Traveling Tips: Asheville, NC

Hubs and I spent a beautiful couple days in Asheville, NC on Memorial weekend. We have been before, but in the winter time; I wanted to see it during warmer weather. I only had a the weekend off so time was of the essence.

Tip 1:

Plan ahead. I knew we were only going to be there for 2 short days. I, also, knew that I wanted to see the Biltmore. I called the AAA office for discounted tickets for the Biltmore. I saved $18… every little bit helps! We just had to pick it up at their office, which is 3 miles from the house.

Follow me to the Biltmore House.. or really mansion
Follow me to the Biltmore House, darling!

Also, since it was Memorial weekend, many of the hotels were booked! Since it was a last minute decision, I didn’t have much choice. I found a little lodge through Booking.com. It didn’t have the best reviews, but it had free breakfast and it was in a safe area. I figured we would be busy all day, we would just need a place to lay down.

Tip 2:

Biltmore is huge! There are many different tours to do, so check it out online and book it! They can go fast. We decided to do the Roof Top tour and booked it via the phone, since I had some questions. I did not realize we had to buy the house tour to be able to do the specialty tours. I wasn’t really that interested in doing the house tour again, but the Downton Abbey exhibit was happening so it was pretty cool. I highly recommend the Roof Top tour. The view was amazing from the top of the house. Don’t go if you are afraid of heights or claustrophobic. There was a lady in our tour who couldn’t handle being in the small balcony and had to leave.

On top of the Biltmore house
On top of the Biltmore house

We went around the gardens and the greenhouse, hiked to the falls, frolicked in the meadows, and went wine tasting at the Antler Hill Village and Winery. Of course, we bought wine (if you buy 3, you get 10% off).

Welcome to my chateau!
Welcome to my chateau!
Hubs frolicking in the meadows
Hubs frolicking in the meadows
30th anniversary wine- we had to buy it!
30th anniversary wine- we had to buy it!

Tip 3:

Review the eats! When we first went to Asheville, I used TripAdvisor to find all the good eats. Hubs and I are big foodies. This time, we went on a suggestion of our friends and checked out Wicked Weed Brewing. There was a wait to even get on the waiting list! It was poppin’! They have gluten free beer on tap, if you are in need of that.

My eats: Carolina bison burger + haystack shallots + blue cheese (I don’t like blue cheese much, but I could barely taste it. It was mixed in the slaw that was on my burger) My drinks: Coolcumber, Glutenous Minimus (had to try the gluten free beer!)

Hubs eats: Black bean burger + firewalker pimento cheese + pickled okra Hubs drinks: Freak of Nature DIPA, Pernicious IA

My meal at Wicked Weed brewery.
My meal at Wicked Weed brewery.
Cheers with Coolcumber and Freak of Nature!
Cheers with Coolcumber and Freak of Nature!

Tip 4:

Research hiking areas. I knew I wanted to go hiking on Sunday. I searched online for areas with amazing views. There’s so many good choices. Last time, we hiked to Chimney Rock which I highly recommend! It was super windy and cold, but we made it! This time I found this amazing site online and found some amazing recommendations. I decided to go to Craggy gardens for the panoramic views at the pinnacle. It was breath-taking! I highly recommend it. Grab some snacks and water at the visitor center! Don’t forget your camera and even your selfie stick ๐Ÿ™‚

But first a selfie... there were no other people, but us. It was our own little place for just a few moments.
But first a selfie… there were no other people, but us. It was our own little place for just a few moments.

Tip 5:

Check the weather. I frequently checked the weather those few days before we left. There was a rain chance at one point during the weekend. Sunday was the prettiest of the days and did not have any rain chances at all, so that was the day I chose to go hiking. The temperature was from high 50’s to mid 70’s. It felt amazing. I recommend to dress in layers. I had a shirt, sweater, pants, and comfy shoes. If I started sweating on my hike up, then I’d take the sweater off and can cool down. It was a bit chilly once we got to the top!

Dress in layers. The summit was windy and chilly.
Dress in layers. The summit was windy and chilly.

Even though our stay was short, we loved every minute of Asheville. The weather was in high 50’s, the views were amazing, the people were friendly, and we could picture ourselves living there. Anytime we have a couple days off, we try to spend them wisely. There is so much of this world we have just heard of or seen online.

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

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