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Asheville, North Carolina, skyline set against a mountainous backdrop at sunset.



Asheville’s popularity has exploded in recent years. In fact, it was named the No. 1 Best in the U.S. Travel Destination by Lonely Planet in 2017. Nestled among the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with no shortage of activities, art, and food and beverage options, it comes as little surprise.

Itching to travel but can’t take time off work? Spend a weekend in Asheville. Located just two hours from Charlotte, this may be your first visit – but we’re betting it won’t be your last.

What to Do

Asheville boasts the second-most breweries per capita (one shy of Portland, Maine, as of 2019) and has been dubbed “Foodtopia” by food-obsessed travelers nationwide. Plan a brew tour and stop for small bites along the way, then browse the galleries in the hip River Arts District. But don’t leave without squeezing in some nature! Rent a tube to float through the middle of town on the French Broad River, or hike to one of the many waterfalls just outside the city.

Where to Stay

It certainly isn’t cheap, but if you can swing it, spending a night at the Biltmore is something you’ll never forget. On the 8,000-acre scenic grounds, discover a French Renaissance-inspired castle built in 1895, numerous gardens, a renowned winery, several restaurants, and more.

Where to Eat & Drink

While you’re touring downtown Asheville, be sure to pop in One World Brewing for some suds before heading to Curate for tapas. A bus depot in the 1920s, the restaurant’s backstory is as cool as its ambiance.

For more information about events and activities close to home, visit The Palmer’s blog.