Asheville on New Year's Eve...?
This will be our first visit to Asheville and we'll be there through New Year's Eve. We'd love to find a restaurant that has great food. Beyond that, it doesn't matter. Obviously I'm not at all familiar with the area. I don't even know if we should stay in Asheville or venture out a short distance. Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I would recommend staying in downtown Asheville, unless you want to get real fancy and stay at the Biltmore, Grove Park, or Richmond Hill Inns.
Downtown is a fun, lively, and very walkable area with lots of restaurants, bars/pubs, and eclectic shops. I spent New Year's there last year and there is a lot going on as far as parties and restaurant events.
For good food, do a search on this board for downtown asheville and you will find details and feedback on a bunch of places.
Most will point out the following (with opinions both ways on all):
You could also do an early dinner at The Admiral in West Asheville and then come back to downtown for the night's festivities. There is a large thread on the Admiral available via search.
Other option is Biltmore Village for dinner - not too far from downtown - where you will find Rezaz and Fig - two great restaurants.
glad you mentioned Stovetrotters as I was going to suggest it too. Really, with Rezaz, Fig and Stovetrotters all nearby you can't go wrong. Just be aware, Stovetrotters is very noisy (lots of hard surfaces in there), so if you want a quiet meal, Fig would be a better choice (Rezaz can get noisy too). Also, someone was saying the Red Stag (?) in the hotel has gotten a LOT better, so another option. Oh, and there's Corner Kitchen in the village too. Have heard mixed things about it, but we had a great dinner there about a month ago. If you are looking for a place for New Year's Eve specifically, be sure to check that they are not booked. Some places have special events that night for fixed price, etc, so just check ahead. Now would not be too soon.
Hey Cindy, we live in the Biltmore Village and I thought I'd let you know a little about each restaurant so you can choose just what you're looking for. Fig and Rezaz are very quaint, but can get upscale and pricey. The Red Stag is in the Grand Bohemian hotel and it very beautiful with great menu (unusal things like Elk included) but most meals are $20+, La Paz is mexican that is moderately priced. I think Stove Trotters and The Wayside are the most affordable. Also check out The French Broad Brewey's tasting room (closes at 8 most days). I don't know for certain who is open on New Year's eve so whatever you do, have fun and maybe I'll see you out :)
Thanks, Bridgitt! I made a reservation at Fig for NYE, but we'll be arriving on Tuesday so we'll have an opportunity to try several other restaurants, too. I don't mind paying a bit more for dining out if the food is well-prepared and nicely presented, with service to match.
Also, since we'll be staying in a condo, we'll be looking for a great grocery store where we can pick up some breakfast and snack items (cheese & crackers, etc.). Is there a place you'd recommend for that kind of shopping? And where's the best place to get discounted tickets for the Biltmore Estate?
I've got to say, I was impressed with Asheville's restaurant scene. Among the meals we had, we enjoyed lunches at the Grove Park Inn and at the Stables at the Biltmore Estate -- both meals quite good. We stayed in Biltmore Village which turned out to be a great location -- walkable to so many restaurants. We had dinners at the Corner Kitchen, Fig and Rezaz (twice -- once in the wine bar, the other time in the restaurant). The four of us were in total agreement that the very best meal of our trip was our New Year's Eve dinner at Fig. Everything we ordered, from appetizers to desserts, was beautifully prepared and presented, and the service was excellent. We also had an opportunity to shop for cheeses and snacks at Greenlife and loved the selection there.
Thanks to everyone for your great recommendations! By the way, we found the best-priced tickets to the Biltmore Estate at the local AAA office, where we paid $40 per person -- a $20 per person savings over the admission at the gate.