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With October finally here, and fall weather still feeling like it’s years away, it feels like the perfect time for a road trip! Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favorite destinations that are close enough for a weekend getaway!

First up this week is one of my favorite places to visit in the fall Asheville, NC.

Driving Distance: 2 hours

What to Do:

  • It’s leaf season in the NC Mountains so start with a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to check out the fall foliage
  • Enjoy a hike. I’d personally recommend  Catawba Falls for a great view or this three waterfall hike.
  • Check out the brewery scene. HighlandNew BelgiumSierra Nevada are great ones to start with.
  • Visit the Biltmore Estate . The house is great but check out the outdoor activities they have including trail rides, rafting trips, the gardens and more. Don’t forget to participate in the wine tasting- included in your admission price, or dine in one of the on-site restaurants.
  • Spa Day. If outdoor activities aren’t your thing check out the spa at the Grove Park Inn
  • Ghost Tour. My friends and I did this trolley tour a few years ago and it was a blast but there are several options including walking tours as well.

Where to Stay: 

  • Grove Park Inn. A pricey option but worth it if you are in the market for a splurge!
  • The Village Inn at Biltmore. This is the least expensive of the on-property hotels and is walking distance from the winery, several restaurants, and shops!
  • Asheville Cabins get a true mountain getaway experience and enjoy the serenity of nature!
  • Asheville Glamping. This one is on my bucketlist! Think camping, but luxurious,
  • There are also plenty of chain options such as Days Inn, Hampton Inn, etc that you can get a great deal on or even use your hotel points!

Where to Eat:

Asheville has no shortage of fantastic restaurants so it’s hard to go wrong with anything you choose, but these are some of my personal favorites!

  • Tupelo Honey we do have one in Charlotte but this is the original and if you love it as much as I do it’s worth checking out for brunch, dinner, or just a quick cocktail! Try the Crispy Brussells, Shoo Mercy Grilled Cheese, or the Shrimp and Grits!
  • If you’re looking for a fancier dinner at a great price check out Isa’s Bistro. They have a great wine selection, steaks, seafood, and more!
  • Check out breakfast at Sunny Pointe Cafe. Weekend morning typically have a wait but the food is worth it and the ambiance is cute and charming.
  • Even if you don’t stay at Grove Park Inn, the restaurants are worth checking out and you can enjoy strolling around the hotel and grounds as well. The Edison has a gorgeous view of the mountains or enjoy classic southern cuisine at Blue Ridge.
  • If you’re downtown grab a quick bite at Pack’s Tavern, plus the trolley ghost tour leaves from here!
  • No visit to Biltmore is complete without a bite to eat. Whether you want a quick sandwich at The Library Lounge, the experience of dining at The Stable Cafe, or a classic tavern experience at Cedric’s there is something for everyone!

 

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige