Hi, friends! Our family took a trip to Asheville, North Carolina this past weekend and we had a blast! It was so nice to reconnect with nature and explore the town. As I’m settling back into my routine, I thought I would share some highlights of our trip as well as a few recommendations with you guys! If you’re looking for a fall weekend getaway, I highly suggest checking out this cute little town. I’ll be sharing where we stayed, where we ate, which hikes we went on, and a few things to do while in town. I also saved all of this to my Instagram Highlights if you want to check out the pictures and videos there! I hope you guys enjoy!
Where to Stay
AC Hotel by Marriott – We booked this hotel pretty last minute and it turned out to be the perfect spot for our stay! It’s right in the middle of downtown and all of the restaurants were in walking distance. The room was nice and modern and pretty reasonably priced for the location! If you stay here, definitely check out the rooftop bar! They have a variety of cocktails and small plates and the prettiest views.
The Inn On Biltmore Estate – If you’re looking to splurge a little, this hotel came highly recommended and I could see why! We visited the estate and the grounds were absolutely beautiful. If you’re ready to treat yourself, this looks like a great option!
Where to Eat
The Market Place Restaurant – We went to The Market Place for dinner on our first night and it was amazing! It’s a farm to table restaurant with a unique menu. They offer brunch too!
Rhubarb – This is another farm to table joint that we loved! The vibe was modern but rustic and every Tuesday they offer a special family style menu that highlights the chef’s current favorites!
Tupelo Honey – We went here for brunch and it was delicious! They offer southern comfort food in a charming atmosphere. I’ve heard great things about their dinner menu too!
Café Bomba – This was a super cute brunch spot with a great menu! Highly recommend this one!
Bargello – This place was so pretty and the food was so good! They offer an upscale mediterranean menu that was absolutely delicious.
Old Europe – This cute little dessert shop always has a line out the door! We stopped in after dinner one night and it was definitely worth the wait!
Isa’s French Bistro – Isa’s offers upscale French-inspired brunch, lunch, and dinner. We ate brunch here on our last day and it did not disappoint!
Graveyard Fields – We visited Graveyard Fields for our first hike of the trip and it was absolutely beautiful with tons of foliage and a couple of waterfalls! The hike was easy to moderate and about three miles long. Highly recommend this if you’re looking for a more leisurely hike!
Bent Creek Hard Times Trail – The name of this trail is fitting! It’s a little more challenging but also beautiful! You can opt for the full 6 mile hike like we did or you can loop back early for a quicker option. This trail is only 15 minutes from downtown!
Looking Glass Rock – This trail is also more challenging but is said to have the best mountain views! We didn’t visit this one but I have heard great things! If you’re up for it, I’m sure the views from the top are worth it!
Things to Do
Tour the Biltmore Estate – We took a little dive into some American history on this tour and it was so interesting! The tour took about 90 minutes but you could easily spend half a day here exploring the grounds. The views are gorgeous and they have gardens and a winery onsite. Highly, highly recommend booking a tour here!
North Carolina Arboretum – This came highly recommended from some readers! You can explores acres and acres of beautiful botanical gardens or hike the trails. They also offer a variety of family-friendly nature activities.
Zip Lining – If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, this might be for you! We booked a zip-lining tour with Navitat Canopy Adventures and it was so much fun! The tour guides were so great and the views were amazing!
Rad Skate Park – Okay so this definitely wasn’t my speed but Antonio was here most days! If you have a teen who also loves to skate, this might be for them!
Explore Downtown – If you’re not much of a planner, that’s okay! You can simply walk around downtown and find plenty to do. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and cocktail bars and artsy outdoor spaces to explore!
This little trip is exactly what we needed and I’m so glad we chose to explore the town of Asheville. Asheville is breathtaking in the fall but I’ve heard it’s beautiful at Christmastime too! If you’re looking for a quick getaway, I highly recommend checking out this charming town. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or DM me on insta!