Our CSGA Event Package includes planned group dinners on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, however, Monday August 20, 2018 you will be on your own for dinner. So the question is, where to eat in Asheville? This city has restaurants that run the gamut from Mediterranean to vegetarian, four-star cuisine to down-home cooking. The city's vibrant restaurant scene goes well beyond its Southern cooking and roots. Expect the extraordinary in Asheville, whether it's organic, hormone-free beef, mountain trout caviar or sweet potato salad. Here are a few that have received high recommendations...
Chop House –The Chop House serves high quality steaks, chops and accompaniments. Fine wine by the glass along with an extensive beer selection including many local drafts are available at the bar. Seafood a wide array of appetizers and salads also available. We offer Breakfast and Dinner Daily.
The restaurant is located adjacent to the Renessaince Asheville Hotel on Woodfin Street.
Hours: Monday - Friday 6:30AM - 10:00 PM / 22 Woodfin St, Asheville, NC / Phone: 828-253-1852
Salsa Mexican Caribbean Restaurant – Asheville's culinary pioneer celebrates more than 2 decades of incorporating fresh, local, farm-raised ingredients and personality into their daily menus. Salsa's first opened in 1994 with much love, hope and creativity from Hector Diaz. Hector, a native of Puerto Rico, stumbled upon a little spot and was given the opportunity to use his creative energy and turn it into a great restaurant. Salsa's was born out of a small kitchen, dirt filled alley and food that compares to no other. A multiple award-winning Latin bistro, SALSA lovingly creates and shares Mexican & Caribbean dishes with locals, visitors and curious travelers. Hours: Monday - Friday 11:30AM - 9:00PM / 6 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC / 828 252-9805
The Market Place – We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life. The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.
Hours: Monday - Sunday: 5pm until... / 20 Wall Street, Asheville / Phone: 828-252-4162
Strada Italiano– “Strada” means street or boulevard in Italian. The restaurant calls to mind a traditional neighborhood trattoria. Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, the building is a renovated late Victorian building completed in the 1880’s when the railroad first came to Asheville. The ambiance with rich woods, warm tones and custom copper architectural is welcoming, casual and romantic. Our service is friendly and welcoming. Strada is the perfect place to enjoy an evening with friends or dinner for two.
The menu includes dishes representing all regions of Italy, including Chef Anthony Cerrato’s traditional family recipes. Hand-tossed pizzas, savory pastas, grilled or sautéed meats and seafood, house-made desserts, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options are all made to order and feature locally sourced ingredients from Sunburst Farms, Ivy Creek Family Farm and Fork Mountain Farm, among others. The drink selection includes local brews on tap, biodynamic and organically produced Italian wines, as well as a host of fine liquors and cocktails. Sunday to Thursday 4:00pm - 9:30pm / 27 Broadway— Asheville, NC / 828-348-8448
Bouchon - French Comfort Food – Bouchon is the quintessential French bistro, recalling the farming community outside of Lyon where Chef Michel Baudouin was raised. Local ingredients come straight from the farm to create your favorite traditional dishes with North Carolina flavors. Try our Boeuf Bourguignon or Le Canard a l’Orange Chocolate with a sweet and sour orange glaze and cacao nibs. Romantic, intimate and charming, with an impressive list of hand-selected French wines, Bouchon is the perfect place to dine.
The Lobster Trap - In 2005, the Lobster Trap restaurant opened its doors in historic downtown Asheville, N.C. Since then, it has become the seafood destination for locals and visitors whose passion for fresh Maine lobsters, domestic oysters, mussels, clams, crabs and fish (including the award winning Sunburst trout) is exceeded only by that of owner Amy Beard and General Manager/Executive Chef Mike McCarty.
The Lobster Trap is all about seafood. Don’t look for chicken here. This is where fresh seafood is thoughtfully prepared in ways that honor its delicate flavors and textures. This is where fun, food and hospitality abound and where the oysters are always fresh. So come join Mike and Amy in a celebration of seafood. Raise a glass, crack a claw, shuck a shell, and lift a fork to the best that our domestic oceans, rivers and lakes have to offer. Open at 5pm every night / 35 Patton Ave Asheville / 828-350-0505
Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - Serving deliriously good fried chicken and southern soul food, Rocky's prepares "hot" chicken with the spice level any way you like it from plain to extra hot. Using natural birds and quality ingredients in our made-from-scratch recipes, we offer delicious American classics like mac and cheese, corn pudding, and collard greens among many more. Mouthwatering desserts include banana pudding and coca cola cake. They make everything fresh, in small batches, for a difference you can taste!
