Southern Road Trip: What to Eat in Asheville
I covered the where to eat last Tuesday, so now let’s cover the what to eat while you’re there.
Ice Cream: Not your typical ice cream, choose a flavor such as Black Mocha Stout.
French Fry Sandwich: Get yourself one of these at the Asheville Sandwich Company. They also serve pork belly, tofu, and healthier options.
Falafel: Get this from Lebanese food truck Gypsy Queen Cuisine.
Corn Pudding: Eat this with a plate of ribs. Your taste buds will thank you now, your fat cells may not thank you at all.
Fried Green Tomatoes: These are going to keep cropping up on food lists over the next month or so. It’s the South and these are a regular side dish. And, they’re tasty. (more…)
Southern Road Trip: The Best of Asheville
I wrote an entire post on the Parkway last week, so it only makes sense that it would be my favorite outdoor activity. Sure, if you just drive the Parkway then you’re technically indoors. However, this is the time to get out of the car, put on your most comfortable walking shoes, and get lost (not literally, get a map at the visitor’s center) on the trails. Take in the wild flowers, the bustling animals, and the shade of thousands of trees. It’s the perfect escape for an afternoon of sunshine.
Best Day Trip: Chimney Rock
Chimney Rock is a little less than an hour away and is another excellent spot to hike for an afternoon. The shorter trails are wonderful, especially the one that leads to Hickory Nut Falls, but it’s the jaunt to the top that’s a killer. You can take an elevator to the top when it’s running, but I’d suggest earning the view with hundreds of stairs. Hundreds. Get ready to feel your thighs burn and take frequent breaks at the overlooks or platforms if you’re not in great shape – we passed several people and families on our way up. (more…)
Southern Road Trip: Asheville Part 2
Troubadours & bluegrass buskers populate Asheville’s downtown street corners when the weather is nice and the evenings are long. The music scene is thriving and well-known, its history of that never-replicated Appalachian sound longstanding. The city continues to be a center for up-and-coming musicians and artists of all backgrounds and trades. It’s truly a mecca of creativity seen in everything it presents, from its food preparation to its live shows to its extensive arts districts to the history of such creators that they embrace and share with visitors.
The city is rife with things to see and do that will fill more than a weekend, but not so many things that you’ll feel like you’re missing out if you can’t stay longer. Or you could always return. I’d suggest the latter.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
52 North Market Street
35 Wall Street
One Lodge St
River Arts District
Clingman Ave at Lyman St (more…)