My boyfriend and I work in professional theatre in Asheville, and love the mountains and the sense of community. I was excited to try Airbnb because I've always enjoyed hosting friends and family in my home, and this seems like a natural extension of that. I also like answering questions about the area, giving directions, tips on (email hidden)ease feel free to shoot me a message about anything in the area. Even if you don't end up booking with me, I'd love to help.
I'm a pretty hands-off host - I like to give guests their privacy, but I'm always just a phone call away.
My favorite things to do in Asheville:
1. Have drinks at The Grove Park Inn. Don't bother with dinner, it's pricey and there's tons of great food elsewhere. But you can't beat a cocktail on the patio in summer or in front of a roaring fire in the winter. You can tour the hotel for free, too!
2. Eat dinner at The Admiral in West Asheville. It looks like bomb shelter on the outside, and it's decorated like a honky-tonk, but serves the most amazing gourmet menu. Mouth-watering. Make reservations, it stays busy.
3. Eat lunch at 12 Bones in the River Arts District. Mouth-watering. It's a barbecue joint, and I hear the BBQ is fantastic, but since I'm a vegetarian, I go for the sides. Yes, I'm a vegetarian, and my favorite restaurant in Asheville is a barbecue place. Only open for lunch. You should probably arrange the rest of your trip around eating at 12 Bones. It's that good.
4. Window-shopping. Park in downtown Asheville, and browse the stores. There's clothing and gifty items galore, but you'll also see high-end fine art, dog bakeries (no joke, we have 2), bookstores, head shops and brewery supply companies. Just wander until your feet are tired.
5. Buy a book and have a glass of wine at Battery Park Book Exchange. This is a fantastic used book store with a full wine list and limited food menu. Full of little nooks and crannies so you can sit with your wine and read. They have a great selection of local history and literature, too.