Are you headed to Asheville, NC and the surrounding areas? Don’t miss these 5 southern bloggers to help you plan the best vacation.
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I don’t know about you, but when I plan a trip, the first thing I do is head to Google and Pinterest to locate all of the top local travel bloggers for that destination. Seeking honesty and real experiences, I crave native and expert opinions.
Tell me about the hole-in-the-wall restaurant that I MUST eat at. What brewery do the locals visit? Show me the prettiest hidden spots for a picnic and hike. Oh and please don’t leave out the must-sees filled with insider tips.
If you are planning a trip to Asheville or North Carolina, we want you to have some of the best southern travel bloggers at your disposal.
Below, find North Carolina bloggers–many city-specific–as well as our favorite southern bloggers that we follow, chat with, or come highly recommended in the community. Many of these blogs we use for our own travel planning purposes at Uncorked Asheville.
Southern Bloggers You’ll Find Here:
- Amber from Bites of Bull City – A Durham, North Carolina Travel Blog
- Christine your host of Uncorked Asheville – A Local Asheville, NC Blog
- Carl and Christina from NC Tripping – A Comprehensive North Carolina Travel Blog
- Jason from Road Trips & Coffee – A Southern Travel Blog, Including NC, TN & SC Tips
- Clayton from Knoxroadtripper – A Southern Travel Blog With A Strong Knoxville Presence
Get to know these bloggers even better, see what they have to offer, and uncover everyone’s personal story.
Let’s get started!
North Carolina Bloggers
Bites of Bull City – Durham, North Carolina
Bites of Bull City is a Durham, NC-based blog that helps residents and visitors keep track of Durham’s ever-expanding food scene. Our North Carolina blog provides insider restaurant and food news so that you can eat and explore the city like a local.
I moved to Durham, NC almost eight years ago as the city and the food scene was beginning to explode. After a couple of years, I began Bites of Bull City as an outlet to share all of the foodie tips and news I received while working for a local publisher.
What began as a passion project, tracking and sharing information about all of the restaurant openings and foodie events in Durham, became so much more. I began to build a strong following and reputation.
Bites of Bull City is the only Durham media source specifically dedicated to the local food scene.
The blog features the latest restaurant openings and announcements as well as tasty city guides, such as the best desserts and Instagram-worthy eats. My social media channels share mouth-watering pictures of what I’m eating in real-time.
If you love to eat and want to explore some of the best spots in the South’s tastiest town, follow Bites of Bull City on social media and visit or subscribe to the blog.
Uncorked Asheville – Asheville, North Carolina
Have you ever just landed in a city and knew that you wanted it to become your home? And not just in a perpetual travel-through-Rome-drinking-all-of-the-wine-all-day kind of feeling? I get those wanderlust bugs, as well.
When my husband and I flew into Asheville for the first time over those beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and Biltmore, my heart just knew we were home. But really, we weren’t: we had come to Asheville for a quick weekend trip to explore this infamously eclectic city.
In the course of 4 days, however, we had both decided to shed our Florida tans and move to Asheville. Was it our tour through the Wolfes’ boarding house? Hiking The Hunger Games waterfalls? Drinking champagne in a used bookstore? Eating all the vegan food? DRINKING THE ENDLESS BEER?
How about all of the above?
Experience Asheville Like A Local
For tourists, Uncorked Asheville offers travel itineraries, Biltmore tips, hiking spots, and some of the best Asheville restaurants, bars, breweries, and cafes with an insider flare.
For locals, Uncorked Asheville is meant to showcase local businesses and help residents stay in love with their city–discovering and rediscovering haunts both new and old.
About Your Tour Guide, Christine
As for me, Christine?! Books and booze are my specialty.
You may recognize my pointy Italian nose from The Uncorked Librarian LLC (TUL), where books, booze, and travel come together. I’m a tipsy rogue librarian who got her MLIS, decided to start her own business instead, and now runs both a book blog to inspire travel and a local Asheville, North Carolina travel blog.
I am thrilled to share my Asheville experiences with you.
NC Tripping – North Carolina
We are Carl and Christina and with our kiddo, we are NC Tripping. Our site and social media solely focus on North Carolina travel, including its food, history, and culture, and the people who make this state so awesome.
Our base in Central North Carolina (Durham) puts us in a perfect spot to explore both the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains and coast along the Atlantic Ocean, plus all in between.
What Will Readers Find On NC Tripping?
Inside our site, you will find posts on popular places, including Biltmore in Asheville, big cities like Charlotte and Raleigh, and the wonderful beaches of the Outer Banks. These are just a few of the 150-plus places that are found on our ever-growing North Carolina Bucket List.
As North Carolina bloggers, we also cover the amazing restaurant scene, with city- and county-wide restaurant guides. Additionally, you’ll find guides to state staples like barbecue, beer, and booze, from their origins through today. We showcase places where you can enjoy them.
