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55 Best Things To Do In Asheville, NC From Locals

What is there to do in Asheville? Explore popular, off-the-beaten-path, and the best things to do in Asheville, NC — from locals.

What is there to do for fun in Asheville? Let’s face it: It’s pretty hard to get restless in this city. The best things to do in Asheville are endless.

As residents, we are always finding new places to explore. There are unique beer flavors to try and vibrant street art. We even have a mural for The Dude.

We are hiking obsessed. Chasing waterfalls never grows old. You can slide down waterfall rocks and kiss a dragon tree on its snout.

See where Katniss found Peeta hiding in The Hunger Games movie. Get your birdwatching on or hunt ghosts from the town’s purple drunk bus.

Stop at a scenic overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Fall in love over a picnic on top of a mountain summit. The word ‘bald’ has a brand new meaning.

Plus, Asheville has a rich and scandalous literary history, hipster music scene, and historic downtown filled with unique gems. Old school candy store, anyone?

For fun things to do in Asheville, imagine playing vintage pinball machines and video games all day long. We even have distilleries serving up bookish libations and a champagne bookstore.

For more boozy things to do in Asheville, the endless local craft beers will quench your thirst. Heck, we’ve also got funky wineries, sweet cideries, rooftop bars, and Biltmore.

What we personally love to do in Asheville is see a more comedic version of Shakespeare in the Park surrounded by fireflies. Was there really body glitter in A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

Don’t forget that you can cheer for the local baseball team, the Asheville Tourists, with some nachos.

Historic Downtown Asheville North Carolina with Grove Arcade at sunset
Historic downtown Asheville is full of delectable treasures. Vegan hot chocolate? A former boarding house full of famous gossip? A restaurant dedicated to a beloved St. Bernard?

Plus, known as foodie heaven, or Foodtopia, you’ll never go hungry. Eating is a serious thing to do in Asheville.

Think cider donuts in Apple Alley. We have a new food hall. And oh, let’s not forget that famous Southern BBQ.

So, whether you live in AVL or are visiting, what are the best things to do in Asheville, NC?

We’ll share fun things to do in Asheville as well as friends’ musts (we can’t eat real cheese, sorry). Uncover just a few Asheville activities and attractions on our WNC bucket list, too.

Find both huge Asheville tourist attractions as well as more local Asheville fun. This is our home, after all, and we want you to love it too!

Many of these Asheville, NC things to do will be in the heart of downtown, but we’ll also branch out to easy and fun day trips across Western North Carolina (WNC), too. Let’s get started!

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Best Things To Do In Asheville NC sunset over downtown Asheville, North Carolina from the Omni Grove Park Inn
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*Please remember to check all locations, times, and places by going on their website or calling. We update our guides frequently, but activities and events may be seasonal or change frequently.

Best Things To Do In Asheville, NC For Outdoor Adventurers

We usually write our lists a little biased: The things we love to do in Asheville involve hiking and drinking. Let’s be real.

It’s also no secret that we are New Englanders who lived in Florida for about 8 years, and Florida is a swamp.

Moving to the less humid mountains — and remember, Florida barely even has HILLS — we can’t stay outside long enough here in AVL.

So what are the best outdoor Asheville, NC things to do? We got you:

1. Hike the trails

Besides drinking beer by the river, one of the absolute best things to do in Asheville is to hike. As locals, what are our favorite treks?

For almost 360-degree views, head to Mount Pisgah, Fryingpan Mountain Tower, and Craggy Pinnacle. Lover’s Leap is sure to make your stomach drop.

Like Lover’s Leap, Max Patch crosses along the Appalachian Trail (camping is banned at Max Patch for a few years due to disrespectful campers).

For stunning fall foliage, don’t miss Graveyard Loop, Black Balsam via Art Loeb and Sam Knob trails, and Craggy Gardens.

If you want quieter hikes, Craven Gap — the Obamas hiked here — and Trombatore Trail to Blue Ridge Pastures are less scenic but still beautiful. Little & Big Butt hikes are peaceful with views at the top.

For short and easy kid-friendly hikes, head to Bearwallow Mountain, the trails at Biltmore Estate, or The NC Arboretum. Pink Beds is perfect for nature lovers.

Be sure to check out our master guide of the best Asheville hiking trails.

2. Chase breathtaking waterfalls

Things to do in Asheville chasing waterfalls Linville Falls North Carolina
Linville Falls and Gorge is pretty spectacular for waterfall hikes near Asheville.

When looking for more of the best outdoor things to do in Asheville, NC, you cannot miss visiting the waterfalls.

Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls.” Encounter over 200+ waterfalls spanning across Western North Carolina. Asheville (NC Micropolitan Statistical Area) and Brevard fall into some of these areas.

A few waterfalls that we recommend include Linville Falls, Catawba Falls, Douglas Falls, Graveyard Field’s Second and Upper Falls, Daniel Ridge Falls, Moore Cove Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Looking Glass Falls.

We’ll get to The Hunger Games waterfalls at DuPont State Forest soon…

3. Drive the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway

best things to do in Asheville, NC driving down Blue Ridge Parkway with picture of Craggy Pinnacle Blue Ridge Parkway NC in the summer with green grass, view oof Craggy Gardens Visitor Center parking lot, BRP road, and mountains around Craggy Gardens with blue sky and clouds
The Blue Ridge Parkway is filled with beautiful views, lookout areas, waterfalls, and hikes. This is the view of the BRP from Craggy Pinnacle.

One of Asheville’s biggest natural attractions is the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP).

The BRP runs from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Hop on this 45 mph, two-lane road and explore all of the waterfalls, hikes, and scenic overlooks. You can read all about our favorite NC Blue Ridge Parkway hikes here.

Drive through the mountains via tunnels, and know that this area turns into a mural of vibrant eye candy in the fall.

In fact, we’d dare say that driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the absolute best things to do in Asheville in fall, hands down.

In the spring and summer, the Parkway fills in with gorgeous wildflowers and rhododendrons. The BRP is a dream for bikers and motorcyclists.

Find romantic fog, artists and birdwatchers pulled over at designated spots, and happy wildlife. Keep in mind, though, that many parts of the BRP close in the winter for ice.

