This Clean Travel Guide to Asheville has great places in town to stay, plenty of adventurous activities to boost your immune system, clean restaurants to dine at, and wellness options for relaxation and recharging.

What drew me to Asheville was the eclectic food scene and proximity to the Appalachian trail, Pisgah National Forest, Great Smoky Mountains, and Blue Ridge Parkway. These are all incredible hiking destinations for any level of outdoor enthusiast and make for a great Clean Travel Guide to Asheville.

With Asheville being surrounded by mountains and farmland, there is no shortage of clean eating cafés and restaurants here! So many, I made a guide to Eating Clean in Asheville!

Don\’t miss my 5-Day Itinerary to Asheville for more details on where to go and what to do!

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EXPLORE

A Rental Car was our pick. Since there are so many natural attractions surrounding Asheville, we wanted the freedom to explore as we pleased. As it ended up, we did quite a bit of driving around on this trip, so it was great to have our own transportation.

Asheville Trolley Tours: These 2-day tour tickets are available 7 days a week and take you around Biltmore village, Downtown, the River Arts District, and more! Hop off at any of the stops as you please and hop right back on. *Price is $33 for an adult (These are set to resume July 2021).

ART Bus System: This is another public transportation option. You can pay cash on the bus ($1/ride), or there is a ticket booklet option that covers 11 rides for $9. There are many different routes and lines – visit here to map out your route.

Lyft & Uber are great options if you are planning to stay in the Downtown area and visit a few of the closer attractions, such as Biltmore Village & Estate, West Asheville, & River Arts District.

Parking is metered along the streets Downtown. There is also garage parking Downtown that is $7/weekday & $10/weekend day, and they also charge hourly rates.

STAY

Air BNB Options

Option 1: Fashionable Gem in the Heart of West Asheville

Option 2: Charming Cottage Overlooking Downtown AVL

Options 3: Historic Rose Cottage in River Arts District

North Lodge on Oakland Bed & Breakfast

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North Lodge on Oakland – Decked out for Christmas!

This was a highlight of our trip! Located in between Biltmore Estate and Downtown, we found that North Lodge was the perfect location for experiencing and exploring Asheville.

In a quaint residential neighborhood, North Lodge was built in 1905 and the innkeepers have kept thorough documentation of the property’s rich history.

We stayed in the Carolina Suite, which had a working fireplace and extremely plush bed that was so welcoming after being in the chilly outdoors all day.

One of the Innkeepers is a chef and prepares a custom multi-course mountain breakfast every morning. He met all of our dietary requests wonderfully and it gave us such peace of mind knowing that we would have a nutritious, clean, & filling breakfast to start each day.

Abbington Green Bed & Breakfast Inn and Spa

Located 5 minutes north of downtown Asheville, this Inn offers a top-tier bed and breakfast experience. They have an on-site spa with a menu of services, an afternoon social hour, and local organic ingredients for breakfast.

King beds and working fireplaces are in all of the guest rooms, along with a whirlpool tub and shower for an ultimately cozy, at-home experience.

Abbington celebrates holidays with their guests and decks the halls for Christmas! Like many of the Inns and B&Bs in Asheville – they offer unique packages and discounts on local tours with your stay.

ACTIVITIES

Hiking – explore the mountains and national forests that surround the city!

Pisgah National Forest – Packed with trails, waterfalls, and beautiful photos & picnic sites.

Blue Ridge Parkway – Drive along, soak in the sites, and stop at different trails!

The Great Smoky Mountains

Lovers Leap Loop Trail – 45-minutes from Asheville in Hot Springs, NC. Book a Soak atHot Springs Resort and Spa for after!

Go Skiing – The proximity to ski resorts is so exciting if that’s your thing!

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Beech Mountain Ski Resort

Sugar Mountain – near Beech Mountain & Banner Elk.

Beech Mountain – highest ski point in Eastern US with 17 runs for all levels.

Gatlinburg – technically across state lines in Tennessee, but still pretty close!

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort – closest to Asheville with 15 runs for all levels.

Shop – Asheville has a wide variety of unique local shops and artisans.

Biltmore Village – Just outside of Biltmore Estate you\’ll find local and well-known retail stores!

Grove Arcade – A historic building in Asheville that now houses local artisans and shops.

Shops in West Asheville

Downtown Asheville Shops on Broadway – Walk along Broadway popping in and out of local shops while enjoying the street performers.

Explore Christmas Market Towns (if in season)

Sylva & Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries

Hendersonville’s Home for Christmas

Forest City Christmas lights

Explore Asheville & Surrounding Area

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The Biltmore Estate

Visit River Arts District on the French Broad River & discover local artists & galleries.

River Arts District Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3 pm-5 pm.

Biltmore Estate & Antler Village – Check out the seasonal exhibit and attractions. You can\’t miss this!

Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway – Perfect for finding hiking trails and amazing photo spots.

EATING OUT IN ASHEVILLE

Rhubarb – farm-to-table, casual, locally sourced

Elements – 100% organic, vegan, no refined sugar

Posana – upscale, locally sourced

Curate – tapas, gluten-free & vegan options

Green Sageorganic, paleo & vegan options

Early Girl Eateryorganic, gluten-free & dairy-free options

Laughing Seed Café – 100% vegan

Dobra Tea – 100% gluten-free

*Check out my post Eating Clean in Asheville for more on our favorite clean spots for staying in & eating out!

WELLNESS OPTIONS

Many of the Spas and Yoga studios were closed or limited during our visit, but there are some of the options that I found and am interested in trying the next time we visit!

Asheville Salt Cave

Salt Caves are becoming well known for their healing properties, therapeutic negative ions, and trace minerals that purify the air and help in treating skin conditions, allergies, and other common ailments.

Asheville Sauna House

This Nordic-style sauna house offers an infrared sauna and a cold plunge pool for a deep detox to remove toxins from your body through your skin. There is also a lounge area with heated benches for relaxation and rehydration.

Namaste in Nature

This company is awesome – they offer guided tours that combine hiking, yoga, and meditation. Their tours often lead you to amazing views and/or waterfalls.

Still Point Wellness

Still Point has a sensory deprivation saltwater float pool. These help you reach a state of deep relaxation.

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