Asheville, NC is a quaint little metropolis just under two hours from the Charlotte, NC and Greenville, SC areas respectively. Don’t dismiss this little town as too granola, too fast. It has many unique shops that have garnered wide recognition. My favorites include Malaprop’s Bookstore, with its own cafe inside, Chocolate Fetish, a gourmet chocolate shop, and of course the local art supply store, True Blue Art Supply. So grab a cabin on airbnb in nearby Weaverville, Hendersonville or Montreat and enjoy a scenic weekend in the Blue Ridge.