Epic Escape: Asheville

Asheville Skyline
Morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Morning on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Asheville is enjoying its Renaissance, gaining National attention as a gorgeous and hip destination for travelers across America. But though the rest of the country is waking up to its allure, the mountain town has been a retreat for more than a hundred years. Home to the Biltmore Estate, the city has a rich history including one of the finest collection of art deco buildings, and today it’s evolving as a culinary and cultural destination with seven James Beard-nominated chefs and a thriving art and music scene.

But the true beauty of Asheville as a destination is that it appeals to all different people seeking a myriad of experiences: couples looking for a romantic getaway, beer lovers seeking rare brews, outdoorsmen enjoying the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains or families traveling back into time at Biltmore’s Antler Village and Farm. Plus, the fall and winter seasons offer a gorgeous opportunity to see the leaves change and the town adorned for the holidays.

STAY

Village Hotel at the Biltmore Estate The newly-opened hotel offers a more family friendly option for visitors. Nestled in the Antler Hill Village, a variety of shops and restaurants are close by. The village also hosts a series of events and activities, including craft demonstrations, carolers, Santa and more. 

banquethall
Banquet hall at the Biltmore Estate

 

The Windsor Initially constructed in 1907, this chic boutique hotel offers 14 luxury suites, each outfitted with a washer/dryer, full kitchen and living room. Plus, you can’t beat its downtown location. 

Bunn House Walking distance to downtown, this five-room property feels like a hip bed and breakfast with exposed brick walls, Frette linens and local art. Just note: pets aren’t allowed, and neither are guests under the age of 21. 

EAT

Buxton Hall BBQ Named one of the 10 best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit, this eatery owned by two James Beard award nominees features an all wood, whole hog barbecue pit. The casual décor and accessible menu is perfect for the whole family. 

Local Provisions As the name suggests, this restaurant is focused on locally sourced ingredients—seared North Carolina snapper, sorghum glazed pork belly and more. This restaurant is all about showcasing the food not the minimalistic interior.

White Duck Taco Shop Grab a taco at this local and fast favorite. The creative menu infuses international flavors into the Mexican staple, such as banh mi tofu, lamb gyro and Thai peanut chicken. Outdoor picnic tables allow you to enjoy good weather.

Sovereign Remedies
Sovereign Remedies

Sovereign Remedies This craft cocktail bar downtown offers inventive drinks in a beautiful, warm setting. Many of the cocktails incorporate locally-foraged ingredients. They also serve a small menu of dishes and sandwiches.

Bhramari Brewhouse As one of the newest breweries in town, located in the up-and-coming South Slope area, head brewer Gary Sernack infuses his culinary background into his beers using novel ingredients.

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