Travel Tuesday: My ‘Must-See’ Places in Asheville, NC #TypeACon

by Carrie with Children with 13 comments

I went to college about 20 minutes outside of Asheville, North Carolina, it’s a fantastic city filled with history, nature and has quickly become a hot spot for great, local dining.  This upcoming weekend is the Type-A Parent Conference in Asheville and I’m excited for bloggers to explore the city I once called home.  I’m sad I won’t be attending, but we’ve got a celebration going on here at home – it’s my sweet Molly’s 1st birthday on Thursday.

So for all you Type-A attendees, here are some of my favorite places to see while you are in Asheville.

Image courtesy of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hungry? There is no shortage of food in Asheville!  Check out the Early Girl Eatery (Vegan and Gluten-Free friendly and a short walk from the hotel!).  The Tupelo Honey Cafe, also located Downtown, is known for using fresh, local ingredients. In the mood for pizza and beer?  Check out Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria – fantastic food and a great selection of beer! Portion sizes are huge, so bring a friend or two!

Biltmore Estate - Image Courtesy of Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Are you a history buff?   Then you’ve gotta check out the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn Resort.  Don’t make the same mistake I did at the Biltmore Estate …. you can’t just go do a “drive-by” of the house.  Yep, I asked the security guard that one day – he scoffed at me.  (Looking back, I don’t blame him.)  Formerly the Vanderbilt Estate, the house alone is four acres, but don’t worry you don’t tour the *entire* house. I recommend planning to spend an entire day at the Estate and upgrade to do the audio tour, it’s a great way to learn about the house itself.  Be sure and check out the winery and leave plenty of time to explore the gardens.

The Grove Park Inn Resort opened in 1913 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Spend time in the main lobby, also known as the Great Hall – it’s a great place for people watching and the 14-foot fireplaces are a “must see”.

Image courtesy of the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Love the outdoors?  If you have time, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway!  When I lived in Western North Carolina, I loved spending my Saturdays cruising the parkway and exploring hiking trails.  Check out this post I did last year about Graveyard Fields and the Pisgah Inn . Those are both my favorite spots along the Parkway.  And just because it’s June, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack a light jacket.  I visited the Parkway in late April a few years ago and saw snow!

Image Courtesy of Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Have you ever been to Asheville?  What was your favorite thing to see/do/eat there?! If you’re going to Type-A conference this week, enjoy yourself and enjoy exploring Asheville!  I can’t wait to hear all about your experience…and the conference too!

For more information on Asheville, check out the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau.


** I received no compensation for this post.  Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. **


  • Fun Mama

    Another former resident of Asheville. A few things I would add, if you want to eat at Tupelo Honey (the best in town, order the sweet potato pancake as an appetizer to share) get there right as they open at 5 or make reservations, otherwise you won’t get a table.\
    If you go to Barley’s order something with pepperoni in it. I’m not sure what they put in it, but it is addicting.
    You can sometimes get discounted tickets to Biltmore through your hotel, be sure to check.
    The spa at the Grove Park is legendary.
    It was below freezing at the top of Mt. Mitchell when we climbed it two years ago– In JULY!
    The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is pretty cool, be sure to check out the movie– it is gorgeous (although the script is cheesy!)

    • Carrie with Children

      Awesome tips!! Barley’s is the best! The spa opened after I got out of college, I’ve seen it but haven’t been yet!

      Isn’t it crazy the difference in weather on the Parkway?!

  • Pam King

    The only times I got to go to Asheville is when my daughter was looking into colleges and visiting Mars Hill. Then when she decided to go there we got to visit again. I love the area around there and was looking forward to her staying her entire college career up there so I could see more of the area. Sadly she only stayed one year it was April and still snow on the ground she wanted to come back to Florida which she did. Would love to go again and spend time just in Asheville instead of Maggie Valley which I love also. Happy Early Birthday to Molly!

    • Carrie with Children

      Pam – I hope you get back to visit the Asheville area soon! I love Maggie Valley too! I’v spent many a weekend there while I was in college!

  • JDaniel4's Mom

    We went to the Early Girl Cafe on our honeymoon. It was such a fun place to eat.

    • Carrie with Children

      Very cool! What a great city to spend your honeymoon!

  • A Mommy in the City

    Love Asheville and the Biltmore. It holds a special place in my heart because it was where we got engaged. We went during Christmas time and it was so beautiful. I want to go back during the summer to experience it too.

    • Carrie with Children

      That is awesome, Lauren! What a special memory! The Biltmore is beautiful at Christmas time!

    • Fun Mama

      Summer is great, fall when the leaves turn is even better. The whole area looks like it painted with the most beautiful colors!

  • Asheville Carpet Cleaning

    Great post. Thanks for sharing this info.

    • Carrie with Children

      Thanks for reading! I love Asheville and hope to come visit again soon!

      • Dee

        I am going to Asheville, NC later this week for the first time. Where are you going to recommend me to stay – which hotel ( I prefer to be close to downtown) and what must see there? I will be 3 days in Asheville.

        • Carrie with Children

          I hope you have a great time, Dee! The Renaissance Asheville is in the heart of Downtown you can walk to everything. Also check out their city’s visitors bureau site at They have a large listing of hotels. Enjoy your trip!