On a month-long trip to Argentina, we took a weekend to explore San Carlos de Bariloche (commonly known as "Bariloche").
On the day we arrived we started to ask the front desk staff about a nearby brewery – we thought we would walk over and have some dinner. She asked if we meant the Patagonia brewery, which we quickly decided was indeed the brewery we wanted; I don’t even remember the name of the poor brewery we thought we wanted to visit, because Patagonia beer had become one of our favorite Argentine brews, and as soon as we realized it was an option, we dropped any thought of other breweries.
We took a cab the 17 miles and arrived at the most beautiful setting imaginable – an absolutely gorgeous panorama of trees, water and mountains – we could not get enough of it! Add delicious beer and great pub food and it just doesn’t get any better. We had a hightop table for two at the window looking out over the stunning vista; there are also massively long tables made from cypress.
Outside there is plenty of seating in the form of sofas and grouping of Adirondack chairs – there are no bad options. We ate indoors, then walked around the grounds for a while just taking in the views; we decided to take the bus back to our hotel, and hopped on the Number 10 for the ride back down the mountain.
Written by guest writer Laura Atkins
For more on how to spend a weekend in Bariloche, visit The Offbeat Traveler
My husband and I have a weekly tradition of going to a local coffee shop after church on Sundays. One of our new favorites is Queen City Grounds. Located on the edge of Uptown, QCG has everything we want and more in a coffee shop. From the bright, open space to the never-ending reggae music, bar countertops and cozy couches, this modern coffee spot fits the needs of anyone who wants to work, relax, play games or read a book found in the open library. Featuring a full breakfast and lunch menu, classic coffee options, and a few unique creations of their own, QCG has managed to provide an eclectic offering in a simple atmosphere. I have no doubt that our weekly tradition will continue to bring us here for a long time.
Pro tip: If you're like me, then you tend to prefer breakfast, or even brunch, over lunch options. Try the Rancheros Burrito. Made to order with options including bacon or tofu, avocado, pico de gallo, topped with crunchy corn chips and wrapped in a spinach or whole wheat wrap, this option can be altered to suit everyone's preferences. Just be sure to order before they switch over to the lunch menu!
Pro tip: You can't go wrong with any of the drink options. My go-to at every coffee shop is a chai latte, and they did not disappoint. Topped with plenty of cinnamon, this chai was very flavorful and not too sweet. More of a cold brew type of person? Well they have that on tap (as well as a few select beers). Really love their coffee? You can purchase bags to take home with you and try your hand at barista life from the comfort of your kitchen.
Now that you know where to stay in Asheville, where to get amazing brunch, and where to hang out for a couple of drinks, the next logical step is adding a little adventure, because every good weekend getaway should not only include plenty of relaxation, but plenty of fun!
For an easy waterfall hike near Asheville, Looking Glass Falls is the perfect place to go for anyone who wants a bit of nature. Looking Glass Falls is the best waterfall hike near Asheville because it offers gorgeous views that everyone can enjoy, regardless of ability. This extremely accessible waterfall is actually visible from the roadside, meaning that families with small children or those who may not be able to hike are still able to experience great views of the falls. With roadside parking available, you can enjoy the falls from the top, or walk down the staircase to the base of the falls, where you can then wade into the water or scramble along the riverbed rocks.
So far in our Asheville series we have talked about some amazing places to chow down on brunch or hang out and grab a pint, and while these are vitally important aspects of enjoying a weekend away, probably one of the most crucial details in planning a weekend getaway is where to stay.
The first time I scheduled a trip to Asheville, this was actually one of the hardest parts of the planning. I had never been before so I didn't have any prior knowledge of the area and while online research is helpful, first-hand knowledge is key (whether it's your knowledge or you're getting tips from someone else). After a last-ditch effort to find something both unique and affordable, I desperately Google searched "glamping in Asheville" and lo and behold there is actually a place called Asheville Glamping.
I was quickly drawn in by the boho-vintagey vibe from the photos of tents, domes, and airstreams and after an excited scroll through the website, I decided this was the place to stay. But the search wasn't over yet. Many of the more popular sites, such as the dome, were booked through for months, and others only had availability here and there. After a second run-through, I was able to find a site that both met our budget and time-frame.
The Deluxe Bell Tent features a queen bed, a heating and cooling system, and now, a hot tub (this addition appeared after our stay) all perched atop a steep hill with beautiful views of the surrounding property and mountains beyond. The tent is constructed on a wooden deck, giving you the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the sunset.
Since our stay at the 15-acre property roughly 30 minutes outside of downtown Asheville, the owners have added two more domes and are currently working on a treehouse. Several hot tubs have popped up at some of the sites, adding a bit more of the "glam" to glamping. If you haven't been glamping before, do not let the luxury aspect fool you. You are still camping and you will still run into some of the same elements of traditional camping, such as insects, dirt, and weather. However, instead of sleeping bags, you'll find yourself nestled in cozy blankets atop real mattresses. Instead of relying solely on campfire flames your ceiling may be draped with twinkle lights. In my opinion, it's the best of both worlds- comfortable nature.
Have you been glamping before? Let me know where in the comments!
Asheville is the mecca place of breweries in North Carolina, with popular beer bars ranging from local mom-and-pop shops to well-known nation-wide labels.
One of the more popular names comes from a beer you've see in stores and bars all over the country-- Fat Tire, by New Belgium Brewing Company. Originating in Colorado, New Belgium has since moved East, taking up residence in Asheville, North Carolina, where its food truck rotations, outdoor facilities, and live music fit right in. Throw in the abundance of bicycle decor and you'd think this company was born here.
While standard brewery activities are plentiful, New Belgium goes the extra mile by renting out the rooms in the brewhouse for events with up to 325 guests (standing room). The 5,100 sq ft space features an 8-tap bar, wifi, and the sounds of boiling kettles and grain raining through the pipes, making this fully functional production space perfect for your next large event (wedding ceremonies excluded due to the noise).
Another way this major beer name has gained strides in the Asheville community is through its sustainability initiatives and environmental transparency. New Belgium advocates for partnering with eco-conscious players and lists the qualities they look for when purchasing. In addition to sustainable values, they practice community positivity through donations, volunteering, and collaborations- just another way large companies can make positive impacts on local communities.
Next time you're in the area, be sure to stop by for some live music, local food truck goodness, and a couple pints- they've made a name for themselves for a reason.
I travel and then I write about it. I hope you enjoy my experiences, and can learn from my trial and errors!