Travel Guide: Overnight Stay in Asheville, NC

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Last month, we went on an anniversary trip without the kids. On our way down to Charleston, we stopped in one of our favorite places, Asheville, NC. Asheville is a town nestled in the mountains that’s famous for the Biltmore residence. The downtown area itself is thriving–there’s lots of places to stay and eat, and things to do and see. We actually did one night of our babymoon there 3.5 years ago (including a candlelight tour of the Biltmore). While we’ve stopped to eat there a couple of times when traveling, we hadn’t spent the night since then. Our trip was very last minute, so we went without an itinerary. Here’s what we did on our romantic overnight trip to Asheville, NC.



If you’ve tried to book travel this summer, especially last minute travel, you know how hard it can be to book a place to stay. It seems like everyone is traveling. A one night stay somewhere can also carry some real sticker shock right now. So prepare yourself before you start looking anywhere. That said, we ended up staying at the Cambria hotel that is right in the heart of downtown Asheville and we loved it! It’s a very modern hotel that is sleek. We were upgraded to a corner room on the 12th floor with stunning views of both the mountains and the town–Asheville is all-around beautiful.

The location was very central and it was easy to walk to everything we wanted to do. We wondered around Asheville on foot all night. To note: the hotel has valet parking, so be sure to bring money to tip.


For a small-ish town, Asheville is overflowing with delicious restaurants to try. I suggest making reservations ahead of time if at all possible, especially on the weekends. If, however, you’re like us and roll the dice, you may still get lucky. Someone missed a dinner reservation at Tupelo Honey and we were able to walk right in. It was otherwise a 3 hour wait! Whatever you do, get the cathead biscuits as an appetizers. So good!

If you’re looking for a brunch spot or a quick snack, I suggest Twisted Crepe. Get one of their sweet crepes. I may or may not have pregamed dinner with a peanut butter and chocolate one.

For drinks, we stopped by The Thirsty Monk. We loved that they had a rooftop bar.


Honestly, we ended up just wondering around Asheville that night and doing whatever caught our eye. We explored downtown as there’s lots to catch your eye. Asheville has the cutest toy store called Curio, which is where we picked up some souvenirs for the kids.  There were street vendors set up outside with their creations that you could browse. We also hit up the Battery Park Book Exchange. It’s the type of store that you can get lost in. They have a very eclectic collection of books, as well as a champagne bar. And the night we were in, they had a band playing live music inside.

Now, there’s lots more to do in Asheville–checkout my babymoon post–but for this trip, we wanted to relax and reconnect. We weren’t there to check anything off a to-do list.

I hope this overnight trip itinerary for Asheville, NC helps if you’re planning a trip there soon. We had a romantic overnight stay, which was exactly what we were looking for, but this same travel guide works just as easily for a friends trip to Asheville. Whether it’s your first trip and your latest trip there, I doubt it will be your last.

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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