When you stay at a hotel on your vacation, you know up front that you will be eating all your meals in a restaurant, diner, fast food joint, café or food truck. In other words, you’ll be eating out fo When you stay at a hotel on your vacation, you know up front that you will be eating all your meals in a restaurant, diner, fast food joint, café or food truck. In other words, you’ll be eating out for every meal. Most hotel rooms don’t have even a hot plate. Sophia.LivRm.Dining.Kit.LoRez (1) At Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you get a lot more than a hot plate: you get a full kitchen with all the conveniences of home. So if you rent one of the Asheville vacation cabins on our property, you have three options when it comes to eating during your stay:  
  1. Choose a restaurant for a special dining experience or a hassle-free meal.
 
  1. Bring your food with you (if you drive) or shop for provisions on your way from the airport.
 
  1. Let us stock your kitchen for you so your Asheville vacation cabin is ready for you when you arrive.
  Dining Out Asheville boasts many fine dining restaurants. The city’s foodie scene has been written up in national publications such as Food & Wine magazine. The Omni Grove Park Inn features several, and the Corner Kitchen, Chestnut, Posana Café and the Red Stag Grill come highly recommended. [caption id="attachment_926" align="aligncenter" width="386"]DSC_0235 RAD.LR White Duck Taco[/caption] If you want something in a more casual setting, there’s Juicy Lucy’s Burger Bar and Grill, 12 Bones BBQ and Homegrown, among many, many more. Asheville also has great cafés for breakfast at any hour, like the Early Girl Eatery, Tupelo Honey Café and Sunny Point Café, to name just three. All are within a 15-minute drive from your Asheville vacation cabin.   Brown-Bagging The term “brown-bagging” comes from kids (or adults) who bring their own lunch to school (or work), usually in a brown-paper bag. But when you go on vacation and you know you’ll have the use of a full kitchen and an outdoor grill, it’s a smart choice to bring your food with you. First of all, you can plan certain meals to share in your Asheville vacation cabin. Second of all, you won’t have to spend vacation time food shopping. 0aMt1tgky6NyDL_K00hw9pghcSlGJohQAkEOYfj8ioQIf you’re flying in, bringing food isn’t always an option. Fortunately, Asheville has several upscale supermarkets — such as Harris Teeter, The Fresh Market, Trader Joe’s and Ingles — plus several organic grocery stores — such as Earth Fare, Whole Foods, GreenLife and the French Broad Food Coop. Stock up on you’re way to your Asheville vacation cabin.   Arrive Fully Stocked The best vacation, however, starts with a fully stocked cabin. Imagine the sometimes grueling drive (or flight) to get to Asheville, which admittedly is off the beaten path somewhat. You finally pull up to your cabin and drag your suitcases inside… McLeod-20131004-0003-LR The air conditioning greets you. The welcome basket waits on the dining room table. And all your groceries have been put away. Grab a cold beer or soda from the refrigerator. Open a bottle of wine. Break out the local cheese and crackers. Heat up the grill for a well-deserved BBQ dinner.   This can be your experience at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Call or write ahead — or when you make your reservation — and ask about our Willow Winds Grocery Shopping Service. If you give us a list and a budget, we can do the grocery shopping for you. Do you want organic food? We can get it for you? Vegetarian? Not a problem. Gluten free? Whatever you want, we can do it. Our job is to make you happy; your only job while you’re here with us is to be happy.