I’ve been a couple of times, and it consistently causes me to just be speechless, breathless. This amazing hippie-academic-artsy-naturey community near the ridiculously gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway mountains is one of my favorite places ever! Just the drive there is out of this world (about 4 hours from Chapel Hill, NC,) – Both times I’ve been were road trips that took place in the summer, so I can’t even imagine what autumn and winter are like up there.
As part of a true down-to-earth road-trip, we chose to stay at a hostel. My first time ever, actually! We stayed at the Asheville Hostel (@avlhostel) for a night. It was right downtown, and it was pretty clean and cute. The only disappointment was that we were hoping to meet world travelers playing the guitar on the porch, but it was completely empty besides for us, and the only thing we met was a stray cat passing by.
When in Asheville, going to the Orange Peel is a must, as it is totally famous and great bands play there. BUT what really caught my attention was a parked and colorful double-decker bus where a folk band was performing on the 2nd level. Great sound, super fun and I really wish I could remember their name and give them a shout out – but this was last year and I barely remember what I ate yesterday 🙁
Which brings me to the AH-MAZING vegetarian options this town offers (remember, healthy lifestyle and love of all things sustainable is the norm there, not the exception.) Check out this list of awesome veggie-friendly restaurants.
We started at the Grandfather Mountain – hiked up one of the trails for about 3 hours and found total bliss at the top. The summer temperatures up there were amazingly cool, breezy and describing the peace up there will never do justice to what it actually feels like. JUST GO! Another cool one was a Black Mountain … not as popular as Grandfather… we stumbled upon it by accidentally driving inside the Montreat College campus, a Christian school tucked away in the mountains. Can’t wait to go back during winter and fall…
HIGHLY RECOMMENDING IT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT.