But first, let’s drink. You can make your own brewery crawl—we recommend Wicked Weed Brewing (91 Biltmore Ave; 828-575-9599, wickedweedbrewing.com), Green Man Brewery (27 Buxton Ave; 828-252-5502, greenmanbrewery.com) and Hi-Wire Brewing above (197 Hilliard Ave; 828-738-2448, hiwirebrewing.com) downtown in addition to bigger names like Sierra Nevada’s East Coast outpost (100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River; 828-708-6176, sierranevada.com) a short drive away. If you stay downtown—and it’s so pretty and everyone is so friendly, it’s hard not to—end with a Belgian in the basement of the city’s best beer bar, Thirsty Monk (92 Patton Ave; 828-254-5470, monkpub.com).
Of course, you’ve also got to eat, and Asheville has tons of options whether you’re a hippie vegetarian or want some southern soul food. On Sundays, head to Rhubarb (7 S Pack Square; 828-785-1503, rhubarbasheville.com) for a three-course supper served family-style. For something a little funkier, try The Admiral (400 Haywood Rd; 828-252-2541, theadmiralnc.com) in West Asheville. The menu is always changing (frog legs? boar ribs? crispy tofu?), and the whole place turns into a dance party on Friday and Saturday nights.
Asheville has plenty of places to rest your head for the weekend, too, whether you want a chain hotel right downtown or a cottage with a hot tub under towering trees. You’ll find Asheville Cottages (29 Asheville Cottage Ln; 828-712-1789, ashevillecottages.com) just a short drive from all the action—and they have heated bathroom floors for those chilly autumn evenings.