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Instead of “same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was coffee” There’s a much, much better choice here in AsheVegas:
Asheville Coffee Roasters. It’s on Patton Avenue, downtown, right across from Jan Davis Tire.
Fresh roasted and ground, daily. Buy a pound of beans, get a shot of espresso or what have you for free. You walk in, you smell coffee… beans in 100 lb. sacks, roasting, brewing… worth a ride any day.
I’ll do a brew cruise. I know every brewery and dive in town.
Just follow my R60/2. Don’t run into me after you’ve had a couple, and we’ll keep riding and visiting more breweries.
No weenies allowed.
It’s well worth the ride down just to see the Zentrum.
Ed Culberson’s Darien R80G/S is on display, as are about 50 to 70 other important BMW cars and bikes.
There’s even a coffee bar.
So, don’t let the plant closing stop you from going. The Zentrum is well worth the trip on it’s own.
Dean bubba aka bmwloco
I propose if you intend to show a classic or “homage”, you have to ride it – with all you gear.
No trailer queens.
I’m a native of Brevard, live in Asheville, and know the roads of WNC like the back for my hand. 300,000 miles on BMWs too.
Let me put it this way: The Dragon isn’t the only good road in the area 😎
Don’t worry. We have carpet baggers, half backs (move from New England to Florida then move here) and the assorted nuts who think Asheville is some vortex area for hippidom and navel gazing.
They all clog our roads. All the more reason to be very quiet about the good roads.
There’s always the French Broad River.
Jump in, scrub off with sand, rinse.
Native Americans did it there long before George Vanderbilt decided to build the estate.:D
Most of the water in the area (especially in Pisgah National Forest) stays at about 54F. Cold. Winter or summer.
I was a lifeguard at Sliding Rock while in college. It paid the bills, and I hauled the touristas out regularly. 10″ of water at the top, 8′ at the bottom, and cold deep. Folks from warmer climates would absolutely freak hitting the water – and often flail their way into a panic. It didn’t disturb the trout though (big ‘uns lurk among the folks freaking to get out of the water).
I thought that was cold until I went swimming at Palmer Station in Antarctica. The sea water doesn’t freeze until 28F due to the salinity, so it was COLD.
Nothing seems to compare now.
You summed it up quite accurately and have a good grip on why Asheville is in peril.
When you’re on the Estate, you’re on the Estate. If food isn’t available “on site”, it’s a 2-3 mile ride out.
A right turn will take you to almost any franchise food you want. TGI Friday’s in the old Biltmore Dairy (some of the best ice cream, alas, no more).
Turn left, you have to go into Asheville proper for downtown eating. There’s also a BBQ place as you go through the hospital district.
“Mamacitas” on South Broadway (downtown) is great budget Mexican “Subway” style. They make it as you order it, walk down the isle and pay. Like Rosetta’s, you can eat well and have a beer for under $8. “She who Must Be Obeyed” and I eat there about once a week and get out for under $12.
“Rio Burrito” is good for Californian type burritos. Eat one, you won’t need anything else for the day. $10 on average. Again, downtown on North Broadway.
Farther down Broadway, where it turns to Merrimon Avenue you have a few other good places to eat. “Area 51” in the Exxon Station is deceptive, it doesn’t look like much, but when you go inside, it’s cool. Good cheese steaks, burgers, shakes, etc.
Farther down you’ll find “Asheville Pizza Company”. During the week they have a good buffet with pasta, pizza and ample salad offerings. Lots of beer on tap. It’s located in an old movie theatre. You can catch a flick and eat a pizza there. Go early! It gets crowded.
The best BBQ in town is “12 Bones”. Lunch only, closed on the weekends. Racks of ribs, chicken, beef, collard greens, baked beans, cornbread. It’s down on the river (which means The French Broad River).
“The Moose Cafe” is adjacent to the Farmer’s Market on Brevard Road (you can see the estate from there). Breakfast. Big breakfast. Biscuits, big biscuits. Apple butter too.
West Asheville (exit 2, “Haywood Road” off of I-240 has a host of good places to eat. “The Lucky Otter” serves primo burritos and also has small Pizza’s. “Burgermeisters” is the best place to get the best burgers in town. Smoke free until 9pm nightly. “Pastabilities” a little farther down Haywood Road has good italian in a casual setting – it’s an old movie theater dating back to the 20’s.
I’ll go into detail about places to eat outside of Asheville in another post. Hendersonville, Brevard, Waynesville and Boone are nice day rides.
Showers? The French Broad River runs adjacent to the Rally site.
Jump in! Don’t mind the Mercury that was dumped in years ago 30 miles upstream… just don’t eat the fish. 😮
The best veggie in Asheville is Rosetta’s Kitchen. Rosetta is the daughter of a legendary BMW rider from the area, Wezel.
Wezel routinely rides the country on an R1100S with dirt tires lashed on the back. When the road gets tough, he puts on the knobbies. He also has a K75 with around 300,000 miles on it give or take.
Laughing Seed on Wall Street is good, but plan on dropping some major $. Conversely, you can eat a lot, and well, at Rosetta’s for under $8 with beer.
I’m not a vegetarian, but “she who must be obeyed” is, and I think she likes both evenly.
So, if you’re short on cash, go to Rosetta’s. If you like high line Veggie, go to Laughing Seed. If you’d rather have a good beer and pub food, go downstairs at Laughing seed into the pub. You can get burgers, fries, Guinness Stew and hear music almost any time of the week. Throw darts too.
Just another missive from an AsheVegas local.
There is a Hotel directly outside the gate of the Estate, coming out it’ll be on your right. Quality Inn I think. When the Porsche 356 Estate gathering happened there, it was ground zero.
If you want to stay downtown in funky Asheville, The Haywood Park Hotel is the place to be. Covered parking, walking distance to everything you might want. Bars, food, pharmacy, bookstores, etc. It isn’t cheap, but it’s very comfortable.
It is “down by the river”. Good venue. Short on trees, but close to the river.