Well this travel guide is WAY overdue! Derek and I went to Asheville, North Carolina for a long weekend in November and had such a great time! I got swept up in the holiday’s after we got home from this trip but better late than never right? We were looking for a getaway that would get us fall weather but I didn’t want to go somewhere like Colorado. I had heard so many great things about the city of Asheville and after looking into it, we decided like it would be the perfect getaway. We took a direct flight into Greenville, South Carolina and drove about an hour to Asheville.
Where To Stay
We were in Asheville at a peak time and all of the hotels were pretty pricey. There wasn’t much difference in price for us to stay at a normal hotel versus us staying on the Biltmore Estate grounds. We stayed at the Inn on Biltmore Estate and really enjoyed our stay and all the perks included. There is also a hotel at the Antler Hill Village that is a little more budget friendly option on the property. If you are going to spend more than a day exploring the Biltmore property, I suggest going ahead and staying on the grounds. There is a complimentary shuttle that takes you around to the estate, Antler Hill village and winery and to all the hotels. Plus, since you are already on the grounds, you don’t have to pay an entry fee every day. I also heard wonderful things about the Omni Park Grove Inn, except it was fully booked the weekend we were there. If you are looking to relax, there spa is 43,000 square feet and looks just heavenly.
Photo c/o The Biltmore
Things to Do
As I mentioned before, we spent a full day exploring The Biltmore property, which is 8,000 acres. The Biltmore Estate is a 250-room chateau that was built over a century ago by George Vanderbilt. It took over six years for this massive estate to be built and it is truly just stunning. While we actually did not do a tour of the inside of the house, we checked out the outside and explored the gardens and grounds around the home. All of it was just so breath taking and I can image that during the spring the gardens are just spectacular. Many movies and TV shows have been filmed on the Biltmore property such as Forest Gump, The Last of the Mohicans, Richie Rich and many more. The architecture is just incredible and can you image this being your home?! I told Derek I was ready to move in!
After exploring The Biltmore Estate and surrounding grounds we headed down to Antler Hill Village and Winery. This is still on Biltmore property and is a charming little village, that was actually just down the hill from where our hotel was. There is a winery on-site and they offer complimentary wine tastings. Um, yes please! We enjoyed tasting wine and walking around the village, which has restaurants, shops and some outdoor activities. At night time while we were there, they also had a big fire pit lit where you could make s’mores. Since it was so close to our hotel, we walked down there a few times for drinks and had dinner at one of the restaurants one evening. It just so cute!
One of our days in Asheville we headed out on the Blue Ridge Parkway and set off to explore and hike. We ended up checking out Tom Creek Falls, which is a really pretty waterfall pretty close off the highway. From there we hopped on a trail and hiked through the Pisgah National Forest. We made a rookie mistake on our part and we didn’t really check out the trail before we got on it. We thought it would loop us back around to where we started but it definitely did not. We had gone about 6 miles when we looked at the map and realized we were just getting further away from the pin that Derek had dropped where the car was. SO, our leisure hike turned into a 12-mile hike because we had to go back the way we came. Fortunately, it was a pretty day out but we definitely learned for next time to see where the trail leads. Oh, and we also had no cell phone service so we were really roughing it! Ha!
Explore downtown Asheville. We walked around the downtown area and there are so many great shops and restaurants. My personal favorite had to be the Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar. It is old book store that has a full champagne bar in it! Seriously the cutest place ever. If I lived in Asheville, I would go down there all the time to read and drink some champs!
Where to Eat
We definitely ate our way through Asheville and we enjoyed so many of the restaurants that we ate at. A lot of these places I found through recommendations and can’t recommend them enough.
Oh my gosh y’all, Biscuit Head was AMAZING! I like to call myself a biscuit connoisseur as it is one of my favorite things to eat and these biscuits were so delicious! The restaurant itself is tiny and there was already a line out the door when we got there at 9:00am. So, make sure you get there early and plan on waiting a little bit. The line did move quickly though and then you order at the counter and they seat you. Derek and I both has the Mimosa Fried Chicken biscuit and it was so good! They also have a counter with all sorts of jams and butters that you can try out and I loved the bananas foster jam. I also saw someone who did a biscuit with a gravy flight of three different types of gravy and it also looked equally as delicious. If you love biscuits like I do, you definitely need to check out Biscuit Head. It is totally worth the wait!
We ate dinner at the Corner Kitchen on our first night in town and really enjoyed our meal here. The restaurant is in Biltmore Village, which is actually just right outside of the Biltmore property. The Corner Kitchen is built in an old home and it was so charming and our meal was excellent. I recommend the almond crusted brie and the crab and corn chowder! The menu changes daily but everything we had was great. Also, since the space is small, I would recommend making a reservation so you don’t have to wait.
We went to Tupelo Honey Cafe in downtown Asheville after our hiking adventure so to say we were hungry (and were ready for a drink) was to say the least. We snagged a seat at the bar but it was pretty crowded at even 4:00 in the afternoon. The biscuit lover in me was also happy because they serve some awesome biscuits with honey and jam when you sit down. So good! I had the Southern Fried Chicken BLT and we shared the Fried Green Tomatoes and both were excellent. OH, and they also make a mean champagne cocktail with blueberry puree.
We went to Sky Bar during sunset and while it was really crowded (and cold!) it really did give us some awesome views of Asheville and the sunset was beautiful. I suggest grabbing a drink here at some point because you will not want to miss out on this view point.
We stumbled upon this place while walking around downtown Asheville one morning while looking for a brunch spot. It is right by Early Girl Eatery, which was recommended to us but the line was just so long. We were able to grab a table here with no wait and had a great meal. I got a standard breakfast but it had a jalapeño biscuit that had just the right amount of kick! I wasn’t lying when I said I loved biscuits!
Since we were in Asheville at the beginning of November, we were still able to see all the fall foliage and I was just in heaven. Our leaves don’t really change color that much in Texas so seeing all the pretty leaves was definitely a highlight for me. I may have thrown leaves around multiple times because I just loved seeing all the color!
If you are looking for a fun weekend get away, you should definitely put Asheville on your list! It is a great city full of charm, character and beautiful scenery.