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


8:30 a.m.–Sunny Point Cafe
In 2010, Good Morning America ranked Sunny Point, surrounded by its own vegetable and herb beds, among the country's top four breakfast spots. Manager Brigett Bolding recommends the heavenly huevos rancheros made with free-range eggs, local chorizo, cilantro crema, and homemade salsa verde. sunnypointcafe.com

10 a.m.–Biltmore
Visited by about a million folks each year, America's largest private home, completed in 1895, has 250 rooms. You're likely less familiar with the property's Antler Hill Village, which opened in 2010 and allows you to try a local beer at Cedric's Tavern, enjoy a meal at the Bistro, or stop in for a tasting at the Winery. biltmore.com

1 p.m.–Corner Kitchen
Owner Kevin Westmoreland's restaurant hosted the Obamas and spreads across two floors of an 1890s Biltmore Village building. For lunch he suggests the Bilmore Village Reuben with house-cooked corned beef, homemade Thousand Island, and braised sauerkraut. thecornerkitchen.com

3:30 p.m.–Mount Pisgah Trail
Drive 30 minutes south along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a 3-mile moderate hike through autumn gold to Mount Pisgah's 5,721-foot summit, where you'll be able to capture ooh-inspiring views overlooking Asheville. hikewnc.info

8 p.m.–Cúrate
Flamenco over to the marble bar bordering the open kitchen of this Spanish tapas restaurant. Glass of red in hand, executive chef Katie Button suggests the Jamón Ibérica, salt and peppered, grilled, and served with roasted cipollini onions and toasted pine nuts. curatetapasbar.com