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Asheville, NC

We’d planned to go to Asheville last year after hearing many times that it had exactly what we seek in every summer vacation… good food and good hikes. Sadly, our plans were crushed when Mark’s job required that he stay put and work. Vacation #lostcount #denied. Now that Mark’s his own boss, we got to Asheville this time without a snag. On our last day there, we visited the Windsor, the boutique hotel we originally booked. The woman working the front desk asked us where we were from. “Oh. I love Chicago,” she said. “Such a cute little city.” We both replied, “No, Asheville’s the cute little city.” She agreed, and so does anyone you ask who has ever visited.


Full of fun little pockets to discover like the Rhubarb corner and main city square (art fairs and street music). Walnut, Lexington, Broadway, Wall and Biltmore Streets. River Arts District. Biltmore Estate. Asheville is young… think lots of tatts, unexpected clothing combos, big beers and big pours - but we kept up. Daily hikes in the morning. Mountain drives, lunches and drinks in the afternoon. Dinners and music at night. Thanks to friends who sent us their lists (e-hem... Jenny and Roger), here’s how we spent our four so-sad-they're-over days in Asheville. Detox started. 


Rattlesnake Lodge

Triple Falls - DuPont Forest

Sycamore Cove Trail

Craggy Creek


Tupelo Honey Cafe - get the fried chicken sandwich and say yes to the biscuits! Yolo.

White Duck Taco Shop

Farm Burger

Flat Rock Wood Room for BBQ in Hendersonville (Moe’s gets #1) – go after Dupont Forest



Over Easy Café




Corner Kitchen 

Cucina 24




Wicked Weed



En La Calle 

Southern Kitchen and Bar

Wedge Brewery




5 Walnut


Places to See

River Arts District

Southland Folk Art Center

Biltmore Estate

WNC Farmer’s Market



Town Mountain Road

Blue Ridge Parkway




OWL Bakery



Asheville Yoga Center


Hotels – in town

Hotel Indigo




Mt Mitchell - hike

Easy Girl Eatery - brunch

Asheville Brewing Company

Ben’s Tune Up – housemade sake

Admiral – hard to get dinner res. Even Mark’s attempt to name-drop our friends Rhi-Rhi and J-Lo didn’t work.

Buxton Hall - BBQ and adult Slushies, 2 James Beard Nominees

12 Bones Smokehouse - BBQ

Chestnut – sister to Corner Kitchen

Salsa – Mexican next to Farm Burger that always had a line.

Jack of the Wood - music

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