Headed to Asheville? What’s doing in one of our favorite mountain towns…
I heard nothing but great things about Asheville before stepping into the city limits. This one-of-a-kind mountain town is destined to become (if it’s not already) one of the hippest places in America. Woven among restaurants, shops and bars is a community of talented artists and musicians who, just like the city itself, are unique and inspiring, wooing others to join in. I had 4 days to explore Asheville, and I learned quickly why this place is loved by so many. Below, in my opinion, are some of the places worth checking out. To any I missed, please leave a note in the comments! No doubt, this place deserves a second trip.
Sips & Eats
Battlecat Coffee Bar, 373 Haywwod Road
My favorite coffee shops are the ones that make you feel at home. Maybe that’s because may of them were a home, at one point or another. Structurally cozy spaces are relaxing, but also provide comfort that can fuel your need to get your work done. Located in West Asheville, Battlecat Coffee Bar is that spot you’ll want to hit up every morning to hang, work, relax, grab a bite or even play a round of chess. Try one of their specialty Thai iced coffees, or head to the back of the shop and order food from Tiger Bay Cafe.
Early Girl Eatery, 8 Wall Street
Early bird gets the worm…or in this case…early girl (or guy) gets one of the best farm-to-table Southern cooked breakfasts in all of Asheville. The fresher the ingredients, the better the meal is. That’s the motto at Early Girl, and they’ve been sourcing farm-fresh goodies from the community since its doors opened in 2001. Arrive early for a delicious morning meal, or stop in for dinner Tuesday-Sunday if am wake-up calls aren’t your cup of tea.
Double D’s Coffee & Desserts, 41 Biltmore Avenue
Double D’s is a literal pick-me-up. Hop on the bus and order a coffee or one of their homemade desserts. Head to the upstairs of the 1963 Lodekka double-decker to get a taste of vintage England, then take in the view to observe modern Asheville below. It’s a real treat.
Sunny Point Cafe (This place may easily serve up one of the best breakfasts in the country, but snagging a table isn’t easy. Be prepared for a wait — it’s well worth it!)
Twice Round Vintage, 667 Haywood Road
Right at the corner of Haywood and Louisiana, Twice Round has curated a collection of funky vintage digs, at prices you and your wallet will appreciate. If you need a last-minute Halloween costume, chances are you’ll probably find one here.
Raven & Crone, 555 Merrimon Ave
Raven & Crone is one of those shops that you’d expect to read about in Harry Potter. It’s an “old-age” metaphysical supply store, so you’ll find anything from sacred altar supplies to a full collection of herbal apothecary. They even have an in-house aromatherapy blending bar. Pop in if you’re feeling witchy — something will surely spike your curiosity.
Harvest Records, 415 Haywood Road
Harvest Records has a collection so good, it has the accolades to prove it. From cd’s to vinyl, they have something to accommodate any music taste, and in an easy-to-find layout. There’s even a stage for in-house performances. Follow them on Facebook for updated music news and ticket giveaways to local Asheville shows!
Villagers, 278 Haywood Road
Villagers is all about inspiring a healthy and sustainable way of living. The moment you walk in, you’ll notice the harmonious energy that’s floating around the shop. I’m holding off on giving away too much, since next week I’ll be posting a full feature on this shop and it’s owner, Natalie Pollard. Stay tuned!
Ragtime Vintage, 20 East Walnut Street
I’ve heard from several folks that Ragtime is one of the best vintage stores in Asheville and, after my first visit, I’d have to agree. I wasn’t sure what I liked more…the well-sorted collection of vintage wears, or the pieces of history that were hung on the walls inside. This place is a definitely a gem worth checking out on a visit to Asheville!
Sky Bar, 18 Battery Park Ave
No matter what, make sure you find time to visit Sky Bar. It boasts some of the best views that downtown Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. I’d recommend stopping by in the evening — a glass of champagne by a rooftop fire pit is the perfect accompaniment to an epic sunset.
Taking a drive up the parkway is a must. Stop off along the way for a hike picnic, or just to hang out and appreciate the amazing views. This 469-mile stretch of highway follows the ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and connects Shenandoah and the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It’s a free pass to one of the most scenic drives in America.
+What are your favorite spots in Asheville? Let us know in the comments below!
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