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Experience Asheville When You Live at The Hamlet

The Village and The Hamlet by Simple Life are both nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina in the peaceful town of Flat Rock. The neighboring city of Asheville lies just 31 miles down the road and is full of unique dining, galleries, shopping and other artistic and historical attractions. Asheville will become your favorite place to spend the weekend, whether you’re sight-seeing solo for the day, looking for new art with your friends or showing your visitors around the areas nearby the place you call home. I could go on and on with a list of things to do in Asheville, but here are a few of my favorites!

Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore was George Vanderbilt’s 8,000 square foot estate, built in 1895. Today, It’s a massively well-known historical landmark in the southeast. There’s much more to do at the Biltmore than one can accomplish in a day, but some of the popular experiences are the walkthrough of Biltmore house, tour of the gardens, wine tasting or dining in one of the six restaurants. Whether you’re looking for rich history in the architecture or artifacts, or simply ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Biltmore, there is something to do for everyone.

Downtown Asheville

Head to downtown Asheville for a spontaneous day of dining, shopping and exploring some of the many unique stores and boutiques. The shopping in downtown Asheville is different from your traditional shopping at a mall, as its primarily local businesses selling lots of handmade designs. You’ll also find a variety of independent bookstores like the Battery Park Book Exchange, where you can read, mingle and indulge in a glass of champagne.

Asheville River Arts District

The Asheville River Arts District is filled with studios, restaurants, outdoor art and over a dozen galleries. I’d advise you to make a day out of the arts district, alone! Not only can you explore a variety of art forms and learn about the artists, but you can participate as well! If you plan ahead, you can take a class and leave with your own creations.


Asheville is known for its beer scene, with dozens of breweries throughout the city. What better way to end the day than a meal and a cold one with your friends?  Try Wicked Weed Funkatorium or Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company and you won’t be disappointed.

Like I said, I could go on forever on this list of things to do in Asheville, this is just a start! I encourage you do to your own exploring after a tour of The Hamlet. For more information, send us a message. As always, don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and find cottage home inspiration on our Pinterest.