Calling all beer and nature lovers! If you appreciate 19th century mansions all decked out for the holidays, fresh mountain air and craft suds, you might want to book a trip to Asheville, stat.
Perched in the Western nook of North Carolina in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a land bustling with beards and brews (Asheville has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the States)! Beer connoisseurs flock to Asheville so they can geek out over dozens of breweries, and around 100 local craft beers. Nature lovers rejoice over the countless hiking trails boasting sweeping mountainous views.
Asheville is a progressive, eclectic and environmentally-concious city, with an approachable small town vibe. It’s extremely dog and cyclist friendly, much like Portland, Oregon. With the endless options of things to do, it’s easy to forget that it’s a small city. There’s no shortage of entertainment, from floating down the French Broad River and zip lining through tree canopies, to perusing art galleries and antique stores and exploring the countless new restaurants and breweries that continue to sprout up daily.
Downtown Asheville’s pulse is always beating with street performers and festivals, and on Friday nights, locals and tourists alike gather around Pritchard Park for a lively drum circle. And of course, Asheville also boasts a phenomenal food scene, featuring some of the best chefs in the nation.
Ready to channel your inner hippie? Read on to find out exactly where to go to sip and nosh your way through this kooky, cool city!