The Weekender: Asheville, NC
An eclectic, artsy town just outside the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville, NC, is known for having some of the best craft breweries on the East Coast. From restaurants to antique shops, here’s what should be on your must-see list (and your must-pack list) for a weekend in this adorable town.
You can’t visit Asheville without touring the famous Biltmore Estate, a sprawling mansion built by George Vanderbilt. Situated on 8,000 acres that back up to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the property houses numerous manicured gardens, a winery and an inn (in case you want the full Vanderbilt treatment). But don’t feel as though you have to postpone your visit until spring, as the area also boasts some of the best fall foliage on the East Coast.
Pack: A sophisticated yet understated olive weekender.
If you’re looking for a taste of real Southern comfort food, there’s no better place to start your day than at Early Girl Eatery. From its retro kitchen, this friendly farmhouse serves up locally sourced breakfast dishes with gourmet flair, such as homemade biscuits (served with your choice of vegetarian-friendly or smoky bacon gravy) and the Early Girl Benny (grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and avocado).
Wear: A comfy, classic denim shirt.
Located in downtown Asheville’s Brew District, Hi-Wire offers a rotating selection of handcrafted, seasonal beers that won’t disappoint. Sample a flight in the tasting room or have a pint of Prime Time Pale Ale or Hi-Wire Lager while you play a round of shuffleboard. To top off your afternoon, head to one of the city’s best beer gardens and patios, Ben’s Tune Up, which is right next door.
Slip on: Vintage Vans for a chill night.
People from all over the country come to Asheville to check out its storied antique scene. Screen Door is a favorite stop because it houses more than 100 vendors, whose home and garden wares range from midcentury modern to shabby chic. We can’t imagine you won’t come away with at least 1 item or be inspired to DIY something once you get home.
Bring a throwback of your own: A stylish “fanny pack” will keep your hands free while you’re browsing.
Nothing beats enjoying a nice glass of wine as you snuggle up next to your pup and read a good book — are we right? The best part is that you can do it inside Battery Park Book Exchange instead of your living room. In the heart of downtown, this one-of-a-kind, dog-friendly spot has quaint décor, so plan to settle into one of the tufted leather couches with a new-to-you title, a glass of Champagne or cup of espresso, and a truffle.
Channel: Your chicest bookworm style in cute specs.