Domestic Travel / North Carolina

i-40 Roadtrip: Asheville, NC

After visiting Nashville, I took a small detour to sneak in a visit to Asheville, NC.  Asheville is a small “crunchy” mountain town with great food and a gorgeous arboretum.  What is “crunchy,” you ask?  It is basically epitomized by this poster:

Although this is predominately an “i-40 roadtrip,” we have now exited and are driving on the 29.

Do.  North Carolina Arboretum is located 9 miles south of Asheville.  Located on 434 acres, it is one pretty huge arboretum.  Lots of trails and gardens to explore.  Perfect mix of manicured and unmanicured.  No admission, but $8 per vehicle (but free on the first Tuesday of the month).  Hopefully the pictures better explain how beautiful this place is!  Highly recommended.

North Carolina Arboretum

  • Take the 26 E
  • Exit 33 for Blue Ridge Hwy 191
  • Left onto Hwy 191 (stay on for 2 miles)
  • Look for brown sign that reads “Arboretum,” then turn right at light into Arboretum

  Probably the best meal on our trip was at Tupelo Honey.  It’s not an expensive restaurant, but it is more expensive than the other places we ate at.

Perfect biscuits with honey, butter, and black raspberry jam.  Yup, that’s right – not blackberry, not regular ‘ol raspberry, but black raspberry.  This right here is perfection.  Could’ve eaten this all night. I actually bought a jar of the black raspberry jam to send home!

Shrimp & Goat Cheese Grits ($16) So creamy and salty and rich…I need more of this.  The shrimp were cooked in a red pepper sauce, and I requested the addition of sauteed onions and spinach ($0.85 each).  So, so tasty.  Sung order a fried pork chop dish, which was surprisingly heavenly.  I typically don’t like porkchop, and would usually prefer not to order something deep fried at a nicer restaurant.  Came with gravy and sweet potato mash (mmm!)

Tupelo Honey Cafe
Yelp / Menu
12 College St
Asheville, NC 28801

Dessert.  Came here based on strong yelp reviews, but didn’t fancy anything in particular.  Maybe I ordered the wrong items?  We got Aztec hot chocolate, chocolate dipped almond shortbread, and a bibby brownie.  All were fine, but nothing special, especially at those prices!  $3.50 for a brownie?  Geez.

French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Yelp / Official
10 S Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Next up >> Lynchburg, VA >> Charlottesville, VA (Our Destination!)


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