How to travel like a local: Downtown Asheville

When food writer Steph Burnette takes notice of your weekend brunch, you want people to know about it. We’re thrilled she recently mentioned Chestnut in her article on how to travel like a local in downtown Asheville. We agree, we have one of the best brunches, not just in downtown Asheville, but anywhere in the south.

From the article:

Traversing downtown Asheville, North Carolina, like a local means walking. And, since you can’t be underdressed in Asheville — running shoes, flip-flops, boots of any kind and age are the norm — ambling blocks between food and drink stops can feel like an escape from the norm.

I’m asked weekly where to go in Asheville. So much is notable, both old and new, that I’ll focus here on downtown with a  promise to highlight other districts soon.

So, you want to go to Cúrate? Yep, locals love Katie Button’s mecca of tapas too. Here’s how to get in: go at 2:30 p.m. Sit at the bar and chat with a sous chef and enjoy the skill of this staff at its best.

A skip away is the reopened Asheville Art Museum. The expansion is wrapped in glass and its collection of Black Mountain College art is unparalleled. If it’s Thursday, then Perspective Café (on the fifth floor) is open until 9 p.m.; plan for fantastic small plates, noteworthy cocktails and mountain air on the sculpture deck.

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