We had a quick one day/night trip to Asheville this past weekend to celebrate Blake’s birthday. This was our first night with out the kids since Big Mac was born, so we were ready to have fun and chill!
Blake’s parents live about 45-60 minutes outside of Asheville which is awesome because it’s one of our favorite cities in North Carolina. There is a ton of stuff to do. Options included being outdoors the whole time or enjoying great food and drinks. There were still a lot of places closed because of Covid, but we were told they are slowly starting to open back up. The openings should be completely there by mid-May as long as things continue to go in a positive direction.
We stayed at the Grand Bohemian in Biltmore Village. It’s a Marriott property and it’s right across the way from the Biltmore entrance and there are a lot of cute shops/restaurants to check out right outside the front door. It’s a great option if you didn’t want to stay downtown, but wanted to be closer in than the Grove Park Inn.
The hotel is very updated, has a great bar that’s super cozy with a lot of great drinks and the restaurant on the property is also excellent.
I also wanted to share some of the activities that we did/wanted to do while we were there for a quick trip!
We were going to do a short trail hike in Pisgah National Forest yesterday morning, followed by lunch at Sierra Nevada Brewery, but unfortunately got rained out, and Sierra doesn’t open back up until mid May. The next best option was to grab lunch at White Duck Taco at the Riverside location in Asheville. Their tacos are amazing and their Margarita’s are all made with Fresh Lime Juice. You can sit outside and have lunch at a picnic table right next to the river. It’s perfect!
After lunch we made our way to the OG Green Man Brewing Company, and grabbed a beer streetside and hung out around an old barrel table. It was super laid back and they have some great beers. I personally tried the Ginger Sour, which is very similar to a seltzer.
Once we finished up our drinks we shopped a bit and headed over to Antidote, which is right next to Wicked Weed (also another good food and beer spot). I’m not a huge beer drinker so Antidote was more my speed with incredible craft cocktails! The inside of Antidote is a fun atmosphere with an old school vibe. We got one of the tables behind glass and hung out for a few hours. I had the Wiley Rosemary Lemonade, and Blake had the Green Submarine. If you are looking for something completely different and fun definitely try their Green Submarine drink. It’s made with Yellow Bell Pepper and a Habanero- Green Bell Pepper ice cube. It was so amazing and different than anything I have ever had!
For dinner we checked out Rhubarb, which is farm to table with locally sourced ingredients. Their Chef has been nominated several times for the James Beard award, and his food is packed with flavor. If you go you HAVE to get the Goat Cheese Burrata. It’s a game changer, so mild and full of amazing flavor! The other stand out was the chocolate dessert. It was melt in your mouth incredible.
After dinner I would recommend checking out one of the roof-top bars once they open back up! We have heard that the Montford is an awesome choice.
Definitely make reservations for dinner.
That was our day, full of good food and drinks!