Weekend Asheville Guide

Long time no talk, I know :( But I had to come on here and talk about my recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina! We did a lot in a short amount of time, so I thought I'd share what we did.

We arrived at our hotel around 8pm Friday night. We stayed at the Grove Park Inn. It's a beautiful resort with a golf course, spa, stores, and restaurants. You can see the Blue Ridge mountains and it's just gorgeous!

We settled into our hotel room and immediately went to get dinner because we were starving. We ate at Edison, Craft Ales & Kitchen. It's a casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The food was really good! The salad was so good that I had to try recreating it when I got home, lol.


Since it was late, we decided to just explore and walk around inside the hotel since it is so big and then went to sleep.

We started the morning getting some coffee and hot chocolate from the coffee/gift shop in the hotel. Then we went outside to walk around the resort and see everything in daylight. 

Next, we drove to Double D's Coffee & Desserts. It's basically a coffee shop in a double decker bus. The line was really long, so be prepared to wait. They also only take cash, so keep some on hand or you can go to the ATM that's close by. I personally thought the food was a tiny bit overrated especially for how long we had to wait. But if you are one of those people who have to see all the popular spots, then go for it, haha.

We were craving donuts, so we walked over to Vortex Doughnuts. The doughnuts were delicious! Definitely recommend going here.

Next stop on our trip was the River Arts District. It's basically what the name is. By the river and LOTS of art! They also have some breweries, stores, and restaurants, but we just walked around and visited the galleries. It seems to be up and coming, so I'm curious to see how the area looks in the future.

The next place we went to was the Grove Arcade. It's a beautiful building with stores, restaurants, and some art galleries. We walked around for a bit and visited some of the stores, but the place that caught my eye was the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar. Yup, you read that right. Bookstore AND bar. You can either get a table or walk through the bookstore and grab a drink from the bar. They have thousands of books and a large drink selection. We were going to get a table, but then we just decided to walk around. Such a cool concept and would highly recommend visiting!

I had a craving for cake and all things sugar, so our next stop was the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. The line was out the door at this place and we probably waited a good 30 minutes before we were able to order. We ended up taking everything to-go since we still had more places to visit, but the cake and brownie we ordered was delicious! This store is based out of Asheville, but they just opened their first location outside of Asheville in Atlanta if you're in that area and want to visit.

Everyone and their mother mentioned White Duck Taco Shop when I was looking for places to eat, so we had to stop at one of their locations and it did not disappoint whatsoever. We had dinner plans later, so we just stopped and got two tacos here and they were delicious! I'm still thinking about them. And the service was so quick. Literally the moment we sat down after we ordered, the food came to our table. Definitely stop at one of their locations here if you have the chance!

At this point in the day, the temperature DROPPED so we went back to the hotel and changed into warmer clothes. Next stop was dinner.

Hotel mirror selfie bc duh

We had dinner at Red Ginger Dimsum & Tapas. And y'all.... I've said this about pretty much everything so far, but the food was so good! We ordered a bunch of dim sum and tapas and everything was amazing. I did a lot of research on places to go before we came to Asheville and this place did not show up on any of the blogs and posts I read, but when I was looking at Google Maps to see how far places were from each other, I spied this restaurant on the map and it caught my eye so I looked it up and it had amazing reviews, so we said why not? And I'm so glad we ended up having dinner here! Another place I highly recommend. My mouth is watering just thinking about the food we ate.

So Asheville has breweries pretty much on every street. Literally. If you like beer, I would 100000% recommend brewery hopping because there are THAT many, they are all easily accessible, and they are close by to each other. I don't think I've ever seen so many breweries in such a small radius. That being said... my partner and I are not huge beer drinkers, lol. I love the vibe of breweries and always recommend them for socializing, but for a date night or exploring, breweries are just not for me if we're not drinking beer. So we were trying to figure out where to go for drinks when we spotted Antidote at Chemist Spirits while walking around earlier that day. Looked it up and saw it was a cocktail lounge and decided to come here after dinner, so that's what we did! The drinks were amazing. They were curated for the season and everything basically tasted like fall in a glass. And the atmosphere is very early 1900s. Absolutely loved the vibe. I highly recommend coming here if you want a good quality cocktail.

Then to end the night, we went back to the hotel and went to Elaine's Dueling Piano Bar. It's a cocktail bar in the Grove Park Inn on the bottom floor. They had live music and people were either dancing or just watching the live entertainment. It was the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring!

We woke up the next morning and checked out of the Grove Park Inn and went and had breakfast at Biscuit Head. This was another place I saw posted everywhere so we knew we had to try it. There was a really long line, but it was well worth the wait! The biscuits are fairly large so we split a couple of dishes. So yummy!

To end our trip, we went to Mass at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. I love going to church and visiting new ones, so I knew we had to go here for Mass on Sunday. The church was beautiful and the service was really nice aside from the fact that my allergies were killing me and I had to step out for a minute, lol. But a wonderful way to end the trip!

All in all, it was a great trip and I highly recommend coming here for a weekend getaway! The city is much smaller than I expected so we were visit way more than I had planned to which was awesome! Aside from the Grove Park Inn, everything else is pretty walkable. Two places we did not go, but heard so much about was the Biltmore Estate and the spa at Grove Park. I've heard mixed reviews about the Biltmore (some people love it, others think it's overrated), but I think the next time we go back, we'll check both out.

And just to make it easier for you guys to see, here is the complete list of places we visited in Asheville:

Places to visit that we did not go to:
- Wicked Weed Brewing (plus the 10,000 other breweries, this is just one that caught my eye)


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