• Modern Tree House in West Asheville

West Asheville Rate: $225/night What you get: Entire house (accommodates six): two bedrooms; 1.5 bathrooms For every time you asked if you could sleep in the treehouse and your mom said no. This contemporary treehouse is a three-story home, with the main house in two of those stories. (There is a separate studio apartment below, but it's rented under a separate listing.) The super-cool space has heated floors, plenty of light, and is located right outside of local hotspot West Asheville. Also, we mentioned that it's in a tree, right?

  • Dupont State Forest & Oskar Blues Brewery - Asheville

Distance apart: 20 min/14 miles

Head just south of Asheville to Brevard to visit waterfalls and covered bridges and indulge in a few local beers. DuPont State Forest has three large waterfalls, some of which you can swim near during the summer months, and many trails for walking and biking. Afterwards, drive the winding back roads to Oskar Blues Brewery for an Old Chub brew, and lunch at their food truck (available most weekends).

  • The NC Arboretum & Sierra Nevada - Asheville

Distance apart: 20 min/10 miles

Wanting more of a stroll through the woods? The NC Arboretum works well for hikers of all levels, and there's also paved paths through the botanical gardens. For lunch, head to the brand new Sierra Nevada Brewery for delicious fare. This Mills River location is enormous, the menu is creative, and it's very popular with the locals.

  • Swannanoa River Trail & Tunnel Road Tap Haus - Asheville

Distance apart: 12 min/8 miles

Swannanoa River Trail runs along the sprawling property of Warren Wilson College (known for its agriculture programs), and this hike is the closest to downtown Asheville. The hike is a one-mile long figure-8 with many watering holes. Once you're tired out, it's a quick drive to the newest Whole Foods location for a surprisingly great in-house restaurant. Tunnel Road Tap Haus sits atop the grocery chain and serves burgers, bratwursts, and fish and chips. Opt for patio seating when the weather is right—there are mountain views!

  • Rattlesnake Lodge & Sunny Point Café - Asheville

Distance apart: 26 min/12 miles

Rattlesnake Lodge is a hidden trail that locals frequent. It’s a short distance up the Blue Ridge Parkway (a must-see drive) from Asheville. The only marker is milepost 375 just before the Tanbark Ridge Tunnel—careful you don’t miss it! The trail is a hike up into the mountains passing under a covered canopy of trees and the by old ruins of an early 1900s summer home. For lunch, head back down the Parkway, and take Town Mountain Road to West Asheville. Sunny Point Café is a favorite for locals and visitors alike. Expect a wait, especially if your group is large, but it’s well worth it! Always keep an eye on menu specials, as this is where you’ll often find the best menu options.

  • Max Patch & Picnic - Asheville

Distance apart: on-site Max Patch is about an hour and a half outside of Asheville but it is a can't miss! Know that the hike is short and steep but at the top, you'll encounter 360 degree views of rolling hills that lead into never-ending mountains. The clouds and fog can be thick at dawn so don't feel rushed to get there too early. Although Asheville is overflowing with delicious restaurants, Max Patch is best known for its homemade picnic. There are spots throughout the tall grasses to lay back and relax out back. Favorite picnic items to pack? Cheese, charcuterie, cold salads, plenty of water, and maybe even a bottle of wine for celebrating your ascent.

  • Battery Park - Charleston

The Battery is one of the most quintessentially Charleston spots around, and it’s a must on any trip. The homes in this area are among the most historic and iconic in the city and you’ve probably seen these brightly painted beauties on postcards or in guidebooks. After taking in the historic homes, walk along the water and experience one of the most relaxing, scenic parts of the city. Though it’s close to the action downtown, it provides a serene experience that makes you feel as if you’re much farther away.

  • Aiken-Rhett House - Charleston

The Aiken-Rhett House was the home of former South Carolina governor William Aiken, Jr. It retained family ownership for 142 years until being sold to the Charleston Museum and today it is preserved and open to visitors for tours. A great option for history lovers, this house gives you a glimpse into what it would have been like to live there in the 1800s.

  • Farmers Market at Marion Square Park - Charleston

On Saturdays from April through November, you can visit the Farmers Market at Marion Square Park for a taste of all things local in Charleston. In the past, its been ranked one of the best farmers markets in the entire country, so needless to say, it’s worth the visit. There are a great variety of farmers, food vendors, and local artisans to choose from. If you’re visiting in December, you’ll be able to experience a holiday market (instead of the regular market).