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4. Stroll through a quaint park

Pack Square Asheville NC
Pack Square is beautiful for architect lovers. Plus, find nearby donuts and delicious Pack Tavern.

What most tourists don’t know is how many quaint parks and gardens we have here in Asheville, especially if you want to stay in the city and just chill out.

In the late spring, one of our favorite things to do in Asheville involves walking along the French Broad River and completing a few brisk loops in the local parks.

A few AVL public parks worth your visit include the French Broad River Park and Carrier Park, which connect in a 5k walking ‘loop.’

There is also Pack Square Park and the Skate Park over in the River Arts District. Pack Square Park is known to host many of Asheville’s fun festivals and markets.

Don’t miss the newly renovated Riverwalk, too. Find a bike lane and a gorgeous walking path.

5. Explore a state or national park

Of course, North Carolina is also infamous for its state and national parks.

You have the Great Smoky Mountains, Chimney Rock State Park, Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and Gorges State Park.

The Pisgah National Forest is one of North Carolina’s most popular state parks with more than 500,000-acres of forest.

You’ll find many of the waterfalls and BRP hikes mentioned above here.

Climb the highest peak east of the Mississippi River at Mount Mitchell with an elevation clocking in at 6684 feet. You can see all of your favorite mountains from afar.

Grandfather Mountain is filled with biodiversity. The mountain peaks at 5,946 feet above WNC.

One of the most talked-about things to do in Asheville includes walking across Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge — if you dare. Don’t miss the animal habitats, either.

Spy elk in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is one of the most visited national parks in America.

For an introduction to the Smokies, start at the Oconaluftee River Trail in Cherokee, NC. Right before this trail, don’t miss Mingo Falls.

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6. Mountain bike

If you love mountain biking, the Blue Ridge Mountains are your home away from home. We are not expert mountain bikers, by any means, but we do love hitting the trails.

In Asheville, don’t miss Bent Creek Experimental Forest for hiking and biking. The Hard Times Trail connects into The NC Arboretum.

You can also bike at Biltmore with an annual pass or ticket.

Outside of Asheville, head to Daniel Ridge Loop, DuPont State Forest, and Tsali Recreation Area.

7. Picnic on a mountain summit

Looking for more romantic things to do in Asheville? Why not picnic?

Living in Asheville, we have transformed into professional picnickers. You can either pack a picnic for your hike or enjoy something lighter by a lake.

For easy picnics, head to a winery like Stone Ashe Vineyards. Stroll Beaver Lake in North Asheville or Lake Louise in Weaverville.

Pull up to a picnic area like those at Pink Beds, Craggy Gardens, or Mount Pisgah.

For hiking picnics, we love Max Patch, Bearwallow Mountain, Bridal Veil Falls-DuPont, Trombatore Trail, and Black Balsam.

Grab our full list of the best Asheville picnic spots.

8. Meander at the Botanical Gardens

white and yellow flowers at Botanical Gardens at Asheville
Hike the nature trails at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

Located within the UNC-Asheville campus of North Asheville, one of our favorite Asheville things to do is hang out at the Botanical Gardens. Plus, it’s free!

With 10-acres of streams, nature trails, bridges, and spots perfect for picnicking, this lesser-known gem is also a refuge for endangered wildflowers.

Pack a blanket and bring a book! Visiting the Botanical Gardens at Asheville is also one of the lesser-known things to do in Asheville since it’s pretty chill.

9. Attend an event at The NC Arboretum

We are members of The North Carolina Arboretum, located right before you hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Along with gorgeous nature, hiking, and biking trails, you won’t want to miss their Winter Lights Festival. This holiday lights display is truly one of the best winter things to do in Asheville.

From November to January 1st, the Arboretum lights up its gardens with innovative creations, wildlife exhibits, and lights that dance to music.

Drink peppermint hot chocolate with Christmas cookies throughout the gardens.

In past springs and summers, The NC Arboretum has filled the gardens with nature-themed LEGO installations and art sculptures.

Of course, you can see Bonsais, butterflies, and their famous Quilt Garden. You must pay a small parking fee to enter the grounds.

Grab lunch at the Bent Creek Bistro and picnic on the lawn.

Does Winter Lights sound magical? Read more about all of the best spots to catch Christmas lights in Asheville.

10. Visit animals at the WNC Nature Center

Are you looking for things to do in Asheville where you can meet the furry Western North Carolina locals in a safe environment (instead of on the trails or our front steps…)?

Head to the WNC Nature Center, home to black bears, owls, wolves, otters, and red pandas. The center also houses snakes, turtles, hawks, goats, frogs, and donkeys.

Find plenty of exploration stations and themed playground areas for the littles – spider-web jungle gym included. Wide and paved walking paths are extra stroller-friendly.

During the summer – June through August – attend the WNC Nature Center’s Brews and Bears. After hours, stroll the grounds with a beer or cider in hand. Enjoy local eats too.

Like The North Carolina Arboretum, there is a small entrance fee. Or, become a member. If you are a Buncombe County library card holder, reserve a ZOOM Pass for free admission.

11. Birdwatch at Beaver Lake

Asheville NC Things To Do Beaver Lake Trail Asheville in spring with white blossom trees and a clear green gray lake with clouds
One of our favorite local things to do in Asheville is walk the Perimeter Trail at Beaver Lake and birdwatch at the Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary. This privately owned lake is free and open to the public.

One of our top weekly things to do in Asheville, we love walking the 2-mile Perimeter Trail around Beaver Lake and dip into the Bird Sanctuary.

Beaver Lake is perfect for a stroll after a North Asheville lunch or dinner. Bring a book and some binoculars.

The Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary houses a .5-mile boardwalk.

Birdwatchers can spy hawks, osprey, herons, vultures, kites, sparrows, woodpeckers, ducks, wrens, swallows, warblers, and bluebirds.

Although Beaver Lake is privately owned, the area is open to the public and free. Please consider leaving a donation in the parking lot box, though.

You will need a permit for your pooch.

For recreational water lovers, read more about all of Asheville’s nearby lakes, including Lake Lure and Lake Junaluska.

12. Uncover The Hunger Games Falls

Did you even visit Asheville, if you didn’t make the 40-minute drive to DuPont Forest located in Cedar Mountain?

One of our top recommended things to do in Asheville is enjoying the three (or four) waterfalls at DuPont.

