Weekend Escape from Atlanta: Asheville, NC


Asheville is a little gem city hidden at the end of the Blue Ridge Mountain parkway. This vibrant, art-filled city is a great place to visit from Atlanta. With plenty of mountains and waterfalls surround the city, it’s best known for its outdoor activities. Family with kids or little children don’t be despair. There are still plenty to do with your little ones. I recently just got back from a blog conference where many influential mom blogger shared and connected.

City: Asheville, NC

Distance: 199 miles

Est. Driving Time: 3 hours 35 mins

Things to Do in Asheville, NC:

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Asheville that will fill up your schedule for the weekend that you will have to consider extending your stay or coming back in the next visit. Summer is filled with free events from artists or musicians in the downtown area. Fall is perfect for the drive to witness the marvel of nature during the leaf changing season. Here is my short list from many many things available in Asheville.

– Stroll down the Biltmore Village to visit unique and independently owned stores housed in the original housing for the Biltmore Estate employees
– Take the kids for a fun day at the Health Adventure and Western North Carolina Nature Center
– Visit the Chimney Rock Park and climb up to the top (or you can ride up the elevator to the top)
– Be adventurous and go hiking at the Smoky Mountain park.

I have talked about things to do with kids in Asheville at my other travel blog – The Q Family Adventures.

Places to Stay in Asheville, NC:

A fun weekend in a cabin that can accommodate a whole family or two is a great choice for a great getaway. You will have plenty of units from online websites like VRBO.

Another great option is to stay in the Biltmore estate. You will have several options from the Inn to the Cottage.

Check out Explore Asheville website which is Asheville official tourism website. It’s a great resource for everything Asheville.

Where to Eat in Asheville, NC:

Asheville is a foodie town. I don’t think there will be enough days for me to eat all recommended restaurant around town. But here are a few good start for your quick visit.

A local favorite for great breakfast that I have heard so much about is Sunny Point Cafe. Who can resist all-day breakfast menu. Kids will love the waffle and mom&dad will love that they are healthy and also offer organic items on their menu. It’s a win-win!

If you are in the mood for southern style home cook meal then head to Tupelo Honey Cafe. Another great local cafe with fresh produce, organic and locally grown ingredient is right in downtown.

And for people who love barbeque, the Fiddlin’ Pig is a great choice for family with kidsNow CLOSED. Updated 1/13/14

So don’t wait. Pack up your bag and head out for a quick getaway that won’t break your bank.

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