Over the weekend I spent 24 hours in Asheville, North Carolina with a good friend. One of the reasons I love living in Charlotte is due to its proximity to both the mountains and the beach. In less than 4 hours I can be in either location! Luckily, Asheville is just over 2.5 hours away from Charlotte, making it an easy destination for a quick getaway.
Saturday morning I packed up my car and headed to the mountains. My friend was meeting me there, as we were coming from different parts of North Carolina (but luckily for her it was still only a 2.5 hour drive!). Since I arrived a bit early, I went straight to the hotel (Inn on Biltmore Estate) and enjoyed the mountain views. While I waited I sat by the fire, drank a cappuccino and read my book (I’m currently reading Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly). This was the perfect start to my getaway; I love nothing more than relaxing and enjoying a gorgeous view! Once my friend arrived we continued to enjoy the fire and had a bite to eat while catching up.
After fueling up we decided to head to the Biltmore Estate for a quick tour. We have both toured the inside of the mansion before, so we opted out of doing it this time around due to our limited schedule. Regardless, we spent over an hour exploring the grounds and enjoying the views from the estate. The greenhouse was a favorite stop of ours; even though it was chilly over the weekend (which I loved), there were still daffodils and tulips in bloom outside, and even more impressive blooms inside the greenhouse! If you'd like to learn more about the Vanderbilt's and the Biltmore Estate, check out this timeline from the Biltmore! We decided to head back to the hotel to quickly change before our early dinner reservation at Curate. I’ve heard great things about Curate, a tapas style restaurant, and it did not disappoint. We ordered in rounds, and settled on the following items:
Endibia con queso y nueces
Pimientos de piquillo rellenos
Paella de verduras
Table de jamones
Everything we had was incredible. I also ordered their red sangria, which I would highly recommend!
After dinner we headed down the street to Wicked Weed Brewing. Asheville has a lively brewery scene, including the renowned Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Again, due to our limited time we decided to go to Wicked Weed because of its proximity to dinner. After a beer we went back to the hotel for the evening to continue catching up. I hadn’t seen this friend in almost a year, so we had a lot to fill each other in on!
The next morning we decided to have breakfast at the hotel (delicious!) and head home. While I’ve been to Asheville before, it had been almost a decade. I’m definitely keeping Asheville on my list of “quick weekend getaways” for the future - 24 hours was great, but there’s definitely more to explore!