One Day in Asheville
Updated: Mar 28
One day in Asheville was definitely not enough. Paul and I were recently on a trip to Charlotte, NC and after multiple recommendations, we decided to add a day trip to Asheville to our excursions and try to see as much as we could in one day. As I said before, it definitely was not enough. Asheville is a mountain city about 2 hours outside of Charlotte. You can catch views of the Blue Ridge mountain range, or check out their historical architecture and their arts district. The variety is vast and its entire range is right up my alley. Here is a play by play of what we managed to squeeze in!
We hit the road around 8am, first stop - Tom's Creek Falls. I had heard there was a waterfall close to the highway and thought it would be a worthy first stop. To fuel up, we grabbed lattes at Dos Mundos Two Worlds, a cute little coffee shop not far from the trails. When we arrived at the trail entrance, I was glad to see another vehicle there or we may have missed it! A little more than a mile off the highway, and an easy hike for about a half mile brings you to a railed observation deck at the base of an 80ft multi cascade waterfall. Another path to the right brings you right to the pools at the base of the falls. Paul and I ended up spending nearly two hours there, playing on the rocks like kids. We were there on a Monday morning, so we only saw one other group of people while we were there. We definitely hadn't intended on staying for so long, but being that up close and personal had us a little spellbound. For such an accessible excursion, this waterfall was totally worthy of our time!
Our next stop was to check out the terrace views with a drink at the Omni Grove Park Inn. We chose to sit above the waterfall that trickled down to the sea patio, overlooking the expansive views of the Blue Ridge mountains. I really only saw a small portion of the grounds, but everything I did see blew me away. We absolutely intend on returning for a stay and a spa treatment to enjoy it to its entirety. Perhaps in the fall, when the leaves are at their peak and the views can't be beat.
After taking in those magnificent views, we continued on to the Biltmore Estate. I'll be honest when i say we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into with this excursion. I totally underestimated how massive this place really is. My advice, right off the bat, is to make this a day trip, in itself. As someone who had no idea what I was doing, our tickets into the house were for 2:30pm, so that's when we arrived. Little did I know, we could've been enjoying all of Antler Hill Village on the property that whole time, including their winery. Our tickets included a free wine tasting, so the winery was our first stop. We made our way through tunnels draped in magical, twinkling lights and came out on the other side to a large winery filled with people. This is where I wouldve times pur visit differently. We still had a lot of ground to cover, so we opted to skip the wine line and grabbed a shuttle up to the house and grounds. This place is epically huge. We were a little early in the season for the gardens to be in bloom, and I imagine peak Spring time would be quite the show, but the views were wildly impressive, nonetheless. Since we were running out of daylight, we went through the house tour rather quickly. We were mostly curious how they could possibly fill that much space! My favorite room was Edith Vanderbilt's bedroom, so much velvet and gold! There is so much to do and see when you visit the Biltmore, I highly recommend making a day of it!
The last item on my day trip wishlist was Chimney Rock, but with the drive back to Charlotte ahead of us, we chose to grab a bite to eat instead. Next time! We drove through the industrial, but bright and colorful River Arts district to find the White Duck Taco Shop on the river. This may have been one of my favorite meals on the trip! We tried a bunch of their unique flavors like lamb gyro, duck with mole, jerk chicken, and my favorite, Korean beef bulgogi. Of course we had the salsa trio (the orange was my favorite) and the queso with some lime margaritas. It was all so good! It was just what we needed after a full day of exploring. We finished it off with the Mexican Chocolate Pot du Creme dessert. The pistachio crunch sent me right over the edge! I mean, one of the reviews left under the table said, "the tacos were so good I don't want to poop them out!" You can't argue with a review like that. If you have a White Duck Taco Shop in your city, you've got to try it out!
I feel like we packed in so much on our day trip, but there is still a lot of Asheville that I need to explore. I can't wait until I'm able to head back and take in all that Asheville has to offer! Until then, if you find yourself there, make sure you check out at least one of these gems. I promise you wont be disappointed!