Asheville is a beautiful city year round with many activities for the nature lover, shopper and foodie. Dive into the creative culture of this city and consider yourself an artist while you create new experiences and paint memories that will last forever.
Weather: No matter what time of year you go there are plenty of things to do and beautiful weather to experience the city. September-November you have a great fall landscape to experience; and in December it still isn’t too cold to explore the city. January - March is chilly but the chance for snow makes it worth going. Exploring downtown Asheville with a light dusting of snow, or getting snowed into a cabin or resort, like The Omni-Grove Park Inn, makes for an adventure in itself. Asheville is sprawling from April - August with sunshine during the day and crisp temps in the morning and evenings.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: Laid back and relaxed. Don’t expect to get dressed up in Asheville. Whether your touring the Biltmore, having tea on the terrace of The Omni or dining out for dinner in downtown Asheville– no one is all gussied up; rather comfortably stylish. Jeans, boots and a cute scarf for ladies or jeans, comfortable shoes and a polo, collared flannel, or button down shirt for men are perfectly acceptable for restaurants, and touring the city.
Culture: The residents in Asheville are very welcoming and accommodating people with a love for sharing their city with you. The second word that comes to mind is granola – you’ll find a lot of vegan & vegetarian restaurants, many all natural and organic options and lots of people that love their mountain town of Asheville. Nothing is high maintenance, and while you’re not on island time you’re definitely not in the hustle bustle of big city living.
Shopping: Wake up in downtown Asheville, grab breakfast, and start shopping through the little stores scattered throughout downtown. Each boutique or art gallery are special in their own way. You will find high end furniture, beautiful paintings, handmade clothing, and pottery that are must have souvenirs from your time here.
Some Suggested Activities:
The Biltmore Estate: The most popular attraction in Asheville, The Biltmore Estate, is really a customizable activity. When touring the home, the audio tour (hands down) will teach you so much about the history of each room and why they were designed in a particular way. In the spring, the gardens are blooming and for Christmas, the estate is decked out as a real life winter wonderland. The Biltmore also hosts restaurants and a winery that do not disappoint. Select and savor your favorite bottle from the free tasting.
Outdoor Activities: Ride a bike through the grounds of the Biltmore, try your hand a zip lining, hike along the stunning trails, or golf at the Omni’s beautiful mountain course. Asheville offers a landscape with many outdoor activities.
Breweries: Wicked Weed Brewing is the hot spot in Asheville, but with over 100 local beers to enjoy in the city, you are guaranteed to find one that suits your palette. Some of the others famous breweries include: Highland Brewing Company and Twin Leaf Brewery. Visit their website to find out about special events or create your own brewery tour and grab a flight at each spot, just be sure to walk or take a taxi between your visits.
If you are a foodie: Create your own dine-a-round tour! The menu at Table changes on a monthly basis at times and the food is creative and never disappoints. Tupelo Honey Cafe for breakfast or brunch is a popular spot where you can expect an hour wait but grab a bloody Mary or mimosa and wait it out – you won’t regret it! And definitely share the pancakes as an app with your table.
Safety Tip: Asheville is a great city that is safe enough to walk to the block alone, or to grab dinner and drinks with friends. Just be mindful of your surroundings.
The information about this destination is provided by Travel Expert, Catrina Vienrich. Find her @CatrinaVienrich on Twitter or follow her on Trip Advisor.