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Oct 8, 2012
Hi:

Heading down to Asheville in a couple of weeks for a weeklong class, would be psyched for suggestions on the most pleasant (ie least strip-mall infested) part of the city to stay in, nice place to stay, good non-fancy/greasy spoon restaurants, etc. How's the climbing gym there? Worth a visit?
(EDIT: will only have weeknights free, this isn't a climbing trip, sad to say)

Thanks,
David
Optimistic
From New Paltz
Joined Aug 29, 2007
246 points
Oct 8, 2012
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As far as reasonably prices places to stay there are few option, (airport area, tunnel road)but I would say that there is no place in Asheville that is "strip-mall infested".

For places to eat I would recommend about any downtown restaurant, and the West Asheville(haywood rd and River arts) have some of the best food. Asheville is a smallish town and very easy to find good food.

the gym(climbmax)is small and oriented to bouldering, but of good quality and has some great people that work there and is rarely crowded.
kcradford
From Asheville, NC
Joined Feb 21, 2012
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Oct 8, 2012
kcradford wrote:
As far as reasonably prices places to stay there are few option, (airport area, tunnel road)but I would say that there is no place in Asheville that is "strip-mall infested". For places to eat I would recommend about any downtown restaurant, and the West Asheville(haywood rd and River arts) have some of the best food. Asheville is a smallish town and very easy to find good food. the gym(climbmax)is small and oriented to bouldering, but of good quality and has some great people that work there and is rarely crowded.

Thanks for the info!
Cheers,
David
Optimistic
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Joined Aug 29, 2007
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Oct 8, 2012
Forget the food, go to the breweries.

For what it's worth, there is a hostel above the LAB (Lexington Ave Brewery) that has rooms for rent for $65 a night, actual rooms. Then there are the bunks for lots less. I stayed in a room over the summer, to avoid the drink and drive when I had a visitor, it was excellent. The name of the place is Sweet Peas, I highly recommend it. It's in downtown, so if you have a class there, you would be set, everything good is within walking distance.


sweetpeashostel.com/
T.C.
From Whittier, NC
Joined Oct 24, 2010
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Oct 8, 2012
Beau on Sahale Peak in N. Cascades, Wash
Sweet peas hostel is awesome. It was cleaner than many hotels I have experienced Beau Vignes
From pensacola, fl
Joined Apr 17, 2007
13 points
Oct 8, 2012
One of my first trad climbs, Ooga Chocka at Crowde...
Another +1 for Sweet Peas. I haven't stayed there but have lots of friends who rave about it. There are tons of good places to eat and drink downtown. Ask around and enjoy!

If you can swing out of work early one day, Rumbling Bald is only 45 min away...
sanz
From Raleigh, NC
Joined Nov 7, 2011
279 points
Oct 9, 2012
Me on the Prow (my first multi-pitch trad climb!)
I can't give much advice on hotels, but I will tell you that as far as food you should definitely check out Salsa's in downtown. It's a bit on the pricey side, but the food is absolutely incredible and completely worth it. Cres Simpson
From Birmingham, AL
Joined Jan 28, 2012
21 points
Oct 9, 2012
Bermuda, DWS
For great bbq - try 12 bones
great breakfast - try Tupelo Honey, early girl eatery, or Sunny Point.
Awesome Indian - try Chai Pani
Mexican-ish - try Salsas
Awesome view of the blue ridge at sunset - grab a drink at Sky Bar
I could go on forever!

And listen to TC, there are more breweries than you can imagine. The Wedge is nice because it's by the river but there aren't many food options on the spot. Just food trucks (that aren't all that bad). I'm fairly new in town but let me know if I can show you around.
Javier L
From Asheville, NC
Joined Sep 23, 2010
575 points
Oct 9, 2012
Definitely +1 for the breweries. One of my favorite restaurants is Mayfel's, especially for brunch.
Climbmax is okay. I haven't been in a few years, but I got the impression that it's more boulder-oriented.
Hope you have a good trip!
meryl
From Charlotte, NC
Joined Oct 9, 2012
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Oct 15, 2012
Thanks a bunch to everyone who wrote in! Even though this thread isn't about climbing, it's still a great example of how awesome Mountain Project can be! Optimistic
From New Paltz
Joined Aug 29, 2007
246 points
Oct 15, 2012
Starting up the steep 7b crux of Süpervitamin.
T.C. wrote:
Forget the food, go to the breweries.

+1!!!!

Lexington Avenue Brewery and Asheville Brewery have good food!
Monty
From Golden, CO
Joined Mar 13, 2006
3,256 points
Feb 23, 2013
Just a once-again thank you to everyone who wrote in with suggestions...Asheville was really fun and just as folks said, the food and the breweries were excellent, especially Lexington Avenue Brewery. Salsa was also a really great recommendation. Optimistic
From New Paltz
Joined Aug 29, 2007
246 points
Feb 23, 2013
mmmmmm Salsa's. One of my two favorite restaurants anywhere in the world.... boo
Joined Jun 9, 2008
36 points
Feb 23, 2013
Alyssa and I at Table Rock in Linville Gorge
Go do the Highland Brewery tour! Also Papas and Beer probably has the best burritos on the east coast. I would also suggest Bon Paul and Sharky's Hostel as well. I remember it being the cheapest hostel when I was looking for a bed in Asheville. Ethan L
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