One night in Asheville, NC (visit #11)

We were in Asheville from 12/30/2021 to 12/31/2021 as part of our Florida in January trip.

Blah blah blah Asheville. I know, you’re bored, but we were heading south on our Florida odyssey, so of course we stopped in Asheville. Also, Interstate 85 between Charlotte and Greenville is a perpetual nightmare, which made us not want to go to Charlotte, another fun and easy stopover on the way south. So anyways, I’ll keep this brief. Also, see our Asheville Favorites post for our, yes, Asheville Favorites.

Campground

Bear Creek campground
our site at Bear Creek

We stayed at Bear Creek, our second-favorite Asheville campground. Overall, it’s quieter than Wilson’s, our #1 choice, has some of the usual campground amenities that Wilson’s lacks: pool, laundry, office, and it might be a slightly shorter drive to West Asheville. We still prefer Wilson’s, for its riverfront location and closer proximity to the River Arts District and downtown.

Eating

dinner at the Admiral
rutabaga tempura

We returned to The Admiral for dinner. The food and drink are delicious, service is super, and we could sit on the patio and have some airflow. Outdoor dining was a priority for us as Omicron was going cuckoo and we were seeing family soon.

beet reuben from Asheville Sandwich Co
beet Reuben

In the morning, we picked up Asheville Sandwich Company sandwiches to go (my scrumptious veggie Reuben was made with beets!) for the drive to Atlanta. It’s a cool spot in West Asheville that we didn’t know about before but will return to!

Drinking

With just one night in town, we focused on our favorites: Burial, Hi-Wire, and Brahmari.

beers at Burial
Burial’s fantastic mural

Burial had a good lactose IPA, a meh sour, and great outdoor scene.

beers at Hi-Wire
our favorite window seats at Hi-Wire

Hi-Wire has good flagship IPAs, and I really enjoyed the sour they had on tap. The industrial space always has a dog or two and big windows for air.

beers at Bhramari
self-service at Bhramari

Bhramari had an annoying new system of ordering from the host stand and then waiting for seating then waiting for beer… and finally J went to the bar and fetched the ignored beers himself. We’re hoping they come up with a better system before we return! The cantaloupe sour was sooo good, but J prefers Burial’s IPA.

And dishonorable mention goes to the Funkatorium: we waited for table, watched several employees walk by without acknowledging us, tried to get some help but nobody was interested, so we left. I know everyone is short-staffed right now, but that’s no excuse for bad service.

Exploring

Hominy River Greenway
exploring the Hominy Creek Greenway

In the morning, before leaving for Atlanta, we took Bugsy for a stroll in the woods along the Hominy Creek Greenway, just a few minutes down the hill from the campground. The path is lovely and peaceful.

To do

Our Uber driver suggested we check out Campfire Lodgings, a scenic RV campground just north of Asheville, in Weaverville.

Rabbit Rabbit looks like the coolest venue ever. They host concerts and outdoor movies and had a neat holiday lights display when we were in town. I want to go see a show there!

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