Asheville, North Carolina is a city in which history and hipness collide, resulting in gorgeous state parks, elegant architecture and happening music venues, shops and eateries all within the “Land of the Sky.” Whether you’re looking to have a culinary excursion, a nature-filled getaway, or an all-night pub crawl, Asheville has just what you’re looking for—which is why it’s another of Omni’s best staycation cities.
Conceived by George Washington Vanderbilt II, of the illustrious Vanderbilt family, as a company town, the historical Biltmore Village is full of modern-day restaurants, art galleries and shops.
Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville
Built in 1905, the Basilica of St. Lawrence, Asheville is a treat for the eyes with its Spanish Renaissance-style architecture and beautiful stained glass windows.
The Orange Peel
Asheville’s pre-eminent music venue, The Orange Peel frequently boasts huge acts such as Bob Dylan, the Smashing Pumpkins and Modest Mouse. Rolling Stone even nominated it as one of the top five music venues in America.
The North Carolina Arboretum
Take a walk on the natural side in the North Carolina Arboretum, a 434-acre public garden full of trails and gardens, as well as a plethora of special events.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial
Famed author Thomas Wolfe called Asheville home for 10 years. Today, the boardinghouse he once lived in is still standing, so you can see the source of inspiration for much of Wolfe’s writing.
Travel to Spain via North Carolina at Curate, a tapas restaurant with a menu full of traditional Spanish ingredients and dishes, like chicken croquettes.
The Corner Kitchen
Located in Biltmore Village, the Corner Kitchen serves up comfort food alongside social responsibility. The restaurant works with nonprofits like MANNA Food Bank and Eliada Homes, which cares for neglected children.
Sunny Point Café
After a long night of exploring Asheville, you’re going to want a hearty breakfast the next morning, so head to Sunny Point Café, where they have all the classics: huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy.
James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani offers his own version of Indian street fare at Chai Pani. The Sloppy Jai and Parsi chicken burgers in particular are standouts.
This bookstore is one of the best in Asheville, if not the United States. Come for their wide selection of tomes, as well as fun events like book club discussions and book signings.
Harvest Records boasts tons of new and used vinyl, and is the perfect place to find rare musical treasures from your favorite artists.
L.O.F.T. stands for “Lost Objects, Found Treasures,” and it’s a fitting moniker for this shop, which offers up a wide variety of cute tchotchkes.
The Omni Grove Park Inn
The Omni Grove Park Inn has been playing host to travelers for over a century and boasts much in the way of Southern hospitality and modern-day conveniences, all within close distance to Asheville’s many breweries, galleries, shops and restaurants.