After the first full work week of 2017, I was excited to get away with a group of my best friends to Asheville. Though it was a quick trip, we made the most of our time there.
Friday night we spent our time at Wicked Weed brewery. Though it might seem like the stereotypical Asheville brewery it lives up to the expectation. The beer is great and atmosphere is cool.
We didn’t waste any time Saturday and made our way to Sierra Nevada brewery as soon as it opened. If you have never been here before, I highly recommend it. The brewery, restaurant, and grounds are one of a kind and will absolutely blow your mind! After Sierra Nevada we tried Catawba Brewing, grabbed lunch at Buxton Hall BBQ (mouth watering), and finished up the afternoon playing life-size Jenga at Twin Leaf brewery. We all loved Catawba but the best part about Twin Leaf was the Jenga…
After a day of breweries, we freshened up for dinner at Smoky Park Supper Club. If you have never been, this is also a must visit when in Asheville. The restaurant has the coolest ambiance as it is made of storage containers and sits right on the river. It is known for its fresh ingredients and farm to table meals and it absolutely did not disappoint. I indulged in the Steak Sandwich with the best brussels sprouts I have ever had. Everyone couldn’t stop talking about how amazing their choices were.
We finished the night with live music at Jack in the Wood (a suggestion from a local music junkie.) While it was definitely a different crowd than we typically hang out with, I felt very “Asheville.”
Sunday morning we took our time to get going and headed back downtown (the area is small and quaint) for breakfast at Mayfel’s. Though it was a “stumble upon” choice, the breakfast was second to none. If I return to Asheville, Mayfel’s will be on my list to visit again. From Huevos Rancheros, to crawfish omelettes, to pork belly hash there were so many choices we all had trouble deciding what to order. Everyone finished the weekend fat & happy.
Overall, hearts were as full as bellies after a weekend combining good beer and better friends. I highly recommend Asheville as a weekend getaway. Bonus: it’s such an easy drive from Charlotte. Next trip, we will not skip out on Burial as every Uber driver raved about the spot. But how can I complain when it just gives us a reason to return?