  • Palmetto Brewing Co. - Charleston

There are a few different local breweries in the area, but we love the fun vibe, live music and, of course the beer at Palmetto Brewing Co. You’re can tour and taste the brews from Tuesday through Saturday every week. Be sure to check the events calendar before going as they often host concerts and live acts.

  • Gibbes Museum of Art - Charleston

Charleston has a vibrant visual arts scene and the Gibbes Museum of Art is a great spot to learn more about it. In addition to a well curated collection that consists of several artists with ties to the city of Charleston, the museum is heavily involved in the arts community and often hosts art talks and events for museum members and non-members alike. Be sure to take a look at the calendar page before going to see if your trip coincides with one of their special events. *note: the museum is currently under renovations so be sure to check on opening times before you go.

  • Unitarian Church Cemetery - Charleston

Tucked off of King Street in Charleston, you may end up stumbling upon this historic cemetery on accident. Completely overgrown with trees and plants, the cemetery is equal parts fascinating and historic (and a little bit creepy!). The cemetery is referenced in Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee adding to the spooky factor.

  • The Charleston Museum - Charleston

As you’ve probably gathered thus far, Charleston is a city steeped in history. For those who’d like to learn more, we recommend the Charleston Museum, which provides an in-depth look at the history of Charleston and South Carolina Lowcountry. This region of the country has been home to many different people and cultures over the years, and the museum does a tremendous job of capturing this history.

  • Folly Beach

A short 15-20 minute drive lands you on South Carolina’s beautiful shell laden coastline. Bring a towel, sunscreen, and sunglasses to set up shop on the beach and relax in the sand. As long as you don’t mind walking a bit, you can easily find a secluded spot away from the crowds (a big plus in our book!). If you forgot to grab snacks before embarking, stop by the Lost Dog Cafe for a quick and delicious fix.

  • Bike Riding - Charleston

Downtown Charleston is compact enough that you can get almost anywhere on a bicycle in less than 15 minutes. The narrow streets also make biking feel safe and welcome. Drivers are polite, and you definitely don’t have to be a biking expert to get around. While there are many different places you can rent a bike, we recommend trying Affordabike or The Bicycle Shoppe to hit the road as quickly as possible. Many hotels in the area also offer bikes for rent so you may want to explore that option first.

  • The Commons - Charleston

The Commons is a beautiful home goods store that will make you contemplate redecorating your entire home. The focus of the shop is on modern American housewares that are well designed and unique. The shop features vendors from all around the country, all of whom are doing some seriously creative, beautiful work.

  • Candy Shop Vintage - Charleston

Owned by designer Deirdre Zahl, this cute little shop is the perfect spot to pick up a souvenir bauble to take home with you. Housing a beautiful collection of vintage inspired jewelry, you’ll be sure to find something unique to take home with you—for yourself or as a gift. We especially love the Celebrate collection, a fun line inspired by classic cocktails. Other highlights include their selection of Charleston Rice Beads.

  • Candlefish - Charleston

You’ll want to transport Candlefish back to your hometown once you experience the beauty of this shop. As the name suggests, candles are the name of the game but the shop also curates other goods that you’re guaranteed to love. In addition to an amazing selection of candles, you can also stop by the shop for a variety of candle making workshops.

  • Butcher and Bee - Charleston

Butcher and Bee is definitely not your average sandwich spot. With innovative options such as a pulled squash sandwich (butternut squash and smoked cabbage with BBQ sauce) and a creative take on a Jamaican sandwich with jerk chicken and bananas, you can get a high quality meal for under $10 easily here. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, it’s frequented by both tourists and locals alike. This spot is BYOB so you can pick up wine or beer at The Daily right around the corner.

  • The Taco Spot - Charleston

Imagine your most beloved Tex Mex restaurant melded with all of your Lowcountry favorites and you’ll end up at The Taco Spot. Start with chips, salsa, and guacamole before selecting from their menu full of tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. Paradise for those who have a soft spot for Tex Mex and a good deal.

  • Bon Banh Mi - Charleston

Delicious sandwiches bursting with flavor and overflowing with pickled veggies, cilantro, and protein? Check. Under $10 so you can save money for a fancy dinner later in your trip? Check. Free delivery so you don’t have to get out of your hotel bed if you don’t want to? Check! This is a convenient, filling, and budget friendly option where you can’t go wrong.

