A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip to one of my favorite cities in North Carolina, Asheville, NC. I had the pleasure of staying at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Downtown Asheville, and it was one of my favorite hotels I’ve stayed at in Asheville thanks to the convenient location and amazing room I got to stay in. More on that to come.
If you have never been to Asheville, it is definitely a trip you should add to your list. It is one of the most charming mountain towns and it’s quickly becoming a bustling city known for its for craft breweries, artistic culture and great cuisine. In this post, I’ll share more about my stay at the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville, as well as what I recommend you see and do during your next day to Asheville, NC.
Where to Stay: Hyatt Place Hotel in Downtown Asheville
I have stayed at several hotels during my trip many trips to Asheville, but none have compared to my stay at the Hyatt Place hotel in downtown as it relates to location and convenience. The hotel is only a couple blocks away from the main area of downtown, which is where all of the great shopping, breweries and restaurants are located.
We were honored to stay in one of the best rooms in the hotel, the Bridal Suite, and took advantage of the beautiful decor and great views outside the windows. Vanessa and her husband stayed in the Groom’s Suite and it was equally as great, so if you are planning your wedding in the Asheville, NC area I definitely recommend you consider this hotel for your wedding block and honeymoon night stay.
I definitely do not want to forget to mention the level of service as it relates to the staff. I was highly impressed with their knowledge of the area and recommendations for things that we should see and do while we are in Asheville. The staff were able to recommend things I had it done in previous visits to Asheville, so it was nice to get a local’s perspective as it relates to the itinerary of our weekend.
Last but certainly not least, I want to make sure that I mentioned the food options available at a hotel for quick convenience. If you are like my husband and get hungry every two hours then you will appreciate this! Each morning the hotel prepares a breakfast buffet for all guests that is complementary with your nightly stay. In addition, there is a coffee bar and light appetizer ordering station in case you get hungry throughout the day.
We also had the opportunity to visit the on-site restaurant, Montford Rooftop Bar, one evening for drinks and dinner, and it was delicious! The restaurant offers craft cocktails and small plates. If you are unable to visit for dinner, then you absolutely have to have happy hour drinks to enjoy the amazing sunset views.
What to Do in Asheville
Self-Guided South Brewery Trail – this tour can take an entire day. I recommend starting at Hi Wire brewery and working your way south, ending at Wicked Weed. The tour makes ‘U’ around the best breweries in Asheville.
Visit Sierra Nevada Brewery – this is a big trip in and of itself because it is 20 to 30 minutes outside of downtown Asheville. It is like the Willy Wonka of breweries with lots of entertaining and live music, so I highly recommend making a stop at some point during your weekend.
Go on a hike – there are lots of hiking trails throughout Asheville. I recommend googling a couple close to the area, and determining the length and difficulty you would like to do for your hike.
Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway – I would definitely plan todo this if you are visiting Asheville in the fall. It’s a scenic drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the views are unreal.
Eat, eat, eat – There are so many good restaurants in Asheville, so make sure you enjoy all the good food!
Check out the local art galleries and markets – Asheville is an artistic city, and the locals have a lot of pride for their culture. I recommend checking out some local art galleries or antique stores if that interests you.
Visit the Biltmore House – The Biltmore house is beautiful around Christmas time. I definitely recommend making a visit if you’ve never been before. It is a huge house where the Vanderbilts’ once lived back in the 1800s. The grounds are gorgeous and there is a lot of interesting history.
Relax at the Spa at The Grove Park – This is hands-down the best spa I have ever been to. Not only are the treatments always great, but there are a lot of communal pools and waterfalls to relax in that can be enjoyed by purchasing a day pass.
Find a place for live music and have a drink – There are so many great music venues throughout Asheville. The Orange Peel is one of my favorite, but you can find just about any restaurant having live music on the weekends.
Visit a mast general store – mast General stores are very popular throughout Asheville, and in the mountain areas of North Carolina. I recommend going especially if you have kids, but it’s also great for touring around the area. P.S. They usually have great Knick knack shopping and yummy ice cream and candy.
Visit the speak easy at Top of the Monk – you may have to have a password to get in here, but it’s a great option if you’re looking for a good night life spot.
Where to Eat in Asheville
- Montford Rooftop Bar – this is the rooftop bar at the top of the Hyatt Place Hotel in downtown Asheville. I recommend it for yummy small plates and great cocktails with a view.
- Curate – Really good restaurant for small plates to try many different things and great drinks. Make a reservation 30 days in advance!
- Tupelo Honey – Great breakfast spot, always busy so expect to wait to eat.
- Biscuit Head – Long likes but usually goes very quickly. More of a casual, faster dining spot where you order at counter but it’s sooooo good!
- Sunny Point Cafe – Great breakfast spot, will also likely have a wait.
- Limones – Yummy Italian – make a reservation!
- Night bell – I have never been here but have heard great things and it’s same restaurant owners as Curate.
- Posana – Very yummy dinner spot with seafood and steak entre options.
- Wicked Weed Funkatorium – Great lunch stop while on the brewery tour! I recommend the cheese and charcuterie boards!