Asheville has a large number of tourists visit each year which means there are plenty of places to stay. Whether you want a chain hotel, something more boutique, a hostel or even just a room in someone’s house, Asheville has you covered. Below are some recommendations/suggestions, plus areas to check out.
Asheville is a compact town, so while the event venue is downtown, if you wish to stay elsewhere, you will only be a short and affordable Uber/lyft/taxi ride away.
We’ve included a map which shows where the venue is, and then highlights the different areas of town so you know roughly where you’ll be.
First up, some downtown options.
Staying here, you’ll be in the heart of the city and within walking distance of the venue itself.
This part of town is just outside the entrance to the historical Biltmore estate and has an amazing bakery called Well Bred.
West Asheville/River Arts District
Most of the accommodation in this part of town will be holiday rentals as there aren’t many hotels, but that is part of its charm.
This is the historic part of Asheville, lots of beautiful old mansions so most of the accommodation is guest houses and Bed and Breakfasts.
We also recommend Airbnb and VRBO where you’ll find plenty of complete homes for rent, some fun and unusual places to stay, plus private rooms for a more budget friendly option, plus you’ll get to meet some Asheville locals!
When using Airbnb you can search using the same areas highlighted above.
We hope this helps. We’re sure wherever you stay that famous southern hospitality will shine through.
Asheville is a huge foodie town, we really do love to eat and that is reflected in the number of first class restaurants to be found. There’s something to suit every taste and every budget. Below is a list of some noteworthy options, but of course, we encourage you to do your own exploring. There’s so much to choose from you can’t go wrong!
Biscuit Head – Breakfast place selling “cat head” buscuits. Highlights include their jam bar and gravy flight.
Buxton Hall – Eastern Carolina style BBQ on the south slope, perfect stop to compliment all that beer.
Chai Pani – Indian street food that draws people from all over the country. Sam loves Indian food and swears this is the best/most authentic she’s found throughout the USA.
Cucina 24 – cosy traditional Italian serving up regional ingredients.
Curate – traditional Spanish Tapas served up in a 1920’s bus depot.
Haywood Common – farm to table restaurant in West Asheville serving New American meals.
Hole – life changing donuts cooked fresh in front of you – we cannot encourage you enough to make this a stop on our trip. You won’t regret it.
Limones – high-end mix of traditional Mexican and California dishes. Great cocktails too.
Little Bee Thai - cosy little place serving up delicious Thai cuisine. They keep their menu small but change it often.
Rockies Hot Chicken Shack – huge favourite with the locals that sells Tennessee style hot chicken. We can’t tell if it’s the real deal as we’re not from Tennessee but we will tell you its delicious.
Smokey Park Supper Club – American fare served out of a bunch of freight containers (yup you read that right) – it’s right on the river so perfect for a summer’s day. Oh and, beer mimosas!
Sunny Point Cafe – ask a local where to go for breakfast and we’d be surprised if they said anywhere other than here. Their shrimp and grits….no words.
Sunshine Sammies – if donuts aren’t your thing (errr what?) then this would be our next recommendation. They make both their cookies and ice cream in house and then build it together into a tasty ice cream sandwich. They’ve also started serving up childhood faves like Moon pies and pop tarts.
White Duck Taco – there’s nothing traditional about these tacos but there’s everything tasty.