While embracing my serendipities I fell in love with Asheville, North Carolina.
Guys, this place is fantastic. Located in Western Carolina, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s tough not to fall in love with this place. Driving there was a pill, but once you really get surrounded by the mountain ranges and let go of things at home it’s like taking a fresh breath of air on a new planet.
Asheville has it’s own little culture, particularly downtown. The people are kind and unique, each and every one of them. They are so comfortable with themselves, oozing this aura of not giving a crap about mainstream, popular culture, but really connecting to their town. I mean c’mon, they’re known for their slogan, “Keep Asheville Weird.” It’s a beautiful, different place with almost no chain restaurants and lots of tie-dye.
I had the luxury of being taken around town by an Asheville native and fellow blogger, Aerial Austin from aeriscorner.com. We started off walking the streets after parking (super easy and cheap to find). Coincidentally, the LEAF Festival was going on to there were live
musicians and performers walking the streets – cue background music for my life.
Forreal, guys, I felt like I was in the coolest version of the twilight zone.
Top 3 Must Do’s
- Sky Bar: AMAZEBALLS view. Three levels of terraces that are reached by an old school elevator, this rooftop bar serves you drinks as you listen to live music and watch the chill pigeons hang out on the other rooftops (pretty sure Mary Poppins was supposed to show up). Really want a show? Sit out during the sunset and check out some of God’s most beautiful work.
- Tupelo Honey: Perfect place for reasonably priced southern comfort food. Literally, everything is homemade, and they give you uber cute biscuits to dip in your honey. Don’t go with a huge party because guaranteed you’ll wait for a while, but they’re so fancy they’ll send you a text when your table is ready so you can walk around or shop.
- Hot Springs Resort and Spa: In Hot Springs, which isn’t too far from Asheville, there’s a wonderful place that has flipping awesome outdoor jacuzzis filled with Natural Hot Mineral Water. The water is famous for it’s “mineral content and legendary healing powers.” Definitely worth the trip, especially after hiking or canoeing (both of which require a ridiculous amount of physical endurance that I surely don’t have).
Long story short, Asheville makes my heart happy so plan your getaway as soon as possible. Next time I go I’m adding the Biltmore to my must do’s so definitely check back for my serendipity at the Biltmore Estate!