The Whale is our favorite place to grab a beer outside and hang out. The Whale is attached to a restaurant called Haywood Commons that's also quite good (see below).
Wonderful restaurant for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Their cold brew is my favorite cold brew maybe ever.
Jargon is an upscale restaurant in West Asheville that's one of our absolute faves. You will need to make reservations in advance if you're intersted but it's very worth it.
Another amazing restaurant in the West Asheville area. Like Jargon, the Admiral is also a bit upscale and will need reservations.
My favoriate tacos in Asheville (different than White Duck but they are both experiences you should probably have). We would recommend the veggie taco (seriously).
There are a few white ducks around - the chain is an Asheville classic! Not a traditional taco - kinda like the Epcot of tacos. Would recommend going because it’s good and people may ask you if you went here after you tell them you went to Asheville for a wedding
Fantastic locale for fresh juice and a light breakfast/lunch
The New Belgium Brewery is massive with a ton of indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the river. Lots of food trucks all around.
Best dumplings in Asheville. The shrimp dumpings are fantastic but it's all really good.
Arguably the best and most famous BBQ joint in Asheville
Downtown restaurant that has some southern faves
Very chill spot for classic brunch
Insane wine bar with incredible food
Cozy, gorgeous tequila bar/coffee shop. Think crafted cocktails meets dimly-lit Alemo
If you have time, you may want to peruse the shops and studios located all along the River Arts District. Ultra Coffee Bar is a great stop on your way to explore.
If you want a shorter walk in the city limits that feels like you're walking along the Blue Ridge Mountains, check out the NC Arboretum (https://www.ncarboretum.org/) and wonder through any of these trails. Note that you may be charged a small fee for entrace and parking.
Richmond Hill Park is a small, wooded nature reserve with bike and hiking trails as well as a frisbee golf course. Great if you want a small, managable walk in the woods and are short on time.
Want a walk along the French Broad River? You can get on the greenway from a range of locations from the New Belgium Brewery to Carrier Park.
If you're wanting to get out and explore, consider taking one of the hikes listed on the website linked. We've taken a few of them and enjoyed them all. Rattlesnake Lodge and Bull Gap Trailhead are quite close to Weaverville. Looking Glass Rock is particularly nice if you're looking to get out a bit more.