Did you know that they filmed scenes from The Last Of The Mohicans and The Hunger Games at DuPont State Recreational Forest? Triple Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are famous.

We suggest parking in the Hooker Falls Access Area. Head to Hooker Falls first – the easiest waterfall hike — and then loop back up to Triple Falls and High Falls.

If you still have energy, walk under the covered wooden bridge to Bridal Veil Falls, which adds 4 more miles to your hike.

If you need lunch afterward, drive 20-minutes to nearby Hendersonville – another one of our favorite towns. We’ll share more about things to do in Hendersonville below.

P.S. For more Hunger Games filming locations, head to Henry River Mill Village, an abandoned NC town and home to District 12.

13. Spy fall foliage

Asheville sees the most visitors in the fall and around the holidays. What’s the big deal? The leaves!

Growing up in CT, we thought New England was the boss of fall foliage. Who knew that the Western North Carolina mountains had an equally breathtaking fall season?

Nothing beats an Asheville autumn. Enjoy fall foliage hikes, corn mazes, apple picking, and catching those purple and pink sunsets.

Our top things to do in Asheville, NC in autumn include visiting the apple orchards for cider donuts and brewery hopping for spiced and pumpkin beers.

Pick a pumpkin. Trek the most beautiful fall foliage hikes, and wine taste at the vineyards with the best views.

Asheville in the fall is also a great time to drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don’t miss our fall festival and color forecast.

14. Dip into a swimming hole

Skinny Dip Falls BRP North Carolina waterfalls
Are we in Costa Rica or North Carolina? Looking for Asheville things to do for beach-goers and swimmers when there are no beaches nearby? Head to one of the local swimming holes like Skinny Dip Falls. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

*Skinny Dips Falls and Sliding Rock were recently damaged with severe flooding this August 2021. Sliding Rock is temporarily closed, and Skinny Dip Falls is currently unsafe – the bridge washed away and the falls have a new path. We will update this section when we have more information.

In need of cooler summer things to do in Asheville, NC? Drive under one hour to Skinny Dip Falls to kiss the magical Dragon Tree on your way to this serene waterfall.

Spread out along the falls and take a dip in one of its pools. You can also head over to Sliding Rock and literally slide down a 60-foot natural boulder into the chilly waters.

15. Float down the French Broad River

Full disclosure on this bad boy, but we love *watching* other people float down the French Broad River in the summer.

Imagine walking along the Riverwalk in the River Arts District and suddenly spying a gaggle of floating and cackling unicorns…

Where can you get your tubing on? French Broad Outfitters and Zen Tubing are just a few.

Top Asheville Things To Do For Boozy Folks

While the best things to do in Asheville, NC — to us — are all outdoors, our next go-to are those breweries.

Asheville has no shortage of beer. In fact, we think “Asheville” even translates to beer…

However, we get that beer isn’t for everyone. Below, find the best Asheville things to do that involve all of the booze: wineries, distillers, cideries, wine bars, and rooftop bars.

This section is for the boozy folks.

16. Drink beer at AVL’s famous breweries

Wedge Brewing At Foundation in River Arts District Asheville NC blue building covered with street art
If you love street art, don’t miss Wedge at Foundation in the River Arts District.

You cannot come to Asheville without trying as much of the local craft beer as possible. As locals, what are our favorite breweries in AVL?

We love Asheville Brewing, Zillicoah, Wedge at Foundation, Eurisko, Hillman Beer, Green Man, and Twin Leaf.

If basements are your jam, One World Brewing downtown is a lesser-frequented AVL brewery.

South Slope guards our favorite breweries like Hi-Wire and Catawba, and don’t miss the infamous places like Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Wicked Weed, and Burial.

For ginger beer — gluten-free and Keto — you have to try Ginger’s Revenge. For something different, Bhramari and Funkatorium (sours) are sure to impress or weird you out.

Don’t miss our Ultimate Asheville Brewery Guide.

17. Wine taste at the hipster wineries

If beer isn’t your thing, there are plenty of wineries in and around Asheville. Directly in Asheville, check out pleb urban winery in the River Arts District.

Of course, Biltmore has a famous winery, and wine tasing is included with your ticket. Biltmore also offers a Behind-The-Scenes winery tour and a Chocolate And Red Wine Tasting Tour.

If you head out of Asheville, our personal favorite wineries are in Hendersonville, including Sawyer Springs, St. Paul Mountain Vineyards, Stone Ashe Vineyards, and Point Lookout.

18. Sip on a distillery cocktail

Asheville Distilleries Cultivated Cocktails
We love this Shades and the Giant Peach cocktail from Cultivated Cocktails. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

If one of your favorite things to do in Asheville is trying all of the local libations, you don’t want to miss the Asheville distilleries.

Our favorites include Cultivated Cocktails, Adam Dalton Distillery, and Chemist.

At all three, you can taste their local spirits and order a cocktail — although for Chemist, you’ll need to visit their bar, Antidote, for cocktails.

P.S. If you know Christine from The Uncorked Librarian, you also know that we partner with Cultivated Cocktails for some of our literary-inspired drinks. They sell the best cocktail schwag, too.

Don’t miss Oak & Grist Distilling Company in Black Mountain, too.

19. Try all of the local cider

Of course, if you are gluten-free or looking for apple-related drinks, Asheville and Hendersonville have the best cideries and meaderies. Many ciders are sold at the local breweries and wineries.

Urban Orchard and Noble are the most well-known cideries in Asheville. Botanist and Barrel and Bold Rock just opened downtown Asheville taprooms.

Also in and around Asheville, find Mills River Cidery, Black Mountain Cidery, and Little Switzerland Orchard and Winery.

20. Sip craft cocktails on a rooftop bar

Rooftop bar hopping always makes the top of the list for the best things to do in Asheville, NC. You’ll see why…

The poshest Asheville rooftop bars promise sunsets, small plates with your Southern favorites, and jaw-dropping views.

Their delicious craft cocktails are perfect before a fancy dinner out in downtown Asheville.

We always recommend Capella On 9, Top Of The Monk, W XYZ Bar at the Aloft, and The Montford Rooftop Bar.

There is also Antidote – part of Chemist Spirits – Hemingway’s Cuba, and Pillar Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn. You may wish to take an Asheville Rooftop Bar Tour to see them all with a designated driver.

