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Asheville Itinerary

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Asheville Itinerary

We're excited about our 1st trip to Asheville and would appreciate any suggestions re: our itinerary. Hotel and restaurant reservations have been made, but there are so many good ones that it is overwhelming (in a good way :). Are we missing any "must dos" or good restaurants? Your help is much appreciated!

Arrive Tues, Oct 8

Check in to Grand Bohemian

White trolley historic tour

Visit Thomas Wolfe home

Biltmore Village

Dinner at the Corner Kitchen

Wedn, Oct 9

Biltmore Estate, Gardens and Winery

Lunch at Cedric's or the Bistro??

Downtown - Grove Arcade Public Market, Book Exch & Champagne Bar, Dinner at Curate (req seats at bar to watch chefs)

Thurs, Oct 10

Breakfast at Tupelo Honey

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to Boone (best scenic places to stop for light hiking or viewing?)

Lunch at Daniel Boone Inn(??)

Anniv dinner at Red Stag (at our hotel)

Friday, Oct 11

Breakfast at Early Girl Eatery?? Tour Thomas Wolfe Musem ( if haven't done so already). Should we make room for Grove Park Inn somewhere? (drinks - Sunset or Horizons)???

Leave Asheville and drive BRP to Cherokee (tour Cherokee Museum). Then 441 thru Great Smokey Mts Natl Park to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Will spend a night or two in this area, but don't have reservations and just want something simple here. Is it crazy to think we could find a chain hotel (Choice, Hampton, B Western) last minute? Any suggestions?

Thanks again!

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1. Re: Asheville Itinerary

In answer to your last question, probably, yes it might be crazy. October is peak tourist season (leaf peepers). I would go ahead and make a reservation.

As far as places to stop off the Blue Ridge Parkway — there are innumerable places to check out. These links might get you started. Be sure to check the National Park Service link for road closures. There is currently one between Asheville and Boone, but last I heard they were hoping to get a temporary fix in there so they could open that section by Labor Day.

http://www.blueridgeparkway.org

http://www.nps.gov/blri/index.htm

romanticasheville.com/BlueRidgeParkway.htm

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Near boone at Milepost 302.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Rough Ridge trail is a great viewpoint. Heard the trail is a bit beat up from all the rains, but great views and less than an hour or so hike up and back to the car make it a good stop along the way.

Curate is a great choice while in downtown asheville.

We enjoyed Cedric's for lunch fare, and would reccomend the dining room at the Inn at Biltmore if you want a classy, delicious meal overlooking the estate. Red stag was mixed for us. We stayed at the Grand Bohemian as well, and after lunch there, we felt dinner was very much the same flavors They did have great reviews, so perhaps ours was a rare exception.

I've heard varied opinions on Grove Park, but views are great. If you're still in the area, stop by for a drink and take in the views. Great sunsets for sure!

Enjoy your trip!!

Edited: 17 August 2013, 15:53
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Thanks for the great tips!

Ready4longvacation

Were you pleased with the Grand Bohemian?

We aren't planning to eat at Red Stag any other time and thought it would be convenient, but maybe should reconsider We will be at Biltmore Estate the day before - do you think we should plan on breakfast or dinner at the Inn? Gather you have to have admission tix or be staying at the Inn to eat there. Would you do the Main dining room or the library?

Also, any recs for lunch in Boone/Blowing Rock area - nothing fancy, just good food and atmosphere/view. Thanks again!

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Loved the hotel... We upgraded to a balcony room in the main building. Nice to open the door and get some fresh air. Service was great and like other hotels in at company, lots of artwork throughout the building. Nice to walk the halls to take a look at it all. Every floor is different.

red Stag is great looking, so do at least have drinks there. Nice to have some drinks without having to drive.

For the dining room at the Inn you do need a ticket or be a guest at the hotel. We ate in the main dining room, but all a great experience from Biltmore if you have the opportunity.

In Blowing Rock I think Bistro Roca and Six Pence Pub are great lunch options while on/ near main street. I understand a few new "pub" options on main street this year. Enjoy!!

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Agree about stopping at the Grove Park for a sunset drink or dinner on the terrace. Absolutely recommend!

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You definitely DO NOT want to try and find a place to stay in the Smokies without a reservation in October.

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Wow - thanks to all my TA friends for the helpful advice and great suggestions. We've booked a hotel in Pigeon Forge, so that's squared away, and are pretty much set now with restaurant reservations and activities planned. Can't wait for October!

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