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The ultimate weekend getaway: Asheville, NC

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If you’re looking for your next weekend getaway, Asheville, NC is the place you need to check out. This unique town has the feel of a fun city, but also the adventure of the mountains! Asheville is the best of both worlds. Whether you’ve been to Asheville many times or it’s your first time, we have some of the best spots to check out on your next weekend getaway.

Downtown Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina skyline nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Strolling along the streets of downtown Asheville, you will be met with a wide array of independent shops, unique restaurants, craft breweries and fun places to catch a drink. If you’re flexible and not exactly sure what to do, walking around downtown will give you endless options on how to spend your night.

Cúrate

Curate

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A tapas restaurant, Cúrate, is the place to go if you’re wanting to experiment with food and find something incredibly unique. It has lots of awards from various places, such as a Certificate of Excellence in 2015 and Diner’s Choice Award in 2016.

Grove Park Inn

Grove park inn

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If you’re looking for a fantastic dinner with an amazing view, The Grove Park Inn has it. A unique culinary experience, go here for a special occasion or just to splurge on a nice dinner for the family, or date night!

Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed

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For some great beer in the downtown area, check out Wicked Weed. With three different locations (Pub, Funkatorium, and Brewery) you will find some of the best beer in Asheville. And how cute are all those lights?

Asheville Drum Circle

Each Friday night (in warm weather months), downtown Asheville holds a free community event called the Drum Circle. Everyone from locals to visitors come and enjoy the drums by playing them, dancing or just watching. The drummers arrive around 5 or 6pm and the event lasts until about 10pm. The whole community comes together and just celebrates life and the city—how fun!

Hiking

Western North Carolina Waterfall by the name of Catabwa Falls near Asheville, North Carolina

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If hiking is your thing, Asheville is the perfect place to find new trails. The mountains near Asheville have everything from beginner lever, moderate level to difficult level hikes, so check out this website to find the right one for you. From smaller mountains like Bearwallow to the Appalachian mountains, everyone is sure to find a trail that suits their skill level.

Bent creek

If you’re into mountain biking, Bent Creek is a good place to check out! With so many different trails to choose from, it doesn’t matter how skilled you are. You can hike here!

You could also drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to see an amazing view of the mountains from the seat of your car. You can even venture a bit away from your car and find some gorgeous waterfalls. With many spots to stop and enjoy the view, this journey won’t feel long at all.

Food tour

The Market PLace Restaurant

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Asheville is one of the top cities in the country for unique food. Sign up for any food tours throughout the year to experience seasonal tastes, no matter what cuisine you’re in the mood for.

Music festivals

Asheville has been called one of the best music cities in the country. Explore the different music scenes and enjoy free live music all over the place. Anyone and everyone can find a music festival that caters to their taste in music—you just have to look around!

The Orange Peel

The orange peel

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Famous for its fun yet relaxed rock & roll atmosphere, The Orange Peel is a music venue that everyone loves. Check it out if you’re wanting to see a fun show!

Beer scene

If you’re a big beer enthusiast, Asheville is a place that has many different unique craft beers for you to try. With more breweries per capita than any other city, you are sure to find a brewery that will quickly become your new favorite. The mountain-filtered water is the secret ingredient in many beers that creates the popularity and unique flavor. Check out this website for all things beer in Asheville.

New Belgium Brewery

New Belgium

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If you’re looking for a contemporary brewery to grab few beers, or learn about how it’s made, check out New Belgium. Newly opened on May 2, 2016, this place is really popular and fun!

Biltmore Village

A unique community built by visionaries, the Biltmore Village has everything for a fun weekend getaway. With a shopping area that includes both national retail outlets and independent shops, restaurants with character and a nice hotel to stay and dine at if you please, you are sure to enjoy your time in the village.

Rezaz

Rezaz

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One restaurant in Biltmore Village is especially worth a visit. Mediterranean cuisine and a stocked wine bar, Rezaz has that fun dining atmosphere you’re looking for.

Let us know what you think in the comments below if you visit Asheville!