21. Relax in a cozy wine bar

Unfortunately, Asheville has seen quite a few wine bars go under in 2020-’21, including Sante and Rustic Grape.

However, if you are looking for relaxing things to do in Asheville with a bottle or glass of wine, head to:

5 Walnut Wine Bar – Located in downtown Asheville, find an extensive list of wines in a cute rustic and pastel bar.

Bottle Riot – Situated in the River Arts District, enter a RAD wine bar with baller bottles. You’ll understand when you get there… You could even visit 12 Bones or pleb urban winery first. Wedge Brewing is right next door.

Leo’s House Of Thirst – Newer to West Asheville, enjoy tapas, brunch, dinner, and a sizable wine list.

Battery Park Book Exchange – This champagne bar used bookstore is iconic.

Marked Tree Vineyard Tasting Room – Located behind the Aloft Hotel in the old Rustic Grape, cozy-up with some wine.

Read more about the best and most hipster Asheville wine bars.

22. Dip into a local bar or pub

Asheville Club Bar with light colored beer in glass on bar counter with taps and draft list in background
Did you know that Asheville has a stellar bar, brewpub, and tavern scene?

We just love the Asheville bar scene, and bar hopping is one of the most fun things to do in Asheville. Let’s face it: there are far too many dive, LGBTQ+, sports, and classy bars to choose from.

A few of our favorite bars include Asheville Club, The Malvern – serving up one of the best burgers in town – The Times Bar and Coffee Shop, and The Odditorium.

For Asheville pubs and taverns, try Barley’s Taproom (pizza!), Bone and Broth, and the luxurious Red Stag Grill.

Best Asheville, NC Things To Do For Foodies

Have we made you hungry yet? You must need something to eat by now to soak up all of that booze. And man, all of those waterfalls and hikes sure do make a gal ravenous.

One of the best things to do in Asheville is eat. Asheville is a foodies’ dream. The city is even known as “Foodtopia.”

We always openly share that Tom and I (Christine) have many food intolerances. Christine has UC and Tom has Celiac Disease. We are both lactose-intolerant, and Tom can’t touch gluten.

Asheville is extremely understanding and accommodating for food allergies, intolerances, and preferences.

This entire section is all about the food. If you are having trouble choosing, though, these are Asheville’s most unforgettable restaurants.

23. Wake up with local coffee

Double D's Coffee Asheville NC with vintage double-decker red bus that is a coffee shop with seating
One of the best things to do in Asheville is drink coffee. How else can you adventure all day? Of course, you cannot miss Double D’s in the heart of downtown AVL.

The moment friends and visitors land in town, the DMs start pouring in: “Where can we get the best coffee in Asheville?”

PennyCup Coffee Co. is a small-batch roaster. Vortex has delicious donuts and coffee. We love the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (more to come) and Well-Bred Bakery.

You can’t go wrong with the cafe in Malaprop’s Bookstore because, well Malaprop’s, and Double D’s is an Instagrammer’s wet dream. Just look for the double-decker red bus.

Don’t forget to grab a possum shirt at Izzy’s. Newer to Asheville, Rowan Coffee in downtown is simple but delicious. That historic building is gorgeous inside.

Oh, and Bebette’s serves beignets!

24. Sip hot chocolate

If you are looking for sweeter Asheville, NC things to do, Pack Square is always a good idea. Find a park, art museum, music, restaurants, and chocolate shops.

The French Broad Chocolate Lounge has everything a chocolate lover desires. Discover desserts, hot cocoa, truffles, bonbons, cakes, custards, cookies, coffee, brownies, booze, and ice cream.

Need we say more? French Broad Chocolates serves up lactose-free, gluten-free, and vegan options.

At the French Broad Chocolate Factory Riverside Drive location, you can take a 45-minute chocolate factory tour.

We also personally love nearby Asheville Chocolate. Asheville Chocolate features tea, coffee, and hot chocolate with a variety of hand-crafted chocolates.

They’ve even sculpted chocolate in the shape of Scotties. Plus, find decadent gelato. Vegan and gluten-free options included.

Read more about all of Asheville’s tempting dessert cafes — there are quite a few. One even has hookah, if that’s your jam.

25. Apple pick and get lost in a corn maze

At the end of August, the best apple orchards around Asheville start opening. They won’t close again until late October or early November.

Hendersonville, known as “Apple Alley,” is the place to be for apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes, hot cinnamon cider donuts, cider slushies, hard cider, farm animals, and even a bamboo forest.

Sky Top Orchard (Flat Rock), Stepp’s Hillcrest, and Grandad’s Apples are the top three orchards we recommend for fun things to do in Asheville, NC in the fall.

We also enjoy quieter Coston Farm, and our readers love Jeter Mountain Farm.

26. Watch a Grove Park Inn sunset

One of the best things to do in Asheville, NC at night is catching a sunset at the famous Omni Grove Park Inn.

You don’t have to stay overnight on this gorgeous adult Disney World-like property to have dinner on Sunset Terrace, watching the sun melt into downtown Asheville and Mount Pisgah.

We love grabbing a light dinner with some of my favorite cocktails at Edison. If you are stuffed from lunch, just snack on a charcuterie board with drinks from The Great Hall Bar.

In the winter, everyone flocks here to see Grove Park Inn’s Gingerbread display with hot chocolate.

27. Enjoy breakfast all day at Tupelo Honey

Downtown Asheville Restaurants Tupelo Honey Cafe Brunch with white brunette woman holding up a champagne cocktail and eating a plate of eggs and toast
Nothing beats breakfast all day at Tupelo Honey. Tupelo is famous for its fried chicken, breakfast all day, brunch cocktails, and locally sourced ingredients. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

We are not going to lie: waking up in the mountains is rough, especially if there is fog. The darker mornings make it harder to get up and out the door early.

Plus, you want fuel before chasing those waterfalls.

If you are searching for a non-hotel breakfast, Tupelo Honey is one of Downtown Asheville’s most popular restaurants.

Not only do they serve breakfast all day, but they offer lunch and dinner as well as locally source their food. And, mimosas.

Of course, people swoon over Biscuit Head and Sunny Point Cafe (our top pick), two of the best West Asheville restaurants.

