48 Hours in Asheville

Short on days? Here's a play-by-play that lets you sample beloved standbys and burgeoning must-do's in a time-sensitive sequence.

Alex Crevar
Asheville Weekend Planner
Take the weekend to explore this lively city's must-dos.
Photo: Ryan Kelly


10 a.m.–Asheville City Market
Come to this producers-only market with reusable bag in hand and buy veggies straight from the source. In its fourth year and located downtown in the Public Works Building parking lot, the vending farmers typically come from within 60 miles. asapconnections.org

Noon–Tupelo Honey Cafe
This downtown insitution partners with more than 25 local farms. Roll up your sleeves for Not Your Mama's Meatloaf topped with a rosemary, tomato, and shallot gravy. The beef comes from Hickory Nut Gap Farm (20 minutes southeast). tupelohoneycafe.com

1:30 p.m.–River Arts District
Around 150 artists from nearly every medium occupy 20 or so buildings along the French Broad River. "Buying from the artists after watching them work is a fuller experience," says Curve Studios & Garden's Pattiy Torno. The district also boasts restaurants and a theater. riverartsdistrict.com

3 p.m.–Brews Cruise
The upside of the brewery walking tour, versus the mobile tour, is you visit more sites–four rather than three–and stay downtown. The downside: The stumble to the last one is a doozy (Just keep it in mind, as you go.) During the excursions you'll sample concoctions and speak to their creators. ashevillebrewscruise.com

7 p.m.–The Admiral
This trendy West Asheville eatery is funky, but the menu is as sophisticated as an officer's dress blues. Start with a Dark and Stormy cocktail with homemade ginger ale, rum, and blackstrap molasses. Then try the Columbia River sturgeon, served with sweet breads, squash, and Brussels sprouts. After, the dining room morphs into a dance party. theadmiralnc.com