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A weekend trip to Asheville, NC

If you have never been to Asheville, NC, this blog is for you! From The Biltmore to miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway to my favorite restaurants and breweries.

We decided to take a 3-day trip to the mountains to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. After losing Sadler, we knew the only way to keep going was to make the best of the moments we were in. And that started with taking more trips. I have yet to document all of our getaways, but I wanted to start with our most recent trip.

We started our trip on Thursday morning at The Biltmore Estate. We arrived a few minutes early and decided to grab a coffee from the Courtyard Market before starting the self-guided audio tour around the mansion. We spent most of the day at The Biltmore Estate as there are lots of miles to cover from the house to the gardens to the winery. The self-guided audio tour is a must, as it allows you to see all of The Biltmore mansion at your own pace. I definitely recommend getting lunch at the Courtyard Market as it was fast, and there were several options. After visiting the house and the gardens, after lunch, we hopped in the car and went to the winery to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and see more of The Estate. We ended our day Thursday with dinner at Pack's Tavern. We decided to leave The Estate to see more of downtown Asheville. However, there are TONS of dinner options at The Biltmore, and "The Bistro" would be a spot I would recommend for a romantic dining experience. Pack's Tavern is a classic to Asheville with live music and casual food; we enjoyed our dinner here!

Friday morning, we started the day with a three-hour electric bike ride tour through the city of Asheville. I HIGHLY recommend this, and if you don't like to bike ride, this is EASY as it is electric. We booked our tour through Flying Bike Tours. We completed a 14-mile bike ride, and we were able to hit some of the top tourist attractions in the city. Turner and I both agreed this was the highlight of our trip. We then had lunch at White Duck Taco, which is another MUST do. The location we ate at was 1 mile from the Flying Wheel Bike Tours shop, and we were able to grab tacos and margs by the river. We then decided to head back downtown to visit some breweries. Our first stop was Wicked Weed Brewing, where we got a flight of beer and then went to Bold Rock for another round of flights. Friday was a good day to just tour the city, stop in breweries, and keep it casual for most of the day. That night, we had dinner at Tupelo Honey while listening to the Asheville Drum Circle. The Asheville Drum Circle happens every Friday night in Pritchard Park, where a variety of local drummers get together and play thunderous rhythms.

We decided not to make any plans for Saturday except for dinner reservations at Salsas. So, on Saturday, we grabbed some coffee and hit the Blue Ridge Parkway, where we drove 60 miles and saw some incredible views. We grabbed a map at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and headed north. Our first stop was the Craggy Gardens, then we went to Mount Mitchell State Park. When you get to Mount Mitchell State Park, if you keep going, you will reach the highest peak east of the Mississippi River with an elevation of 6,684 ft. I have never felt closer to Sadler in a moment like this. We were at the top of the world, it felt like. We kept going north and made it to Little Switzerland, a place that had food, drinks, and ice cream. I would recommend making a stop here and planning to stay a while in this quaint town. We weren't able to stay long as we were starting to run out of time due to our dinner reservations. So, we kept going and finally made it to Linville Falls, a MUST-see. We hiked two different trails and saw the falls from both locations. Plus, once you make it to Linville Falls, you can hit the interstate for a faster route back to downtown Asheville. We ended our trip at Salsa's restaurant, which is right in downtown Asheville. They have great margaritas and authentic food. It was truly an amazing ending to our trip.

There are so many great things to do and see in Asheville, and we could have stayed a week and still not seen it all. But, I highly recommend visiting The Biltmore Estate, taking an E-Bike ride through Asheville, and eating dinner at Salsa's.

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