If it’s your first visit to Asheville, a day at the Biltmore Estate is a must. In addition to the house tour, cozy up together and take an optional carriage ride around the estate grounds. For lunch, stop at the Bistro at the Winery for outstanding fare such as the locally raised Pecan Crusted Mountain Trout.
Take a walking tour of downtown Ashville, which has been dubbed the “Paris of the South” for its art deco architecture and over 150 unique shops, galleries, and cafes. Be sure not to miss the restored neo Gothic Grove Arcade shopping area. And don’t leave without stopping at the 1940’s-style Mast General Store offering all kinds of wares and old-time barrel candy.
Blue Ridge Parkway
With the Blue Ridge Parkway right at Asheville’s doorstep, you might want to take a romantic drive to the mountains– weather permitting. Stop at milepost 382 at the Folk Art Center (open all year) for some of the finest art and crafts from Southern Appalachia artists.