Destination: Asheville, North Carolina

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Asheville, North Carolina


Asheville is a destination city that has the charm of a southern town, while mixed with a slower metropolis feel. The fall is a beautiful time to visit and see the leaves change color, but Asheville vacations aren’t exclusive to mountain views. Yes, you can hike the trails and visit Biltmore Estate but you can also visit galleries showing the works of local artists, try top notch culinary delights or just sip some champagne and people watch in a slow paced environment. 

Things to do:

I loved walking around downtown and seeing all of the unique shops and galleries. The highlight for me was visiting Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar in the downtown area.

Here you can peruse old books (you might even find some original copies of classics!) while sipping on beautiful bubbles. There’s indoor and outdoor seating for sipping too. So, if you want to take your champagne outside, soak up some sun and people watch, this is also a great spot for it. 


 While you are in Asheville, the options are endless for great food. Whether it be cute bakeries or seven course dining, you will find it all here.

I was charmed by True Confections Bakery in downtown Asheville. These homemade goods were delicious and perfect with my cup of tea.

True Confections Bakery serving warm tea to go with your giant plate of freshly baked desserts!

True Confections Bakery serving warm tea to go with your giant plate of freshly baked desserts!

For a romantic, higher end meal, try The Grove Park Inn. If you can sit outside during sunset, then do it (you’ll get bonus points on that date night!)! The sites of the mountains with the sunset are well worth it. The food was well-prepared, classic American style cooking. If you don’t want to pay the price for a meal there, just go for a cocktail because The Grove Park Inn is stunning inside and out.

The highlight for me though was Curate.

This is a Spanish inspired tapas restaurant that made my taste buds cry with joy! The menu was perfectly curated, the portions perfectly portioned for sharing and the food was perfectly perfect! My favorites were the brandada de bacalao, albondigas and the rossejat negro. Truly exceptional meal that I find myself craving as I type. Aside from the food, the waitstaff was so knowledgeable and friendly. This is one restaurant that I wish I could find up in NYC! Bravo Curate team!

Notes to self for next time:

1.     Walk slower – don’t bring your NY walking pace down south! It’s not appreciated. Just relax!

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