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A Weekend in Asheville, North Carolina: Where to Stay and What to Eat

A Weekend in Asheville, North Carolina: Where to Stay and What to Eat


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Asheville, North Carolina is a blue town in a deeply red state. And it’s also home to one of America’s truly great, old-fashioned hotels, the Omni Grove Park Inn. And in its present incarnation, it’s just as grand and gorgeous as my memory held it to be.

I also was a guest at the AC Hotel in Asheville, which is as sleek and modern as the Grove Park Inn is classic and ornate. My room was very comfortable, and was furnished with an eye toward minimalism. There was a big, smart TV which had many channels, which was very impressive. Where the Grove Park Inn is grand and lavish in its presentation, the AC is tech-forward and minimalist. Like the Omni Grove Park Inn, AC Hotel has a strong culinary program, ample space to take in live music, and expansive mountain views.

Asheville is a great food town, with hundreds of farm-to-table restaurants. I took a tour of the local farm to table suppliers for the city’s many fine restaurants and the practice of eating local in the locality where it is produced is widely practiced. I went on an Asheville-farm-to-table tour led by Ann D. Stauss, and it was a spectacular experience for anyone interested in seeing how the food we eat is cultivated.

The first restaurant where I ate was Posana, the first Certified Green restaurant in North Carolina. This was an exceptional dinner. My dining partner was Peter Pollay, the owner and executive chef of the restaurant. He is deeply committed to buying from sustainable, farm to table suppliers. He also cooks largely organically with food supplied by nearly 65 local purveyors and farmers.

There were subtle layers of flavor in some beans which I had not known until I ate at Posana, and the combination of local organic vegetables and Peter’s skills as a chef is a formidable one. If you get to Asheville, head straight to this fine restaurant.

The next day I had lunch at Cúrate, a Spanish tapas spot just down the street from Posana, run by James Beard Award-nominated chef Katie Button and her husband. The building that houses Cúrate was built in 1927 and served as Asheville’s bus station for many years before being thoughtfully renovated in 2011. I had a selection of tapas; the standout being some Spanish sardines, which were wonderful. I have never truly tasted such outstanding sardines! For lovers of spirits, Cúrate has a new vermouth bar, (a vermuteria), another surprise in this remarkable city.

That night, I was invited to the rooftop restaurant Capella on 9, at the AC Hotel. It has the most spectacular views. I got there in time for sunset, which was glorious. The menu was created in consultation with Pollay and Jordan Arace of Mandara Hospitality Group (which owns Posana). Their partnership allows the Capella on 9 menu to stay true to their commitment to source locally and responsibly, resulting in eclectic but balanced dishes.

Through the tapas-style menu, handcrafted cocktails, and an affinity for live music, they encourage guests to slow down, let the time pass, and savor the moment, the food, and the scenery. It’s quite wonderful.

My final night in Asheville, I checked into the Omni Grove Park Inn and had dinner at Vue 1913, the year that the hotel was built. It’s a chic restaurant, an American twist on a European-style bistro. It has stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and, once again, it is a farm-to-table restaurant. Vue 1913 has received The Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

I will always remember Asheville as a great city to visit, for it truly is, with a nice tempo of life, gracious people, and outstanding food.


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!


Girls Weekend Guide to Asheville

I am so excited to share a recap of the weekend I recently spent for a Girls Weekend in Asheville, NC. A few months ago my Sister and I decided it had been too long (exactly: NEVER) since just the two of us got away for a girls getaway. With her living up in Boone, NC and me being in Atlanta, we pretty quickly determined that a Girls Weekend Asheville, NC would be the most ideal location for a meeting spot.

And let me tell you something- it was more than ideal- it was PERFECT! I am so appreciative that we got to have this special time together. I think the Sweets at home had fun having “guys weekend” so it was a win-win for everyone.

My Sister had been to Asheville many times, but this was my first trip and I was so excited to explore the city. I am not sure how it is even possible that I have never visited since it is only 3.5 hours from home. Before we left we had one goal: NO ITINERARIES ALLOWED. Since I had not been before, I turned to Instagram for some recommendations and so many people came through with some great suggestions. Combined with my Sister knowing some great spots and both of us taking a go-with-the-flow attitude, we had fun rambling through the quaint city and enjoyed the slow pace of having nowhere to be.

I was looking forward to some downtime with my sister and of course getting into some shenanigans. (of course shenanigans these days means gorging on cheese dip and sleeping in…) And we were laughing too hard to get a good picture of us in our “shenanigans” shirts!



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