Travel

Asheville Recap: What We Did

In June, Graham and I worked in a quick weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina, to celebrate our two-year anniversary. Our summer has been a bit of a blur, but I’m so thankful we took the time to schedule a simple getaway. Our trip really revolved around eating great food, exploring, and relaxing together. We stayed at the cutest little Airbnb just outside of downtown Asheville. This was our first time opting for an Airbnb rather than a hotel, and it was a great experience. I loved the coziness of the home, and our host, Micah, went out of her way to make the visit great. Our Airbnb was equipped with a fully stocked coffee bar, and a great selection of games for some “unplugged” fun.

Asheville is known for its great local food scene. During our visit we hit up French Broad Chocolate Lounge, Hole Doughnuts, Vortex Doughnuts, 12 Bones Smokehouse, the White Duck Taco Shop, and Biscuit Head. We also made a quick pitstop in Knoxville, TN on the way home to check out Makers Donuts. I feel like I should clarify, not every vacation we plan involves this amount of donut consumption…but I do have a running list of over fifty shops I want to try around the country! We just happened to be able to knock off three on this trip:) We enjoyed everything we ate, but I can’t get our meals at 12 Bones and Biscuit Head out of my mind. Coincidentally, I had dishes with fried green tomatoes at both of these restaurants, so maybe they just fulfilled a deep craving of mine.

Selection at Hole Doughnuts: Vanilla Glazed, Toasted Almond Sesame Cinnamon, and Cocoa Rub
The aftermath from Hole Doughnuts 🙂
Our Selection at Vortex Doughnuts
Graham’s meal at Biscuit Head
Super flattering photo of me enjoying my meal at White Duck Taco Shop 🙂

After starting Friday morning with a heavy dose of donuts, we decided to head to the mountains to hike off a few of those calories. While I wish we had spent a little more time researching our options for hiking, I’m still glad we went. We walked through the Craggy Gardens trail and enjoyed the scenery at the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

While Graham gets really excited about hiking and exploring the outdoors, hiking through new cities and shopping is more my speed. We spent much of Friday afternoon checking out the cute shops Downtown Asheville and the Biltmore Village areas had to offer. A few of my favorite spots were Duncan and York Modern Market, Harvest Records, the Antique Tobacco Barn, and ScreenDoor Antiques. On our honeymoon we started a tradition of buying a mug to remember each place we travel together. Because who can have too many mugs, right? We found this cute Asheville mug at Duncan and York, and I’m excited to add it to our growing collection!

Asheville was such a fun, quirky city. We went to the Drum Circle in Pritchard Park on Friday evening. If I could sum up Asheville in one moment, it would definitely be the feeling of this event. Everyone seemed happy and in the moment, not in a rush, but fully present where they were. I loved how artsy the city was as well. On Saturday morning, we enjoyed driving around town scoping out all the murals. It seemed like there was street art on every corner. We loved our quick weekend away, and I look forward to planning a longer visit to this city in the future!