1455 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806-1745 / Neighborhood: Five Points / Phone Number: +1 828-575-2260
Rezaz Mediterranian Cuisine- Stepping into the historical building, guests are transported to the Mediterranean Coast. Scents of rosemary, cumin and garlic permeate the air. Powerful artwork, windows showcasing the bustle of the Historic Biltmore Village and upbeat, curated music set the stage bon vivant experience. Open Mon - Sat 5:30pm - close / 28 Hendersonville Rd. in Biltmore Village / 828-277-1510
Grove Park Country Club is a Blue Ridge Mountain Gem and is located just 6 minutes away from the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Donald Ross originally designed this historic course in 1926, and it was overhauled in 2001 to keep the same feel and spirit. It has since earned nods from Conde Nast Traveler (Top 20 Southern U.S. Golf Resorts in 2011) and North Carolina Golf Panel (Top 100 Golf Courses in the State). The course is owned and operated by the Omni Grove Park Inn and is normally in excellent condition. The 6,400-yard championship course has been played by PGA stars Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus and by several United States Presidents. Feel a sense of pride and accomplishment after navigating the tree-lined fairways and bent greens with amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around. Elevated tee boxes on the par-70 course provide perfect sight lines for each drive. Grove Park is more of a resort style course, that offers a somewhat golfer friendly experience as most of the holes can be seen from tee to green. Important to note that they do not have a driving range, only a hitting net. Overall this is a great club with very friendly staff. Be sure to go up to the hotel for a post round drink on the Sunset Terrace!
Tee / Par / Yardage / Rating / Slope
(BLUE) 72 / 6220 / 69.8 / 128
(WHITE) 72 / 5680 / 67.2 / 119
(RED) 72 / 4990 / 68.8 / 122
The Bilmore Estate - Whether this is your first visit to Biltmore® or you’ve been coming for decades, it’s never too early to start planning. In addition to Biltmore House and Winery, our 8,000-acre estate offers three overnight properties, nine gardens, 13 shops, 15 dining venues, and over 20 tours and outdoor activities designed to make your time at Biltmore a truly memorable experience. Purchase your tickets to another era. To experience Biltmore is to immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by gracious hospitality, and a desire to share the very best with friends and family. Estate admission includes:
- A self-guided visit of Biltmore House
- Access to our historic gardens
- Access to Antler Hill Village, which offers a variety of shopping, dining, and outdoor activities
- Complimentary wine tastings at the nation’s most-visited Winery For more information check out their website:
Downtown Asheville - A great place to explore! Asheville's lively downtown has gorgeous architecture, fantastic locally-owned stores, a huge variety of 100 restaurants, interesting museums, fun street performers and many free festivals. The diverse mix of culture, music and art has led to our city center being dubbed by many as the "Paris of the South." See our favorite things to do and places to see below.
Downtown is a shopper's paradise with 200+ locally-owned stores and boutiques. You won't find tacky tourist shops. Instead, find a world-class selection with something for everyone and every budget. You could spend a day browsing the big variety of retailers, antique stores, book stores and art galleries. Attend one of the many art festivals. Music festivals abound! See our favorite festivals for Spring, Summer and Fall. Take a photo tour of downtown Asheville!
Asheville Urban Trail - If you love art and history, walk the Asheville's Urban Trail, a 1.7-mile walking tour through the streets of downtown Asheville. Asheville's history and past are told through 30 stops, each with public sculpture which function as landmarks along the Urban Trail. This self-guided tour is perfect for any history buff or architecture lover, local or tourist, downtown stroller or urban explorer. Asheville's history is rich, and the Urban Trail highlights five distinct time periods that are signified by pink granite markers in the sidewalk: the feather represents the Gilded Age, the horseshoe represents the Frontier Period, an angel for the Times of Thomas Wolfe, the courthouse for the Era of Civic Pride and an eagle for the Age of Diversity. Learn the legends and lore of our city while enjoying the outdoors, Asheville's beautiful skyline, streets and sculptures. Printed Urban Trail maps are available at Pack Place and the information center at Pack Square Park.
Top 20 Art Galleries - Art galleries in the Asheville area abound! Did you know that western North Carolina is one of the top areas in the country for art? Thousands of extraordinary artists live in our Blue Ridge Mountains. And there are hundreds of art galleries and artist studios to browse. While downtown Asheville has the largest collection of art galleries (30+ of them), you'll find a variety of art and craft galleries in Biltmore Village and in many of the quaint small towns. Most galleries are open daytime hours Monday-Saturday. A few are open on Sundays, especially during the summer and fall. Some only open for special events, such as the big Studio Strolls.
A favorite place to explore art is the River Arts District, located near downtown Asheville and Biltmore. This industrial riverside area has become the home to 185 artists in 25 buildings - making a great treasure hunt! See artists at work and buy directly from them. See much more in our River Arts District Guide.
