Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association Innkeepers know it’s likely you indulged in tempting treats over the holidays, having served many of them to guests ourselves. But before you write them off as part of your new year resolutions, consider that Valentine’s Day is coming. Asheville has delectable options at every turn, and there are many ways to delight your sweet tooth heart. Start with a bean to bar tour and tasting at the French Broad Chocolates factory. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and if you can’t make it to the tour, you can stop in their shop, The French Broad Chocolate Lounge and try a liquid truffle, or a variety of desserts, including the Highland Mocha Stout cake. Any chocolate recommendations must also include award-winning The Chocolate Fetish, home to European style chocolates – including their aptly named line of ecstasy truffles. Rounding out the chocolate shops in downtown is Chocolate Gems with Belgian chocolates and their delicious gelato.
Truffles are not your favorite indulgence? Asheville is home to several beloved family owned bakeries serving outstanding pastries. You could spend the afternoon browsing the many downtown art galleries and boutiques and then match the visual experience with a culinary one by stopping at Karen Donatelli bakery and cafe which has a case filled with exquisite delicacies. Other excellent choices include the Hungarian spot, Old Europe Cafe, with everything from apple strudel to hazelnut napoleans, or City Bakery Cafe, serving sandwiches on their homemade breads in addition to desserts. Menus at all these bakeries change regularly and items are baked fresh daily. However you choose to spend Valentine’s Day in the Asheville area, you can’t go wrong when it comes to finding something to treat yourself and the one you love.