Rooooadtrip! Ashville-style

In all the years I’ve lived in the South (read: 2004 onwards) I have yet to spend a decent amount of time in the  eclectic, little town of Asheville, North Carolina. I know, I know… Blasphemy! Especially since I spent my undergrad years at Furman…a university that’s literally a hop, skip and jump across the SC/NC border (I’d say an hours drive,  max).

Every time I drove home to Cincinnati during my Easter and Summer breaks, I’d always pass by the Ashville exit signs and tell myself  that I’d someday soon make a trip there. Well graduation came and went… and I still had yet to make that a reality. Fast-forward to now, almost three years later, (my lord I seriously am starting to feel old) and I still have yet to explore the amazingness that the town has to offer.

Hello, my future castle

Needless to say, Ryan and I will be heading to Asheville in a couple of weekends… and I am so.So.SO excited!!!!!! Not only will it be a fun weekend away from normalcy, but we will be meeting up with his mom, Rhonda, and step-dad, Marty. They’re making the trek over from Nashville, TN!! Nothing beats going on a little vacay with family.


Seriously now, can’t I ever just have time to myself and relax?

Don’t worry, this little peanut will be comin’ along, too.

One of the things I’m super excited about is where we’ll be staying. Ryan’s mom booked a really nice place for all of us to stay together that has its own kitchen and living area. I’m excited that we’ll be able to cook some of our meals. That’s always a win in my book, as I absolutely LOOOVE spending time in the kitchen with Rhonda. She’s an amazing cook and knows so much, and I always end my day with a nice hazy food coma whenever we spend time with them. Couple that with Ashville’s foodisphere and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be in heaven all weekend.

So I know a lot of you out there have been to this mecca of amazing food and culture. I have heard  (and read on the blogosphere) a countless number of wonderful things about this hippie town… Y’all have raved about it’s variety of food, boutiques and outdoorsy atmosphere as well as its music scene, art festivals and of course… the ever-popular Biltmore Estate. I feel like I have a pretty good idea of what we need to check out, but I’d love to get some names of actual places/restaurants that y’all recommend.  So my question to you is, what are some of the hidden gems that y’all recommend. Any holes-in-the-wall we should drop by? Neat coffee shops? Dessert bars? Other must-sees I just haven’t thought of yet? (Oh, and any good running routes? I have a 15 miler scheduled that weekend for my marathon training)

So please, do spill… I’m dying to know what y’all consider a “must-see” in Asheville!


Happy doin' what she does best... smellin' the smells



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21 responses to “Rooooadtrip! Ashville-style

  1. That castle is insanely beautiful!! I’ve never been there, so I can’t recommend any places to check out, but I hope you have a fun time!

  2. You’re dog is soooo cute!!

  3. I love your dog! His sniffer will be going a mile a minute on a road trip!!!! Post all of the food porn!!!!

  4. Well, this is right up my alley. I lived in Asheville for several years. Love it, love. Sad to not be living there anymore. But I chose love, and moved to Charlotte. We hope to move back there someday.

    When I lived in Asheville, I worked for The Biltmore Company… both on the Executive level of the Corporate office, AND out on the Estate at the Equestrian Center. It’s a gorgeous place, and everything you’ve heard about it is true. Definitely tour the house and leave time to tour some of the grounds as well. Don’t forget to hit up their Winery on your way out! Wine tasting is always included in admission. 😉

    For restaurants my favorites are….

    Early Girl Cafe — the BEST breakfast in town (and the longest wait!)

    Tupelo Honey — Sweet potato pancakes! And lots of other goodies.

    Laughing Seed Cafe — Veggie fare galore! (My first date with T was here!).

    Old Europe – for coffee and pastries!

    Chocolate Fetish — truffles! Chai, wasabi, chile, you name it.

    My boyfriend nominates Barley’s Pizza and Taproom as the best place for pizza there. However, I’m partial to the Mellow Mushroom (even though it’s a “chain”, technically”. The one there has an attitude all it’s own.

    All of the above are located within walking distance, in the downtown area. You shouldn’t have any problems finding them – but I’m certain all of the info would be on Yelp.

    And my absolute FAVORITVE place in the area, is Stoney Knob Cafe. This is located about 15-20 mins outside of downtown Asheville, up in Weaverville. You just take Merrimon Ave (one of the main roads in Asheville) to get there, so it’s very simple.

    Have a great time, and let me know if you want more specifics on anything! 🙂


  5. Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you!! What fun! I’ve never been to Ashville, but it sounds like SO much fun! 🙂 I can’t wait to see all your pictures and hear about all the fun stuff you do!

    By the way, your inlaws live in Nashville??? AHEM! Next time you come visit them you need to let me know ’cause I live close by! Well, not technically ‘close’, but definitely close enough to meet up and say hi! 😀

    • Yessssss, they do!! They don’t live *in* Nashville, either… They’re in a town outside of it called Muphresboro (I think)? Does that sound familiar? But YES we SO need to get together the next time Ryan and I visit his mom!!!! And be sure to let us know if y’all ever head out this way 🙂

      • Rhonda

        We actually live in Smyrna, which is about 20 minutes south of downtown Nashville……. we are sandwiched between Nashville and Murfreesboro. 🙂

  6. That castle is crazy gorgeous! Have a fun time girly. 😀

  7. I was about to say, if you need a dog sitter for Happster, let me know! I just want to cuddle with her and give her kisses!!! Except Lincoln and I would have to stay there since no other pups can be here 😦

    Ok Asheville, Biltmore is nice and I hear they have a sweet winery. I went last yr with my mom and it was nice to spend a day in the city and see the house. If you’re drinkers, there are a number of breweries (Highland is great!) I love the downtown area as well, it’s nice to check out the funky, ecclectic shops!

    • I’ve heard great things about this winery… definitely going down on the “must-do” list!!! I’m sooo excited to explore! And if our plans fall through, I’ll keep you in mind for the Happster, thanks so much for offering!

  8. castle, your home, same thing… that place looks huge! I love the lawn’s beautiful upkeep

  9. Rhonda

    I’m as excited as you, Allison! I can hardly wait! This weekend, I’m going lonline to get our 4 tickets to tour the Biltmore….. I took the tour back in 1996 while living in NC for a year… I went with a coworker and saw it all decked out for Christmas… absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been dying to go back ever since! And, I’m thrilled to be able to share that experience with you and Ry, as well as explore the town…. so glad you are checking with friends to get some great ideas for our special weekend. 🙂 I would imagine there are some great routes to run there…. probably lots of hilly terrain!

    See you soon! We will definitely whip up something tasty in the kitchen!

  10. Meg

    I know you aren’t veg, but Laughing Seed Cafe (all vegetarian) is really SO good! And Early Girl Eatery is awesome too, but they serve meat!

    • I’ve hear soooo many good things about Laughing Seed Cafe! I think this is a definite “must” on our list… and I actually DO it mostly vegetarian! Fish i eat on occasion… but as far as chicken/turkey goes… that’s like 2x a year, if that. I’ve gone years at a time without it and I definitely don’t crave it… but I don’t want to limit myself from it with by being labeled a “vegetarian” if I one day want to eat it randomly. My only criteria is that I have to be certain of where it came from (local, how it was raised, hormones, etc etc).

  11. Well I’ve never been to Asheville so I don’t have an recommendations.

    So I’ll just say this: have an awesome time!!! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about it all!

  12. We went to Biltmore just as a day trip last year. We ate at the restaurant at the winery on property and it was excellent. Have so much fun!

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