I recently took a weekend trip to Asheville to visit some of my boyfriend’s family and explore the area. We stayed in the cutest little Airbnb cabin with old world charm, but modern amenities. Apart from family visits, we did some waterfall hopping and spent some serious time stuffing our faces. After hiking 4-5 miles you get to eat whatever you want right?
The first waterfall we visited was Crabtree, and I was kind of surprised at the number of people there considering it’s a 3-4 mile hike (depending on the route you take). We took the steeper route there and back which wasn’t the best idea since it was all uphill back (and we were lugging camera gear). This was probably my favorite waterfall though, not the most photogenic, but definitely my favorite. You could gaze at the falls from a bridge below, or climb up the side rocks to a landing area with a pool. It was too cold to get into the water, but despite that, there were plenty of areas (and by areas I mean rocks) to sit and chill. The second waterfall we went to was looking glass, and it was by far the most accessible (and the most crowded). I was so mad at myself for not bringing rain boots this trip (so I could get better angles), but I was especially mad at myself for that fact at this particular waterfall. There was a long stretch of water that you could easily walk through, hitting slightly below my shins. I definitely would love to go to this one again, despite the crowdedness. The last waterfall we went to was Eastatoe, a private waterfall almost literally in someone’s backyard. This is a very secluded waterfall, we were the only people there (although the owners had a sign out welcoming visitors). Unfortunately, the day we went was very sunny and I couldn’t really get any shots, but this is a great place to go to relax.
While downtown Asheville, we ate at Curate and Vortex Doughnuts. Curate serves tapas, which is especially good for me since I usually order side plates as my meal (I like to sample things). I was very impressed with the food at Curate, everything we ate was very good, the stuffed piquillo peppers (pictured here) were my favorite. This was the second time I have eaten at Vortex Doughnuts, they have a nice variety of specialty doughnuts (gluten free, vegan, etc.) and coffee. This would be a great morning, or mid afternoon stop, and I’m sure I’d frequent this place if I lived in the area. Both my boyfriend and I thought the espresso doughnut was the best, just fyi :)
-all photos by me
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