Planning my trip to Asheville

17 Jul

Happy Wednesday, everyone! As I’ve mentioned previously on the blog, I will be traveling to Asheville in August for a quick weekend trip to attend a wedding. I won’t have too much time to explore the city while I’m there, but in the time I do have, I want to focus on visiting some of the historical places that Asheville has to offer. As much as I love to hike and do brewery tours, which are quite plentiful in Asheville, I want to save that stuff for when I visit again with my roommates. I’m just excited to be able to cross one off the travel bucket list! Here are some of the places I would like to see while I’m there:

1. The Biltmore: The Biltmore is a place I’ve always wanted to tour and luckily enough for me, the wedding is taking place there, so I’ll be able to see the estate and attend an event there. Gotta love two birds with one stone when it comes to travel, right?

2. Thomas Wolfe Memorial: I’ll admit, I don’t know too much about Thomas Wolfe and I’m not familiar with his writings, but from checking out the website it looks like a gorgeous, old house and I am not one to pass up a tour of a historical house!

3. Pack Square: This isn’t technically a historic site, it’s more like an area, but I think it would be nice to walk around one of the districts of the city to check out some shops and really get a feel for the city and it’s culture.

4. Downtown Asheville Historic District: This historic area is similar to Pack Square, in that I more so plan on walking around the historic district and seeing what I stumble on. I think sometimes the best finds, are the ones you happen upon while exploring a city!

I used the National Parks Service’s Travel Itinerary on Asheville to get an idea of what I should see while I’m there. I highly recommend checking out their other historic travel itineraries too, it is a great resource and they have many on different cities, regions, and historic themes. I actually used to work for this department of NPS and I could go on for hours about how fantastic this program is, but I’ll save that ramble for another day and another post!

Have any of you guys ever been to Asheville or have any recommendations of historic places to see or places to eat/shop/get a delicious coffee? Let me know!

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2 Responses to “Planning my trip to Asheville”

  1. yooshinate July 17, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    I’m currently living in North Carolina and was finally able to cross Asheville off of my bucket list of places to see in NC a couple of months ago. What a great place! If you’re looking for an awesome spot for brunch or a coffee, Tupelo Honey Cafe in the downtown area is delicious. It typically has quite a bit of a wait, but has some of the best brunch food I’ve ever had. Also, the view from the top of Mt. Mitchell (highest mountain on the east coast) is a great spot (you can hike to the top or drive up there if you’d like to save the hike for another time), if you have good weather. Have a good time!

    • sarahclemons July 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

      I’ve actually been living in NC for a year now and I don’t know how I haven’t made it to Asheville yet! Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll definitely make a note and try to check them out!

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