Favorite Places in Asheville

Disclaimer: I LOVE ASHEVILLE. I love everything about Asheville: the mountains, the chill vibes, the record shops, the breweries, the food. This list is completely biased and based on very little objective, factual information. Read on ;)

I went to Asheville for the first time since I was a little kid about five years ago; my whole family got my mom a trip to the Biltmore Estate for Christmas, and all of us - my parents, brother, sister, and grandparents - went together. It was cold and wet, and I’m pretty sure all of us got sick, but I fell in love with the place.

Beau, Nick, and I took a quick day trip last spring, and then Nick took me again in February, for my birthday and our first anniversary. We spent the night wandering around Asheville, then drank a bottle of Biltmore Reserve cabernet outside beneath the stars and a lot of twinkly lights, and finished off the trip with another visit to the Biltmore Estate (he’d never been).

Last Friday, my sister and I played our second show in Asheville, and we took to the town with our band afterward, in search of the elusive Crow & Quill. We didn’t have any luck finding it (where is it, Asheville-ians??), but all I could think as we ran around Asheville in true Nick and Norah fashion was how much I loved the city.

This is definitely not a comprehensive list, but these are my favorite places in Asheville so far! BE sure to share yours in the comments below, because I can’t wait to go back!

1. The Market Place

The Market Place definitely has a soft place in my heart for two reasons: 1. Nick and I celebrated our first anniversary here and 2. They were so incredibly accommodating with my food allergies.

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Nick called ahead to find out if they could cook to order, and not only were they able to, the manager and the waiter who took care of us were aware I was coming, knew what allergies I had, and had already talked with the chef to prepare a special menu for me to choose from. Seriously. I was blown away.

Love this place so much. It’s hip without feeling stuffy, and the menu is locally sourced.

2. Laughing Seed Cafe

Laughing Seed is the cutest little veg cafe downtown. I went with Nick and Beau when we visited and were really just walking around downtown with no plans. Their bowls are amazing, I’m obsessed with their blackberry ginger lemonade, and their cocktails are so delicious.

3. Downtown Books & News

This is another shop we just wandered into last spring! I love to read, and DBN is the bookstore that dreams are made of!

4. Pack’s Tavern

This was the first stop last weekend! We were trying to make a friend’s show, but plans changed, and somehow, we ended up here in a booth with the nicest waiter to watch the Yankees game. Best part of the deal? They had Bold Rock Cider. I’m not a big drinker, but Bold Rock is not only incredible, but gluten free, vegan, and allergen friendly.

5. Broadway’s

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Broadway’s is the ultimate dive bar, with pool tables and a corner booth to watch your friends try to beat each other. There’s also a record shop right down the street that I was dying to visit, but didn’t get to. Next time!

6. Highland Brewing Co.

We played The Meadow at Highland Brewing Co. on Friday night, and honestly, if they would let me move in there, I would. The building is beautiful, the Meadow is like the ultimate campground/music venue, and everyone is so welcoming and relaxed. It’s everything I love about Asheville, all rolled into one massive brewery. Plus, there are dogs. What could be better?

7. Biltmore Estate

So this might be the most touristy place in Asheville, but seriously, don’t let that dissuade you; it is for a reason, and it’s truly a sight to see. The house, the gardens, the property…you’ve really got to see it to understand how unbelievable it is. It’s like something out of a fairytale.

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