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Guidebook for Candler

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Guidebook for Candler

Food Scene
I worked here when I was a 16 year old kid. The family has been in the area since the late 1700's My favorite time to eat is for Breakfast and at just over $12 for all you can eat it's hard to go wrong. Meals are served promptly at 8am so make reservations if you plan to go. Food is served family style which means they bring a plate of everything they are serving that day to your table...eat it all and they will bring you more. They also serve dinner, but it's a bit pricey in my honest opinion. Tie this in with a horseback ride on the property which you can book when you make reservations or hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway in your horseless carriage and you can't go wrong for great day. This will eventually become North Carolina's newest State Park. The ranch is still a bit in limbo as to what's going to happen. 2019 could very well be the last year for this restaurant, but make sure to check. Reservations are required.
Pisgah View Ranch
70 Pisgah View Ranch Rd
I worked here when I was a 16 year old kid. The family has been in the area since the late 1700's My favorite time to eat is for Breakfast and at just over $12 for all you can eat it's hard to go wrong. Meals are served promptly at 8am so make reservations if you plan to go. Food is served family style which means they bring a plate of everything they are serving that day to your table...eat it all and they will bring you more. They also serve dinner, but it's a bit pricey in my honest opinion. Tie this in with a horseback ride on the property which you can book when you make reservations or hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway in your horseless carriage and you can't go wrong for great day. This will eventually become North Carolina's newest State Park. The ranch is still a bit in limbo as to what's going to happen. 2019 could very well be the last year for this restaurant, but make sure to check. Reservations are required.
This place has a cult following. If you like Soul Food and you like your food on the spicy side....well Rocky's is your place. There is also a location in Arden. http://www.rockyshotchickenshack.com/
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Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack
1455 Patton Avenue
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This place has a cult following. If you like Soul Food and you like your food on the spicy side....well Rocky's is your place. There is also a location in Arden. http://www.rockyshotchickenshack.com/
This is not to be confused with the Marco's Pizza Chain...Marco's has been in business in Asheville since the 30's making delicious New York Style pizza pies. There are two locations around Asheville. http://marcos-pizzeria.com/ MAMA MIA I BE LOVING ME SOME PIZZA!!!!
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828 Family Pizzeria
946 Merrimon Avenue
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This is not to be confused with the Marco's Pizza Chain...Marco's has been in business in Asheville since the 30's making delicious New York Style pizza pies. There are two locations around Asheville. http://marcos-pizzeria.com/ MAMA MIA I BE LOVING ME SOME PIZZA!!!!
The Grove Park Inn is almost as iconic as the Biltmore House. It truly is a beautiful place that has overlooked Asheville for over 100 years. There are several resturants on site, but the Sunset Terrace is a gem. A bit pricey, but this is the place to impress that someone special in your life. The view is amazing and the food is scrumptious!!! Just ignore the bill at the end... https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/dining/sunset-terrace
Sunset Terrace
290 Macon Ave
The Grove Park Inn is almost as iconic as the Biltmore House. It truly is a beautiful place that has overlooked Asheville for over 100 years. There are several resturants on site, but the Sunset Terrace is a gem. A bit pricey, but this is the place to impress that someone special in your life. The view is amazing and the food is scrumptious!!! Just ignore the bill at the end... https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/dining/sunset-terrace
This is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. They make a hell of a sandwich! They also have supplies for a picnic(wine, cheese and other stuff too) if you want to take your stuff and enjoy it on your own. They of course have some souvenirs and trinkets if that's your thing too. It's a cute place with some very attentive wait staff and it's not too far off the Parkway. It can get very busy though.
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Switzerland Cafe and General Store
9440 North Carolina 226A
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This is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Little Switzerland. They make a hell of a sandwich! They also have supplies for a picnic(wine, cheese and other stuff too) if you want to take your stuff and enjoy it on your own. They of course have some souvenirs and trinkets if that's your thing too. It's a cute place with some very attentive wait staff and it's not too far off the Parkway. It can get very busy though.
THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!! Over 50 beers, ciders and wines on tap. Why is this place so awesome you ask? Walk in get a bracelet to start a tab....then wonder to the taps where you will get a description of the selections and how much per ounce the selection is. Made a choice? Put your bracelet up to the tap and then pour as much or as little as you like. I haven't been to this location, but I did go to it's sister location in Greenville, SC. I was impressed!!! No waiting...no bartender....just an all around nice vibe. The selection is off the charts!!!!! It's also pet friendly. It's like a beer festival everyday!!!!! And who doesn't like a good beer festival???
