Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Day in Asheville, North Carolina

Early Saturday morning we drove two and a half hours west to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the town of Asheville. Friday was 95 degrees in Winston-Salem, Asheville was a balmy 65 Saturday morning. My jeans, long sleeves, scarf and denim jacket came in handy.

Of course, the number one attraction in Asheville is the famous Biltmore Estate. However, $80 for one ticket was a little out of my college student price range. So, we decided exploring downtown Asheville was the way to go.

I found the Asheville Urban Trail, a self-guided walking tour of the town online. Before we took the tour, we had some coffee, well I did not because I do not drink coffee, and a donut at Vortex Doughnuts and we had the name favorite- the Vortex: a cinnamon sugar donut with chocolate drizzle.

The walking tour was a bit hard to follow, even for a girl with very good navigation skills. We did 20 of the 30 points of interest and then bumped into some of the points when we were just wandering freely. 

We saw the Grove Arcade, which is not an arcade, just a beautiful building with little shops. 

St. Lawrence Basilica.

The wrought iron statue.

We stumbled upon brunch at Sovereign Remedies. Carnitas Fries- French fries with avocado sauce, brisket and a fried egg! YUM!

The River Arts District was also recommended. After lunch we headed there and walked about. It was just art galleries. Nothing of interest for my group.
We then tried to go to some breweries but there was no parking, so we called it a day and headed home through the mountains.

A very cute and small city. Very mixed architecture and style. It was not as cohesive as I thought it was going to be. It also really was not anything I was expecting. There were A LOT of homeless people. A little disappointed by the city but nonetheless, I a fun day exploring a new city that I have heard so much about.


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