have a disc golf course, volleyball courts, a large "meadow" that often features live music, and even a whiskey distillery. The meadow area is also kid friendly, f looking for something of that nature.
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Highland Brewing Company
12 Old Charlotte Highway
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Asheville's oldest brewery, and really fun place to visit. While the location is not necessarily close to anything, Highland is a one stop shop for activity, entertainment, and brews. They have a disc golf course, volleyball courts, a large "meadow" that often features live music, and even a whiskey distillery. The meadow area is also kid friendly, f looking for something of that nature.
This uniquely styled brewery now has three locations throughout town, but this one is the OG and my personal favorite. There is an art studio upstairs, and the outdoor seating area is open and spacious, with a good amount of parking and always a food truck.
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Wedge Brewing Company
37 Paynes Way
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This uniquely styled brewery now has three locations throughout town, but this one is the OG and my personal favorite. There is an art studio upstairs, and the outdoor seating area is open and spacious, with a good amount of parking and always a food truck.
One of the must-visits as far as breweries go with some of the best beers in town. A large venue located right on the river, and fun any time of year, often times offering live music. They have a large green space to roam around, enjoy a brew and a local food truck, play frisbee, and bring the family. There are also large fire pits if visiting in the colder months.
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New Belgium Brewing Company
21 Craven Street
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One of the must-visits as far as breweries go with some of the best beers in town. A large venue located right on the river, and fun any time of year, often times offering live music. They have a large green space to roam around, enjoy a brew and a local food truck, play frisbee, and bring the family. There are also large fire pits if visiting in the colder months.

Sightseeing

Another token Asheville stop, the Grove Park Inn has a bit of everything - a beautiful golf course, multiple restaurants, one of Asheville's best sunset views, a renowned spa, and a ton of history.
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The Omni Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave
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Another token Asheville stop, the Grove Park Inn has a bit of everything - a beautiful golf course, multiple restaurants, one of Asheville's best sunset views, a renowned spa, and a ton of history.
America's largest home, the Biltmore, has so much to offer. Not only can you take tour through the mind-blowingly gorgeous estate, you can take a stroll through the gardens, walk one of the many trails, visit the shops, partake in a wine tasting, or grab a bite at one of their several restaurants.
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Biltmore
1 Lodge Street
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America's largest home, the Biltmore, has so much to offer. Not only can you take tour through the mind-blowingly gorgeous estate, you can take a stroll through the gardens, walk one of the many trails, visit the shops, partake in a wine tasting, or grab a bite at one of their several restaurants.
Take in some nature at the Arboretum. With 65 acres of cultivated gardens, exhibits, and hiking trails, it really showcases the biodiversity Western NC has to offer. You can partake in one of the educational tours or simply explore on your own.
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The North Carolina Arboretum
100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
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Take in some nature at the Arboretum. With 65 acres of cultivated gardens, exhibits, and hiking trails, it really showcases the biodiversity Western NC has to offer. You can partake in one of the educational tours or simply explore on your own.

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Car, Bike, Uber, or Lyft.

Asheville is pretty spread out, so car is the best way to get around, especially if exploring the mountains. However, there are quite a few bike paths (with more being constructed!), making it a decently bike-friendly city. Best place to ride bikes is the River Arts District. Uber and Lyft are helpful for exploring downtown where parking can be a challenge (and also if you're drinking).
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Hiking shoes, bathing suit, and an appetite!

Pack hiking gear, including hiking shoes. Trails can get muddy and slippery from rain & waterfalls, so hiking shoes are highly recommended. Bathing suits are encouraged for a river day float or a swim at one of the hike-to spots (if visiting during the warmer months). Bring an appetite, as Asheville has an incredible food and beverage scene!
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The Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a must when visiting Asheville. Even if you don't care to do a hike (which is highly encouraged), simply driving the long stretch through the mountains, and pulling off to capture the views from any of the spots along the way is a breathtaking experience.
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A live music show

Live music is a big part of the culture here in Asheville, with quite a few venues, as well as breweries and bars that tend to have musicians play as well. Check out the schedules at the Orange Peel/Rabbit Rabbit, Salvage Station, and Grey Eagle during your stay. https://salvagestation.com/ https://theorangepeel.net/ https://rabbitrabbitavl.com/ https://www.thegreyeagle.com/
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The Biltmore

The Biltmore is is pretty unreal to see, especially with the audio guide tour so you can learn all about the history of this humungous estate. It's an entire day's affair, as you must see the house, the gardens, winery, gift shops, and any of the multiple restaurants. There are even walking trails along the river. Copy and paste this link for tickets and additional info: https://www.biltmore.com/visit/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw8O-VBhCpARIsACMvVLMkCg-ZaavQ27tQpOaUpU0tUCymXV6x_KVEj7-nAq15dlPxw4oTYeIaAoclEALw_wcB
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Nature, Outdoor Spaces, & Some Potential Inconveniences

• Poison Ivy is commonly found throughout our forests. Please keep a watchful eye for it. • Please do not approach or feed wildlife, and ensure trash is securely stored in the bins provided on the right side of the home (when looking at the property from the driveway). • Be alert and aware of the difference in features between venomous and nonvenomous snakes. https://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/News/documents/Coexist-Snakes-v3.pdf • Warm weather = ticks and mosquitoes become active.
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Black bears are extremely prevalent around all of Asheville

While an attack by a black bear is incredibly rare, it is important to practice bear safety at all times. They are fast, with speeds up to 35 mph, and the mothers are very protective of their cubs. They are also very agile tree climbers. The main attraction for them is trash. They are extremely sensitive to any type of smell and are constantly looking for food. Please be extra mindful about disposing of trash properly and securing the lid. Review this website for tips on bear safety and what to do in case of an encounter: https://www.romanticasheville.com/bear_safety.htm
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Floating the French Broad

This is one of our favorite things to do in the warmer months, and can be done by kayak, tube, or paddle board. While the river does not have any major rapids, it can be deceivingly hazardous at times, so make sure you check the conditions and weather first. Our favorite place for rentals and even tours is https://frenchbroadoutfitters.business.site/ Another great option is: https://zentubing.com/ *highly recommend using a dry bag for your belongings!
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Lazoom Tour

Catcha a ride on one of the big purple buses you see driving around town. These are so much fun. They have three different ones: a comedy tour, a haunted tour (also funny though), and a live band tour. The first two are about 1.5 hours and very informative about Asheville's history - all while making you laugh and trying a few of the local breweries. For tickets, copy and paste: https://www.lazoomtours.com/