Asheville, North Carolina is the perfect city to wander around for a day. Bohemian and edgy, there’s something for every Lala girl to do and discover. Located deep in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains, Asheville is just the right blend of breathtaking vistas and artsy charm. Here are our top five reasons to visit (and fall in love with) Asheville.
1. Stores like Duncan and York
Asheville’s Lexington Avenue is home to tons of boutiques offering everything from locally-sourced home goods to screen-printed t-shirts to skateboards. We loved browsing the handmade jewelry and shaped bath soaps (they had a pair shaped like rain boots!) in Duncan and York and exploring the adorably tiny floral shop Shady Grove Flowers. Asheville is all about shopping locally, so you’re guaranteed to find unique gifts for your girls back home (or a souvenir for yourself, of course).
There are so many restaurants in Asheville, it’s hard to choose a place to dig in. We ended up having lunch at Mayfel’s, a gorgeous restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch inspired by Louisiana cuisine. One word: beignets. We also heard from some local rafting guides that trying Tupelo Honey Cafe is a must, but the wait tends to be long (it’s on our list for next time!) Coffee carts are everywhere, and you’re sure to find a new treat every corner you turn.
3. The street art
This isn’t any old graffiti, though – the alleyways and sides of buildings in Asheville are covered with vibrant and eye-catching paintings. We were fascinated by what we saw in each alley. No piece of art is the same. We could have spent the afternoon alone photographing the street art we discovered.
4. Personal style
The residents of Asheville have an awesome sense of style, and the best part is that anything goes – personal style is king. We saw edgy rockers with colorful tattoos, combat boots and crazy hairstyles walking next to hippy girls in Birkenstocks and DIY jewelry. The city of Asheville is unique, and that fact is reflected in the people you see walking down the street.
5. The location
Perhaps our favorite part of Asheville is its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Just hop on the highway, and in less than an hour you’re hiking the Appalachian Trail or white water rafting on the Nantahala River. The views, and the possibilities for exploration, are endless. Channel your inner explorer and get outdoors for the day!
Have you ever visited Asheville? What are your favorite parts of the city?