What I did:
Asheville felt like a mix of a mountain culture and a hippy culture. Many hikers will stop in Asheville as a resting area (and some may take an extended stay). The town has a very laid back feel.
Visited Parks and Fountains-
Asheville has many good parks that can be used for free. They also have fountains that can be fun to play in on hot days.
Spent time with family-
I met up with family members in Asheville, and got to spend some great time with them.
I worked out at the Asheville YMCA. The staff there were very nice, and it was a good facility.
Where I ate:
Curate is an amazing tapas restaurant in Asheville. We sampled a variety of dishes, and each one of them were amazing.
White Duck Taco Shop-
White Duck Taco Shop has very good tacos at very good prices. Also, many of the tacos are very unique.
Wicked Weed Brewing-
Asheville is known for their craft beer scene, and Wicked Weed is at or near the top of the list in Asheville. They had very good beer, a good environment, and nice food choices such as steak carpaccio.
Double D's Coffee-
Double D's is a coffee shop in a double decker bus. The coffee was good, but the novelty of the double decker bus is more exciting than the coffee they had to offer.
High Five Coffee-
High Five is my favorite coffee spot in Asheville. The coffee was very good, and they have a nice, laid back environment.
French Broad Chocolates-
French Broad Chocolates is an excellent dessert place with a large amount of amazing tasty options. If I am going to eat something unhealthy I want it to be worth it, and the dessert I had at French Broad Chocolates was well worth it.
Izzy's Coffee Den-
Izzy's was a good, but not great coffee shop. It was a nice, relaxed place. However, they only have one barista working, leading to extensive wait times for a drink.
Where I stayed:
I stayed at an AirBnB just outside of town with some family members.
How I got around:
My family rented a car, so we drove to most of the places we visited. Asheville can sometimes be a pain to travel around. While the hills and mountains can be very beautiful, it means that many roads go around in circle. It would be especially difficult to drive there during the winter when there is snow or ice on the roads.
My favorite thing:
My favorite thing about my trip to Asheville was the opportunity to spend time with family. Specific to Asheville, I liked the laid back vibe to the city, and Curate was an amazing restaurant.
My least favorite thing:
The roads can easily aggravate the stomach of anyone prone to car sickness. There is rarely a straight path anywhere in Asheville. While that can be part of the appeal, it can also be frustrating at times.
For next time:
Next time I would like to explore the famous Biltmore. I would also like to check out more of the breweries such as Highland Brewery and Burial Beer.
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