Design Travel Guide: Asheville, NC

Just a few hours from Nashville (and with a name that sounds crazy similar), Asheville is a great getaway for East Coasters or Southerners looking for a low-key road trip. This quirky mountain town is full of literary and music history, acclaimed restaurants and design-savvy cabins that make for the perfect weekend away. Here are a few of our favorite Asheville spots. 

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  • The Airbnbs. There are a few hotel options (like the luxe Windsor Boutique Hotel), but in such a friendly, communal city, we love to stay in an Airbnb. Options like this, this or this are quintessential Asheville, or if you're not set on staying right in the city, there are a ton of mountain cabins just outside. 
  • Sovereign Remedies. We love this cozy, narrow bar and restaurant for its eclectic vintage decor and its cool history (it was once the New Medical Building and a drugstore/barber shop). Grab a spot on the couch for a too-pretty-to-drink cocktail and an order of bone marrow tater tots. 
  • Burial Beer Co. Asheville is well known for its breweries (there are tons), and while you'll often hear about the totally worthwhile Wicked Weed, we're partial to Burial Beer Co. for its cool, industrial taproom, colorful murals and outdoor patio. 
  • Cúrate. This incredible tapas spot is pronounced "coo-rah-tay" rather than like the often-overused "curate," so let's get that out of the way first. Moving on to the food: if you're looking for seriously creative Spanish cuisine in a seriously stylish downtown Asheville location, this is the place. 
  • Tupelo Honey. If we had to bet on one restaurant in Asheville that you're going to hear about, it's this one. With cookbooks and press galore, this small chain of Southern-style breakfast spots originated in Asheville before expanding all the way to Texas, but we think it's still worth a visit to try the incredible biscuits and baked goods. 
  • East Fork. Being an independent artisan company, we love to find independent makers to support in other cities, and we think East Fork Pottery is doing it best in Asheville. Stop into their new downtown storefront to pick up handmade pour-overs, sets of dishes or their Instagram-popular mugs
  • The Black Mountain College Museum. This progressive college began in the mountains outside of Asheville in 1933, when artists were being persecuted all over the world. Refugees made their way from Nazi Germany to Asheville to form this experiment in artistic education, and it spawned some of the most influential writers, artists and leaders in American history over the next two decades. Today, the The Black Mountain College Museum is worth a visit to learn about the inspiring story and admire its graduates' art collections. 
  • The Grove Arcade. If you're looking for more architectural history, the Grove Arcade is one of the city's most interesting spots. This downtown marketplace was built in 1929, and today it's full of restaurants, shops, and an awesome outdoor artists market. 
  • The Biltmore Estate. It's huge. It's insane. It's pretty much everything you'd expect from the largest home in America. Even if you're the type to avoid "tourist" attractions, this one is worth a visit.