Eats, Shopping and Activities of Asheville
I finally made my way up to North Carolina, and let me tell you was it beautiful. Probably the most beautiful place I’ve been in a very long time. The food, the people, the view, I don’t have a single complaint.
When we arrived Monday night, we decided to head into town to see what we could get for dinner and see what all the down town area had. Most of the places were closed by the time we had parked the car, but we stumbled upon this super cool pizza place right on Biltmore Ave, called, Manicomio. A little pizza pie place that had AMAZING pizza, the sauce just did it for me. I’m all about mom and pop pizza places but this one topped every pizza place I’ve been to. Ever. They had cool art and plants all over, superman and spider man were hanging from the lights on the ceiling and they had a little outdoor patio as well. You could order by the slice or order an entire pie, and the slices are MASSIVE. We ordered two slices and they ended up giving us two slices for FREE. Everyone that works there is extremely polite and very down to earth.
One thing I noticed about Downtown Asheville is that it’s chalked full of little locally owned boutiques. There’s only maybe two or three chains (Urban Outfitters and a few hotels) so it makes it feel super homey and gives it a comforting feel. The entire down town district is probably about 6 city blocks total but there were so many things to look at and see that we ended up being able to spread it out over 5 days and seeing new things each time. We explored a lot during those days and found so many cute places to go into.
What do Ducks and Tacos have in common?
Well….ask the local White Duck Taco Shop on Biltmore ave. Which let me start off by saying, I’m EXTREMELY picky when it comes to my tacos, but immediately this place won my heart. Their menu alone is mind blowing, they have so many different selections and creations and a lot of them are a little out of the ordinary, but let me tell you, they’re delicious. Kyle ordered the Duck with Mole and I had the black bean(super boring, I know) and both of us split the chips and salsa. They’re served in baskets and they come perfect stuffed with everything in them. The inside of the restaurant is super original and has a massive portrait of their logo and I’m living for it. They also have a nice patio to enjoy the weather and also enjoy some super yummy tacos.
The White Duck Taco Shop: whiteducktacoshop.
What’s all the BUZZ about?
A super cool part of Asheville is that just about every store and restaurant has a bee sticker in the window, and we found out later that it’s to promote Asheville’s local celebration of pollination and show which shops support the education of why we truly needs bees. We stumbled upon a local shop called, “Bee Charmer” where they sell their own raw honey as well as accessories and skin care items. They even have honey from all around the world to literally create the best selection of raw honey. We sampled a few different flavors of honey, and let me tell you, they were all delicious. If I could have, I would have brought every single one home, including their spicy BBQ flavors for Kyle to use when we cook! I decided to take home the local Asheville Bee Charmer Lavender-Infused Honey after trying it at their tasting station. They also had some body butters that I really wanted to take home, my favorite was the lavender one(can you tell what my favorite scent is?). It immediately made my hands smell so nice and feel so smooth. I’m kinda sad I didn’t snag it up before we left.
Asheville Bee Charmer: ashevillebeecharmer
Keeping it Local
One of my favorite places that I stumbled upon on our last day downtown was a little boutique called Embellish on Broadway St. It’s a super simple very well thought out boutique that has everything from jewelry accessories to home accessories ; candles, purses, leather keychains, wallets, cookware, etc. I instantly fell in love with the entire store when I walked in. We were greeted by !!!!!!!! And she was super friendly and extremely helpful when asking about cool local places to explore as well as tips on our trip to Talullah Falls in GA. I was in the store for about 15 minutes because I didn’t want to leave, there were so many cool things to look at and I wanted to buy just about everything I picked up. I decided to go simple, and I bought a North Carolina floral pillow to add to the dozens of other pillow I have on our bed back in Naples as well as a wooden carved outline of the state of North Carolina so that I could always remember our trip. I already have them both placed at the house and every time I see them I smile.
Embellish Asheville: embellishasheville
I’m really going to miss Asheville, it was such an amazing experience and for a town that might seem so small, there are so many incredible things to do and see. I was so sad to pack up our car and leave our little tree house AirBnB. I’m going to miss the mountains and all the beautiful views that Asheville had to offer. The people, the places, the activities were all so wonderful. If you’re ever in North Carolina, you HAVE to make a trip to Asheville. You’ll instantly feel at home and part of a massive local family that you’ve known you’re entire life.