A couple’s guide to romantic Asheville, North Carolina

Want to feel the love? Visit romantic Asheville, North Carolina for a couple’s weekend getaway. Have dinner for two at one of the top-notch restaurants in downtown. Sample beer flights at local breweries on South Slope. Take in the art scene throughout the city. Immerse yourselves in the beautiful surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And simply enjoy the urban paradise that is Asheville, North Carolina.

My husband and I recently visited Asheville for two nights on our honeymoon, and this charming city, often referred to as the “Paris of the South,” immediately stole our hearts. The surroundings are beautiful, the atmosphere is relaxing, the downtown is walkable, and the locals are friendly. Exploring romantic Asheville makes it easy for you and your partner to step away from every day life and just enjoy each other’s company.

Romantic Asheville, North Carolina

So what are you waiting for? Book a trip to romantic Asheville for you and your partner! Here are our recommendations, including the top restaurants and cafes, bars and breweries, and where to stay and things to do for a perfect couple’s weekend getaway to Asheville, North Carolina.

ACCOMMODATION

The Lofts at 16 Church – Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals

For two nights of our honeymoon, we stayed at Loft 202, located in the heart of downtown Asheville. With the ultimate location, it’s a breeze to walk to so much of the city’s top attractions, restaurants, and bars, and it’s easy to get back to the loft if you need a break to put your feet up. This lodging is in the midst of Asheville’s hubbub, but we found it was still quiet and peaceful inside (even on a Saturday night).

The exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, abundance of natural light, and simple, classy decor make the space incredibly stunning and is the perfect ambiance for a couple’s trip to romantic Asheville. On top of that, the loft has everything you could possibly need and then some – a full kitchen, dining table and bar area, washer and dryer, writing table, 1.5 bathrooms, lounge area with a couch and TV, and a comfy bedroom. There’s even a private balcony to enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Asheville from.

We booked our stay at Loft 202 through Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals, North Carolina’s premier luxury vacation rental company. Yonder  has a variety of properties in Asheville and its surrounding area, ranging from cottages and cabins to retreats and estates. Their website is very easy to use and it clearly states the amenities of each property and reviews from previous renters.

Disclosure: Cheers to The Lofts at 16 Church and Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals for offering us a discounted rate for our stay at Loft 202. With that being said, my opinions are still 100 percent my own, and I wouldn’t promote anything I don’t personally think is awesome.

EATS

From trendy cafes to cozy restaurants, romantic Asheville, North Carolina has plenty of options when it comes to good food. The city is packed with spots perfect for a table for two, but here are a few of our favorites.

Breakfast/Brunch – what’s more “coupley” than brunch?!

Early Girl Eatery

Early Girl Eatery is a farm to table southern comfort food restaurant with a charming, laid-back vibe. The restaurant uses ingredients from local farms, and the specials change daily. Breakfast is served all day with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Pictured below is their tofu scramble.

Early Girl Eatery - Romantic Asheville, North Carolina

Biscuit Head

As a breakfast and lunch cafe, Biscuit Head has a fresh take on southern cooking. It’s the place to go for any form of biscuits whether you’re into biscuit sandwiches or biscuits and gravy. The restaurant is notorious for having a line, but the staff is really efficient in getting you seated and serving you tasty food.

Over Easy Cafe

This artsy cafe is a must for breakfast or brunch. Over Easy Cafe sources local ingredients for its dishes, so the menu is constantly changing. We found they had some really unique items on the menu. I had a London fog to drink and lavender French toast to eat – both delicious.

Cafes – perfect spots to get one-on-one time

Double D’s Coffee and Desserts

At the corner of Biltmore Avenue and Aston Street, Double D’s Coffee and Desserts is a double decker bus turned into a cafe serving well… coffee and desserts. The cozy interior makes it easy to sink into a seat and watch the world go by out the windows.

Well Played

Get your game on! Well Played is a board game cafe boasting over 500 games to play. We really enjoyed trying different games we had never played before. It’s $5 per person to play their vast collection of games. Additionally, the cafe serves sandwiches, snacks, and desserts, in addition to coffee, local beers, and wine.

Well Played - Romantic Asheville, North Carolina

Dinner – dress up and enjoy the food & ambiance

Storm Rhum Bar and Bistro

Ambient lighting and a flickering fireplace instantly set the mood in this trendy restaurant. It’s easy to see why Storm Ruhm Bar & Bistro was recently named the coziest restaurant in North Carolina. The restaurant prides themselves on putting modern twists on classic southern food. We loved every dish we ordered and don’t pass on their rum cocktails!

