What to Do in Asheville if You’re Not in the Mood for Craft Beer

What can Charlotteans do when they visit Asheville and want to skip the beer? Eat! Among a few other places to try, Charlotte Five recommends Chestnut.

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In the past few years, Asheville has witnessed its craft beverage scene grow from being all about beer to launching several cideries, distilleries, kombucha breweries and cider-centric restaurants that are now thriving.

The city also has some incredible new rooftop bars, wine bars and several restaurants that focus on wine pairings with their menus. So, Charlotteans can easily drive the quick two-hour trip to Asheville and see for themselves that while craft beer might still be king, its popularity has paved the way for other types of craft drinks to flourish, too.


One of Asheville’s newest downtown hotels — Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown — has an indoor heated pool and sits just a few blocks from downtown’s central park, Pack Square.

The best part? Their rooftop bar, Pillar, showcases one of downtown’s best sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It pairs well with their carefully curated signature cocktail list. Try a spicy strawberry cream margarita or raspberry cucumber fizz and nosh on small plates, burgers, or flatbreads. They serve breakfast and lunch, too.



For breakfast, Sunny Point Cafe has crazy-long waits on the weekends, so instead go on a Friday (or another weekday) if you can to chow down on their monster portions. Think four-egg omelettes, French toast stuffed with sausage, cream cheese and cheddar, and Bibimbap. Can’t make it during breakfast hours? Don’t worry, they serve it up all day long.

Simple, a cute little cafe and juice bar, has energy-boosting fresh-pressed juices, smoothies and wellness shots served alongside avocado toast, acai bowls and breakfast staples with a healthier spin. Breakfast here will help set you up for a great day of nibbling and sipping your way through West Asheville, a residential neighborhood booming with breweries, new restaurants and awesome shops and such.

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