Journeys Around the U.S.

Adventures in Asheville, NC

Flying was an interesting experience during this pandemic. Not only was I absolutely terrified but my ears and eyes were pierced if anyone coughed or sneezed. Thank goodness no one did, plus I wore a Super Suit (my friend’s throw away clothes that she wears during surgeries) to calm my fears. Asheville was a quaint town in the middle of the mountains. Due to the pandemic, about half of the stores were closed, and all the rest of them had shorter hours. We still were able to enjoy our time safely.

We hiked at the North Carolina/Tennessee border to the Charlie’s Bunion trail (4 miles there and 4 miles back). It was the most intense hike I’ve ever taken but it was spectacular. The trail was either going up or down, and we walked through streams and what looked like fairytale lands. When we got to the peak and took a pose, I made the mistake of looking behind me… yikes, what a drop off!

We also took a shorter, easier hike to the Triple Falls and the High Falls. The drive was shorter too. The rocks are VERY slippery so don’t try to get too close to the waterfall, please!

Asheville is known for their hiking and for their beer. The breweries are out of this world. Each one we went to had a different vibe and a vastly different beer selection. We had drinks at Wicked Weed Brewery, Funkatorium (sour beers), Bhramari Brewery, and Ginger’s Revenge (ginger beers). Each of us favorited a different brewery, so you really can’t go wrong. If the restaurant had a line, they enforced wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart. We felt very comfortable.

The Biltmore is another big draw to the town of Asheville. The Biltmore village felt very Disney-like with a themed atmosphere. We loved Cedric’s Tavern, The Creamery, and don’t forget to get reservations for a complementary tasting at The Biltmore Winery’s tasting room. You need about 45 minutes to get from the Biltmore Village to the House (we got lost, and apparently so does everyone else!). We wished that we spent more money on having a tour guide at the mansion versus doing it on our own, but the price difference is obnoxious. Take your pick!

We asked a bartender what else there was to do in Asheville, and she was so kind to give us her advice (see below). If you are a chocaholic like me, you need to get the liquid chocolate truffle at French Broad Chocolate Factory in the River Arts district. Any questions about Asheville feel free to comment below! Only have been once but would love to go back.

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