As a family with a young child, you can also expect to find coverage on our favorite museums throughout the state, including those geared toward kids.
But, one thing we love to explain is that pretty much anywhere you visit is family- or kid-friendly. That’s why we don’t really consider this a family-travel blog. It’s about everything one can do in North Carolina.
One of our go-to ways to enjoy North Carolina is to get outside, whether for a drive, hike, annual festival, or simply stroll through a lesser-known small town. Anyone who passes through or calls North Carolina “home” is truly blessed with incredible beauty, beehive-like cities, and some of the friendliest and most interesting people you’ll ever meet.
We’ve been hooked ever since the first moments we set foot here and hope readers can see that we really do love life in North Carolina. This is why we decided to create NC Tripping. We wanted to share our love for this state to anyone who stumbles onto our site.
Who Is NC Tripping For?
Our local North Carolina blog is for people like us, who are new to North Carolina and seeking things to do in or nearby their homes.
It’s also meant for locals who are looking to revisit their favorite spots or finding something new in one of our 100 counties. We’ve discovered so much about this state and are always surprised (maybe we shouldn’t be) about all the “new” places that keep popping up.
Southern Bloggers & Road Trippers
Road Trips & Coffee – Southern Travel
Southern states you’ll find on Road Trips & Coffee include Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Jason also writes about the Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Appalachian Trail.
My name is Jason Barnette. I write about road trips and all the amazing destinations I discover along the way. For me road trips are not just a career or a passion; they are a way of life.
On my southern blog, Road Trips & Coffee, you’ll find road trip itineraries, destination guides, and lots of great photography to inspire your next trip. I weave tidbits of fascinating history into my articles meant to entice you with just enough details to make you want to visit a destination and discover more for yourself.
Oh, and the coffee? I thrive on visiting local coffee shops because I need to drink all the coffee to do what I do!
Knoxroadtripper – Knoxville & Small Southern Towns
Whether it’s scenic mountain views, charming small towns, waterfalls or places filled with history, you’ll find them at knoxroadtripper.com.
My name is Clayton Hensley, and I am an East Tennessee native who also spent many years living in Southwest Virginia. I have always had a passion for traveling and love sharing my travel experience with others.
For 15-years, I worked as a local television news producer. After a layoff, I turned my attention to freelance work for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. Knoxroadtripper started when my freelance travel writing gig hit a snag and I needed a way to continue traveling and sharing stories. And what a ride it’s been so far. So many places to go.
My wife Melinda and I have lived in Clinton, TN for more than 20-years. We have two kids, who like to travel with us (most of the time)!
My “real” job is working as a communications director for a large church, and in what little spare time I have, I like to garden and take lots of pictures. You might even catch me talking travel on WATE’s “Living East Tennessee”.
Knoxville, Tennessee As A Destination
In 1982, Knoxville hosted a World’s Fair and millions of people came to travel the world all in one place. I visited the fair seven times during its six-month run and after it was over I just wanted to travel the world, something I still plan on doing. For now, at least, my travel is mainly regional with a few trips to other parts of the country.
In Knoxville’s backyard, you’ll find the Nation’s most visited National Park, the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as six other National Parks and National Historic Sites. These are places to climb mountains, explore nature, learn about America’s Westward expansion, the Civil War, the life of an American President, and a top-secret city that helped change the course of history.
Touring the natural playgrounds in East Tennessee and surrounding states is another thing you can do on Knoxroadtripper. From fabulous waterfalls to deep river gorges there is much to see in this part of the country.
In some ways, East TN mirrors Western North Carolina and it’s wonderful to be so close to the area Uncorked Asheville calls home. This region boasts great cities, small towns filled with charm and unique attractions like a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece and the long-lasting legacy of the 1982 World’s Fair, the Sunsphere.
Discover A Southern Travel Blog Filled With Historic Places, Scenic Drives & Great Attractions
Not everything covered on my blog is close to home. My family and I enjoy road trips and travel to Iowa & Missouri and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, often. In fact, we’ve been enjoying Mardi Gras for nearly two decades now. On the blog, you can get a good taste of the largest “free party in the world” and why it isn’t just what you see on television.
My hope is that browsing knoxroadtripper.com will give you plenty of ideas for road trips, vacations or day trips. And even if you’ve been to the places I’ve written about, you might get a new perspective on them.
Remember when it comes to Knoxroadtripper, it’s always trip time!
When planning your next North Carolina and nearby southern vacation, we hope you’ll consider checking out the advice on these southern travel blogs.
What Other Southern Bloggers Do You Love?
Are there other North Carolina or southern travel bloggers that you love to follow? Have you discovered a new blogger here that has helped you plan the perfect trip? Please let us know in the comments!
Are you a local southern blogger who would like to be considered for this list? Drop us a line at hello [at] uncorkedasheville [dot] com.
Thank you so much to each of our contributors, as well!