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.
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.
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!