An Asheville Travel Guide

The Lion and the Rose Bed and Breakfast

Double D’s Coffee and Desserts

Breakfast at our B&B

Some of our favorite rooms in the Biltmore Estate

The gardens of the Biltmore

The best brownie with cinnamon ice cream dessert at The Market Place

In July, we had a friend’s wedding to attend in Boone, North Carolina and had been told we must make the trip to Asheville on the way. Asheville is such a quirky, fun city with a life and personality all of its own. I did a bit of research before our trip and found some pretty fantastic places to stay, eat at and visit so if you’re ever in Asheville, here are a few of our favorites that we’d highly recommend.

Stay: The Lion and the Rose is a mother-daughter owned b&b in the historic area of Asheville called Montford District. This b&b has 5 available rooms that are cozy, clean and beautifully decorated. Each morning, breakfast is served at 9am and comes with a starter, followed by a main course, accompanied with fresh squeezed juice and coffee. The food was absolutely delicious and they even keep the pantry stocked round the clock with cookies, water bottles and snacks for guests. To say we enjoyed our time there is an understatement. 

Eat: After our brunch tour, we learned of so many food options we could have tried but nonetheless, we loved the 4 options below.

The Market Place: A modern take on American fare. Matt had the fried chicken, and I had a unique take on Mac n cheese with ham + peas along with a fresh tomatoe-basil salad. Both were delicious and to top it off, our dessert (pictured above) was exquisite. 

Nine Mile: An upscale take on Carribbean food with extremely fresh ingredients. I had a spinach pasta with jerk chicken, pineapple & Alfredo, while Matt had jerk rubbed Mahi that was every bit as good as it sounds. This was walking distance from our b&b and ideal if you’re considering staying at the Lion & the Rose.

Double Ds Coffee & Desserts:  Coffee and desserts in a London-style double decker bus. We preferred the cute outdoor seating and really enjoyed the Italian cream sodas since this mama had to limit her caffeine intake. 

The Thirsty Monk: Acclaimed as one of the best beer bars in the U.S. This place has a basement bar serving all Belgian beer, so Matt got himself one with hints of banana and clove and we played cards together for a chill, downtown evening. 

Play: Walking the quirky downtown was a very relaxing evening activity for Matt and I. We found a book store/cafe called Malaprop’s that hosted well known authors for book discussions and was a place we frequented more than once for it’s fun atmosphere and unique book selection. 

We also wanted to get to know downtown from a local’s perspective and so we booked a brunch walking tour that incorporated delicious food, exercise, learning about the architecture of Asheville’s art-deco buildings and getting acquainted with the city’s history and stories. This was a first for us and something we’d definitely recommend. 

Aside from downtown, Asheville is well-known for its proximity to the Biltmore Estate and so we had to make our way there. If you book your tickets 7 days in advance online, you’ll score a $10 discount per ticket. We highly recommend the audio tour which can be shared for two people, and between the house itself and the gardens, we spent 5 hours at the Biltmore taking in the history and sights (and could have spent much more time if this mama wasn’t tired out!).  

Asheville was such a unique city to visit and after our brunch tour, we felt we could have used a few extra days there. From food to history to art and the outdoors, you will not run out of things to do. 

 

What about you? Any Asheville must-dos you’d add to the list?

 

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