Asheville, NC In Less Than 48 Hours

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Asheville makes for a great getaway destination or a night or two stop on the way to somewhere else. Nestled among the Great Smoky Mountains (5 entrances to the national park are within 70 miles of Asheville), the beautiful scenery is among one of the city's attributes, but certainly not the only. Downtown is walkable, the breweries are plentiful and unique, and there's plenty to do from glass blowing to honey tasting. Here's how we tackled Asheville in less then 48 hours!

Where to Stay

When I asked for advice on where to stay in Asheville, the overwhelming response was to check out Asheville Glamping. On a beautiful 15 acre property about 20 minutes from downtown Asheville, options for glamping styles include domes, safari tents, a boho tipi, and several trailers including an airstream. With flushing toilets and showers in private outhouse structures and air conditioning, you may forget that you're even camping (aside from the bugs!). My favorite moments? Waking up in the sunlight through the window of our dome, gazing at countless stars while enjoying our campfire, and journaling at our dome's little cafĂ© table. 

Where to Eat

We drove in in the evening and after checking into our dome headed to Wicked Weed Brewing in downtown Asheville. My boyfriend had been before and raved about the food there, and he was right. (See, baby, I say that sometimes!) I literally had a dilemma when it came to ordering because there were several things I really wanted to try, and I only have one stomach. We started with the Beef Tartar and then I had the Carolina Bison Burger topped with haystack shallots and blue cheese coleslaw and Ian had the Fried Chicken Sandwich with lemon dill aioli and watermelon hot sauce. Plus of course, the beer.

The next night we stumbled upon The Bull & Beggar after all our walking because it happened to be next to our last brewery stop, and holy moly amazing! I've added this to my list of favorite restaurants in the world (a future post, for sure!). When the house pinot noir knocks your socks off, you know you're in the right place. Oysters, a butter lettuce salad, duck fat potatoes, and a filet mignon with marrow bone were some of the menus highlights. I also loved the bookshelf next to the bar stacked with iconic literature and cookbooks. I'll come back to Asheville just for dinner here. Who wants to join?

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What To Do

Walk, walk, walk! There's a lot to discover downtown. We started with a coffee at Double D's Coffee & Desserts, a coffee shop in a double decker bus, for some caffeine. Then we spent the whole day walking, eating, and discovering cool things before heading back to our dome for a fire and some stargazing. There are several places to watch, shop, or even try glass blowing. I especially liked Lexington Glassworks because there are benches to sit on and watch and the artists will answer questions while they work, plus there's a bar so you can sip a wine or beer while you watch a beautiful glass light fixture come to life. We also shopped at Asheville Bee Charmer, where we cozied up to their tasting bar and tried sweet and savory honeys before deciding which to bring home as a souvenir. Chocolate shops, and never-ending breweries make for great stops on every block.

I've vowed to try glassblowing on my next trip! Who wants to join me? 

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Self-development expert and Entrepreneur Kimberly Novosel first came onto the Nashville fitness scene as the creator of Verticity indoor cycling studio. A published author and columnist, an accomplished speaker, and a sought after entrepreneur, Kimberly currently co-owns outdoor adventure company Alternate Routes, is Co-Owner and Editor here at Elsewhere, and has a new wellness studio concept in the works.