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Your Guide to One Day in Asheville, NC

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Awarded the recent accolade as one of “the best small cities in the U.S.”, Asheville, NC has grown into one of the most popular places to visit. Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a moderate-sized town of 87,000 people with a foundation for the arts, outdoors, and excellent breweries and eateries.

A less than 30-minute drive from Red Rocker Inn, Asheville makes a great day trip but with so much to do and see, it might hard to know where to start. So, to help we have created a handy guide for one day in Asheville, NC.  

Soak up the outdoors

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The Quilt Garden at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Start your day off with a leisurely stroll through the North Carolina Arboretum, located just 10 miles southwest of downtown, it’s a quiet reprieve from city life. This lush garden packs the punch with its colorful flowers, lush landscape, and tranquil babbling brooks. With miles of trails, explore on your own or take one of the guided tours – either way a visit here is one not to be missed during your one day in Asheville, NC.

Literary connections

Continue by uncovering Asheville’s scholarly past. Asheville’s literary history spans across the 20th century with modern writers continuing to draw inspiration from the area. Well-known authors and poets like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, William Henry Porter and more have known significant ties to Asheville, Visit the Thomas Wolfe Memorial or Riverside Cemetery to see the burial spots for Thomas Wolfe and William Henry Porter.

Stop in at a brewery

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We meet oktoberfest. Hand of bartender pouring a large lager beer in tap. Pouring beer for client. Side view of young bartender pouring beer while standing at the bar counter

Asheville, also known as “Beer City USA”, is home to more than 23 local craft breweries, all ready to serve up a pint of their latest creation. The main gathering point for some of the best small breweries are within walking distance of one another on the South Slope; aka “The Brewery District.” As an integral part of the Asheville Ale Trail, this is one of the best areas to discover Asheville’s brewery culture. Satisfy your thirst with a stop in at Burial Beer Co., Green Man, and Funkatorium – just to name a few.

Eat farm to table

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Old wooden harvest table set up. Backyard exterior of old Serbian village farm. Old lantern, home made brandy, chilli pepper pot and plates on the table.

Asheville has been cooking up healthy fresh dishes for locals and tourists alike from its local area farms before farm to table became a popular selling point for restaurants. In fact, 20% of the restaurants in the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association are certified as green restaurants.  A few notable spots include the Bouchon, The Green Sage, Table Asheville, and The Market Place.

Take your culinary experience to the next level by foraging and feasting with No Taste Like Home. Sign up for a wild food foraging tour and gather wild mushrooms, plants and other unique cuisines.

Hotels near Asheville, NC

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Complete your day with drive back to your room at the Red Rocker Inn, where comfort, rest and relaxation await you. Located in Black Mountain, NC, our delightful accommodations offer something for every taste and budget. Our historic and award-winning bed and breakfast is the ideal place to rest your head at night after a day of exploring, so start planning your one day in Asheville, NC and book your stay with Red Rocker Inn!

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