Between the Biltmore Estate and the Blue Ridge Mountains, I don’t know how a city can be so beautiful. Ryan and I just got back from 4 days in one of the coolest places we’ve been – Asheville, North Carolina. It was sort of a random pick for us since it hadn’t really been on our radar, but once we saw pictures of the scenery – we were in. The Biltmore was like the best cherry on top, too.
If you’re not familiar with Asheville, it has a very Austin vibe – big southern influence (barbeque, folky music, etc.) with people of all religions, political parties, and beliefs. It has a deep southern history with surprisingly a strong New York influence. The Vanderbilt’s basically brought all of their New York money and made Asheville into mini NYC in the 1800’s.
Basically, it’s BEYOND charming and we had the best time.
If you’re planning your next vacation, here are some of our must-do’s in Asheville. If these don’t convince you I think the pictures will!
1.Visit the Biltmore Estate – the largest private residence in the United States. Be sure to walk the gardens!
2.Go hiking up in the Blue Ridge Mountains – we went on this hiking/waterfall tour and this alone would’ve made it worth it.
3.Walk around downtown and pop into random shops. We found a place called Lexington Glassworks and got to see some guys do live glass blowing.
4.Go on this ghost tour. YES WE DID THAT. It was the goofiest thing we’ve done, but was legitimately really cool. You walk around downtown at night with a guide and 15 other people and he explains the darker history of the city. It’s not scary whatsoever – just more interesting! Just do it, okay?
5.Go to Vortex Doughnuts. Oh SNAP these were good. Ryan got the Vanilla Apple Fritter and I got the Vortex Donut. Lowkey his was better, but mine was still 10/10.
Here are some fun pictures from the trip! You’ll notice in the photos that we don’t skip meals ha. Have you been to Asheville before? If so, what should we do next time?
Thanks so much for reading! Happy hump day!
– Caitlin –