Frugal Friday: Travel to Asheville on a Budget

Pack your bags, let's go on a trip!

Pack your bags, let's go on a trip!

Summer is almost over. Have you taken a vacation yet? Maybe you've been to the beach or abroad but you just want another getaway before work ramps up in the fall, and you need it to be quick and affordable.

Don't worry, you won't have to break the bank just to enjoy a long weekend. In fact, you don't even have to go far! One of my favorite destinations for a weekend getaway is Asheville, NC. It's a beautiful little city filled with art, music, delicious food, and gorgeous scenery and is a mere four hours from Atlanta.

Trying to book travel on a budget can be really overwhelming with all of the travel sites offering deals--how do you know if you are getting the best price or if you'll like the restaurants and hotels?

Wright Inn and Carriage House

Wright Inn and Carriage House

Something to consider when booking travel to Asheville is AirBnB. It is a unique service connecting homeowners with vacation renters so you can get a more personal experience of the city. There are lots of reviews and negotiable rates to help you choose the right place and to make sure your trip will be as private as you desire. Another type of lodging to consider is Bed and Breakfast establishments. Asheville has tons! They're really charming and have knowledgeable staff who can recommend places to eat, things to see, etc. Some places are pet friendly (because Asheville is very dog friendly!) and some even offer discounts for being under 30!

Image via The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Image via The Reserve at Lake Keowee

Now, for things to do on a budget:

  • Visit the River Arts District - many galleries and working artists, even glass blowers who will do demos!
  • Go for a hike on one of the many beautiful trails
  • Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Walk around downtown - excellent people watching, fun shops and dining
  • Have cocktails at the Grove Park Inn and watch the sunset over the mountains
  • Thrifting and antiquing - the locals could be a great resource here!
Image via Cúrate

Image via Cúrate

Last but not least, where to eat!

  • Breakfast at your inn OR Early Girl Eatery
  • Lunch at White Duck Taco Shop (closed on Sunday)
  • Brewery tour, live music, and beer drinking at Highland Brewery
  • Drinks at The Blackbird - this may be a splurge but the drinks are high quality and strong, and the bar staff is about the friendliest you'll encounter anywhere
  • Tupelo Honey Cafe is very popular for fried chicken. Go on an off hour, always packed.
  • There are many festivals on the weekends in Asheville which means food trucks and samplings of the city! Try them out!