We enjoyed the most amazing trip to Asheville last week, and are already wishing we were back! DJ & I went on our first trip to Asheville years ago and have been going back whenever we can since. Each time we visit, we are amazed at the city’s growth since our last visit. After bragging about Asheville to our friend Kyle countless times, he wanted to come see the place for himself. So here are some pictures from our trip! We are also working on a video of our travels coming soon, so stay tuned : )
Friday – Arriving in West Asheville
Early Friday morning, we headed out excitedly. Due to some traffic, we didn’t arrive until 5:00. We rented a house in residential West Asheville off Airbnb. We were excited to check out that part of the city, since it is an up and coming area that we hadn’t explored yet. Our rental house was gorgeous and visiting West Asheville was my personal favorite part of our trip. After all that time in the car, we loved being able to walk to dinner and back. Buffalo Nickel was our choice of restaurant. It was such a cute place and the food was amazing. When we finished dinner, we followed the sound of live music to Isis Restaurant & Music Hall and hung out there for a while.
Saturday – Brewery visits in Downtown Asheville & nearby Suburbs
On Saturday we checked out a few local suburbs and breweries, after sleeping in of course. We walked around Hendersonville, a historic town nearby, and grabbed some coffee. Then we explored Etowah and a little bit of Brevard. Brevard is a cute little town that we have enjoyed visiting previously – lots of vintage stores, independent shops and eateries with an adorable mountain vibe. We wanted to stop into Hot Springs again, another adorable mountain town just off the Appalachian trail, but we didn’t have time this trip.
DJ, Kyle and I were looking forward to many brewery visits. Asheville has been called the Napa Valley of beers, with more than 25 breweries nearby. Sierra Nevada is my husband’s long time favorite beer to grab at the local liquor store. So when we saw their facility in Mills River was opening up a few years ago, we had to visit. Sierra Nevada’s Mills River Brewery boasts an environmentally conscious, fully self-sustainable brewery with a delicious taproom and restaurant. Additionally Sierra has added a “back porch” bar, organic garden to supply the restaurant, and an outside live music amphitheater. The brewery tour we took on our last visit was amazing, but the tours were all booked up this time around, so unfortunately Kyle didn’t get a chance to experience the same behind the scenes tour of the brewery. We did our best to walk through the open areas of the brewery to re-enact the tour we enjoyed last year for him. We also went to Oskar Blues in Brevard for a sampling of their beers that aren’t available in stores at home.
After those brewery visits and a much needed nap, we hit the city for some delicious dinner at Lex 18. After dinner we went to One World Brewing, a little hole in the wall place that feels like the basement of a house party. My favorite part, they serve wine! We enjoyed a couple rounds at One World, then we walked over to Wicked Weed Brewery. Previously when DJ and I had tried to visit Wicked Weed, the lines were so long that we went somewhere else. Luckily that wasn’t the case this time. DJ and Kyle enjoyed some beers, we petted some doggies, and we enjoyed talking to a few locals! It was awesome to get that much better of a taste of the local culture. Everyone is always so friendly and welcoming in Asheville.
Sunday – Tubing, brews & BBQ in West Asheville
Sunday we had brunch at the house, then went tubing on the French Broad River. No pictures, since we were too scared to take our phones with us, but it was so fun. We parked at Zen Tubing and rented some tubes, then Zen drove us up the river to the Asheville Outdoor Center, and we floated back to their headquarters. Since they have these awesome cooler tubes, I packed up a picnic lunch to take with us. We saw lots of beautiful wildlife on our three hour float down the river. We also passed by the New Belgium Brewery, overlooking the river. After getting cleaned up and enjoying some coffee, we had to go check out New Belgium. The brewery was awesome. The facility was so nice, and the beers were so good (I’m not usually even a beer drinker) that we ended up staying for longer than anticipated. We decided to get takeout from a local barbecue joint, Bonfire BBQ. So good! Of all the times DJ and I have visited the south, we had never tried any southern food! So we were determined to rectify that problem this trip. I have since been inspired to do some southern cooking in my own kitchen.
Monday – Headed home, be back soon!
On Monday we sadly had to pack up and go home. Before we left, we stopped by Sunny Point Cafe for some southern biscuits and gravy. Then we drove back home, luckily missing the traffic this time.
Asheville, North Carolina is our favorite place to visit, and we can definitely see ourselves settling down there in the future. If you want some more info on our favorite city, we are working on our trip guide and a video of our travels. We definitely recommend you go visit Asheville ASAP!
Here are some of our must see spots! If you visit, let us know how your trip went and your favorite experiences!