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Under $100: Asheville, North Carolina

by Katie Skrzek

Dec 12, 2018

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Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, N.C., approaches the peak of its popularity. Known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, the city is home to landmarks like the breathtaking Biltmore Estate and Art Deco City Hall, as well as the Folk Art Center and Asheville Art Museum. It’s also not far from Pisgah National Forest, ideal for hiking, camping and picnics.

Under $100 / North America

Asheville is a city in North Carolina, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are plenty of things to see and do for less than $100 a day.


Start your day with a quick breakfast at High Five Coffee. Coffee and a pastry or bagel costs about $10. There are two downtown locations. Drive to the nearby Pisgah National Forest for a hike. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers stunning views, especially with changing foliage in the fall. The Mount Pisgah hike is about three miles total. Park entrance is free.


Have lunch at 12 Bones Smokehouse. The barbecue spot serves up sandwiches, platters and sides, all homemade fresh daily. Platters start at $5.50 and include sides. Wander through the River Arts District. The area is full of galleries and shops and hosts annual events and festivals.


Asheville is known for its numerous craft breweries. There are more than 50 throughout the city, but some popular spots include Burial Beer Company, Wicked Weed Brewing and Green Man Brewery. These spots are within walking distance of one another, so get a sample pour at each. Prices are about $5 per pour. Have dinner at Cúrate. The tapas bar offers a variety of popular Spanish dishes. Small plates start at $7 and large plates range $10–60.


Get a nightcap at The Crow & Quill. The dimly lit cocktail bar boasts an impressive spirits menu. With antique furnishings, books and games, the bar feels more like someone’s home. Drinks cost about $10–15. Due to an old law, bars are required to function as private clubs and you must be a member to enter. A majority of bars ask for a one-time $1 fee and your signature. If you’re traveling in a group, only one person needs to pay the $1.


Asheville is home to the popular Biltmore Estate. Admission starts at $50, so visit the beautiful grounds if you want to splurge an

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