When Chris and I began discussing where we should spend our honeymoon, we both agreed that it needed to be centered on good food. Since we had traveled to Asheville months earlier, we decided that it would be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the city’s celebrated food scene. We didn’t want to shell out a lot of money on an exotic locale but, instead, wanted to spend our limited funds on exploring local eateries.
We rented a cabin in the woods, which allowed us to cook several of our own meals. Granted, it might not sound all that relaxing, but we love to cook! We splurged on a couple of trips to Whole Foods and specialty shops and nestled into our temporary home. Chris grilled steaks and veggies while I put together a salad of some sort. We spent mornings sipping coffee on our deck whilst planning our day. Asheville is best enjoyed with a laid back attitude.
Since we had visited the Biltmore House only months before, we instead spent time hiking trails and immersing ourselves in Asheville’s thriving art scene. We were fortunate to stumble upon an outdoor art festival. The highlight of our trip, however, was going on an Asheville food tour, led by Asheville Food Tours. Not only was it affordable but it also offered a variety of places both savory and sweet. We enjoyed homemade blackberry mojitos at Salsas Mexican Carribbean Restaurant, tapas from Bomba (including Iberico ham from Spain–you must try it once in your life) , artisan chocolates from The Chocolate Fetish, and much more!
If you are planning a trip to Asheville and want to spend time eating at local restaurants, then we highly recommend checking out the Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) passport book, which gives you BOGO discounts on several local eateries. It was well worth the price.
Okay, so what was our absolute favorite restaurant? It would have to be The Admiral , which was highly recommended by one of our servers at a different restaurant. She said to not be fooled by its ‘dive bar’ status and that it is a favorite among chefs. We sat at the bar and enjoyed watching the chefs work their magic in the kitchen. Click here for Yelp reviews.
We are definitely planning on returning to Asheville as soon as possible. It will always be a very special place for us.
Enjoy the pics!