There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re too weird for Asheville, you’re too weird.” Find out if you're too weird at Asheville's drum circle, which is held every Friday evening downtown in Prichard Park where Patton and College avenues meet. It starts at 6 p.m. and goes for three or four hours. Bring your drum, or dance along, or just people watch.
Put your name on the (long) waitlist for a table at Tupelo Honey Café on College Street. One of Asheville’s culinary mainstays, Tupelo Honey turns down-home Southern cooking into high cuisine, with offerings like fried green tomatoes over goat cheese grits and Southern fried chicken saltimbocca with country ham and mushroom marsala.
After hitting the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for dessert and visiting a few bars, crash at the newly restored Princess Anne Hotel, which was built in the 1920s and is a short walk from downtown. Rates start at $150 per night.