When it comes to our favorite places, we are always happy to share suggestions with our guests. Sometimes, though, I have to slow down when offering them as I get so excited about them. Here is just a sampling - more next time!
Beer, Beer, Beer - Asheville is known for it's bounty of small breweries making delicious craft beer. My favorite (Lynne) is the Surf Wax at Burial - I love a happy IPA so this, for me, is perfect. My daughters and I love nothing more than to stock on up it and enjoy a raucous round of car playing while sipping Surf Wax. My favorite brewery in terms of location love is Zilicoa on the French Broad River - you can't beat the experience of sitting in the grass as the sun sets, sipping a yummy beer and ordering tacos from the very authentic taco truck there. Talk about a cheap date!
Hike and Swim - I love to climb a mountain then jump in a river on a hot summer day. For this, our old stand by is the 50 minute drive to Looking Glass Rock trail head near Brevard, then slip through the unmarked trail across from the parking lot at the trail head, and you'll find what we stumbled upon a few years ago - a swimming hole on the Davidson River that very few people know about. Cool off after you've hiked the 5-6 mile up and back to the top of Looking Glass R rock where you will feel like you're on top of the world. After your swim, visit Oscar Blues or the Hub for beer, followed by dinner at Magpie, a delicious meat and three with a modern twist. Mm, mmm, good. Short-ish 45 minute drive back to Asheville.
Take a Spin - We have great cycling in Asheville, both for mountain biking and road biking. For road biking, the locals love the climb up Elk Mountains to the Blue Ridge Parkway (stop by Buzzard Rock on the way to see where the high schoolers party late night but also just enjoy the view from the graffiti covered rocks!), then sail back down to town on Town Mountain Road. Or, go to the Hard Times Trail head near the Arboretum in S. Asheville (very near our newest rental) and you'll find miles of gravel roads and single track. Also great biking is back in near Brevard at the gorgeous Dupont Forest. You can't go wrong at either - Dupont is known for the waterfalls, but Hard Times is closer.
Feeling less ambitious but want to get outside? Float down the French Broad with Zen Tubing - totally easy and relaxing.