Antique Car Museum at Grovewood - A must stop for car buffs is located just a few miles from downtown Asheville in Grovewood Village behind Grove Park Inn. The Antique Car Museum was established in 1966 by Harry Blomberg, founder of Harry's on the Hill - the oldest family-owned car dealership in Asheville. The museum is home to four horse-drawn carriages and 19 vintage automobiles, including a rare 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (only 400 made) in the photo above. It's free to visit! Street Address: 111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville. Go to their Web site.
Thomas Wolfe Memorial - One of the best deals for entertainment downtown is a tour of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial. Even if you are not a fan of Thomas Wolfe, the sprawling 29-room house and its history are very fascinating. Get started in the visitors center located behind the house (Market Street in downtown Asheville). Before your guided tour of the house, see a short film and read about Wolfe's fascinating life in the Visitors Center. Address: 52 North Market Street / Asheville, NC 28801 / 828-253-8304 / Go to their Web site.
Hours & Admission: Tuesday - Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / Closed Sundays & Mondays / Adults - $5 | Children - $2
Asheville Trolley Tours - Hop on board one of Gray Line's nostalgic trolleys for a fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes and hot-spots of this "city of surprises." Hop-On and hear the story of a city rich in architecture, history and the arts...Hop-Off and experience it's eclectic shops and galleries; its world class culinary and craft brew scenes. It's fun and informative! Join us and see why we are Asheville's Most Sightseeing Tour! For more information check out their website: http://graylineasheville.com/trolley-tours-asheville.html
Asheville has long been a destination for those seeking room to breathe — whether it’s to take in the fresh mountain air, to enjoy the creative freedom of the bohemian artistic community or to stretch their legs on the hundreds of miles of trails that crisscross the area. In our case we are visiting to enjoy the local links!
We'll stay at the award winning Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Asheville. You'll find plenty of shopping and dining options are steps away from the hotel. There is no need to leave your furry friend at home because this hotel is pet friendly and several outdoor trails can be found nearby as well. The indoor lap swimming pool is great for a quick dip and there are cozy chairs surrounding the pool deck, making it a great place to hang out. The fitness center, with its cardio and weight machines, is ideal for those seeking a good workout. The guestrooms and suites feature one king or two queen beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, a mini-fridge and complimentary Wi-Fi access so everyone can stay connected. Additionally, the spacious suites feature a separate sitting area with a couch. The onsite restaurant, The Writer's Bistro, is a casual dining spot that serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although the golf is not on site, it is only a short drive away.
Golf will be played at 2 local nearby courses: The Grove Park Inn Golf Club and Broadmoor Golf Links.
The secret’s out about Asheville, North Carolina. In the past year, this small city tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina has been a regular on “best of” lists ranging from “Friendliest Cities” to “Foodie Destinations” to “Best Beer Cities” from the likes of Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Fortune, Thrillist and US News & World Report. And just this year, Asheville earned the top spot on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” list for 2017. So we suggest you register early as this promises to be another fantastic CSGA Event that you won't want to miss!
Address: 71 Burbank Drive Palm Coast, Florida 32137
Phone Number: 904-823-3083
Set in downtown, this upscale modern hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Asheville Art Museum and 2.5 miles from Biltmore Village.The refined rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with city or mountain views, plus marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. They also come with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, while suites add club-level privileges, and separate living and sleeping areas.
Tee / Par / Yardage / Rating / Slope
(BLACK) 70 / 6055 / 70.0 / 131
(BLUE) 70 / 5701 / 67.7 / 123
(GOLD) 70 / 5281 / 65.4 / 118
(WHITE) 70 / 4181 / 64.2 / 113
Event Package Inclusions:
Broadmoor Golf Links is located in the greater Asheville area in Fletcher, North Carolina, a 15-20 minute drive from the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. Scenery from the Blue Ridge Mountains and the French Broad River Valley create a beautiful backdrop for your golf experience. Broadmoor is a championship golf course designed by noted golf course architect Karl Litten – recognized alongside Nicklaus, Palmer, and Fazio by the PGA as one of golf’s fab four designers. Litten is famous for designs that are all unique. His courses do not have the same “signature” qualities, making each course a hand crafted work of art. Broadmoor Golf Links is also designed to be enjoyed in 4 hours, whether you like to ride or walk. With tees measuring from 5000 to over 7000 yards, Broadmoor appeals to every level of golfer.
Sunday, August 19, 2018:
PM Arrive at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel – Enjoy Welcome Reception & Dinner.
Monday, August 20, 2018:
AM Breakfast buffet at the Renaissance's “Writer's Bistro” - Play Grove Park Country Club.
PM On your own for dinner this evening.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018:
AM Breakfast buffet at the Renaissance's “Writer's Bistro” – Play Broadmoor Golf Links.
PM Awards Reception and Dinner at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018:
AM Breakfast buffet at the Renaissance's “Writer's Bistro”.
Departure – Have a safe Trip!