Asheville at Night, via Visit North Carolina
A few weeks ago, Chad and I hit the road and headed to Asheville, NC. The town is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and has a bohemian vibe. The city is full of art galleries, delicious restaurants and my favorite, breweries.
Chad and I take breakfast very seriously, so we made sure to start the day off right. We tried two different breakfast spots, Early Girl Eatery and Tupelo Honey. Early Girl Eatery was crowded when we arrive at 9:30 am on Sunday morning, but they provided ample coffee while we waited. I ordered a Southern classic, shrimp and grits, and a big flaky biscuit. The food was delicious, Early Girl comes highly recommended. We enjoyed our other breakfast at the Asheville favorite, Tupelo Honey. Chad and I visited the location in Southside Asheville because they took reservations, the one in downtown Asheville tends to be very busy and we didn’t want to wait. We shared a giant sweet potato pancake and eggs betty, so tasty! They also had unlimited iced coffee and large mimosas. If you head to breakfast in Asheville, you will not be disappointed with Early Girl or Tupelo Honey.
Ok, we didn’t really have beer for lunch, but we did enjoy an awful lot of it while we were there. Asheville is home to over 15 breweries, so Chad and I had to check out a few. We visited three different breweries on the Asheville Brewery Tour. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made sure everyone’s pint glass was always full. Our favorite brewery, Hi-Wire Brewing, was brand new to the Asheville brewing scene, but the bar was packed and looked like it had been open for years. Highland Brewing was another highlight. We took a tour and enjoyed a sampler on the deck. Altamont Brewing, located in west Asheville, had a laid-back vibe and delicious beer. If you are intersted in the Asheville Brewing scene, I highly recommend a tour with Asheville Brewery Tour.
Our favorite meal in Asheville was at The Admiral, right down the street from Altamont Brewing. We enjoyed delicious craft cocktails and local small plates. The menu changes often, but my favorite dish was PEI muscles with hickory smoked bacon and tomatoes. The restaurant is small, so be sure to make reservations before you visit. If you are looking for a meal to wash all of the beer down, I recommend Farm Burger. You can’t go wrong with a local burger and fries.
The one place we didn’t get a chance to visit was the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s mansion, gardens and winery. I am working on plans to visit again in a few weeks and I won’t be missing the Biltmore this time!