Green Sage Cafe is usually one of our stops after an early morning appointment, and you can grab pastries and coffee from Old Europe Pasteries or Geraldine’s Bakery.

Read all of our top breakfast recommendations – touristy and more local – with vegan and gluten-free options, too.

28. Brunch at a fancy downtown restaurant

Brunching is another one of Asheville, NC’s best things to do, especially on the weekends after a long night out at the breweries and bars.

A few brunch spots to get you started include The Social Lounge (Saturdays and Sundays), Early Girl Eatery, Isa’s French Bistro, The Market Place, Leo’s House Of Thirst, and Rosetta’s Kitchen.

One of our weekend brunch favorites includes Jerusalem Garden Cafe in downtown Asheville. Read more about the best Asheville brunch spots.

29. Devour a hearty lunch

Personally, two of the most fun places to get lunch if you are visiting Asheville are at Biltmore Estate. You will need a Biltmore ticket or annual to enter them.

Stable Cafe has the best sandwiches and cocktails in the coolest setting: The former Vanderbilt horse stables. The cafe is also one of Asheville’s top kid-friendly restaurants.

Then, as an ode to their beloved Saint Bernard, Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village offers seasonal cocktails, delicious southern and American contemporary cuisine, and pickles.

Ask for some Lusty Monk mustard.

For more local lunch joints around Asheville, if you love pizza and burgers, there is Farm Burger, Asheville Pizza & Brewing, Wicked Weed BrewPub, and Gypsy Queen Cuisine (GQC).

GQC has both vegan and gluten-free options.

We frequent Edison at the Grove Park Inn in North Asheville, and we crave Red Ginger Dimsum and Tapas like it’s our job – think amazing Asian cuisine.

The Madness AVL is one of the best sushi restaurants in Asheville, and Thai Pearl makes fantastic Thai food.

Whether or not you are a vegan or vegetarian, Laughing Seed Cafe is another gem, and we devour subs (gf pizza and grinders available) at Apollo Flame Bistro, especially after a BRP parkway hike.

12 Bones BBQ and the new S&W Market are also popular lunch spots.

If you love beer and tacos, don’t miss all of the best taco places in Asheville including White Duck Taco.

Or, head to Haywood Common and stop next door at The Whale for the largest local, national, and international beer selection in AVL.

For Indian restaurants, head to Chai Pani, Andaaz, or Mela.

30. Grab aperitifs and dinner before a concert

Cheese Plate Plant Asheville NC with olives, vegan cheeses, beets, and bread
Plant is our go-to for a vegan cheese plate and desserts.

Where should you eat dinner in Asheville?

Plant — Asheville’s best vegan restaurant — is a mind-blowing experience.

Bouchon, Ukiah, and Limones are the perfect date night restaurants. For unforgettable Asheville fine dining, we enjoy Cúrate, Sunset Terrace, and The Bull and Beggar.

Around North Asheville and Montford, the best restaurants include Nine Mile, Edison, and Zillicoah’s food truck. Luella’s and Bear’s are great for Asheville BBQ.

In downtown Asheville, don’t miss Posana (with a dedicated gluten-free kitchen), Strada, and Chestnut. You may also grab dinner at the breweries like Wicked Weed and Bhramari.

We always recommend reservations when possible. Many of the restaurants use Open Table or Resy.

If you’d prefer to order in, don’t miss our favorite Asheville takeout spots.

31. Shop at a Farmer’s Market

We don’t know about you, but when we travel out of state or even internationally, we love visiting local Farmer’s Markets and even grocery stores.

A little foodie shopping trip is perfect to try the area’s cuisine and meet a city in a brand new way. Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market is the largest.

The other most popular Farmer’s Market is the Asheville City Market on Saturdays in downtown AVL between Woodfin Street and East Walnut St. at 52 North Market Street.

We pop by this one on our way to the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

32. Taste cheese along the WNC Cheese Trail

If you are looking for cheesy things to do in Asheville, NC — wink, wink — don’t miss tasting artisan cheese in Western North Carolina.

Follow the cheese trail map to meet with and buy from your local cheesemakers.

**Full disclosure on this one: Since we are lactose-intolerant, we have not done the WNC Cheese Trail. We had to mention it since everyone talks about and recommends the WNC Cheese Trail.

If we could eat cheese, we’d be all over this.

33. Find all of the donuts

Asheville has the best donut shops. We just ate a delicious Vortex donut the other day; it melted in our mouths.

A few other local places include Duck Donuts, Hole Doughnuts, and Geraldine’s Bakery.

If you are here in the fall, go to all of the apple orchards and try their donuts. We think Sky Top has the best since they make their cinnamon cider donuts in front of you and serve them piping hot.

34. Try the Asheville food trucks

Taqueria Munoz Food Truck at Zillicoah Beer Company with three soft tacos on a plate garnished with lime and cilantro
We love grabbing a local craft beer at Zillicoah Beer Company, ordering burritos and tacos from the permanent food truck, Taqueria Muñoz, and sitting by the French Broad River with a book.

Many of the AVL food trucks circulate the brewery scene. If you are looking for foodie things to do in Asheville try Deli Llama, Melt Your Heart (grilled cheese), and The Trashy Vegan.

Zillicoah Brewing has our favorite resident food truck, Taqueria Muñoz. We always go for the tacos and burritos — and yes, they can do lactose and gluten-free.

If you want crepes and Cuban sandwiches, Cecilia’s Kitchen has a permanent spot in North Asheville and a food truck that moves around to places like New Belgium.

Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ has a permanent location in downtown Asheville now.

Asheville, NC Things To Do For History, Music, Sports, Theater, & Art Lovers

35. Tour Biltmore Estate

Touring Biltmore — America’s largest home — is one of the most popular things to do in Asheville, NC. Visiting Biltmore is a must, at least once.

We are annual passholders and head to Biltmore a few times a month. Yes, a ticket will cost you at least $60+, but it’s completely worth it.

You can easily spend a day at Biltmore touring the house and wine tasting. Grab a bite to eat, walk the gardens, and hike one of their 22-miles worth of trails.

Don’t miss Biltmore’s delicious and intriguing tours for wine and history lovers. Think red wine and chocolate.

See how to make the most out of that Biltmore ticket price. Also, know that there are kid-friendly activities on the Estate, including a farmyard and live demonstrations.

