With it’s gorgeous mountain views, cool refreshing air, and relaxing and inviting surroundings, Asheville is one of my favorite places to keep coming back to multiple times a year. No matter the season, there is always something to do. While tourists tend to flock in during the spring time bloom (March – May) and peak when the leaf peepers arrive to view the fall foliage (late September – early November), shoulder season offers a cheaper and more relaxing environment.
Asheville is a foodie town. At every turn you will find a different type of restaurant. French, Mexican , Indian, Vegan, Farm to table, Chinese, Pizza, and everything in between. Local chefs are masters of their craft, and you would be hard pressed to not be able to find something to eat. One thing to note is that many restaurants are closed on Mondays so make sure you verify if your dining selection is open.
- Bouchon– French comfort food at its finest. Many of their dishes can be modified gluten free, as well as casein free. Their pomme frites are a must
- Cantina At Historic Biltmore Village– Really accommodating and take allergies seriously. They use fresh ingredient and tons of tequila, so it’s a win-win
- Creperie Bouchon – Offers a nice selection of gluten free crepes. Casein free is a little bit harder, but there are a few options, i.e. salad and possibly a few of the crepes if modifications are available.
- Mellow Mushroom– It’s a chain, but they do offer a gluten free pizza and casein free cheese option, daiya.
- Doc Chey’s Noodle House– Pad Thai for the win! A cheap and filling meal.
- King Daddy’s Chicken– Gluten Free fried chicken and a vegan waffle. It is one of the very few places that I’ve found during my travel where I can enjoy this tasty meal. Allow for extra time to cook the chicken as they use a separate fryer.
- White Duck Taco Shop– Quirky taco shop that mixes different flavor profiles that you wouldn’t usually associate with a taco. The Korean Beef Bulgogi is the way to go.
- French Broad Chocolate Lounge – This dessert lounge also offers an array of coffee drinks. Depending upon when you go, you can expect an extended wait that I personally wouldn’t stand in. The drinks are pretty average; however, if you’re looking for a late night pick me up, this an option.
- Double D’s Coffee & Desserts– This old red Double Decker Bus plays host to this small coffee shop. Seating can be found on the second level or outside on their smaller patio. **Tips: Have cash on hand, as this is the only currency they accept. If you’re on the taller side (5’10”+) what your head! The ceiling is a bit low.
- Dobra Tea – This tea room is one of my favorite places to sit back and relax when in town. They have an extensive menu. Plus a nice selection of gluten free and casein free snacks.
- Asheville Pinball Museum – Not your typical Museum. You pay $15 for unlimited pinball and vintage video games.
- The Biltmore Estate – One of the best examples of houses built during the Gilded Age as well as a gorgeous representative of Châteauesque architecture.
- Renaissance’s Pool – Rain days can put a damper on outside activities. One of my favorite hotels is Marriott’s Renaissance Downtown Asheville. Between the free parking, amazing location to downtown activities and restaurants, and outside covered patio area. The icing on the cake is their saltwater pool and hot tub.
For a more complete list and more detailed review of Asheville finds, vist my My Asheville List .