Asheville, NC, is the artisanal DIY center of the South, making it a great destination for visitors to experience unique food, art, and music. Moreover, its location along the Great Smoky Mountains makes it a destination for nature lovers, lending the perfect backdrop for experiencing the culture Asheville has to offer. This is your perfect do to list.
Do-It-Yourself Family Home
The Vanderbilts built the massive Biltmore Estate and raised poultry and cattle so the estate could be self-supporting. Later on, a vineyard and winery were opened, and they are still functioning today.
Witness Art Being Created
In the River Arts District visit artist studios, including painting, pottery, and glassblowing. Some have workshops you can participate in. Stop by the railroad tracks and hang outside with the locals at Wedge Brewing Company, where “beer is art.”
WNC Cheese Trail
In 2013, the WNC Cheese Trail was created so visitors could witness cheese-making in person. Take some time to follow the self-guided cheese trail to area creameries.
Local favorite, French Broad Chocolates’, works with farmers in Costa Rica, Peru, and Nicaragua to procure their beans. Their nearby Chocolate Lounge is always full, offering treats such as mocha stout cake, a seasonal trifle, and chocolate mousse in a relaxed environment.
Find Natural Beauty
Take a relaxing drive along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, which is magical throughout the whole year. The 469-mile scenic road offers amazing vistas and mountain meadows, and is also home to many campgrounds, picnic areas, and trails.