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Baker's Dozen-13 Things to Do In Asheville

Making the Most Out of Your Asheville Adventure

 

  1. If beer is on your drink list than a trip to Asheville’s local breweries is a must. Asheville is home to over 30 breweries so you are guaranteed to find a new beer to fall in love with.   One of our favorite areas to go in Asheville is the South Slope. With Catawba, Green Man, Twin Leaf, Wicked Weed Funktorium, Hi-Wire, Burial Beer, and Asheville Brewing Company there is no shortage of options. Not to mention… some amazing places to get some grub, like Buxton Hall BBQ and their famous fried chicken sandwich.  If beer isn’t your thing don’t despair, cider is almost everywhere; including two Asheville based breweries Noble Cider and Urban Orchard.  Want to stay south of Asheville? You can’t go wrong with Sierra Nevada’s glamorous brewery and tasting room. Or if you want to stay closer to Pisgah check out Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel. Both are super kid friendly,serve food, and a lot of fun.
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  3. Want to make sure you fuel up before your big adventure at The Gorge? We recommend heading to our absolute favorite breakfast place-Sunny Point Café. If you like eggs and want to try something new-try the daily special hash-we have yet to find one we don’t like. Our second favorite breakfast joint is just around the corner-King Daddy’s. Get the Waffle Benny it is awesome.
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  5. Fired up after your zipline experience and ready for more? Green River Adventures has an awesome Waterfall Trek that includes a 30 foot rappel, water slides, and a 4.5 mile amphibious adventure.
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  7. Just feeling like a mellow day on the river? A float down the French Broad is what you need to zen out. Zen Tubing has 2 locations in midtown and south Asheville to ensure you get just the float you want. Don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and beverages to ensure you have the perfect day.
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  9. Ready for a night on the town and want to start it off right? There is nothing quite like sitting out on the patio at the Grove Park Inn looking at the sunset over the mountains and the city of Asheville while you sip your beverage of choice.
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  11. A trip to the Biltmore is a must . Our absolute favorite time of year to go is the spring to see the amazing spring gardens. A ginormous house, beautiful grounds, tons of trails, wine tasting, free weekend concerts, family farm, and restaurants-there is something to awe everyone.
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  13. Are the kids pulling at you for more? Take them down to Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest. This 60ft natural sliding waterfall is bound to wear them out and give them the thrills they are asking for.
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  15. Are waterfalls your thing? Duponte State Forest is the place for you with over 6 falls you can hike to. Triple Falls is probably the most famous with it being a short hike (less than .5 miles) from the car and a of course it is absolutely beautiful.
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  17. Want to experience more of the mountains from the comfort of your car? Head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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  19. Want to add a hike to that beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway drive? We’ve got a few to recommend 1. Craggy Gardens, especially in early June when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. 2. Mount Pisgah – great views and a short 35 minute drive from Asheville. 3. Mount Mitchell-the highest point on the east coast.   If you are looking for a longer hike head out the Black Mountain Crest Trail from the Mt Mitchell parking lot.
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  21. Are you the kind of person who likes to "earn your turns" and wants one of the best views in NC? Head out to Pisgah National Forest and make the 3 mile hike to the top of Looking Glass. This is a really well maintained trail and the views are off the hook-especially during leave season.
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  23. Is nature your thing and you want some more of it but you don’t feel like hiking up a mountain? Head to the NC Arboretum. With beautiful grounds, plenty of educational material, and shaded trails, it is a great place to spend the morning or afternoon. Two must-see are the living quilt and the bonsai exhibit; as well, check out the Baker Exhibit Center for the current exhibit (many which are very kid friendly).
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  25. Want to reward yourself after a day of adventure with a sweet treat? Read on… If donuts are your thing head to Hole Doughnuts(made to order and served hot from the frier) or Vortex Doughnuts(flavors you never dreamed of plus vegan options)-they are very different so we suggest trying them both.  Did someone say ice cream? Head to The Hop for some delicious ice cream and milk shakes. Can’t do dairy? Don’t worry they always have delicious vegan options too! Chocolate anyone? If the thought of truffles makes you drool head to Chocolate Fetish. Talk about melt in your mouth! If everything else chocolate is your thing you must try French Broad Chocolate Lounge. It is a great place to have your sweet treat and even sip of a glass of wine or beer. As well they have chocolate tours you can do in the chocolate factory in the South Slope.