Hey dolls! Over the Christmas holiday, my boyfriend and I spent 24 hours in Asheville. It was very last minute and spur of the moment. We literally booked our hotel the morning of Christmas Eve and headed on our way.
I love everything about Asheville! The small town, hippy vibe has exploded in recent years. It still has a lot of charm to it, along with those stunning mountain views. I have visited Asheville on several occasions and usually stayed for an entire weekend. This time we decided to only stay for 24 hours so that we could spend the rest of Christmas with family.
Here’s a little recap on what we did and a mini-guide on how to spend 24 hours in Asheville!
Places To Stay
Omni Grove Park Inn
This is a good option if you want an all-in-one resort feel. They have a large selection of restaurants on-site, spa, golfing and piano bar. The place is huge! It can be pricey, but definitely worth it. We prefer staying here during the holidays because of all the Christmas décor. Plus, the lobby’s bar has an amazing champagne cocktail!
Contemporary hotel that’s not too far from the Biltmore mansion. There are a few nearby shops in this area as well. It’s a luxury, boutique hotel with unique décor throughout.
I think this is the best hotel to stay at if you’re looking for prime location. It’s really in the center of downtown Asheville. I mean right in the middle! From restaurants, bars and boutiques, you won’t be short on things to do. It also has a rooftop terrace.
Kimpton Hotel Arras
This hotel recently opened in downtown Asheville. I love staying in brand new hotels! It’s absolutely a beautiful property and in walking distance to other shops and restaurants.
Hyatt Place Downtown
Modern, cozy rooms that are a short walk or Uber ride to downtown. It also has a cute rooftop bar as well.
Where to Eat and Drink
Shanghai Dumpling House
This restaurant is in downtown Asheville and is super cute. The soup dumplings were good, and they offer a variety of rice and ramen dishes.
Biscuit Head Asheville
Every time I try to visit one of their locations, there is always a line. So this one is still on my list of restaurants to try. They have every biscuit combination you can think of and a jelly bar with almost 20 different types of jellies.
The Lobster Trap
This is another restaurant that gets great reviews. We were unable to go to this one due to their holiday schedule. So it’s still on my list! If you’re a seafood fanatic like me, you definitely should check it out during your 24 hour stay.
Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar
Again, I was super bummed that I didn’t get to visit here because of the holiday schedule! This is one of my favorite places to visit in Asheville. It’s best described as a lounge/bar in the middle of a bookstore. The vibe and decor is super cute! They serve champagne (of course), coffee, and light bites. On certain nights, they have a live musician playing. This would also be a top choice during your 24 hour stay..
Skybar + Other Rooftops
This was one of the first rooftop bars in Asheville, well before they were even popular in Asheville! From what I saw online, they are closed for the season. Thankfully, now you have other places to choose from. Antidote, Capella on 9 (inside the AC-Hotel), and The Montford are other great options.
Crave Dessert Bar
If you’re familiar with Charlotte, NC, then you probably already know about Crave. But, did you know they recently opened a second location in Asheville? Yep, same concept…drinks, hookah, food and desserts in a lounge-y atmosphere.
Where to Drink (Non-Alcoholic)
Double D’s Coffee
This cute coffee shop is inside of a two-story bus. It has an artsy, electic vibe that serves a variety of coffee and teas. You should definitely visit here if you’re a coffee lover!
If you’re not a coffee drinker, you should check out this spot. They offer herbal teas from around the world. One of my really close friends visited here and loved it.
What To Do
Sierra Nevada Brewery
If you’re a beer fan, this is a great option for your 24 hour stay in Asheville. They offer many tours and tastings throughout the day.
Shoji Spa & Lodge
If you’re looking for a relaxing experience, a quick trip to this spa may be what you need. This is still on my bucket list of places to try in Asheville. It has private hot tubs, sauna and cold plunge, all nestled in the middle of the mountains.
The Biltmore is an 8000-acre estate that is known as being the largest home in America. They offer tours of the property, have a winery on-site, a hotel and restaurants. I visited the Biltmore a few years ago during the holidays, and it was so beautiful. I highly recommend visitng during Christmas because it’s a unique experience.
Have you visited Asheville? I’m sure there is a lot I missed. I’d love to hear your go-to spots or if Asheville is still on your bucket list. Comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @_lovetami.
If traveling isn’t an option for you right now, there’s nothing wrong with a staycation. Find out why you need a staycation here!
Until next time! XoXo