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Pour Taproom: Closed For Repairs
2 Hendersonville Road
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THIS PLACE IS AWESOME!!! Over 50 beers, ciders and wines on tap. Why is this place so awesome you ask? Walk in get a bracelet to start a tab....then wonder to the taps where you will get a description of the selections and how much per ounce the selection is. Made a choice? Put your bracelet up to the tap and then pour as much or as little as you like. I haven't been to this location, but I did go to it's sister location in Greenville, SC. I was impressed!!! No waiting...no bartender....just an all around nice vibe. The selection is off the charts!!!!! It's also pet friendly. It's like a beer festival everyday!!!!! And who doesn't like a good beer festival???
The food here is most excellent! Ate here the last time I was in Asheville. This place is a small hole in the wall, but the tastes are huge!!!! Nothing else in Asheville like this place! It's right on the corner of where the Vance Memorial is, so there's always something going on around that area too.
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Salsa's
6 Patton Ave
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The food here is most excellent! Ate here the last time I was in Asheville. This place is a small hole in the wall, but the tastes are huge!!!! Nothing else in Asheville like this place! It's right on the corner of where the Vance Memorial is, so there's always something going on around that area too.
This is a great little restaurant in West Asheville.....I haven't had anything here that I haven't liked. They have some very interesting dishes and don't let the seafood scare you away as I've found it to be the freshest around. The Mahi dishes are most excellent with some very interesting taste combinations. Be warned that the wait can be a bit long on the weekends as the secret is out on this gem. There are two locations around town, but this is the closest to the cabins and the best location in my opinion.
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Nine Mile
751 Haywood Road
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This is a great little restaurant in West Asheville.....I haven't had anything here that I haven't liked. They have some very interesting dishes and don't let the seafood scare you away as I've found it to be the freshest around. The Mahi dishes are most excellent with some very interesting taste combinations. Be warned that the wait can be a bit long on the weekends as the secret is out on this gem. There are two locations around town, but this is the closest to the cabins and the best location in my opinion.
Drinks & Nightlife
Asheville is a great place to hang out with a very happening bar scene. The music scene is pretty awesome as well, so my advice is see what live band you can catch while in town. The Orange Peel has a pretty good vibe....check it out.
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Downtown
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Asheville is a great place to hang out with a very happening bar scene. The music scene is pretty awesome as well, so my advice is see what live band you can catch while in town. The Orange Peel has a pretty good vibe....check it out.
The iconic Orange Peel is a great place to catch some live music. This venue has a wide variety of acts that you're sure to enjoy. http://theorangepeel.net/events/
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The Orange Peel
101 Biltmore Avenue
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The iconic Orange Peel is a great place to catch some live music. This venue has a wide variety of acts that you're sure to enjoy. http://theorangepeel.net/events/
Up on the roof....Great views!!! Great drinks and snacks....The vibe is laid back. Great place to mingle. http://themontford.com/
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The Montford Rooftop Bar
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Up on the roof....Great views!!! Great drinks and snacks....The vibe is laid back. Great place to mingle. http://themontford.com/
I've lost count of the breweries in Asheville. I'd say if you like beer Asheville is your place. I think they are now approaching close to 20 different breweries. Wicked Weed is my sister Wendy's favorite, so if you don't like this place hunt her down. She likes it for the food and fun vibe. Play some hacky sac and drink a delicious Wicked Weed Beer!
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Wicked Weed Brewing Pub
91 Biltmore Avenue
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I've lost count of the breweries in Asheville. I'd say if you like beer Asheville is your place. I think they are now approaching close to 20 different breweries. Wicked Weed is my sister Wendy's favorite, so if you don't like this place hunt her down. She likes it for the food and fun vibe. Play some hacky sac and drink a delicious Wicked Weed Beer!
Parks & Nature
This park is truly a hidden treasure. This is also one of the newest parks in North Carolina which once was part of an industrial complex and acquired in the mid 90's. The park has many miles of hiking. The park boasts of 6 waterfalls!!!! Some of the hiking paths you can see several waterfalls on the same trip!!! http://www.dupontforest.com/
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Dupont State Forest
Staton Road
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This park is truly a hidden treasure. This is also one of the newest parks in North Carolina which once was part of an industrial complex and acquired in the mid 90's. The park has many miles of hiking. The park boasts of 6 waterfalls!!!! Some of the hiking paths you can see several waterfalls on the same trip!!! http://www.dupontforest.com/
The Blue Ridge Parkway(http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/) is an Engineering Marvel and a great place to get a sky high view of the Mountains of WNC!!! There are several entrances to the Parkway in the Asheville Area. The closest to the cabin is via Hwy 151 (referred to as Pisgah Hwy by locals). This entrance though is a twisty curvy road straight up a mountain. If you get car sick I'd opt for the entrance on Hwy 191 near the French Broad River between Bent Creek and Avery Creek. Once on the Parkway there are many turn-offs for views as well as hiking paths. Pack a lunch and make sure your tank is full. There are very few places to eat and no gas stations on the Parkway.