Buxton Hall

Located in a historic industrial building, Buxton Hall’s premises used to be a wood-floored roller rink, a boat show room, and a variety of auto shops. The restaurant serves BBQ Eastern-Carolina style, meaning the meat is cooked low for 18 hours over hardwood coals and infused with a vinegar mop. Our favorite dishes included mussels cooked under a pig as an appetizer and pit smoked fried chicken as an entrée. And their dessert menu is constantly changing with delicious treats.

DRINKS

Now it’s time to toast you and your partner! Asheville is known for its brewery scene, so there are loads of local beers to try. But if you’re not a beer-drinker, there are also laid-back bars serving wine, champagne, and cocktails. Cheers!

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

Take a stroll around the Grove Arcade and make a stop in Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar. Order two glasses of bubbly and snuggle up in one of the fancy couches or chairs in the used book store.

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar - Romantic Asheville, North Carolina

Dirty Jack’s

As Green Man Brewery’s (one of the first breweries in North Carolina) original tasting room, Dirty Jack’s is a small, low-key bar full of character. Grab a beer and head over to the dart boards for a fun game!

Asheville Brewing Company

Order a flight of beers, and if you come hungry, share a pizza. Asheville Brewing Company is Asheville and Western North Carolina’s third oldest brewery. The downtown location has a large patio and fun atmosphere. The brewery’s other location on Merrimon Avenue even has a movie theater on its premises that was voted The Coolest Movie Theater in North Carolina by Cosmopolitan, and all movie tickets are only $3.

Bhramari Brewing Company

Bhramari is one of the newer breweries in Asheville with a cozy and laid-back vibe in its large indoor and outdoor space. The taproom features their own creations, in addition to their favorite local beers. If you’re feeling competitive, Bhramari also has a selection of games to play.

ACTIVITIES

As a unique southern city, Asheville has so much to offer: craft beer, toe-tapping music, outdoorsy things to do, beautiful architecture, vibrant art, and fun gaming spots. So here’s some of the top activities you don’t want to miss on a couple’s weekend in romantic Asheville.

Take a brewery tour

Asheville boasts more breweries per capita than any other city in the United States. About a hundred local beers can be indulged in this city, so for a different date night, take a tour of one of the breweries to learn how some of the beer is made.

Get silly at the Asheville Pinball Museum

For $15, you can play over 75 pinball machines and classic video games as much as you like. This is perfect for adults with an inner child! There’s even a pinball machine you can play against each other on. Friendly competition never hurt anyone right?!

Go for a hike

There are one million acres of forest and hundreds of miles of hiking trails in Asheville’s surrounding area. A variety of hikes are right on the city’s doorstep ranging from trails highlighted by waterfalls and streams to mountain-top vistas. What could be more romantic than being together surrounded by stunning views?

Visit the Biltmore

The Biltmore, America’s largest home, is a marvelous 8,000-acre estate with 250 rooms. It’s a jaw-dropping attraction to explore, and the surroundings are sure to make you feel like you’re in a fairytale!

Explore the River Arts District

Showcasing 200 artists in studios and galleries, the River Arts District features 25 converted warehouses and industrial buildings in a one-mile radius. Located along the French Broad River, the district is the perfect place to find a unique souvenir to commemorate your romantic trip to Asheville.

Listen to live music

Live music is everywhere in the city, including music halls, concert venues, bars, mountain-view amphitheaters, and the downtown streets. Toe-tapping sounds are at the forefront of Asheville’s music scene, so get your dancing shoes on and boogie the night away together!

Asheville, North Carolina is a unique smaller southern city well worth a visit for its food, breweries, music scene, beautiful surroundings, and artsy vibes. Does romantic Asheville sound like a city for you and your partner to visit? 

12 Comments

  1. Oh come on, a double decker turned into a cafe! I’m in! I think I’d spend a day in that River Arts District, I’m a sucker foor warehouses turned into galleries. 🙂 And the food looks amazing…

  2. What a fantastic place for chilling out. The combination of the arts district, the breweries and the ability to channel my inner child for pinball and games would make for a great weekend. I’d definitely be full of happies.

  3. Champagne bars – tick. Craft breweries – tick. Great food – tick. I’ve heard many wonderful things about SC and this continues to support it. Looks like an amazing place to visit for a short break and staying in that loft looks divine.

  4. We live right up the road(ish) in Richmond, VA and have always heard great things about Asheville. Now I’m dying to go! I LOVE that double-decker bus/restaurant. Looks like you guys had a wonderful honeymoon 🙂 Congrats!!

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