If you’re in need of a little mountain time, the bucolic town of Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains should do the trick. A vibrant food and beer scene, thriving arts and culture, and plentiful outdoors pursuits make this destination ideal for a variety of visitors.
Looking for a place to stay? Meagan Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Asheville, recommends three options, all downtown. Hotel Arras, located in the heart of downtown Asheville, offers a Southern welcome, free spirits, and breathtaking views. Wanderlust Lofts, located on the South Slope of downtown, affords a luxe getaway with all the amenities of home, including a full kitchen. Cambria Downtown Asheville is the perfect blend of upscale relaxation, business, and fun.
Many come to the area just to visit the renowned Biltmore Estate, and for good reason. Set aside a full day to explore George Vanderbilt’s historic home on 8,000 acres of land with extensive gardens. Get your art fix when you wander the Asheville Art Museum, home to an outstanding collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries, and discover the richness of Western North Carolina’s unique artistic history. To get in touch with nature—and yourself—book a tour with Liminal Equus for an immersive equine experience that pairs horseback riding with scenic trails, mindfulness, and personal connection, and promises breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
To scratch your shopping itch, Meagan recommends visiting Scout Boutique and Further Yoga & Boutique for women’s looks. For finds for men and women, don’t miss blu 29 and Hazel Twenty with their new men’s shop Lex Twenty. Head to Provisions Mercantile, a modern day general store, for the perfect mix of nostalgia and modern trends.
When it comes time for a beverage, visit Green Man Brewery, Asheville’s second-oldest brewery, that offers beautiful views on their upstairs patio. For a great selection of wine and beer, plus small bites, hit up Bottle Riot for a worldwide array of boutique wines and a small selection of European beers. If you’re more of a cocktail connoisseur, Cultivated Cocktails is not to be missed. This distillery also features a shop where you can taste, sip, savor, and learn.
When you’re ready to eat, The Bull & Beggar tucked away in the River Arts District has an intimate atmosphere and hearty fare. Also in the River Arts District, Vivian brings the best, bountiful products from the region with a European flair, all in a down home environment. In the heart of West Asheville you’ll find Jargon situated in a small, historic building, where innovative new American cuisine meets outstanding cocktails for a winning combination.