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Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center
195 Hemphill Knob Road
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The Blue Ridge Parkway(http://www.blueridgeparkway.org/) is an Engineering Marvel and a great place to get a sky high view of the Mountains of WNC!!! There are several entrances to the Parkway in the Asheville Area. The closest to the cabin is via Hwy 151 (referred to as Pisgah Hwy by locals). This entrance though is a twisty curvy road straight up a mountain. If you get car sick I'd opt for the entrance on Hwy 191 near the French Broad River between Bent Creek and Avery Creek. Once on the Parkway there are many turn-offs for views as well as hiking paths. Pack a lunch and make sure your tank is full. There are very few places to eat and no gas stations on the Parkway.
If you're looking for a good place to cool off then Sliding Rock is the place. Fair Warning....You will NOT be the only person here. If it's a hot summer day expect this place to be crowded. Don't let that deter you however....I mean who doesn't want to slide down a rock face in come cool mountain water into a pool below? It's very refreshing and lots of fun. http://cfaia.org/sliding-rock-recreation-area-in-north-carolina/
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Sliding Rock
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If you're looking for a good place to cool off then Sliding Rock is the place. Fair Warning....You will NOT be the only person here. If it's a hot summer day expect this place to be crowded. Don't let that deter you however....I mean who doesn't want to slide down a rock face in come cool mountain water into a pool below? It's very refreshing and lots of fun. http://cfaia.org/sliding-rock-recreation-area-in-north-carolina/
This is as easy of a waterfall to get too as you can get. You can literally see it off the road. Park along side of the road and walk 94 steps down(I counted the steps ha) to the side and take it in. It's absolutely magnificent!!!
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Looking Glass Falls
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This is as easy of a waterfall to get too as you can get. You can literally see it off the road. Park along side of the road and walk 94 steps down(I counted the steps ha) to the side and take it in. It's absolutely magnificent!!!
This is a great place to get out and see some stunning scenery....There are two waterfalls on this group of trails. The lower falls you can see in the distance traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are also the most beautiful and easiest to get to on the trail system. The lower falls are about .2 miles from the parking area. The upper falls are about a mile away and it's up hill. If you decide to walk to the upper falls check out the streams and keep an eye out for the Brook Trout which reside there. The trail to the upper fall can be muddy and a bit strenuous, but you're there so go and enjoy the beauty. There's also a ridge hike which is much longer. Go in the summer and swim.
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Graveyard Fields Loop Trail
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This is a great place to get out and see some stunning scenery....There are two waterfalls on this group of trails. The lower falls you can see in the distance traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They are also the most beautiful and easiest to get to on the trail system. The lower falls are about .2 miles from the parking area. The upper falls are about a mile away and it's up hill. If you decide to walk to the upper falls check out the streams and keep an eye out for the Brook Trout which reside there. The trail to the upper fall can be muddy and a bit strenuous, but you're there so go and enjoy the beauty. There's also a ridge hike which is much longer. Go in the summer and swim.
Who the hell wouldn't want to go to the courthouse of the Devil? Right? This is about a mile hike up a mountain with views unsurpassed. Word of caution though as it can be kind of dangerous if you're stupid....seriously this is a rock that has over close to 300 feet cliff down. Don't let me discourage you though as it's safe if you keep your senses to you. Usually you can catch a hawk or eagle gliding off the thermals. Great view here too!!!
Devil's Courthouse Overlook
Who the hell wouldn't want to go to the courthouse of the Devil? Right? This is about a mile hike up a mountain with views unsurpassed. Word of caution though as it can be kind of dangerous if you're stupid....seriously this is a rock that has over close to 300 feet cliff down. Don't let me discourage you though as it's safe if you keep your senses to you. Usually you can catch a hawk or eagle gliding off the thermals. Great view here too!!!
It's the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. There's a restaurant and of course a gift shop. There's also a viewing tower at the top. The hike isn't bad as there's a parking lot almost at the top. It might be 1/4 mile to the top and just think you can practically roll down the mountain to your car after you make it to the top. ha Seriously though the view is spectacular even if it's a bit of a way from Asheville.
