I feel like I’ve been living in Asheville lately, spending a week there with family, then back with friends last weekend. We are so lucky to have this great little mountain town right down the road. Here’s my list for twenty four hours in Asheville, including the link to that bomb Airbnb we rented!
Cúrate – a traditional Spanish tapas restaurant that is one of my favorites of all time. I would take a day trip to Asheville just to eat here. And I have. I order the espárragos blancos (white asparagus tossed in a lemon vinaigrette, and served with a light as air house made mayo), chistorra con pure de patatas (grilled chorizo in an olive oil potato purée), and pincho moruno (lamb skewers marinated in moorish spices with house made pickles). Sometimes I get multiple rounds of all the above. The red sangria and grapefruit mimosa are also on point. Other favorites from my table that I’m allergic to but that you should definitely divulge in: pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra (roasted red peppers stuffed with goat cheese) and canelones de carne (meat filled pasta with a creamy béchamel sauce and manchego cheese).
Rhubarb – a farm to table style restaurant with amazing gluten free options and the bakery on the backside of the restaurant can whip up some magic. The hamburger at lunch is amaze and the pork meatballs at dinner are some for the books.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge – An experience, and worth the line. Drink the salted caramel liquid truffle and get a slice of the daily cheesecake. Or go for double chocolate with the mint brownie and a scoop of ice cream.
Edison – This restaurant inside the Grove Park Inn has the best views of the sun setting over the mountains, and hands down the best grilled cheese. (Yes, I know from experience, I cheated on this one.)
Yes, I am allergic to beer, which is kind of what the Asheville drink scene is all about. So I’m speaking solely on atmosphere when I say hit up Wicked Weed, Funkatorium, and Sierra Nevada (also has amazing food, get the lamb tartare.)
The Biltmore – If you haven’t seen the Biltmore, absolutely do it. A pass includes a tour of the home as well as the winery. The views on the porch of the Inn are perfect with a glass of wine.
Grove Park Inn – While Grove Park isn’t my go-to for a hotel, the spa is incredible. The pools and hot tubs are all in grottos and with a spa service you can chill cave man style all day long.
Grand Bohemian Asheville – Our favorite hotel is the Grand Bohemian. Smaller with a boutique vibe and cabin feel, this will give you the Asheville you came to find. The restaurant, The Red Stag, is also on point and the spa is within the hotel.
Our Airbnb – Those incredible views you saw on my Snapchat were not Wyoming! They were on the French Broad River in Marshall, North Carolina – about forty minutes outside of Asheville. Bring your four wheel drive in the winter, and brace yourself for the breathtaking overlook.
That’s a wrap for this mountain town.
(Outfit details below, shots by Angela Zion!)