ModAvlTreehouse Asheville Vacation Rental

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Come spend some time exploring, and stay with us at the ModAvlTreehouse!



Try Our Favorite Walkable Restaurants on Merrimon – near ModAvlTreehouse

Here are restaurants that are nearby and walkable from the ModAvlTreehouse. All within about a mile (with some of our fav’s in bold).

  • Asheville Pizza & Brewing 
    • Try the Moon Pie (plus pepperoni and green olives is our order). Enjoy a pint, a pizza, and a movie. Eclectic and fun building decor.
  • Avenue M 
    • Great variety and consistency across the menu. Best dog friendly patio. Save room for the owner’s cheesecake(s)!
  • AVL Tacos & Taps
    • Drive thru
  • Bruegger’s Bagels
    • Yeah, it’s a chain, but has a great local neighborhood vibe. Especially when it snows!
  • Cecilia’s Kitchen
    • Excellent tucked away spot for crêpes, empanadas, tamales, soups, salads, and daily specials. Pleasant deck out front. Cecilia’s food truck is a regular at the UNCA Tailgate Market for a Saturday breakfast crêpe.
  • Gerladine’s Bakery   
    • Great pastries. Supplies breads for MANY local restaurants. If you ever see the Big E sandwich on a Saturday morning special menu – try one!
  • Luella’s Bar-B-Que
    • We’re usually go for their smoked wings, rub-spiced sweet potato chips, and deviled eggs. Good stuff!
  • Rise ‘n Shine
    • Cute place, and reasonable for breakfast. We went there more before they changed owners, but still go occasionally.
  • The Scarlet Bee
    • Lebanese small bites and craft cocktails. Enjoyable, date-ish. A bit pricy.
  • Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian 
    • Very good. If we’re not up for a good pasta dish, their Ceasar Salad with grilled shrimp added is very nice.
  • WakuWaku Eatery
    • Broadened our view of Japanese cuisine. Acquiring a taste for it.
  • Whit’s Frozen Custard 
    • Rotating flavors. A Buckeye Whitzer with Reeses cups is my order, if Buckeye is a flavor of the day.
  • Zen Sushi 
    • Have enjoyed a few meals here.
  • 828 Family Pizzeria
    • Good spot for a pizza or calzone – LONGtime Asheville establishment.

Asheville Restaurant Week, Jan 15-26th


Be sure to check out Asheville Restaurant Week. The linked guide has all of the participating establishments and their offerings to this most tasty event. The event is actually set up for January 15-19, and January 22-26,

I’ve only been able to be in town for a portion of this event in recent years, but I expect we Asheville Space Ship Girls will fully participate in samplings about town, once we’re fulltime residents. The countdown has commenced…

Avenue M, Dining in North Asheville

Avenue M restaurant walkable from Mod Asheville Treehouse

The best description of Avenue M can be found on the restaurant’s website: “Creative, casual fare prepared using locally sourced ingredients and served in a relaxed atmosphere.” Too true.

We’ve often dined at Avenue M, which is down the road from our N Asheville home. It’s a good half-mile walk from the ModAvlTreehouse (with a bit of a huff and puff back uphill afterwards – but it’s not bad). The neighborhood vibe makes it feel like our “Cheers” – where everyone knows your name. Teri (co-owner/sometimes host) and a couple of their staff have become friends. So we were pleased for their success in the MountainXpress 2017 Best of WNC rankings: 1st for Restaurant In North Asheville, 1st for Neighborhood Bar – North, 1st for Pet-Friendly Restaurant, and 3rd for Restaurant That Gives Back To The Community.

The standard menu is nicely varied, with a daily special list (often posted on their FB page). I can’t imagine most folks not finding something they will truly enjoy!

Teri’s husband is also her co-owner and Avenue M’s head chef. He prepares daily variations of a seared scallops appetizer, which paired with almost anything on the menu makes a great meal. Though I miss the lamb burger that was once regularly featured, the Avenue M Deluxe Burger is one of my favorites in town. I’ve had some wonderful pasta dishes, always enjoy Sunday brunches and their homemade salad dressings are sensational! I highly recommend the Blue Cheese Balsamic and Champagne Vinaigrette, but, in my opinion, Avenue M’s Basil Vinaigrette is the best! Teri makes a seasonal variety of cheesecakes, so save room for dessert!

Avenue M has also had a great impact as an active and generous part of the N Asheville community. Teri and Greg have made some wonderful improvements to their building, since opening in 2010. We’ve watched as the dog-friendly porch evolved as a great year-round space, enclosed and heated for winters, with the upgrade to retractable windows opened for warmer weather. We enjoy the art display on the south-facing exterior wall along Gracelyn Avenue, which usually includes a panel from local elementary school kids.

As a successful and fun eatery, Avenue M does get busy, and I’m sure reservations are appreciated. But, Teri and her staff usually have flexibility for us to catch a great meal within reasonable wait-times, and we’ve comfortably dined in the bar area, as well. If you’re staying at the ModAvlTreehouse, you’re not the typical weekend vacationer, so you may be ideally situated to enjoy some mid-week specials that the locals enjoy, like Wine Wednesdays and Martini Thursdays. But, whenever you are in the area, I recommend you give Avenue M a try!

Avenue M, 791 Merrimon Avenue Asheville, NC 28804, (828) 350-8181

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