Biltmore highlights include visiting Biltmore pool and library, grabbing lunch at the Stable Cafe or Cedric’s Tavern, taking a Behind The Scenes Winery Tour, and walking around the lagoon and gardens.

You may also wish to stay overnight at (and treat yourself to) Biltmore’s gorgeous properties like The Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate or The Inn On Biltmore Estate.

If you are visiting Asheville in November through early January, Biltmore at Christmastime is spectacular.

Enjoy a Candlelight Christmas Evenings Tour of the home with the fireplaces lit and Christmas trees in every room.

36. Gossip at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Asheville NC
For bibliotourists, The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is a must. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

One of our personal favorite things to do in Asheville involves visiting The Thomas Wolfe Memorial and taking a house tour.

You might remember Wolfe from his novel Look Homeward, Angel. The story is a loose retelling of Wolfe’s life growing up in Asheville, NC.

Most notably, Wolfe barely changed the names and spellings of his Asheville community members. This was scandalous and ill-received gossip, at the time.

Visitors take a guided tour of Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe, Wolfe’s mother’s, boarding house on Market Street.

Wolfe’s childhood home is no longer standing, but he spent most of his childhood in this business home.

Quite the character, Julia’s story is both inspirational and a tad frustrating. She was quite the entrepreneur of her time. You can also watch a short video and tour the museum.

Grab our list of Books About & Set In Asheville along with Famous Asheville Authors like Thomas Wolfe.

37. Peruse the art galleries at Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center

One of the free things to do in Asheville, the Black Mountain College Museum offers contemporary and historic exhibitions, events, and research opportunities for the community.

We dropped in one afternoon and toured the current art exhibitions. Small but worth a quick visit, you can budget about 30-minutes here.

Please consider leaving a small donation. The museum is free to enter.

38. Play vintage arcade games at the Asheville Pinball Museum

Appalachian Pinball Museum Hendersonville NC with four lit up pinball machines
Playing vintage arcade games is by far one of the most fun things to do in Asheville. Above is a picture from the Appalachian Pinball Museum in Hendersonville, which is the sister museum to the Asheville Pinball Museum.

Located behind the Grove Arcade, don’t miss the Asheville Pinball Museum.

One of the best things to do in Asheville museum-wise, as an adult, spend $15 for a wristband to play old arcade games as long as you like.

Of course, kids are welcome. You’ll find older games like Donkey Kong and Frogger, video consoles for Nintendo and Super Nintendo, and of course, pinball machines.

39. Tour the urban art and studios in Asheville’s River Arts District

If you are looking for the best things to do in Asheville for art lovers, head to the River Arts District (RAD). This area is a mini-version of Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.

RAD is where you will find the infamous “Good Vibes” Silo — painted by Ian Wilkinson and Ishmael — which now says “Stay True.” Hello, famous Instagram spot.

You might just catch Gus Cutty or Jerry Cahill working on a masterpiece. Spy Jerkface’s Homer Simpson mural.

Explore endless urban street art across warehouse space, and drop in and out of galleries, artists’ studios, and shops. Marquee is Asheville’s newest European-style, high-end decor and design warehouse.

Plus, RAD is home to pleb urban winery, Bottle Riot, and Wedge Brewing. Uncover amazing RAD restaurants like The Bull & Beggar, Baby Bull, and RosaBees.

Perk up at a local RAD coffee shop like Summit.

Watch an indie film at Grail Moviehouse or attend the Uncommon Market. Bike the new RAD greenway.

Listen to music at the Asheville Guitar Bar at Cotton Mill Studios or Salvage Station, and shop for gorgeous wooden sculptures at Foundation Woodworks.

In RAD and across the city, be sure to scavenger hunt for all of Asheville’s stunning murals. Learn more about their history & the artists too.

40. Take a haunted LaZoom ghost tour

LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours Asheville NC purple bus with open windows and yellow trim
Are you wondering what that purple bus tearing through town is?

If you are looking for wilder things to do in Asheville, check out the LaZoom bus. How many times have you spied a purple bus tearing down the streets of Asheville full of giggling and rowdy adults?!

LaZoom offers different comedy tours, some for the entire family and others for the boozier folks with 18 or 21+ age requirements.

We suggest purchasing tickets in advance. Get there early, too, as you board the bus based on your arrival order.

For my husband’s 40th birthday, we booked the LaZoom Ghost Bus Tour. Totally worth that ticket price at least once.

Walk into a funky, kitschy bar full of eccentric tour guides and cat pillows before hopping on the drunk bus. Whoops; I don’t think that I am supposed to call it that…

Our tour took us around downtown Asheville as ‘ghosts’ hopped on and off, sharing the darker history of the city. Zelda Fitzgerald stole my heart although she did hump a bush in the rain.

For the 21+ group, you are allowed to bring unopened drinks on the bus — to open once seated — purchased from LaZoom’s bar. Find locally crafted bevies. They even hand you a personal cooler.

Just don’t drink too much as some tours have no restroom stops. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

41. Walk the Asheville Art Museum galleries

Asheville Art Museum with blue ball statue out front

If you love art museums, don’t miss the newly renovated Asheville Art Museum situated next to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (hint, hint).

This museum focuses on American art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Read more about all of Asheville’s museums and historic sites for adults and children.

42. Spy rocks at the Asheville Museum Of Science

For the best Asheville things to do for your inner geologist, head to the Asheville Museum of Science. A smaller science learning center, learn more about North Carolina geology and local specimen.

AMOS has gemstones, dinosaur bones, and animal installations. Encounter hands-on exhibits and scavenger hunts, learn about the French Broad River, and dig for fossils. 

AMOS is also one of the best kid-friendly things to do in Asheville. They even have a forest-themed playground with bears.

Don’t forget to snap a photo in front of the butterfly mural.

43. Hike at the Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg Home white house with green grass and flowers out front
For things to do around Asheville for history lovers, visit the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock. Hike the beautiful grounds, too.

Deemed the “Poet of the People,” Carl Sandburg lived in Connemara, NC (Flat Rock), outside of Hendersonville. In his lifetime, Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes and was a Civil Rights activist.

Born in Illinois, Sandburg and his wife moved to Connemara in 1945.

The Carl Sandburg Home along with The Hunger Games waterfalls and downtown Hendersonville makes for a great Asheville day trip.

