Where to Stay: Hampton Inn-Biltmore Square
This hotel offers all the amenities you would expect from a chain, but at five minutes from the Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Village, its location is key. Rates range $84-$189.
1 Rocky Ridge Road; (828) 667-2022
Where to Eat: Salsa Mexican Caribbean Restaurant
Find here a fun blend of Mexican and Caribbean cuisine. The tiny space downtown crowds at lunchtime, but delicious and enormous portions smooth any line-waiting. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
6 Patton Avenue; (828) 252-9805