Things To Do in Asheville, NC
Each year for my birthday I go with my family to a place we've all never been to before. Last year it was New Orleans and this year we decided to go to two places, Asheville and Charleston, SC.
We rented a cute craftsman style house on the outskirts of the city and spent a couple days exploring the city and southern cuisine. Asheville is probably best known for the 19th-century Biltmore estate.
The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is Chateau style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet of floor space. Today it is owned by George Washington Vanderbilt's descendants and is one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age.
We happen to be there for the first large-scale exhibition of fashions from Oscar-winning Titanic movie, "Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie."
FYI it's very cold windy there in April. I would recommend going in mid-May or September.
Downtown Art District
The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists' studios.
I'll be featuring some of the local artists and designers that I discovered on the blog soon.
FOOD & DRINKS
Little Jumbo Bar
Our airbnb house was right around the corner from this upscale neighbor bar that serves classic cocktails, house concoctions and small bites. We went here every night after dinner.
Nightbell is an American small-plate restaurant helmed by Kate Button, a James Beard nominated chef. with a focus on seasonal small plates highlighting local Appalachian ingredients and craft cocktails.
Photos from Nightbell
If you are planning a trip to the Charleston or Greenville, Asheville is a great place to stop for a night or two.