48 hours in Asheville

How To Spend 48 Hours In Asheville

With only 48 hours in Asheville, you might find yourself pressed for time. Try to squeeze in a few things on this agenda, however.

You won’t want to miss this cavernous spa with wonderful therapists or the amazing Southern food restaurants. You’re sure to have a weekend to remember here…

48 Hours in Asheville, North Carolina

Friday Afternoon

After a short ride in Asheville traffic from the airport in Mills River, check into the Omni Grove Park Inn. It’s a truly stunning hotel made of stone with massive, cozy fireplaces in the lobby. The hotel has wonderful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially at sunset. Book a spa appointment and plan to mill around the hotel.

The spa is incredible and made of stone to look like a cave, so it’s worth spend a few hours in before or after your treatment. Grab a drink by the outdoor fireplaces or in the hot tub, then change to take dinner at one of the hotel’s great restaurants.

48 hours in Asheville


Getting outside for an outdoor adventure is part of visiting Asheville. The Blue Ridge Mountain are right at your fingertips, so even a drive for a mountain-top picnic is possible if you don’t want to hike. Those who love hiking, however, will have tons of trails to choose from. It’s even possible to go mountain biking too.

After a day of activity, return to the city and hit the breweries. There are a lot right in the city, so it’s possible to go on a crawl, but consider a brewery tour. It will save you the headache of transportation, and you’ll learn more about the local industry. After sampling plenty, visit White Duck Taco for dinner. There are great veggie options too.

48 hours in Asheville

Sunday Morning

Sundays are made for lazily exploring Asheville’s downtown. After shopping around a bit and taking a coffee at Double D’s, head to Rhubarb for lunch. It’s owned by Chef John Fleer who was responsible for making Blackberry Farm the sensation that it was, and his fresh touch sings at his own restaurant.

Everything is absolutely delicious, and the ingredients of each dish sing. Save room for dessert too. Then visit the café next door, Rue, for bites and gifts to take home.

48 hours in Asheville

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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