DON’T try to see everything that Asheville has to offer in a day. We were only able to stay in the area for two days and it wasn’t anywhere near enough time to experience everything that I had wanted.
DO make a road trip through the mountains and national forests that surround Asheville.
DON’T rush through the forests without getting out of your car. Take a hike or a picnic to enjoy some of the scenery.
DON’T skip the art scene.
DON’T skip the art scene. Seriously. The River Arts District and the Downtown Asheville Art District are just two places to start. If you’re not into the high art, then you should check out the local handmade items at the very least.
DO take a tour of the city’s microbreweries. You don’t have to do one of the many guided tours through the city to experience the diversity of flavor that it has to offer. The local bartenders and waitresses are well-versed and educated in their offerings so that you can make good selections even if you go it on your own.
DO plan for a weekend of live music. Whether you’re hitting up the symphonies, the local dives, or the free green space concerts (during the summer months) you’re sure to have a good time with the community.
DO browse one of the farmers markets to sample everything from fresh produce to local cheeses.
DON’T forget small bills. Many of the markets and craft vendors don’t accept credit cards and may not have a ton of change (depending on the day’s business).
DO add the local museums (aSHEville Museum and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, for example) to your itinerary. You don’t have to see them all or spend an entire day at any of them, but do plan to see one or two to enlighten your understanding of the city’s culture.
DO spend an afternoon chatting up the locals at microbrewery or tasting room. They’re friendly and will have great insight on things like the latest music offerings or the best beers/wines to try in town.
– M. Ray Hall