There are plenty of favorite things in Asheville like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Biltmore Estate. They are experiences, such as eating at one of the many farm-to-table restaurants or staying at Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast. Guests often head home with a souvenir to remember their trip. If you are ready for an edible treat, check out some of our favorite recommendations from Asheville.
Asheville Tea Company comes so highly recommended, we serve it at the B&B. They source herbs and botanicals from regional farmers which supports our local economy and environmental sustainability. We serve their 6 core teas but seasonal blends are available year round at many of the shops in Asheville.
“Coffee” and tea…and a souvenir mug!
If you are looking for something a little “harder,” we recommend Cultivated Cocktails. Although they distill rum, gin, and vodka, our very favorite is Asheville Coffee Liqueur. Visit their tasting room on Page Avenue in downtown. It’s well stocked with lots of cocktail necessities and they have a bar serving their spirits in seasonal cocktails. Our favorite way to drink Coffee Liqueur on the rocks but it would be an excellent substitution in any coffee cocktail too.
Our newest newest favorite is Legally Addictive–part cracker, all cookie, and indeed addictive. Seasonal holiday flavors include Salted Gingerbread and Peppermint Crunch. Or stick with the timeless OG, Surprise Party, or Everything Cookies. We feel a kinship with owner Laura Shafferman who like Dan, was downsized yet bound by a non-compete. We bought a B&B and she build her company, one cracker at a time. If you are shopping downtown or in Biltmore Village, find Legally Addictive at Mountain Merch, our favorite store for all things Asheville.
The Gourmet Chip Company is a brick and mortar shop downtown and also a wholesale supplier to many restaurants in town. Their chips offer the perfect combination of flavor and crunch–and they are in our Take a Hike picnic backpack upgrade. If you are hungry at lunch, Gourmet Chip Company serves delicious paninis too.
We have a sweet tooth and fulfill our cravings with Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn but there are savory flavors too. Recently they collaborated with Spicewalla on four new options that won a Garden & Gun Made in the South award in 2022. Asheville Mix is hard to resist with salted caramel and white cheddar. Find Poppy around town in shops like Mast General Store and Duncan & York.
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In our last category, we recommend Spicewalla. The brainchild of a James Beard Award winner, Chef Meherwan Irani, these spices deliver big on flavor. Each spice or herb is packed in a signature tin. Not only are these spices our favorite things, but the 18-pack Kitchen Essentials Collection also made Oprah’s List of Favorite Things in 2019. Shop their store in the Grove Arcade for all the spices you will ever need.
We use Mom’s Taco Seasoning in our breakfast enchiladas!
Lastly, we recommend our Asheville inn as the best place to rest your head. From our generously sized en-suite guest rooms to our freshly cooked homemade breakfast, Pinecrest is ideal when you need to get away from it all. Come see us and all our favorites!