waterfalls, breweries and food
If you’ve lived in North Carolina for any amount of time, you know that people are always going to the mountains or to the beach. Well, one of my good friends and I decided to go against the status quo for Labor Day week and instead of going to the beach, we went to the mountains.
While our trip was planned only a few weeks in advance, we still managed to snag an awesome place on Airbnb. We stayed in Mills River, which is just a short drive to Asheville. Our place was on a small farm with a horse and wildlife. In the mornings I sipped my coffee on the patio, listening to the sounds of the water fountain, chirping birds and wind blowing through the trees.
While in Asheville, our main focus was to see some waterfalls, try some beer and have some awesome food! Boy, did we have success!
Saturday morning we went and explored downtown Asheville. We went to a craft show they were having that morning first. Then we had breakfast at Chestnut. I had an Eggs Benedict with fried green tomatoes instead of Canadian bacon and biscuits instead of an English muffin. It was divine! We also split a pitcher of mimosas because it was cheaper than to get out own.
After breakfast, we continued exploring downtown Asheville. We stopped in a bunch of their stores. We took a coffee break at Double D’s Coffee and Desserts. It’s a double-decker red bus that’s transformed into a coffee shop. It’s adorable, probably super touristy, but had an awesome atmosphere and amazing coffee!
We continued exploring downtown Asheville, before I got the bright idea to walk to the historic district of Montford. This ended up being a farther walk than we both anticipated on a hot Labor Day Saturday. We ended walking to the Riverside Cemetery. We saw a few cute historic houses, but we also realized we were getting farther and farther away from downtown Asheville. At this point we were getting hungry and also had less time to eat before our brewery tour.
We ubered back to our car so we could change shoes in preparation of our upcoming brewery tour. We saw that City Bakery was right across from our pickup spot for the brewery tour. We stopped there and got sandwiches and another round of coffee.
We finished our food and hopped onto the van for our brewery tour. Asheville is well known for their breweries. I believe our tour guide said they have the second highest amount of breweries in a city. They have some very well known breweries, like New Belgium and Wicked Weed. Our tour took us to Up Country, Wedge Brewing Country, Urban Orchard and Green Man Brewery. I 10 out of 10 recommend doing a brewery tour! At Up Country we learned about how beer is made. At all of the places we sampled 4 different beers or ciders. My friend Shannon is more of a cider drinker so this tour was perfect for us. Our tour guide was fun, knowledgeable and friendly. After the tour, we hung out more in downtown Asheville and had another cider at Urban Orchard. We also took some touristy pictures throughout the night. Wedge brewery is in the Arts District of Asheville, so there was definitely some awesome backgrounds for pictures there. We also saw a bunch of street performers in the evening. There were musicians as well as a mime Statue of Liberty.
On Sunday we explored DuPont State Forest. Our Uber driver had recommended this forest since it was a little bit less well-known than the Pisgah National Forest. We decided to do the hike to Bridal Veil Falls. DuPont is known for the hike that covers Hooker Falls, High Falls and Triple Falls. This hike covers 5 waterfalls in about 4.5 miles. The Bridal Veil hike is about 2 miles to get to Bridal Veils and another 2 miles back so it is a less popular hike at DuPont. It was awesome for us though! It felt more reserved of a hike. Once we got to Bridal Veil Falls, we took a break and hung out at the bottom of the falls for a while. We had lunch and admired the view. We also saw 2 copperhead rattlesnakes. They didn’t come near us, but I was still alarmed.
Then we hiked along side the side of the waterfall to up towards the cascading part of the falls. This was by far one of my favorite parts of the hike!
On our way back, we detoured to see High Falls. It was beautiful, but more crowded than Bridal Veil Falls.
DuPont State Forest is close to downtown Brevard. After our hiking, we stopped to have a meal in downtown Brevard. We ate at Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop. I don’t typically eat dairy, but I had to get an ice cream sundae at a soda shop! Then we walked around downtown Brevard.
We realized that we were close to an entrance for the Blue Ridge Parkway! I had never driven on the parkway before so we took it on our way back towards Asheville. It truly was a spectacular sight!
Monday was our last day in Asheville. We met up with some of my friends’ friends who just so happened to be in Asheville. We stopped at another brewery for lunch. Afterwards we walked around downtown Asheville some more. We did a quick stop at Wicked Weed Brewery before our final event.
For our final Asheville event we went on a Lazoom Asheville bus tour. This is a comedy bus tour of downtown Asheville. It was hilarious! Plus they take you on a tour of Montford, the place we tried to see earlier in the weekend. We were recommended to go there and I’d recommend the tour as well!
After the tour, we were on our way out. But we couldn’t make it out without one final stop at City Bakery! We grabbed a final latte, almond milk lavender latte for me, and sandwiches to go.
See you again Asheville!!