Visitors of the home can take a guided tour, walk the park, hike the grounds, or visit the bookstore.

44. Pays your respects at Riverside Cemetery

Thomas Wolfe Gravestone at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville NC with vase filled with pens and green grass
If you are looking for more local and lesser-known things to do in Asheville, head to Riverside Cemetery in the Montford District. Only 4,000 people visit this beautiful Victorian-influenced cemetery a year. Literary greats like Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry are buried here.

Looking for dark tourist things to do in Asheville, NC? Head to Riverside Cemetery to pay your respects to literary greats.

Famous authors Thomas Wolfe and William Sydney Porter – O. Henry – are buried here.

Established in 1885, you’ll encounter ghost stories, Victorian-style mausoleums, and W.O.’s famous Angels. Grab a walking guide at the gates and stroll 3.5 miles of paved roads.

P.S. Lesser-known author, Wilma Dykeman is buried at Lewis Memorial Park.

Grab our guide to Riverside Cemetery, and see why we think this is one of the best haunted places to visit in Asheville.

45. Attend a concert

Lionel Richie Mural by Gus Cutty The Orange Peel Asheville with Richie, a Black man, wearing a hot pink shirt and jeans
Head to Asheville’s The Orange Peel for a concert. Mural by Gus Cutty.

Thrillest named AVL as one of the best music cities in the United States. If you are looking for evening things to do in Asheville, attend a concert.

Asheville hosts a variety of festivals and concerts at places like Thomas Wolfe Auditorium/Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville, Isis Music Hall, Wortham Center For The Performing Arts, The Grey Eagle Music Hall, and The Orange Peel.

We try to list a few concerts and live music on our Asheville Events Calendar.

46. Watch Shakespeare in the park

Montford Park Players Shakespeare in the Park with old fashioned stage lit up at night with people sitting in front
Nothing beats sitting under the stars surrounded by fireflies. One of my absolute favorite evening things to do in Asheville includes grabbing dinner at Nine Mile and watching the Montford Park Players perform a Shakespeare play.

Picture quirky and comedic theater under the stars as fireflies light up the night sky. Don’t miss the Montford Park Players open-air performances. They are magical.

Most Friday through Sunday evenings in the spring through fall, watch the Montford Park Players perform at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in the Historic Montford neighborhood of Asheville.

Many of the plays are by Shakespeare, but they mix it up too. Think The Sword in the Stone and The Little Prince for non-Shakespeare plays.

Then, enjoy classics like Macbeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bring or purchase boozy beverages. Theatergoers go all out with their professional picnic baskets. Rent or bring your own chairs and blankets

While tickets are free, leave a generous donation. Performers circulate the crowd at intermission with collection baskets.

Well-behaved pooches are welcome. There’s plenty of free parking around the area. Grab dinner at Nine Mile beforehand. Riverside Cemetery is nearby.

Thinking of attending? Read more about what to expect and bring in our Shakespeare in the Park Guide.

47. Cheer for the Asheville Tourists

Asheville Tourists Baseball Game with baseball McCormick Field at night with players around the bases
Grab a hot dog and local brew while you watch the Asheville Tourists play ball.

For sports lovers and families, one of the most fun things to do in Asheville is to watch the Asheville Tourists play at McCormick Field. The Asheville Tourists are a minor league baseball team.

Tickets are a steal although parking is a little funky. Grab souvenirs, local beer, and of course, baseball food. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weeknight with friends.

48. Visit each of Asheville’s unique neighborhoods

Best Neighborhoods In Asheville West Asheville Mural with house with welcome to West Asheville mural with blue sky and sunflowers
Don’t forget to check out each of Asheville’s unique neighborhoods while you are in town.

Did you know that Asheville’s neighborhoods are very distinct and worth a visit? We highly recommend spending a little time in each.

Parts of Montford are on the National Register of Historic Places. Find Riverside Cemetery, Montford Park Players, tons of Bed and Breakfasts, and gorgeous architecture.

West Asheville is pretty hipster with breweries, trendy restaurants, and a gorgeous Dolly Parton and RuPaul mural.

There is a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, and you’ll find a mix of millennials and GenXers.

North Asheville is home to the Grove Park Inn, UNC-Asheville, gorgeous Charlotte Street homes, golf, botanical gardens, and Beaver Lake. Find delicious restaurants like Plant, Luella’s, and Taco Temple.

Downtown is where it’s at for beer, coffee, and concerts. As mentioned above, RAD showcases the most vibrant street art.

Biltmore Village has yuppie shopping and cafes.

For local things to do in Asheville, NC touring the neighborhoods truly gives you a feel for residential life. Heck, it might convince you that you want to move to Asheville — like us.

49. Take a literary tour

Cocktails at Battery Park Book Exchange with white brunette woman holding glass of champagne literary cocktail
Literary cocktails at a champagne used bookstore? Yes, please. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

There are tons of things to do in Asheville, NC for book lovers.

You could easily spend a few days touring The Hunger Games waterfalls and filming sites at DuPont, Craggy Pinnacle, and Henry River Mill Village (District 12, anyone?!).

Encounter endless bookstores, book bars, and of course, The Thomas Wolfe Memorial.

As mentioned above, you can visit the Carl Sandburg Home, Biltmore library, and even drop into Pack Memorial Library to see history along the walls.

Pay your respects to Zelda Fitzgerald who perished in the Highlands Hospital fire, and tip your hat to F. Scott Fitzgerald while at the Grove Park Inn.

Best Things To Do In Asheville, NC For Shoppers

Are you one of those people that will shop until you drop? Nope; me either.

BUT, if you are looking for things to do in Asheville that involve buying gifts, fun stuff you never knew you needed, and local treats, we have just the shopping list for you.

50. Buy books to read

Malaprops Bookstore Asheville NC with female white brunette woman sitting and reading a book
Grab some local literature at Malaprop’s bookstore. Photo by Sarah Resta Photography.

Bookish Asheville things to do include a visit to the Battery Park Book Exchange and Malaprop’s bookstores.

Battery Park Book Exchange is a multi-level champagne book bar. Located in the historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville, they sell used books and have extensive wine, cocktail, and champagne selections.

Battery Park Book Exchange also hosts readings, live music, and themed events.

