5 Sunday Funday Trips around Asheville

Yoga & Biscuits

Get your Sunday yoga on at Nobel Cider Taphouse for Cider & Flow.  Hosted by Shine Om Yoga, this class is a playful blend of yoga poses and movement that is lighthearted and fun {Also see our Glamping Post, involving yoga with goats at Franny’s Farm}.  The yoga practice will  encourage gratitude, laughter and self exploration, a perfect way to say hello to a new week!  Following the class will be a social hour where you can sip cider and enjoy the community of yogis. www.noblecider.com

Photo Credit: Shine Om yoga

Cider & Flow happens the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.  Bring your own mats and any props you’d like to utilize.  Class starts at 12:30 and is $10-15 per person. You can find Shine Om’s schedule here. 

Noble Cider
356 New Leicester Hwy
Asheville, NC 28806

Afterwards, head over to Biscuit Head for brunchy goodness {See our 10 Brunch Spots Under $10 for ideas}.  Fresh, local ingredients, southern charm and scratch made biscuits.  We love the Asheville Benedict, an open faced biscuit topped with charred scallion cream cheese, fresh tomatoes, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise, roasted red peppers, and a tossed kale salad.  And hey, you just did yoga, so try the Biscuit Donut. Yes, biscuit donut.  With lemon curd.  You’re welcome.  www.biscuitheads.com

Gravy Flight at Biscuit Head. Photo Credit: @caroellen

Biscuit Head (West Asheville)
733 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, NC 28806

Hike

Asheville offers so many outdoor attractions, it’s actually a struggle to narrow it down.  But when it comes to romantic hikes with views that blow you away, we’ve narrowed it down to three “must do” hikes around Asheville.  The hills will most definitely be alive with music!  So bring a blanket, a picnic, maybe some wine and take it all in.

Max Patch

Offering unimpeded, breathtaking views for miles, Max Patch is a gorgeous, grassy clearing on top of a mountain, where the Appalachian Trail runs through.  You can do the 2.4 mile loop, or short cut to the top on a 1.4 mile hike.  Bring a blanket and picnic and stay in awe of the view.  For details on the hike and how to get there, check out Explore Asheville’s page on Max Patch.

Max Patch. Photo Credit: @ncmaxpatch

Mount Mitchell

Being the highest peak East of the Mississippi River, Mount Mitchell delivers panoramic views that feel other worldly.  You get views of valleys and mountains, as well as unique plant life as you make your way up.  With several different hike options for the kind of adventure you want, you can do a short loop or a more adventurous loop on the ridgeline.  Here are detailed trail maps for Mount Mitchell.

Mount Mitchell. Photo Credit: @morganrspeer

Lover’s Leap

Roughly 45 minutes from Asheville, Lover’s Leap Trail is in Hot Springs, NC.  This trail runs right through Hot Springs, so you can access the trail there.  Though only a 1.6 mile loop, there are some steep switch-backs.  This trail offers river rapid views, numerous overlooks and it is close enough to downtown Hot Springs, that you can walk right off the trail and into a restaurant for post hike libations.  Details on Lover’s Leap trail here. 

Lover’s Leap. Photo Credit: @sheenafaye86

Relax & Tea

Connect to the salt of the earth!  Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave and Spa offers a womb-like experience with the soothing and healing benefits of salt.  Sustaining it’s own salt enriched microclimate, the cave allows the body and mind to gain relaxation, rehabilitation and balance.  The cave is made of floor to ceiling polish salt that glows pink, inviting you to relax and sink in. 

Asheville Salt Cave. Photo Credit: Asheville Salt Cave

There are a couple ways to enjoy this experience:

Public Relax Session– $25 Adult

This is a 45 min session where you enjoy the cave in the community of your fellow cave dwellers.  A cave host will share with you a brief history of salt therapy, guided relaxation to help ease you into your session. There are zero gravity chairs, pillow and blankets on the salt floor.  The light will dim and you will drift off with ambient music and subtle sounds off a fountain of water.  www.ashevillesaltcave.com

Couples Massage- $230

Indulge in a 60 min couple massage including hot stones and aromatherapy and a small gift to take home.

Photo Credit: Asheville Salt Cave

Salt Cave Couple Massage– $335

Combine it all and enjoy a 60 min couples massage in the salt cave, along with herbal tea, fresh fruit and chocolate.  Take home a salt goodie bag for you both.

Asheville Salt Cave
12 Eagle St
Asheville, NC

Follow up your salt cave indulgence with some holistic herbalism at Dobra Tea.  Enjoy an array of imported, loose leaf teas, as well as iced and bubble teas. Their full vegetarian menu features rich, fresh options like hummus, miso soup, goat cheese, biscuits, cookies and teacakes.  All prepared with local, organic ingredients.  www.dobrateanc.com

Tea at Dobra Tea House. Photo Credit: Dobra Tea

Dobra Tea
78 N. Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC

Adventure & Hot Chicken

Step out of your comfort zone with an Escape Room!  Locally owned Fox-n-Otter Adventure Puzzle Rooms, puts you into the plot of escape rooms.  Combining brain-twisting puzzles, inventive plots, dynamic lighting and mystery, each room is like stepping onto the set of a movie.  You have a 60 minute race to escape, using connect clues, riddles, cypher, patterns and creativity.  www.escaperoomasheville.com

A couple at Fox-n-Otter. Photo Credit: Fox-n-Otter

Fox-n-Otter Adventure Puzzle Rooms
3749 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC
Sunday 1-10pm

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

When you’re done escaping, head right below to Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack.  Enjoy their award winning, “Tennessee style” hot chicken along with all the scratch made southern comforts you’d expect with soul food.  With local beers on tap to wash down that heat, you will call this Sunday Funday a success!  Oh, and don’t forget to take home a piece of their Coca-Cola Cake!  www.rockyshotchickenshack.com

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. Photo Credit: Jen Brooks

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
3749 Sweeten Creek Road
Arden, NC

Flea Market Sunday

The flea market can be a fun, creative and casual way to spend your Sunday.  Maybe you’re looking for something in particular, maybe you come home with a bazaar mannequin from the 70’s.  Whatever your niche, Smiley’s  Flea Market is rummager’s paradise.  Just south of Asheville, Smiley’s has everything from trinkets and gizmos to antiques and vintage tools.  You can also shop fresh produce.  There are a couple Mexican eateries at Smiley’s.  We recommend the tamales at Taqueria Los Gallos if you want a truly delicious authentic Mexican meal. You’ll want to get here around 9am for easier parking and for a full experience of the more unique vendors that may begin packing up by 12pm. www.smileysfleamarkets.com

Couple in front of garage doors. Photo Credit: @emilyjanethewriter
Multi-colored boots.  Photo Credit: @tf.irvine

Smiley’s Flea Market
5360 Hendersonville Rd
6am-5pm

Asheville Flea for Ya’ll happens one Sunday a month and is a more curated version of a flea market.  Local artisans, collectors, vintage enthusiasts, food trucks and more gather at the Asheville Outlets for a Sunday of browsing, music and food.  Admission is $2 for adults.  www.ashevillefleaforyall.com

Photo Credit: Asheville Flea for Ya’ll

**Don’t miss the Fall Extravaganza on Sunday, Nov 5 at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, NC.

Asheville Flea for Ya’ll
800 Brevard Rd
April-Oct
8am-3pm

 


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