Travel Treats: Asheville, NC

Recently a few friends and I headed West to Asheville, NC for a Saturday adventure. We didn’t have a plan for the day, but sometimes that’s the best way to explore- stumbling upon treasures as you go. We put ‘Downtown Asheville, NC’ in our iPhones, parked in the first garage we found and headed off on foot. We spent the day wandering the streets, finding bright boutiques, quaint coffee shops and eccentric restaurants. Unfortunately we didn’t get to experience The Biltmore Estate (next time), one of Asheville’s most popular attractions, but we did find a few sweet spots instead. Here are a few of my favorites…

The Asheville Art Museum

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One of our first stops was the Asheville Art Museum. We wandered in unsure of what to expect, but found something interesting around every corner. My favorite exhibit was the one pictured above, “Community.” The installation consisted of aluminum and steel creating an implication of dance, movement and energy. It didn’t hurt that the metal was reflective, almost like a million little mirrors. Very cool.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

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My favorite stop of the trip was the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. I blame my mother for my sinful love of chocolate, but this place is a chocolate lover’s dream. From the “quintessential chocolate cake” to the ganache-based hot chocolate, I couldn’t get enough. I’ve had many a chocolate cake in my time, and this chocolate is different. It’s melt-in-your-mouth, savor-each-bite delicious, so don’t skip this one. The interior of the chocolate lounge is also warm and cozy, a perfect stop between adventures.

Before I Die Wall

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This stop is a bit hidden, but a simple google search will direct you to the popular destination. The Before I die.. wall is a global art project created by New Orleans artist Candy Chang, after she lost someone she loved. The wall was created in her neighborhood on an abandoned house as a daily reminder and prompt for the community. After posting pictures of the wall online she received messages from people all over the world wanting to create their own walls. Today there are over 500 Before I Die walls in more than 30 languages and 60 countries. The wall is a refreshing reminder to consider something a bit deeper than your latest Instagram caption, and it’s an insightful way to learn a little bit about those around you.

What Asheville treasures have I missed? 

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