1) The Pinball Museum
For just $15 (for adults), you can play unlimited pinball at Asheville’s one-of-a-kind pinball museum. Whether you’re searching for a rainy-day activity, or want to relive your pinball glory days, this is the perfect place to come learn, play, and feel nostalgic.
2) Go Camping
Whether you’re a Millennial or a Baby Boomer, there is a good chance you grew up going camping. There are more places to hike and camp in western North Carolina than you could visit in a lifetime. Here are a few good ones:
- Dupont State Forest
- Linville Gorge Wilderness (backcountry camping)
- Linville Falls
- Crabtree Falls
- Mount Pisgah
- Cherokee and Bryson City
- Fontana Lake and Dam
- Nantahala National Forest
- South Mountain State Park
3) Enjoy Some Home Cooking
Around here, we’re known for food, and a staple of our restaurant scene is home-cooking. When you’re in Asheville, you’re going to eat well with a pinch of nostalgia if you visit one of these spots:
- Rocky’s Hot Chicken
- Early Girl Eatery
- Tupelo Honey Café
- Buxton Hall BBQ
- 12 Bones Smokehouse
- Corner Kitchen
4) Visit the Mast General Store
In the heart of downtown Asheville, Mast General Store is a front-porch-sittin’, Cherry-Coke drinking step into nostalgia. In addition to being every hometown’s candy shop, hardware store, and soda fountain all wrapped into one beautiful building, Mast General Store is a great place to find Asheville memorabilia and some great deals on clothing and camping supplies.
5) Well Played Board Game Café
This place is exactly what it sounds like, a café where you can enjoy a drink, a meal, and some of over 600 board games. If you’re feeling nostalgic, have lunch over a game of Sorry or Battleship.
6) Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar
There was a time where you could walk down a brick-paved road into a bar, have a great drink with excellent service, and enjoy musicians performing dueling each other with piano over some of the greatest hits of the last 50 years. That time is right now in Asheville at Off the Wagon. On your nostalgic tour of Asheville, you’ll want to make sure our dueling piano bar is at the top of the list.
7) The Woolworth Walk
Uniquely Asheville, the Woolworth Walk is an art gallery featuring exclusively local artist. The façade makes you feel like you’re really walking in an old five-and-dime, as you enjoy some of what makes Asheville truly special. While you’re there, grab a drink at the soda fountain and forget you’re not at an old luncheonette.
8) Biltmore Estate
A Vanderbilt masterpiece, the Biltmore Estate is wall-to-wall nostalgia of the rich and famous. Tour Biltmore to see the epitome of late Nineteenth Century luxury and style. Make sure you check out the state-of-the-art indoor pool and still-functional bowling alley.
9) Thomas Wolfe Memorial
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is a museum that will transfer you back to Victorian Asheville with history literary giant Thomas Wolfe.
10) Catch a Show
You remember how excited you would be to catch a show with all your friends. There is a good chance your favorite band made their name in Asheville at the Orange Peel, The Grey Eagle, Asheville Music Hall, or one of the many places you can enjoy live music here.
Whether you are searching for a show, food, games, or whatever else to remind you of a special time in your life, you can find it in Asheville. Make sure you take a trip to Off the Wagon Dueling Piano Bar on your nostalgic tour of the city. You’ll never have more fun!