Drifted Earth's Guide to Asheville, NC
I have said many times before, Asheville is full of cool things to do…some I have done and some I have yet to try, so I keep going back for more.
Here is your Drifted Earth weekend guide to exploration that will lead to adoration for this funky, hippie town. I am going to steer clear of the typical Biltmore guide, although incredible, a common tourist spot, and I will list some things a little more authentic to the feel of this mountain town I have loved for so long. Just do us one favor, when it comes to a schedule in Asheville, throw it out the window!
See and Do
Up there with Asheville's expertise is bringing and generating great music. Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle, and Pisgah Brewing are up there with Drifted Earth's certified faves. Listing music venues in Asheville comes with a severe DISCLAIMER...the best thing you can do is follow your ears. You never know when you’ll see music and performances on the streets or walk by and hear something that catches your ear. If you like what you hear, walk on in and give it a listen. It's almost a guarantee that it will be a solid performance.
I have yet to have a bad meal in Asheville…so here’s my top runners on the food scene
If you decided to check out the River Art’s District, there are a few options in the area to have a bite - All Souls Pizza menu looks slightly AMAZING and The Junction often has live music and is right on the river, so you can sit on their patio and see the river rats (aka rafters and kayakers) floating by as you enjoy some good eats.
Coffee and Tea:
Just like music, listing Asheville's best breweries is tough to do because they all deserve credit, plus there is always something amazing brewing just around the corner. In fact, they even have a certified Craft Beer Academy at Blue Ridge Community College. However, I will give you a little perspective on each of the vibes at some of our most visited - each of which tends to have music and food trucks, as well.
Highland Brewing Co - Highland does not disappoint. It has a variety of rooms and a deck that make it a fun place to tour around while you sip your beer. Their patio has a great view and a nice elevator ride to the top.
Wicked Weed Brewery - I like this one because it is a nice pre-gamer to the Orange Peel and they have great beers. In fact, if you didn't get tickets to the show you wanted to see, hang out here. You can at least hear the show and create your own dance floor on their patio (no judgement).
Funkatorium - Wicked Weed's Sour project for all the sour lovers out there! It's a fun little pallet adventure and a nice, smaller venue with many small batch barrels ready to be tapped as the backdrop.
Sierra Nevada Brewery - truly the Country Club of breweries and really not in Asheville. This is going to be your tourist destination of breweries. Although, a great setup with corn hole, gardens, and trails in their back yard, it's a lot different than the typical craft beer environment you will find around Asheville. Don't get me wrong though, the food is great, and I love the beer.
New Belgium Brewing - right on the French Broad with a great big patio and tasty beers. Convenience and view of the river makes this one a great follow up to a day on the French Broad.
Pisgah Brewing - great beer, awesome logo - some designed by the same artist that did Grateful Dead album covers (so I hear), amazing music. This one is in Black Mountain, but still pretty close to Asheville if you don't mind the commute. Check their website to see if there is something going on.
Don't limit yourself here, there are so many fun breweries in Asheville, you are likely to find your new favorite craft beer, good people, and a sweet tap room with a little exploration. Cheers!