Our big vacation this year was to Asheville, NC. It’s very nice in June. We stayed in a little cabin about a 15 minute drive from downtown. The cabin is way up a very steep, very winding hill/mountain so it feels a lot more remote than it really is. We chose it for this amazing view.
Love this deck!
From the slider onto the deck
Bedroom – a little on the small side but fine for just the two of us
Side view from the couch – that’s the owner’s house out the window
From the window in the living room
The winding road made it a bit of a mission to acquire food so we ate at the cabin a few times and then when we did go to restaurants, I was ravenous and took very few food photos – sorry. We made trips to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I know that’s not special to most people but we don’t have either of those stores where we live. I was shocked by how much food we got for $13 at Trader Joe’s. How do they do it???
There is one restaurant, well, local chain of restaurants, that we went to three times in our five days there. Yes, it’s that good. It’s Green Sage Cafe. We went to the Westgate location twice and the downtown location once.
A+ Soy Latte
Rosetta’s Kitchen was our first stop. We liked it a lot the last time we went to Asheville in 2010. Everything was very good. We got the veggie nuggets for an appetizer and then Robbie got the tempeh reuben and I got the organic smoky tofu wrap.
On the balcony at Rosetta’s Kitchen
Laughing Seed Cafe is another repeat from our 2010 trip. We had a much better time this time. In 2010, they poisoned me with secret walnuts. This time they were totally on top of the allergen thing. Robbie got (another) tempeh reuben and I got this elaborate burrito situation, the South by Southwest Burrito. The champagne dijon vinaigrette dressing on the side salad was very special.
Laughing Seed Cafe
We also ate at Standard Pizza, at the Biltmore Village location, and Mamacita’s in downtown. I was in savage mode I guess because I don’t have photos. Both were good but not DO NOT MISS level good. Mamacita’s started to get packed once we sat down. It’s a post-drinking food spot with quick Mexican food.
Man, oh, man, there’s a lot of beer in Asheville. Our first brewery stop was Wicked Weed. We came back again another day. It’s a big, comfortable place with seats inside and outside.
Bhramari Brewhouse came highly recommended. It is one of the bigger, fancier taprooms we went to. It has a kitchen and gift shop.
Lexington Avenue Brewery is another we remembered from 2010. They have a bunch of local beers on tap as well as food and a full bar.
Burial Beer Co. was Robbie’s favorite. It has a bit of an industrial feel. It’s a simple taproom but it is on the big side and there’s a nice outdoor area. It’s just beer and a tiny gift shop but I found a saison I really enjoyed. Robbie had an IPA they made in collaboration with his favorite local-ish brewery, Civil Society Brewing, so that was a happy coincidence.
Very weird mural outside Burial Beer Co.
Outside at Burial
When in Asheville…
My one and only
Puzzle at Asheville Brewing Company
Eurisko Beer Company is a newer place. It’s really beer in a room and nothing else. But Robbie says it’s very good beer.
Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar is my kind of bookstore! Champagne and books, name a more iconic duo.
The Montford is by far the most spectacular rooftop bar I’ve ever been to and I am a bit of a rooftop bar connoisseur. There’s not a bad seat in the house for the sunset.
I mean, come on.
Top of the Monk is a quirky and cute cocktail bar. There are some strange bar laws in North Carolina that necessitate becoming a “member” before you can buy a drink. I think it’s only for liquor bars that don’t serve food? This was our first stop with such a thing. The drinks were good. There’s a small outside balcony area. You get a locker key for each drink that you buy. The key opens a little locker with a snack inside. I was too suspicious of dairy from a locker to eat the tomato and mozzarella skewer but it’s a charming idea.
The bar at the Top of the Monk
We also stopped at Crow and Quill and The Times at S&W. Crow and Quill is another one where we had to become members. They seem to be big on live music but there wasn’t anybody playing there when we went. Both are speakeasy style cocktail bars. I prefer The Times because it was a lot easier to get a drink there and the bartender made a fine espresso martini for me.
Sky Bar is another rooftop bar. It was really packed up there at sunset! The view is still amazing and feels different than The Montford because you’re in the middle of downtown on top of a shorter building surrounded by people. It’s worth doing if you have two or more sunsets to work with in Asheville.
Packed at Sky Bar
Even rooftop parking is lovely in Asheville
The Imperial Life was my favorite of the non-brewery, non-rooftop sunset venues. Robbie and I both run like our lives depend on it from live music at bars, but the guys playing here were genuinely good. The drinks were great and I appreciate the aesthetic of the place.
The Imperial Life
Nature, it’s why I come out here.
We took a lovely/terrifying drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to some waterfalls. We saw a lot of pretty mountains but had to turn around and come back to the cabin when can’t-see-anything-at-all fog set in quickly. We are used to completely flat driving so it was pretty scary up there even before the fog. On the way back down, we stopped at a bunch of turn offs, took photos, and walked a little ways up a small trail.
One of many pitch black tunnels – why did nobody warn us about these??
Blue Ridge selfie
After the Blue Ridge Parkway fail, we got advice from some locals and drove out to Brevard, NC to stop at three different waterfalls. It was an easy highway drive and then you turn into the Pisgah National Forest and boom waterfalls. Looking Glass Falls was the first stop.
Walking up to Looking Glass Falls
Whole gang of people
Next was Sliding Rock. It was packed with kids walking up and sliding down over and over again.
A few people really flew down this thing and we were worried for them.
The last waterfall was at the end of Moore Cove Trail. It was a very humid but otherwise lovely walk out to an impressive waterfall.
Trail out there
Way up there
It flows into a tiny pool
Robbie takes a look