Asheville for 48 Hours: a Guide

 Hello friends! I am back home from my weekend trip to Asheville, NC & I am ready to spill the tea on everything and anything I did in those 48 hours. When I first booked this trip I asked for your recommendations on Instagram, I received up to 1000 (wtf!!!) recommendations so I compiled a list of the things I got recommended the most and found the most interesting & helpful at the end of the post for anyone who wanted more recommendations than just what I did in my 48 hours.

Asheville is about a 4.5 hour car ride from Nashville so we left first thing in the morning and got in just in time to check into our Airbnb. From what I've seen Airbnb is the way to go when you stay in Asheville because the prices for the hotels remind me of something you'd see in a very touristy city similar to Nashville. Here's the exact Airbnb I stayed in, it was fine, did the job! I would love to stay in one of the cute hotels downtown sometime but I loved the location we were in about 10 minutes north of downtown. Great if you have a car.

BTW my invite code on Airbnb is here if you want up to $50 off your first Airbnb booking!

After getting settled in we decided to go scout photo locations before heading to some breweries downtown. I had gotten a bunch of recommendations to drive along Blue Ridge Parkway so we just started driving to see the beautiful colors of fall. I knew when I booked the trip that it would be prime fall colors because I had looked up on this site when the best weeks were. It gives an estimate of the areas and the progression of the leaves. so be sure to check that out if you're traveling in the fall. It was a stunning drive. One that we made multiple times during our short stay.

  Cody is a big brewery guy so obviously checking out breweries was a must when we were visiting and most of them are dog friendly so it was a win-win. On Thursday we went to Burial and Cody had a beer or two there, I naturally had a frose (winning.) We knew we would be visiting more breweries the next day so we only stopped at this one before dropping Miller off at the airbnb and heading to dinner.

Now let me tell you about this dinner... it was, life changing. I have to be honest I didn't refer to the recommendations I received often because there were just too many places recommended, so I looked up on yelp whatever we were craving and hoped for the best. We ate at Sonora Cocina. We got the salsa tray and each got our own entree, mine being 2 chicken tacos. MY GOD IT WAS SO MUCH FOOD, BUT SO GOOD! I could not recommend this place enough. We thought we got our money's worth from the meal and you never know with touristy cities how it's going to go. Afterwards we just went home to watch the debate and sleep because we were stuffed like a Thanksgiving turkey.

The next day we woke up and headed to brunch at Moose Cafe Asheville on the west side. It was about a 15 minute drive from our Airbnb and if you go, I recommend going before it gets really busy at 9am! It kind of reminded me of a Loveless Cafe or even a Cracker Barrel on steroids. The biscuits and apple butter (that tasted like fall in a butter) were amazing and I am always a happy girl when I can get some country ham with my pancakes. We were happy with our decision to eat brunch here! To be fair I've never met a biscuit I don't like.

We then were off to shoot some more content along Blue Ridge Parkway before the sun got too high up in the sky. Typical blogging trip. But thankfully when the location is as scenic as Asheville is in fall, shooting took less than 30 minutes so we really had all day to do whatever.

As I said before Cody really loves a good brewery so my friend Taylor, check her out here, gave me some recommendations for a beer lover and since we had our car, we drove right out of town to the breweries up north. Zebulon Brewing (only open on Friday and Saturday but came highly recommended) and right next to it was Eluvium. Then before dinner when we were downtown, we checked out DSSOLVR because there wasn't an outrageous line and it was so good. They had a cheesecake sour beer which I drank and surprisingly loved.

For dinner we met up with my best friend from college who was also in town visiting, a blessing truly. We ate at Tupelo Honey, which was recommended a whole bunch, rightfully so. We made reservations for dinner about a week in advanced so if you're going, I definitely recommend doing the same. They serve brunch all day which is my kind of place, but ultimately I went with the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwich which was amazing. The rest of the night we just went to whatever brewery wasn't super packed with a line because COVID. Wasn't anything spectacular so I genuinely can't even remember the name.

So now for your recommendations I promised!

The Typical Touristy Things (no offense just typical answers)

Sierra Nevada


Tupelo Honey (guilty)


Wicked Weed

More Recommended

Battery Park Book Exchange

Sunny Point Cafe


Vortex Donuts

Burnsville, NC (for a small town vibe)

Rocky's Hot Chicken

Tamarind Thai

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