Vegetarian Travel: Asheville & The Biltmore

 

A few weeks ago, my family and I took a spontaneous weekend trip to Asheville, North Carolina (one of my most favorite cities in the south). We spent most of our time visiting the Biltmore, which, if you haven’t heard of it before, is AWESOME!

The Biltmore Estate is the gorgeous, historic home of the Vanderbilt’s that was built back in the late 1800’s. Words can’t describe how incredible this house is— full of history, charm, and surrounded by the most gorgeous gardens.

We spent our day exploring the grounds, touring the stunning, historic house, and tasting wine at their on-site winery. Here are some of my favorite pics from the day— it was so hard to narrow them down!

 

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The next morning, we started our day off with one of the BEST breakfasts I’ve ever had. Like ever. Sunny Point Cafe is truly a special place. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and ALSO have a huge garden that supplies most of the fresh produce for the restaurant.

Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations (so there is almost always a wait), but you can grab a cup of coffee and take a relaxing walk through the garden while you wait for your table! It’s pretty fabulous. Or, you could just get there right before 8 am like we did (there was already a line) and get right in!

I ordered one of their daily specials: the Asparagus & Mushroom Scramble with Scape Butter, Fried Green Onions, Herbed Potatoes, and Focaccia. This was literally my dream breakfast! My sister ordered their enormous Garden Omelet with spinach, pesto, and tomato concasse, which was fabulous as well. They also have vegan options for most of their breakfast– tofu scrambles, tempeh bacon, the works. I can’t recommend this place enough!

 

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After our delicious breakfast, we spent the rest of our morning walking through the little city of Asheville, getting coffee at Double D’s (yes, that double decker bus down there), and donuts at Vortex Doughnuts.

On past trips, we’ve spent quite a lot of time checking out some of their MANY breweries, but our short little trip didn’t allow for that this time. Guess I’ll just have to squeeze another trip in this year 😉

If you ever get the chance to visit Asheville, DO IT! Definitely take a full day to visit the Biltmore and give yourself at least 2 days just to eat and drink your way through this city.

Did I mention all the great hiking they also have??? Such a gem of a city!

 

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

8 Comments

    • It was absolutely wonderful! Definitely busy— but still squeezed in lots of down time for meals to relax 🙂

    • It was seriously one the of best breakfasts ever! You guys MUST go!

  1. We loveeeee Asheville! It’s probably our favorite place to visit! I haven’t ever been to Sunny Point Cafe though – I need to hit that up next time we are out there!

    • Totally agree— I wish we could make it there more often! Definitely check out Sunny Point Cafe— it’s fantastic!

  2. I seriously kick myself for never visiting Asheville during the many years we lived in NC. Will have to make a special trip back there soon just to visit Asheville. The Biltmore looks so beautifully ornate with lots to see and do. Seems like there’s no shortage of great eats in the city either! Thanks for all of the great recommendations! Will definitely reference this whenever we get to go back!

    • You’ll definitely have to make it back to Asheville sometime soon! Especially seeing the places you guys like to visit on your snapchat— I think this is totally up your alley 🙂

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