Happy Travel Tuesday! I absolutely love reading about other people’s trips and traveling vicariously through them, so I’m super excited to share one of our recent adventures. Over the long weekend, A and I headed up to Asheville for a romantic getaway. A had surprised me with this trip as a Christmas gift and I had been looking forward to it ever since. I’m not sure if it was the anticipation or the company (ok so it was definitely partially the company) that did it, but we had the best time!
We arrived late in the day on Saturday and immediately went in search of something delicious for dinner. After wandering around downtown Asheville for quite some time, the wind was picking up and I was getting hangry. So we were super relieved when we found Tupelo Honey Cafe.
In fact, we loved everything we ate so much (the biscuits and mac and cheese were ah-mazing) that we bought their cookbook so we could make things at home! I definitely recommend this place and cannot wait to try the one in Raleigh to see if I can get my fix a little closer to home.
Our first stop on Sunday was, naturally, the Biltmore. Neither one of us had ever been before so I can only imagine we looked like kids at Disney World when we rounded the corner to see this:
In short: this house was epic in every sense of the word. Each room was bigger and better than the last, but my hands down favorite was the library, which looked like a Beauty and the Beast set. We also spent some time exploring the grounds (all 12,000 acres of them) (just kidding-we did not walk that far) on both Sunday and Monday.
Sadly, the gardens weren’t really in bloom with it being January and all, but thankfully, the Conservatory had all kinds of beautiful flowers for me to photograph.
Oh and it was a great (warm) spot to sit and take selfies. I am sure the Vanderbilts intended it for that very purpose.
On the rest of the grounds, we found adorable bridges, cute benches with scenic views and a waterfall! I probably could have spent days just wandering around, holding A’s hand, but we had more to do, see and eat!
Ok so maybe the “eat” part of that last sentence happened a little more often than either of us would care to admit. But the food was so good! We ate at three different Biltmore restaurants: Stable Cafe, the dining room at the Inn and Cedric’s Tavern and enjoyed a complimentary wine tasting at the estate’s winery. I would definitely recommend eating at the dining room if it’s a special occasion and checking out the wine tasting. We had so much fun with both!
On Monday, we explored Antler Hill Village and the Biltmore Farm a little more before hitting the road. Yes, I made A sit in that rocking chair against his will. I also tried to convince him that B needs his own mini rocking chair. I was unsuccessful.
This donkey was so not impressed with me and, despite all my sweet talk, remained that way.
Have you ever been to Asheville and/or the Biltmore? What was your favorite part?