There’s a certain way that Asheville has of relaxing and rejuvenating you. It’s in every awe-inspiring view of blueish mountain silhouettes with smoky clouds slowly gliding across their peaks. It’s in warm exchanges with the genuine, kind-hearted folks who happily welcome you here. It’s in the crisp, clean air you breathe and the comforting food you eat. That sense—that here and now is not only enough, but that here and now is abundance—is what made the city a popular resort town for the likes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. It also inspired George Washington Vanderbilt II to bring his mother on wellness visits here which eventually let him to build the famed Biltmore Estate.
This five-day trip allows you to invigorate and recharge from the finest of vantage points too, with a focus on luxury, nature, wellness, and inner healing. Encompassing the beauty of the great outdoors to the sacred act of self-care, plus art galleries, rooftop bars, and restaurants with delicious food along the way, this itinerary captures the multifaceted and nurturing spirit of Asheville that you can’t find anywhere else.
Itinerary / 5 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
DAY 1Asheville at last
Settle into the relaxed spirit of this region and the privilege of residing on this estate, and make your way to the Biltmore House on foot or bicycle. Wander the grounds and gardens and finish where most begin, with a tour of the famous house.
For dinner tonight, the nearby Red Stag Grill serves inventive plates of European comfort food in a dining room that feels like a stylish hunting lodge. The fantastic chophouse menu features grilled favorites, and a four-course chef’s tasting menu which includes palate-pleasers like sunburst mountain trout and New Zealand elk loin.
DAY 2Gardens, galleries, pints, and plates
Switch things up with a stop in the River Arts District (R.A.D.) comprised of more than 200 working studios and galleries for a quick overview of Asheville’s creative side . Pass through Asheville Cottonmill Studios, where you can view the works of six artists under one roof. A walk around the R.A.D. is highly encouraged before or after lunch at the inventive White Duck Taco Shop or a pint at New Belgium Brewing.
Keep it moving so you can do a little shopping in downtown Asheville. Make your way to Woolworth Walk, where the historic department store building has new life as a marketplace for artists selling inventive wares, including extremely cute face masks. Visit the Herbiary to pick up the store’s hand sanitizer, one of the founder’s illustrated books on botanicals, crystals, or animals, or another healing item.
Or if you’d rather skip the city bustle, Book a silent tea and meditation experience in the forest, or another special wellness and tea education experience, with Dobrá Tea. You can also simply enjoy a cup or two at one of two teahouses that Dobrá operates in town, or at High Climate Tea Company, which stocks a wide variety of traditional Chinese tea and also offers educational information and programs.
Enjoy an evening meal downtown on the outdoor patio of Laughing Seed, which sources seasonal, organic ingredients from local farms including their own. The vegetarian restaurant’s internationally influenced menu offers indulgently balanced options like pesto pizza topped with roasted garlic, toasted walnuts, and local mushrooms, jalapeño onion fries, and wine, beer, and cocktails.
DAY 3Into the wilderness
Make your way to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and drive 43 miles to the trailhead of Crabtree Falls, a 2.7-mile loop trail that’s an easygoing and enjoyable treat for the afternoon. For the yoga-inclined, hit up Namaste in Nature to arrange a private session in the Appalachian wilderness.
Take a break from the running around and have dinner in. Prepare a lovely meal in your treehouse kitchen, order from many of Asheville’s best restaurants using the local delivery service Kickback AVL, or hire a private chef to cook farm-to-table courses for you (and clean up after!) right in the comfort your villa.
DAY 4Waterfalls and wellness
This afternoon, treat yourself at The Salt Spa of Asheville, where you’ll enjoy a soothing massage inside a Himalayan salt cave. Once your entranced state wears off, mosey over to Chiesa for a mouth-watering menu of rustic Italian plates, including pastas made in house like orecchiette carbonara and risotto with sunchoke and preserved lemon. If you’re up for a short drive, consider a different Italian spot, Glass Onion in Weaverville, which is three miles from your home base at the Treehouses of Serenity.