The Perfect 3 Day Asheville Itinerary
Hey, hey, I’m back with my full post about the perfect 3-day Asheville itinerary! In case you missed my last post, I shared a travel diary from our anniversary trip to Asheville, North Carolina. Be sure to watch that here for more trip inspiration! I’m breaking down our Asheville itinerary by days and will talk about our favorite restaurants, hikes, and all of the breweries you can’t miss!
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Day 1 Asheville Itinerary
Hike the Black Balsam Knob/Tennent Mountain trail loop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This hike is approximately 5.5 miles, bringing you to just over 6,000 feet of elevation! It took us around 3 hours, with plenty of stops to take in the breath-taking views, and catch our breath. Ha! If you are looking for a shorter hike, you can definitely just do one of the mountains, but I wouldn’t consider this a strenuous journey. I would definitely pack sunscreen, because there is not much tree cover and I got pretty burnt!
Check into your Airbnb. Our Airbnb was in the perfect location in West Asheville and so cute! I loved how it was decorated and the private entrance/self-check in made it a breeze. You’re definitely going to want to get cleaned up from your hike and relax for a bit before heading to dinner.
Eat a bunch of tacos at White Duck Taco. Believe me, this will turn you into a taco person if for some reason you aren’t already. I had the Thai peanut chicken and the fish tacos, while Jarrett enjoyed jerk chicken and pulled pork. Plus, a side of tortilla chips with a salsa trio! All enjoyed outside at a picnic table, by the French Broad River.
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Day 2 in Asheville
Grab breakfast at two spots in West Asheville. Taco Billy needs to be your first stop for savory breakfast tacos! Mine included scrambled eggs, sweet potato, spinach, and goat cheese on a plantain tortilla and had me wishing I got more than one! But, save room for Hole Doughnuts, just down the road! Hole Doughnuts is known for their almond/sesame/cinnamon donut. They also have cinnamon sugar and vanilla, along with a seasonal flavor. Served warm and made right in front of you, these were by far my favorite dessert of the weekend!
Head downtown for a brewery tour! Much of the area is walkable, but if you get caught in torrential downpours like we did, Uber wasn’t too expensive. Start at the Wicked Weed Pub, then hit up Bhramari before taking a break for lunch.
Eat lunch at White Labs, for a fun take on food. This brewpub uses the yeast from its beers in the food they serve! I had the ferment board, which included the best sourdough bread with whipped ricotta, fermented fruit/veggies, and salmon. Jarrett’s burger used yeast in the bun and he loved it!
Alright, back to the breweries. I would head to Green Man and end with Wicked Weed again, but this time at the Funkatorium. At each brewery, Jarrett and I shared flights! If you enjoy trying different brews, but don’t want to get too full/tipsy, I highly suggest this method!
Head to The Hop for a pre-dinner treat and indulge in ice cream! Sea monkey and Bulldog Tracks were delicious!
Now, hopefully you are not too full for dinner! When planning ahead, make reservations for a later meal at Curate. It’s a tapas restaurant that you cannot miss! Curate is on the more expensive side, so plan on that. This was our one year wedding anniversary dinner 🙂 Order chorizo wrapped in potato chips, cod fritters, tomato tostadas with manchego cheese, meatballs, and patatas braves. Thank me later.
Promise me you will still have room for dessert and go down the street to French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Everything looked like perfection and the chocolate cake that we got to go was no exception.
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Day 3 in Asheville
Start your last day off right with breakfast at Biscuit Head! The biscuits are massive and they have a huge jam/jelly/spread bar, all made fresh. Try a bit of everything and you will not be disappointed!
Drive back out of Asheville to see a few waterfalls! First stop is Looking Glass Falls, which is very easily accessible by a staircase. Drive a mile down the road to Moore Cove Falls, but expect a bit of a trail walk. End at Sliding Rock Falls and bring your bathing suit if you’re brave! It is a natural rock slide, costing $6 per person.
Head to Sierra Nevada Brewery for your final brewery/food spot! Sierra Nevada has a full restaurant and the food was incredible. I cannot recommend the sesame wings or pretzels enough. More flights here will let you sample a bunch of brews, including beer only served at this location! After eating, go on a self-tour of the brewery, walk down to the lower grounds along the river, or sit in the pavilion to listen to some live music. You could easily spend hours here!
Alright, that covers what I think is the perfect 3-day itinerary for Asheville, North Carolina! Tell me what I missed or what I need to do next time we visit. Any other questions? Just let me know in the comments below!