Covid… am I right? Who would have thought that eleven months later we’d still be dealing with this. After the initial shutdowns last Spring, Asheville started to see a resurgence of its tourism industry. People were excited to get out of big cities and to spend some time in the mountains. Many travelers are trying to hit the right balance of enjoying some fun things to do in Asheville while still keeping themselves safe and healthy. If you’re planning a trip and looking for some Covid friendly activities, here are a few ideas.
Through the duration of Covid, experts have warned against eating inside restaurants. Customers can’t wear masks while they eat, ventilation often isn’t the best, and restaurants are seen as a major vector for Covid transmission. Eating outdoors, however, is believed to be far safer. Here are a few great spots in Asheville to grab a bite outside.
Located at 77 Coxe Avenue, Asheville Brewing serves in house beers as well as some of the best pizzas and wings in town. Their large covered patio is heated in the winter and comfortable year round.
Located at 1 Page Avenue in the Grove Arcade, Carmel's is known for its sandwiches and salads, as well as southern specialties like fried green tomatoes and local trout.
Don't let Brhamari fool you. While they are an amazing craft brewery, their kitchen is run by a former fine dining chef. You'll find Brhamari at 101 S. Lexington Avenue.
50 Broadway Street is the site of a former Philips 76 gas station, and today serves up pizzas and subs in a laid back hippie atmosphere.
1 Battery Park Ave. holds the best people watching in Asheville. Watch everyone go by while you enjoy some chicken and French toast.
Right off Pack Square at 130 College Street, you'll find Greek inspired casual dining and a great patio to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine.
As much fun as it would be to pile in for a sold out show at the Orange Peel, it’s just not in the cards, right now. Instead, get some fresh air and explore outside. There’s so much to see and do in Asheville. You can fill your days safely, and pretend life is normal… at least for a little bit.
Outdoor tours are a great way to stay distanced from people while still exploring Asheville. Asheville By Foot Tours are led by local historian Kevan Frazier and offer an in depth look at Asheville’s past.
Our sister company offers fun and educational tours of Asheville’s downtown breweries. During Covid, the tours utilize the outdoor seating areas at each brewery, making them a safe way to explore Asheville’s craft beer scene!
The NC Arboretum sits on 434 acres of hiking trails, gardens and exhibit space. Open year round, but especially beautiful in Spring and Summer, the Arboretum is a perfect Covid friendly activity. You can spend all day enjoying nature and out of the downtown crowds.
Of course, if you want a Covid friendly way to check out Asheville, our electric bike rentals are perfect. They’re comfortable, fast and fun! You can take one of our self-guided tours, or simply explore on your own!
Covid has presented huge challenges over the past year, but there are still safe and fun ways to explore during these crazy times. Our restauranteurs are still producing delicious food, our breweries are cranking out delicious beer, and our city and mountains continue to provide a beautiful escape. Grab an electric bike and come join us!