To say Asheville, North Carolina, is one of the best Southern cities for those of us who love living a healthy lifestyle is a bit of an understatement. Its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains makes it a fantastic place to hike — as does its mild year-round temperatures.
As a result of its active population, a crop of healthy and farm-to-table restaurants have popped up around the city, and there’s no shortage of things to do. With fall in full swing and winter on the way (oof) consider heading to Asheville, N.C., for a dose of nature and above-freezing temps. Here’s what to do while you’re there.
Go on a hike
There are tons of beautiful places to hike near Asheville. Take one of the many available hikes at Great Smoky Mountains Park, or go for a day hike along the Appalachian Trail. While fall is an excellent time to hike around Asheville, it can be gorgeous in the winter as well.
Eat healthy soul food at Rosetta’s Kitchen
If you’re looking for a dose of vegan and gluten-free soul food, Rosetta’s is where it’s at. And if you’re visiting someone in Asheville, locals get 10 percent off — so make sure they accompany you on your trip!
Go stand-up paddleboarding
Asheville has quite a few rivers and lakes, and stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, is a great way to explore them. As a nice bonus, you’ll get in a fantastic core workout. You can take a SUP tour with a guide, or if you’re feeling really adventurous, go for a self-guided SUP tour.
Grab a veggie-filled bite at Laughing Seed Cafe
Billed as “vegetarian with international flair,” Laughing Seed Cafe has no shortage of awards. It was voted number one vegetarian restaurant and number one salad in Asheville. Complete with organic, local, and farm-to-table vegetarian cuisine, make sure to try their jalapeño onion fries, Laughing Seed salad, and lotus bowl.
Go on a fall foliage tour
While it won’t last for much longer, November is still a great time to go foliage peeping in Asheville, especially because the leaves are a bit behind “schedule” this year. Take a drive on Blue Ridge Parkway or head up to Beech Mountain. Really, the options are endless. Check them all out here.
Eat seasonally at Green Sage Cafe
Green Sage Cafe is all about eating locally, seasonally, and in a way that nourishes the environment. Grab a smoothie, pressed juice, or an order of everything avocado toast. It’s a big menu, and you can’t go wrong.
Get your downward dog on at Asheville Yoga Center
Craving a good stretch session between all those hikes? Head over to Asheville Yoga Center. New students can take advantage of an introductory offer of $6 a class, so what do you have to lose?
Take advantage of the farm-to-table scene at Posana
For a more upscale dining experience, head over to Posana restaurant. Posana gets all of its ingredients from 65 different local purveyors and farmers.
Go shopping at C&Co handcrafted skincare
If you want to go shopping for non-toxic, all natural skincare, there’s no shortage of that in Asheville — especially at C&Co Handcrafted Skincare. Choose from a wide range of skin products, and learn a little bit more about what your skin needs while you’re at it.
Eat vegan at Plant
Billed as “vegan food without borders,” Plant is an excellent place to enjoy creative, mouthwatering vegan cuisine, craft beer, and more.
Check out the art scene at the River Arts District
Asheville’s art scene is booming, and you can experience its galleries and even take a class while you’re there. Visit River Arts District and get ready to be inspired.