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Mount Mitchell State Park
2388 North Carolina 128
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It's the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. There's a restaurant and of course a gift shop. There's also a viewing tower at the top. The hike isn't bad as there's a parking lot almost at the top. It might be 1/4 mile to the top and just think you can practically roll down the mountain to your car after you make it to the top. ha Seriously though the view is spectacular even if it's a bit of a way from Asheville.
The trail to the falls isn't very long. At just over a mile in and back for a bit over 2 miles total. The trail has three points of interest. The first is the upper falls which is magnificent in it's own right....but don't stop! Keep going as it just gets better. The second stop is a stop at to look over at the lower falls cascading into the gorge. The final stop is called Erwin's View which is on top of a rock overlooking the gorge. There is no picture that can capture the true beauty and magnificent of this spot. I've traveled the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Parkway....THIS IS MY FAVORITE WATERFALL!!!! Don't miss it!!! Go early and take in the peace and quiet.
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Linville Falls
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The trail to the falls isn't very long. At just over a mile in and back for a bit over 2 miles total. The trail has three points of interest. The first is the upper falls which is magnificent in it's own right....but don't stop! Keep going as it just gets better. The second stop is a stop at to look over at the lower falls cascading into the gorge. The final stop is called Erwin's View which is on top of a rock overlooking the gorge. There is no picture that can capture the true beauty and magnificent of this spot. I've traveled the entire Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Parkway....THIS IS MY FAVORITE WATERFALL!!!! Don't miss it!!! Go early and take in the peace and quiet.
Essentials
I have a love hate relationship with Ingles. It irritates me to no end to have to show some stupid little card to get a deal on some groceries....that said this is the closest grocery store to our cabin. We now have a card at the cabin that you can use....hope that helps. Bob Ingle started Ingles years ago and for many years was the "go-to" for citizens in Asheville. Side Note: My grandfather use to sell produce to Mr. Ingle when he only had a few stores. "Pa-Pa" use to tell me stories of going to pick out cheap produce out of the cull pile so Mr. Ingles could have a sale. Mr. Ingle and Pa-Pa have long since passed, but Ingles stores now have a presence in many states around NC.
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Ingles Markets
1572 Sand Hill Rd
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I have a love hate relationship with Ingles. It irritates me to no end to have to show some stupid little card to get a deal on some groceries....that said this is the closest grocery store to our cabin. We now have a card at the cabin that you can use....hope that helps. Bob Ingle started Ingles years ago and for many years was the "go-to" for citizens in Asheville. Side Note: My grandfather use to sell produce to Mr. Ingle when he only had a few stores. "Pa-Pa" use to tell me stories of going to pick out cheap produce out of the cull pile so Mr. Ingles could have a sale. Mr. Ingle and Pa-Pa have long since passed, but Ingles stores now have a presence in many states around NC.
Sightseeing
The Biltmore House and Asheville are synonymous with each other. I think in large part Asheville would not be what it is today without George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House and his influence on WNC. The house is not to be missed!!!! George was loooaaaaded and his house of opulence shows. The whole place has really changed. They even have concerts, a hotel on the grounds, and a restaurant as well as a winery. As a small kid I remember when two brothers had a bit of a feud over the estate and the dairy. One brother wanted the dairy at which time was huge.....of course it was called Biltmore Dairy. The other brother didn't really care and he took the estate which at the time was in disrepair.
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比特摩尔庄园
1 Lodge Street
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The Biltmore House and Asheville are synonymous with each other. I think in large part Asheville would not be what it is today without George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House and his influence on WNC. The house is not to be missed!!!! George was loooaaaaded and his house of opulence shows. The whole place has really changed. They even have concerts, a hotel on the grounds, and a restaurant as well as a winery. As a small kid I remember when two brothers had a bit of a feud over the estate and the dairy. One brother wanted the dairy at which time was huge.....of course it was called Biltmore Dairy. The other brother didn't really care and he took the estate which at the time was in disrepair.
Interesting place more geared for the kids. It puts in perspective where managed forestry began and what it entailed. There was a time when people cut trees and moved on to the next place. WNC was where managed forestry took place....you know cut down all the trees and plant new ones with the plan to cut them later. A little bit better I guess.
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Cradle of Forestry in America Heritage Site
11250 Pisgah Highway
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Interesting place more geared for the kids. It puts in perspective where managed forestry began and what it entailed. There was a time when people cut trees and moved on to the next place. WNC was where managed forestry took place....you know cut down all the trees and plant new ones with the plan to cut them later. A little bit better I guess.
