I recently spent my Fourth of July in Asheville North Carolina. After spending a winter in Palm Beach I kept hearing about Asheville being a vacation spot… It seemed to be a place that was “blowing up,” so to speak. So I headed to North Carolina to check out this new vacation destination. I honestly had no expectations when coming to Asheville as I had heard about it from some of the chic Palm Beachers, and then also from some of my all-natural outdoorsy yoga friends. So what was to be in store? Maybe it was because I had no idea, but I fell in love with this cute little town.

I flew into Charlotte and then drove to Maggie Valley, which is where I was staying (only a short drive from the center of Asheville). I arrived on a Friday and I was very surprised by the traffic on the way. It appeared to be the “Fourth of July vacation destination” for the holiday weekend. As we kept driving west (about a 2 hr 40min ride) the landscape got greener and mountainous. There was a true sense of leaving the hustle and bustle behind as we got closer and closer to Maggie Valley.

As mentioned I stayed in Maggie Valley, which is about 30 minutes outside of Asheville. I was in the most beautiful cabin up on a mountain with spectacular views. Maggie Valley is a town located in the great Smokey Mountains and has that friendly small town character (we’re talking real small). This is a place you would want to go to with close friends and hike, spend time in nature, and spend quality time with the people you were traveling with. Luckily I was traveling with a close college friend and her father who is an amazing chef! So I really lucked out!  Look how cute the house was decorated:

My favorite part of the trip was taking the family 1989 Jeep through the Great Smokey Mountains (check out the @munsunretreats instagram story). It was so fun to explore the expansive mountains with the top down in a jeep. It was truly such a treat!

Now let’s talk Asheville. This place almost reminded me of a Portland Maine or an up and coming Brooklyn. It had so many yummy restaurants to choose from and honestly such great food!  I LOVED the White Duck Taco Shop .  It was such a great casual dining spot with delicious tacos.  We also shopped the most darling boutiques. My favorite boutique was Boutique LP. I bought two things and wore one of the outfits out.

This sign was inside the Taco shop and it made me laugh.

On my last night we went to the renowned historical and luxury resort, Grove Park Inn. We enjoyed sunset views (my favorite), yummy cocktails, and some cheese. Apparently the spa here is to die for and they recently spent millions of dollars renovating it. I want to go back just to check out the spa.

All in all Asheville has a ton to offer. It’s a great place to go to getaway from it all. You can’t help but relax when mountains, sunsets, and nature surround you. This coupled with the cute town of Asheville where you can get that small town feel but still find great restaurants and fun shops, makes it a true gem!