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Discovering the Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Discovering the Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Welcome to Asheville, North Carolina! This charming and eclectic city nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the Southeast United States. With a vibrant art scene, amazing food, and stunning natural landscapes, Asheville is perfect for your next road trip getaway. In this blog post, we’ll take you through the best things to do in Asheville, from visiting the Biltmore Estate to exploring the local food scene.

Get ready to discover Asheville’s gems!


1. Visiting The Biltmore

Discover Asheville’s crown jewel, The Biltmore – America’s largest home! Built by George Vanderbilt, this awe-inspiring 8,000-acre estate and landmark flaunts 250 rooms, beautiful gardens, and state-of-the-art amenities.


Take a guided tour of the house, with many to choose from, wander through the grounds and gardens, and embrace seasonal events. Tours run between $50-$100.

You can read about where I stayed in Asheville in this Omni Grove Park Inn post.


From winter holiday light displays to wine festivals and summer concerts on the estate, there’s something for everyone at The Biltmore.


With docent-led tours and plenty of photo opportunities, The Biltmore Estate is a must-see attraction. And it’s not just a house – it’s like its own town! Plan your visit and pay at the gate to enter the property boundaries.


2. Exploring Antler Hill Village

Discover Antler Hill Village, just a quick stroll from the famous Biltmore House. This charming location, which Vanderbilt refried to as “fine high ridge”, is filled with activities for everyone, including restaurants, a winery, a museum, and plenty of outdoor fun like hiking, biking, and horseback riding. I got lucky to catch the Downton Abbey: The Exhibition when I was there.


Make sure to check out the winery for a tasting and don’t miss the guided evening tour with candlelight and live music. If you’re hungry, head to Cedric’s Tavern for delicious appetizers like Tavern Pimento Cheese and Ham & White Cheddar Fondue, or grab some ice cream at Creamery.


Across the sprawling Biltmore estate, visitors can be found picnicking, playing with their dogs, sunbathing, and enjoying all that this little slice of heaven has to offer.


3. Eating at Biscuit Head and White Duck Taco

Attention all foodies! Asheville is a top food destination, and I had the pleasure of enjoying a handful of 10/10 meals; Biscuit Head and White Duck Taco.

Biscuit Head is a must-visit spot for the best Southern-style breakfast and brunch. Indulge in their Southern Scramble with pimento cheese, caramelized onions, and tomato, served with a side of pimento cheese grits and a mouth-watering second-to-none biscuit.

Tip: Try their gravy flight for the ultimate dipping experience!


For lunch, head to White Duck Taco – a local favorite for creative street tacos, queso dip, refried beans, and killer sangria, red and white. Come hungry and leave satisfied at any of their three locations.


4. Catching Sunset and Dinner at Terrace Restaurant 

Experience the best of Asheville’s sunset views at the Sunset Terrace Restaurant, housed within the impressive Omni Grove Park Inn. Don’t miss out on a chance to secure a terrace table early, so you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic skyline view.


At the Omni Grove Park Inn’s Sunset Terrace, you’ll be treated to exquisite, chef-inspired dishes that will tantalize your taste buds. Why not start with our famous Poached Asparagus, served with English peas, mushrooms, and a sherry emulsion, recommended by our friendly waitress and adored by many?


If you’re lucky, you might catch the featured Miyazaki beef ribeye, known for its mouthwatering tenderness. Finally, save room for our indulgent Smore’s dessert creation.


5. Best of Asheville: Staying at the Historic Omni Grove Park Inn

Experience the ultimate Asheville getaway at the Omni Grove Park Inn. This prestigious property, with a rich history dating back to 1913 and fairytale stone fireplaces and intimate seating groups, offers unparalleled charm and luxury. You could honestly check in the hotel and not leave for a week or more, just enjoying the entertainment and amenities offered here.


Nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, it boasts mesmerizing views and a stunning golf course. Indulge in award-winning dining, unwind at the full-service world-class spa, or enjoy leisurely activities at the sports complex. It’s no wonder Omni Grove Park Inn is one of the nation’s most fabulous resorts.

From the fairytale stone entrance and romantic fireplaces to the intimate lobby seating, you’ll be captivated. Choose from a range of room types and prices to suit your budget.


Explore the hotel’s two wings of shops and restaurants, indulge in the world-class spa, and discover endless things to do. With Sunset Terrace offering the most coveted sunset views in Asheville, you might never want to leave this idyllic retreat and ultimate getaway.


6. Photographing Asheville’s Murals

Asheville is a top destination for art lovers, and one of the best ways to experience the city’s culture is by taking a self-guided tour of its stunning murals. From locally inspired figures to abstract works of art and historical events, you’ll find something for every taste and interest.

The River Arts District (RAD) is a creative hub along the French Broad River and a must-visit spot for the best selection of murals. You’ll be amazed by the quality and diversity of the pieces. Don’t forget to bring your camera and share your favorites on social media!


Street art tours are completely free! So, hop to your feet and get ready to explore some of Asheville’s most impressive works of art. You won’t want to miss the fantastic Dolly Parton wall, the life-like fox, chicken alley, and stay weird silo.


7. Enjoy Shopping and Eating Gourmet Chocolates

Discover the ultimate shopping experience in Asheville at the Grove Arcade, Asheville’s first indoor mall, where you’ll find some of the city’s finest local businesses and a few eateries. With its potted ferns and plants, and glass ceiling panels that let in natural sunlight, this sophisticated setting has been a staple in Asheville since 1929.

It’s worth a visit just to take pictures and wander through.


Next, venture into the two-story Mast General Store, where you’ll find outdoor clothing, retro candies, gear, toys, jewelry, apparel, knick-knacks, and home goods in a 150+ year-old department store.


And for chocolate lovers, make sure to stop by the Uber-hip French Broad Chocolate Lounge for some of the world’s best chocolate drinks, handmade artisanal chocolates, cookies, wine, and pastries.

Treat yourself to my weakness, an Affogato, espresso poured over ice cream, for the perfect caffeinated and cool sweet treat. And don’t forget to tour the French Broad chocolate factory!


For more unique finds, explore the popular points of interest downtown, including the Asheville Art Museum and Asheville Museum of Science, along with several galleries and top-notch restaurants. Stroll along Haywood and Market Streets, or Lexington Avenue for a chance to browse some of the city’s coolest shops.


Historic Biltmore Village is the premier shopping district, featuring Chico’s, Monkee’s, Palm Village (A Lily Pulitzer signature store), and lululemon, among others. And make sure to stop in The Olde World Christmas Shoppe for incredible Christmas decorations that will fill you with holiday cheer.


The Best Things to Do in Asheville Awaits You

Asheville, NC, is a true gem, and a road trip destination you’ll never forget. From the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the city’s vibrant art scene and top-notch culinary experiences, there’s truly something for everyone.


Whether you’re with friends, family, or taking a solo trip, you will always find so much to do and discover in Asheville. As you plan your next vacation, keep this travel guide in mind and get ready to discover the best of Asheville, North Carolina, in style.

Happy travels!

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