Brevard is 45 minutes south of Asheville, and 10 minutes south of our cabin; so we also spent some time touring Asheville.
Just north of Asheville are the Asheville Botanical Gardens. Free, but mostly for kids; it's a very quick walkaround.
About 20 mins southwest of Asheville is The North Carolina Arboretum. Much larger and more adult-friendly. $12 entrance fee per vehicle.
The bonsai tree exhibit is quite impressive. There are a few miles of trails, so you can easily spend a few hours there if you really want to see everything.
There are plenty of things to do in Asheville / Brevard.
Restaurants near Brevard:
Our favorite, of course, is the new Bean Vegan Cuisine in South Asheville.
Although there are plenty of other vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the area:
- Pad Thai 828-883-9229 180 N Caldwell St, Brevard, NC Quite a few vegetarian dishes
- SORA Japanese Restaurant 828-883-9808 91 Forest Gate Dr, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 They have 6 vegetarian sushi rolls.
- Hallelujah Natural Foods & Deli (May-Sep) 828-884-3777 Health Food Store with a deli (no menu available online) 29 W. French Broad St. Suite 105 Brevard, NC 28712 828-885-2599 email@example.com Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
- Mayberry’s 828-862-8646 30 W. Main St. Brevard NC, 28712 They have vegetarian chili and sandwiches at lunch only.
- Food Matters Market 828-885-3663 1 Market St. Brevard, NC 28712 Full-Service Deli with Veggie side dishes and make-your-own-sandwiches. Closes at 5pm.
- The Phoenix 828-877-3232 14 S. Gaston St. Brevard, NC 28712 828-877-3232 Upscale burger joint - “farm to table” with several veggie options.
- Rocky's Soda Shop 828-877-5375 50 S. Broad Street Brevard, NC 28712 Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sundays 11:30am – 6pm Old timey soda shop with some veggie options and LOTS of shakes, smoothies and sodas.
- Kiwi Gelato 828-877-4659 67 E. Main St. Brevard, NC Italian and New Zealand Ices
- El Chapala 828-877-5220 69 New Hendersonville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 Standard Mexican Food.
- Pescado’s Burritos 828-884-5559 Pescado's Burritos 265 North Broad St Brevard, NC 28712 Standard Mexican Food - “Full” website not available, so check before going here just in case it’s closed.
- Big Mike’s 828-884-3663 12 South Gaston St. Brevard, NC website Sports bar-type pizza and pasta place.
- Subway of Pisgah Forest 828-885-7958 320 Forest Gate Ctr, Pisgah Forest NC 28768 subway.com 828-885-7958
- Hob Nob at the Cradle 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 828-966 4662 * This is in the Cradle of Forestry Main Building. If you're really desperate, they have an edible veggie burger and garden salad, but that's about it.
and Pisgah National Forest.
There are just too many scenic areas nearby to mention.
As always, we can't wait to plan our next trip to Asheville.