Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Locals Guide To Asheville, NC



MY PERFECT DAY

What to do in a place like this if you only have 24 hours?

My perfect day in Asheville would start with a cup of coffee from my very own Nespresso machine located in my room at The Foundry hotel before throwing on my sneakers for a sunrise hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Frying Pan Mountain Trail is located just a short 40 minute drive via the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway from downtown Asheville, and boasts some of the most stunning panoramic views the NC mountains has to offer. Alternatively, Craggy Gardens would also make for a great hike if you're seeking something slightly closer. After your hike, head over to Spa Theology for a hot stone massage to relax and unwind from the mornings activities (ask for Nani, she's amazing). Spa Theology is just a 5 minute walk from The Workshop Lounge where you can experience a taste of Appalachian cooking for lunch - the Big ALL-DAY Salad is a must. Grab the hotel's house car for a quick ride over to the Grove Arcade to checkout some local shopping and live music near Wall Street. If arts and culture are more your thing, you could also head over to the River Arts district to check out a diverse selection of local art studios. From here, I would head over to my favorite spot for sunset - The Montford. Grab a craft cocktail here for happy hour, watch the sunset, and then round out your day with dinner at Limones just across the way from the hotel, a local favorite for dinner. If you're not too worn out, venture over to French Broad Chocolates for dessert - the carrot cake and milk and cookies ice cream are worth the calories! 

MY FAVORITES

Workshop Lounge // Lunch and Happy Hour (great craft cocktails)
Limones // Dinner
Curate // Dinner
The Grove Arcade // Shopping
Spa Theology // Activity 









WHERE TO STAY

My Impression

One of my favorite things about The Foundry is the old world meets new world vibe. The hotel is an old restored steel factory turned into a luxurious retreat perfect for all travelers. Natural light pours through the windows throughout the hotel, and the decor is executed perfectly making you feel warm and welcomed from the start while still paying subtle homage to it's roots. The Foundry is tucked away in it's own little corner of downtown so it feels like a secluded private retreat, even though you're just steps away from Asheville's most sought after attractions. Perhaps what stood out to me the most is the great pride in genuine and warm hospitality throughout the staff. Be sure to grab a drink at The Workshop and ask for Jeremy, one of the most talented, helpful and friendly bartenders I've ever met! 

My Experience

The food, live music, art, and outdoors here are incredible! I get more smitten about this place with each visit, and I can truly attribute a large portion of that to the people. The people in Asheville are not only prideful of their city and their local craft, but they are some of the most genuine, open, honest, and kind souls I have ever met. It's truly a breathe of fresh air! It can't go without mention that the food is outstanding! Asheville's food scene has truly stepped up to the plate over the last few years with small local businesses thriving and truly providing an authentic experience. Asheville is one of the only cities left in the country where you can find things, you can't find anywhere else - part of what makes it so charming. 

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