Asheville, NC, is the hip New South personified: Microbreweries, trendy restaurants, museums and hip art galleries jostle for space with million-dollar condos downtown. The climate is great most of the year, aided by Asheville’s 2,000-foot elevation in the Blue Ridge Mountains, far closer to Kentucky than to the ocean. The nearby Biltmore Estate can be an alluring all-day visit.
Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, nearby Boone, NC offers a scenic retreat from everyday life. Whether you’re craving a peaceful escape with stunning mountain views, outdoor adventures, or a visit back in time to the 140-year-old Mast General Store, Boone has something to offer everyone. From traditional southern comfort food at the iconic Dan’l Boone Inn to unique wild game dishes at the Gamekeeper Restaurant, foodies can experience delicious flavors to their heart’s content.
Throughout 2022, the town has dozens of local events that will appeal to travelers of all ages. If you’re fortunate to visit during the fall, pumpkin picking and other farm fun at the New River Corn Maze is an experience you don’t want to miss.
Rewards Spotlight: Asheville has plenty of hotels to choose from, but if you want to be within stumbling distance of a bunch of breweries, the Aloft Asheville Downtown is a fantastic choice. As a Category 6 Marriott property, rates start at 40,000 Bonvoy points per night and it even means that you can use your Marriott credit card certificates for stays at the hotel (point surcharge may apply depending on which certificates you have).
By Michelle Lambright Black, Forbes Advisor Contributor, Bill Howard, Forbes Wheels Staff and Caroline Lupini, Forbes Advisor Staff
Source : https://www.forbes.com/advisor/travel-rewards/50-best-destinations-to-spend-your-points-in-2022/289