When traveling, it’s important to support local businesses at the destinations we visit. Try to stay away from chain restaurants you can eat at anywhere. And don’t only go to those top, typical tourist attractions – that’s no way to truly see a city… the real side to the city anyways. Visit the unique spots that don’t make it in the top 10 on TripAdvisor.
On my recent trip to Asheville, North Carolina, I paid a visit to Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar in Grove Arcade, which is home to a variety of boutiques and restaurants located in a historic building. The book exchange features loads of used books on just about every topic, even some rare books.
The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar knows exactly what the finer things are in life. As you stroll through thousands of books spread out in every nook and cranny of the store, you can sip on wine or champagne – or heck why not BOTH.
The book exchange and bar boasts over 22,000 books that are constantly changing and 80 wines. If you want to make a little extra money, you can even sell your books that are in excellent condition there. Throughout the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar, there’s plenty of chairs, couches, and tables to enjoy reading a book or magazine and a snack. The bar sells cheeseboards, desserts, and coffee.
But wait, it gets even better… Dogs are allowed inside. So not only can you enjoy a good book paired with wine and cheese, but you can also bring your furry friend to accompany you. I honestly don’t think one place can get any better than this.
The Battery Park Book Exchange is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at 1 Page Avenue, Suite 101 in Asheville. Make sure to pay them a visit when in Asheville, and give yourself plenty of time to mosey around the different sections of books and soak up the atmosphere with a glass of wine or two.
Finding local gems like this book exchange makes traveling so rewarding and unique every time you’re on the road. Before traveling to any destination, do your research. Get recommendations from locals and people who have visited before. Find those local spots, not just what the top tourist websites tell you to do.
How do you find local spots in a city you’re visiting? What’s some of your favorite local gems you’ve found while traveling?