Although I am a true City Girl, I love quaint escapes to destinations with immense small town charm. With roots in the mountains of North Carolina, I couldn’t wait to feature one of my favorite cities, Asheville, North Carolina. Rated as a “Traveler’s Choice” by TripAdvisor in 2011, the kudos are more than deserved. It’s a melting pot for those interested in the arts, outdoor festivals and nature. But can provide a comparable experience for foodies, spa connoisseurs and shoppers.
Asheville is home to several awesome hotels, in addition to great bed and breakfast escapes. For those looking for a more upscale experience, The Grand Bohemian provides just that. But if you prefer a more intimate experience, plan to stay at the #2 rated bed and breakfast in the country (and #12 in the world) The Reynold’s Mansion.
The shopping experience is diverse, with opportunities in traditional mall environments or more boutique experiences in Downtown Asheville, the Grove Arcade and the Biltmore Shops. For our foodies, The Biltmore Winery in Antler Hill Village will provide an amazing wine tasting experience and Curate Tapas Bar, the new and always busy restaurant, will provide an amazing journey in Spanish delicacy.
When it’s time to relax, Asheville has something for everyone. My recommendation is to relax in a hot tub under the open sky at Shoji, a Japanese style outdoor and massage spa.
See you next week on our next journey.