If one looks back on my family tree a few generations, they’ll notice that some of my roots start in North Carolina. It’s no wonder I feel a strong pull in my heart to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and the area around Asheville.
I spent one Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with my extended family. We rented a big cabin and decorated the tree with homemade cookies hung with ribbon and popcorn garlands. My grandfather heard that we would be taking a visit to Asheville and The Biltmore. Conspiracy theorist that he was, he insisted on accompanying us so that he could count the chairs in the dining room. Apparently he had read somewhere that evil deeds go on in Asheville, with witches hanging around the gates of the property and a room in the basement dedicated to Halloween.
We took a tour of the house and grounds, but my grandfather was sorely upset when we entered the dining room and there were twelve chairs instead of the anticipated thirteen. He threw his arms up and huffed away, only to sit in the car until we were all finished with our tour.
We’ve been there many times since then, without my grandfather. Touring the Asheville area can cause one to build up an appetite. But where to go? Here are a few places to help narrow down all the choices.
Set in a cozy restored historic building, Table is an infusion of Manhattan prices and the farm to table cuisine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I would prefer the atmosphere here for dinner over lunch, but the food was okay. It is a trendy spot that may or may not be around in a few years. I was pleased to learn that they use local ingredients and the restaurant has been a boost to local farmers. This is a really good place for wine and appetizers.
Situated at The Farmer’s Market, Moose Café is a favorite of locals and tourists. They serve the best breakfast around and the biscuits are to-die for. Since I’m keen on the sweets, the strawberry cobbler isn’t too bad either!
Asheville Farmer’s Market
Speaking of Farmer’s Market, my favorite item from this Asheville attraction is the honey cream. Oh my is it good. There are also artisanal cheeses, fresh veggies, jelly such as muscadine or mayhaw, and of course, SuperNog. I good idea is to grab the fixings for a picnic lunch and take a drive to Big Witch Overlook. My parent’s do this often on their motorcycles, when they are in the area.
This stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks Mt. Balsam. It offers not only a satisfying meal that keeps customers coming back, but all the rooms at the Inn have large glass windows with an awesome view. The hiking trails that surround the Inn make for a relaxing after lunch walk.
These are just a few of the many places in Asheville that I know about. My mom loves this area so much, that when she dies, she wants her ashes thrown from Big Witch Overlook. Fitting!