Mining for jewels. It's fun for the kids and there's a nice mine near by where you can explore. They once mined for rock which went into Bon-Ami scouring powder at this location. In a mine near by they actually mined for Emeralds. Don't expect to leave a millionaire, but it's fun and a bit educational for the kids.
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Emerald Village
331 Mckinney Mine Road
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Mining for jewels. It's fun for the kids and there's a nice mine near by where you can explore. They once mined for rock which went into Bon-Ami scouring powder at this location. In a mine near by they actually mined for Emeralds. Don't expect to leave a millionaire, but it's fun and a bit educational for the kids.
Everything Else
glennacres.com My parents have log cabins here at this location as well. If you're looking for a cabin beside a mountain stream....this is your place! We have two log cabins and one chalet. The property is as remote as you get, but has all the modern conveniences you'd expect at a top notch resort. We have no pool...we have a creek! Our creek will cool you off much better than any pool ever would...trust me.
Bens Cove Road
glennacres.com My parents have log cabins here at this location as well. If you're looking for a cabin beside a mountain stream....this is your place! We have two log cabins and one chalet. The property is as remote as you get, but has all the modern conveniences you'd expect at a top notch resort. We have no pool...we have a creek! Our creek will cool you off much better than any pool ever would...trust me.
Because you deserve a break....What better way to relax than sit your booty in some natural hot spring water? Maybe get a massage. This will bring a new meaning to "happy endings"....yeah I know tacky joke. ha https://www.nchotsprings.com/spa-services/
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Hot Springs Resort And Spa
315 Bridge Street
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Because you deserve a break....What better way to relax than sit your booty in some natural hot spring water? Maybe get a massage. This will bring a new meaning to "happy endings"....yeah I know tacky joke. ha https://www.nchotsprings.com/spa-services/
Another great way to enjoy Asheville is to "tube" or kayak the French Broad River. There are currently several outfitters who can hook you up for a fun day on the French Broad River just chilling out and relaxing. http://www.frenchbroadoutfitters.com/ https://zentubing.com/ https://www.ashevilleoutdoorcenter.com/rentals
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French Broad River Park
508 Riverview Drive
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Another great way to enjoy Asheville is to "tube" or kayak the French Broad River. There are currently several outfitters who can hook you up for a fun day on the French Broad River just chilling out and relaxing. http://www.frenchbroadoutfitters.com/ https://zentubing.com/ https://www.ashevilleoutdoorcenter.com/rentals
The Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. has three locations, but this is the Merrimon Ave. location is the one I like the best. Why you ask? This location shows older movies while they also serve up some tasty pizza and beer. Many of the movies are also "family friendly" so if you're with your family take the kids to watch a movie while you drink down a pint of suds. I haven't been to any of the other locations, but it seems that one is more geared towards pet owners and one is a take out location. This used to be a bit of a secret, but as all things good are discovered it can get busy depending on the time you go and movie on https://www.ashevillebrewing.com/location/675-merrimon-avenue/
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Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co
675 Merrimon Avenue
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The Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. has three locations, but this is the Merrimon Ave. location is the one I like the best. Why you ask? This location shows older movies while they also serve up some tasty pizza and beer. Many of the movies are also "family friendly" so if you're with your family take the kids to watch a movie while you drink down a pint of suds. I haven't been to any of the other locations, but it seems that one is more geared towards pet owners and one is a take out location. This used to be a bit of a secret, but as all things good are discovered it can get busy depending on the time you go and movie on https://www.ashevillebrewing.com/location/675-merrimon-avenue/
Arts & Culture
Grovewood Village has something for everyone. Arts? Got it. Crafts? Got it. Auto Museum? Got it...and it's FREE! Yeah that's right I said FREE!!! How about a Homespun Museum? Yeah it's got that too!!! And yeah it's FREE!!! But, but what about a History Tour? Does it have that? Hell yeah it does!!!! And guess what? That's FREE TOO!!!! Here's the real kicker....this place is relatively unknown compared to say the Biltmore House. If your Motto in life is "If it's FREE it's for ME" then check this place out!!!
Grovewood Village
Grovewood Village has something for everyone. Arts? Got it. Crafts? Got it. Auto Museum? Got it...and it's FREE! Yeah that's right I said FREE!!! How about a Homespun Museum? Yeah it's got that too!!! And yeah it's FREE!!! But, but what about a History Tour? Does it have that? Hell yeah it does!!!! And guess what? That's FREE TOO!!!! Here's the real kicker....this place is relatively unknown compared to say the Biltmore House. If your Motto in life is "If it's FREE it's for ME" then check this place out!!!