Another beloved AVL bookstore, Malaprop’s holds numerous author events and has a fabulous newsletter, which points out new releases and notable indie reads. They have a cafe, book clubs, and children’s storytime.

Don’t miss the best bookstores in Asheville.

51. Shop until you drop

Rocket Fizz in Downtown Asheville
Which soda pop will you get at Rocket Fizz?

Asheville offers a ton of shopping in independent stores, boutiques, and open-air markets in all of its districts, including places like Historic Biltmore Village, the River Arts District, West Asheville, and Downtown.

You’ll find everything you could ever need including old-school candy, unicorn hats, soda pop (Rocket Fizz), magnets, and books.

52. Walk the historic Grove Arcade

Historic Grove Arcade Asheville North Carolina with white brunette female holding a map of NC
Discover food, shopping, arts, and books at the historic Grove Arcade.

The Grove Arcade is architectural eye candy filled with a little yuppie love, including places like the Battery Park Book Exchange and Asheville Proper.

For a little history lesson: E.W. Grove, also infamous for constructing the Grove Park Inn, opened the Grove Arcade in 1929 as a retail center.

Grove was all about fresh mountain air and serving up quinine to fight diseases.

Like George Vanderbilt with Biltmore, Grove didn’t live to see his gem to fruition; however, the Grove Arcade bloomed into a thriving center for commerce and trade.

During WW2, the Arcade transformed into a more covert military hub. Then, in 1951 the National Weather Records Center took over the building until the city reclaimed the space in the 90s.

Today, find shops and restaurants.

Day Trips & Things To Do Around Asheville, NC

Although you can spend a lifetime doing all of the things in Asheville, we quickly wanted to mention a few brief getaways.

We especially love exploring AVL’s nearby cities and towns like Hendersonville, Weaverville, and Black Mountain.

Grab our Complete List Of Top Asheville Day Trips Here.

53. Head to downtown Hendersonville, NC

Historic downtown Hendersonville Mardi Gras purple bear sculpture

Hendersonville is about 40-45-minutes away from downtown Asheville. A smaller city, find even more cafes, restaurants, shops, bookstores, and the best Hendersonville breweries.

Walk around the historic downtown and grab chocolate at Kilwin’s. Umi Sushi is our favorite fine-dining Japanese restaurant in WNC. The wineries, orchards, and DuPont State Forest are all nearby.

Hendersonville also has sweet Bed and Breakfasts and museums. Uncover all of the fantastically fun things you can do in Hendersonville, NC.

We also have a post showcasing our favorite Hendersonville restaurants, including German food and more BBQ.

54. Day trip to Knoxville, TN

Knoxville Tennessee at twilight with city buildings
Don’t forget about all of the great day trips that you can take from Asheville, including Knoxville.

A little under two hours away, you also might want to head over to Knoxville, Tennessee for the day. Like Asheville, Knoxville has a historic downtown filled with distilleries, breweries, bookstores, and endless fun.

The last time we went, we ice-skated in the historic square around the holidays.

Our good friend, Clayton, runs a Knoxville travel blog, KnoxRoadTripper. He shares all that there is to love about the city — and he’s full of unique tidbits and history.

55. Ride coasters at Dollywood

Our friend Justin introduced us to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. A little over 1.5-hours from Asheville, if you are Dolly-obsessed this theme park is for YOU.

Find rides, southern cuisine, live shows, and everything DOLLY.

Plus, Pigeon Forge itself makes for a great day trip with its waterparks, Parrot Mountain and Gardens, the Titanic Museum, breweries, wineries, and zip-lining.

Where To Stay In Asheville

Explore the best places to stay in Asheville. A few of our top suggestions:

  • Aloft – Downtown Asheville – Centrally located and recently renovated, enjoy a rooftop pool, gorgeous bar, and trendy rooms.
  • The Omni Grove Park Inn – Treat yourself to a luxury resort in North Asheville, complete with breathtaking sunsets, terrace bars and dining, and loads of Asheville history.
  • Hampton Inn And Suites Asheville Biltmore Area – A budget-friendly but renovated hotel on busier Brevard Road that’s perfect if you wish to stay between Biltmore Estate, Downtown Asheville, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • Asheville Cottages – Gorgeous 1 to 3-bedroom cottages with a private deck, housing a grill and hot tub. Find luxurious heated-floor bathrooms with rain showers, a well-stocked kitchen, and the cleanest rooms in town.
  • Foundry Hotel – An oasis in Downtown Asheville, Foundry Hotel is a nod to AVL’s industrial history. Find famous restaurant Benne on Eagle while sleeping ensconced in charm and elegance.
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Asheville Westgate, NC – Located off of the highway as you enter AVL, find a sleek and clean hotel at a great price. 
  • Black Walnut B&B Inn – Designed by Biltmore’s supervising architect, Richard Sharp-Smith, this 1899 inn is close to Downtown AVL and serves afternoon tea. Two rooms are pet-friendly.

Don’t miss out on these Asheville properties on Booking.com, too.

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What are your favorite things to do in Asheville, NC?

What are your favorite Asheville attractions and activities? Where do you head first, and what are your Asheville musts? Let us know in the comments.

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For Outdoors Lovers:

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For Foodies:

Our Asheville Food & Drink Guide
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Hendersonville
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Shari

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hi Christine. Great article. I wish I could blink my eyes and move to the Ashville area. Your article made Ashville see quite enticing. I've read other articles about it that focused on the flooding problems. Could you please comment on your experience with flooding. Also, you said that you'd share the contact info of your real estate agent. I'd love to have it if the offer still stands. Thanks so much!

Christine

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Hey Shari,

Thank you! Sometimes I feel like we blinked our eyes, and here we are. Haha.

Hmmm, we have not personally had flooding problems, but we live pretty high up in Asheville. We suffer more from the ice on the mountain hills -- and our roads are 'secondary' so they don't always get cleared right away.

I do, however, know that south of the airport floods and some of the lower Asheville neighborhoods have had flooding issues. My personal experience is that flooding hasn't affected me/our home/getting to work, but it seems dependent on where you live. I hope that helps.

Please drop me a quick email, and I'll pass along my realtor (just to maintain a little privacy): hello (at) uncorkedasheville (dot) com. Thanks!