  • Zero Cafe + Bar - Charleston

Until a few years ago, you couldn’t dine at the Zero Cafe unless you were staying at its hotel but luckily, for you, that’s changed. Its off the beaten path and you may even accidentally pass it while trying to find where it’s located. But worth the search, chef Vinson Petrillo crafts beautiful food in a kitchen built inside a carriage house from 1804. You may even recognize him as a contestant on both Chopped Champions and Top Chef. The food is elegant, daring, and downright delicious. Grab an outdoor seat and a bottle of wine to ponder why you didn’t get to this place sooner.

  • FIG - Charleston

FIG essentially defines what it is to eat local. They source ingredients solely from local producers and farmers and refuse to use out-of-season ingredients. Fresh seafood pasta with peas and greens in the spring will be missing from the menu as you reach the colder months when autumnal offerings appear. You will be hard pressed to find the same dish twice, and why would you want to when you have so much to choose from? Get reservations early as FIG tends to fill up weeks in advance (and for good reason).

  • The Ordinary - Charleston

It wouldn’t be a trip to Charleston without a meal or two of quality seafood (unless you’re vegetarian, that is). The Ordinary happens to be the sister restaurant of FIG, and it’s no coincidence that two restaurants from the same chef show up on this list. Take advantage of oysters and clams caught by local fisherman while tipping back fantastic cocktails and wine. Make sure to check their daily specials for creative meals as well as classics like lobster rolls.

  • Husk - Charleston

jSean Brock is something of a legend in Charleston, running some of the most iconic restaurants in the city. Book reservations in advance to enjoy elevated yet simple Southern classics as well as a few surprises. The restaurant is housed in an old Southern home that will make you feel like you are at a dinner party rather than one of the best restaurants in Charleston. Don’t hesitate to get the fried chicken—we promise you won’t be disappointed.

  • Cannon Green - Charleston

A great spot for brunch or dinner, Cannon Green is an impeccably decorated establishment in the upper-peninsula of Charleston and a favorite among locals. The Mediterranean menu contains familiar options such as a beet salad and tortellini, but take a chance and try the chicken liver pate or cioppino (a seafood stew) for something new. We promise you won’t regret it.

  • Minero - Charleston

Minero focuses heavily on tequila and whether you’re a fan or not, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll find a drink you love here. Order one of Minero’s ultra-creative cocktails that feature ingredients such as habanero, cinnamon, and ancho chiles. While you’re there, also grab one of the best tacos in Charleston.

  • The Bar at Husk - Charleston

Don’t be upset if you were unable to snag a table at the notoriously hard to get into Husk. The two-story bar next-door offers a large selection of their best dishes and cocktails in a comfortable saloon style setting. We recommend grabbing a booth in the corner, and starting with a simple Old Fashioned before seeing where the night takes you

  • The Belmont - Charleston

For cocktails, you can’t go wrong with The Belmont. Sit at the beautiful wooden bar to take a step back in time or opt to sit at some of the marble high-top tables near the front for some quality people watching. It’s also a good spot for a late night snack! Food is available until 1:00 a.m. and the bar is open until 2:00 a.m.

  • The Darling Oyster Bar - Charleston

The Darling Oyster Bar is located on King Street in downtown Charleston and features Instagram-worthy dishes, drinks, and menus. The popular spot is a must-visit for everything from a relaxing brunch in the teal leather booths to a late night happy hour at the perfectly vintage bar.513 King St, Charleston

  • Rainbow Row - Charleston

Rainbow Row is a cluster of a dozen historic homes in downtown Charleston known for their playful colors and Georgian architecture. Wander down East Bay Street past the colorful homes toward the waterfront for unparalleled views of historic Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean.83 E Bay St, Charleston

  • Leon’s - Charleston

Fried chicken is a must when visiting the south, and Leon’s serves some of the best in Charleston. Enjoy your indulgent southern meal with a frozen rosé on Leon’s colorful outdoor patio or indoors surrounded by vintage nautical artwork and a cozy fireplace.698 King St, Charleston

  • 86 Cannon - Charleston

86 Cannon is one of the prettiest boutique inns in Charleston. From the light blue bikes out front to the quintessential wraparound porch, the hotel is full of photo-worthy vignettes of vintage southern charm. Each room is unique, and there are two adorable dogs named Sully and Gus waiting to welcome you to the inn.86 Cannon St, Charleston

  • Hampton Park - Charleston

Hampton Park is located in the heart of the Charleston Peninsula and is an easy walk from the dozens of restaurants downtown. The park’s gardens are beautiful and feature fountains, walking trails, and a baseball diamond. It’s a perfect spot for a picnic beneath wisteria trees and peony plants.30 Mary Murray Dr, Charleston

