A Weekend Guide To Asheville
Updated: Jul 1, 2019
Between international trips, we try to squeeze in weekenders and explore new places within the states.
Asheville had been a place we’d never really considered until countless rave reviews from family, friends, clients, and co-workers sparked our curiosity. When the opportunity to get out of town for a few days arose, we knew we wanted to make the road trip to Asheville for a charming, beer filled getaway - rain or shine!
When we travel, we prefer to stay in Airbnb’s or hostels. It stretches our travel budget a little farther and we love the experience of staying in quirky places. For this trip, we chose a Spanish style, garden oasis within walking distance to downtown - complete with old home charm, no central air, and a greenhouse out back.
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Trade and Lore //
Coffee shops are abundant in Asheville, which made choosing a spot to start the morning a challenge. We opted for Trade and Lore on the recommendation of friends and it was a great choice for an iced latte and a vegan friendly breakfast sandwich.
River Arts District //
From the South Slope of Asheville, we grabbed an Uber to the River Arts District, known for it’s colorful buildings and murals. Check out the public art galleries while you’re here and be sure to snap some photos in front of the infamous graffiti silo.
After you’ve seen all there is to see, grab a drink at Wedge Brewing Co.
Asheville is a pretty “granola” city with a solid list of dining options for vegans. Plant sits comfortably at the top of that list for a fine dining experience.
We ordered the Chicken of the Woods and Lasagna. Both were incredible! I could have gone for seconds, probably even thirds, but we opted for a slice of carrot cake instead.
Treat yourself and make a reservation here if you’re ever in Asheville - and DON’T skip dessert.
*For a more casual plant based dining experience, check out Laughing Seed. The Reuben was delicious.
New Belgium Brewing //
Leigh Anna was rightfully excited to experience the beer scene in Asheville. We visited a few different breweries on this trip, but New Belgium was at the top of her list. She got the 'Light and Refreshing' flight and said it lived up to the name.
I'm not a beer drinker, but New Belgium is a place I wouldn't mind hanging out at on a sunny day. It's got a river front patio, walking trail, and plenty of green space for lounging with friends and family.
Vortex Doughnuts //
For our last morning in Asheville, we caught up with some friends over coffee and doughnuts. Vortex Doughnuts was a just short walk from our Airbnb and had a handful of vegan doughnut options!
(I got chocolate sprinkle! )
Horse + Hero //
We stumbled upon Horse + Hero on our way to Battery Park Book Exchange and I’m so glad we wandered in. They sell perfectly quirky art prints that are just our style and so reasonably priced that we walked out with two.
Battery Park Book Exchange //
We stopped into a handful of book stores during our time in Asheville, but Battery Park Book Exchange was by far the most unique! Even with the midday sun coming in, it was dark and sexy. We explored the four flights of winding book cases before settling down on an old Victorian couch. We drank champagne, listened to the jazz band, and pretended to be in a ritzy European cafe.
I'm also going to give an honorable mention to Downtown Books and News. This store had a classic, dusty bookshop feel, but what I particularly liked was the collection of zines created by local artists.
Despite the rain, we had a great time! There were plenty of things for us to do that weren't centered around hiking and we were blown away by the hospitality. Until next time, Asheville.
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