  • Sugar Bakeshop - Charleston

Right down the street from Darling Oyster Bar is Sugar Bakeshop, an adorable cupcake shop that sells fresh daily batches of baked goods made from local ingredients. Before even stepping inside, the exterior of Sugar is Instagram-worthy on its own. Inside the front door, you’ll find Tiffany blue accents and vintage display cases and cake pedestals.59 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston

  • Magnolia Plantation - Charleston

The Magnolia Plantation is located just northwest of the peninsula and is one of the oldest plantations in the country, dating back to the late 1600s. The grounds are now home to a museum and acres of land for guests to explore. The Long Bridge is one of the most photographed and dates back to the 1840s.3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston

  • Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit - Charleston

Is there anything more southern than warm biscuits? Any Insta-foodie would be remiss to not stop into Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit on King Street while in Charleston. After snapping a few photos of the front window and inside murals, order a few biscuits to share over a cold mint iced tea and sit outdoors to people watch on King.476 King St, Charleston

  • Ellis Creek Fish Camp - Charleston

Ellis Creek Fish Camp is a seafood restaurant with one of the best views of the quiet marshes of James Island, just south of downtown Charleston. Grab a table on Ellis Creek’s patio under a string of white lights and enjoy happy hour with fresh seafood and frozen cocktails.1243 Harbor View Road, Charleston

  • Asheville Stay - Asheville

Whether there’s two or 62 in your group, Asheville Stay’s collection of 12 uber swank spaces right in the heart of downtown provides the perfect homebase. The lofts above legendary Chicken Alley (one of Asheville’s most Instagrammable spots) sleep larger groups, a couple of which come with free parking. For a smaller crew, check out the Modern Bohemian—one of three rentals perched above 5 Walnut Wine Bar. If your prefer a hotel, pick one with a rooftop bar like the AC Hotel for gorgeous mountain views to take in at sunset while you sip on your favorite drink.

  • Taco Billy - Asheville

Two words: Migas taco. Breakfast tacos are served all day at this West Asheville taco joint. For something delightfully different, opt for a plantain tortilla.

  • Hole Doughnuts - Asheville

If you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, head down the road to Hole Doughnuts for a hand-shaped sugar fix that Bon Appetit named the “Best Dessert of 2016.” Can’t decide? Two days means two breakfasts!

  • Gan Shan Station - Asheville

Easy Uber distance from downtown, this North Asheville eatery housed in a former gas station nails its bold Asian flavors while stressing local ingredients. Go for lunch to experience the best fried rice on the planet. This is also a great choice for dinner; no reservations means you’re not rushed, which is what being on “mountain time” is all about.

  • Shopping - Asheville

You can easily spend a few hours popping in and out of the local shops and galleries on Lexington Avenue and Broadway, and the streets in between. Don’t miss Minx, Honeypot, Horse + Hero, East Fork Pottery and Moonlight Makers. But there’s so much local talent and treasures, the fun is in finding your favorites.

  • South Slope Walking Brewery Tour - Asheville

The rough-around-the-edges “Brewery District” is the hoppy hotspot within the aptly nicknamed “Beer City.” Nine breweries including Catawba Brewing, Burial Beer Co., and Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium are walking distance from downtown and walkable to each other. In addition to small batch beers you won’t find anywhere else, there’s plenty of places to grab a bite in between pints, like foodie favorite Buxton Hall and Ben’s Tune Up. A self-guided tour means you can take your time and choose your own adventure.

  • Omni Grove Park Inn Spa - Asheville

The historic Inn’s underground grotto-style oasis should be a must on every spa junkie’s bucket list. Booking one of their treatments grants you a full day’s access to amenities including mineral pools, saunas, therapeutic waterfalls, and outdoor whirlpools with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • DuPont State Forest Waterfall Hike - Asheville

Hit up three of the area’s most beautiful waterfalls—High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls—all on one scenic 4.5-mile trail. Wear your bathing suits if it’s warm enough for the swimming hole beneath Hooker Falls. And all three are just as stunning frozen in the winter as they are flowing in the summer, so it’s a year-round win, win. Stop by Sierra Nevada Brewing’s state-of-the-art facility on your way back to town for a pint on their back porch.

  • Nightbell - Asheville

From the blue chandeliers over the bar to the exposed brick and beams, Nightbell’s vintage vibe sets the perfect backdrop for a memorable girls’ night out, or a romantic dinner for two. Share American-style small plates that highlight Appalachian ingredients while sipping on some damn clever craft cocktails. The menu changes often, but if you see “hen of the wood” mushrooms, they’re a must. And so are reservations.

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