Around Asheville

Around Asheville

I shared our experience at the Biltmore’s Candlelight Christmas Tour on Monday so today I thought I would share some of our favorite spots during our visit to Asheville.  Touring the Biltmore was on my bucket list so when my husband offered to take me there he didn’t have to ask twice!

I hemmed and hawed over where we should stay for weeks.  In mid-December I got a Travelzoo newsletter with an awesome rate at the Grand Bohemian located in Biltmore Village in Asheville.  I booked the room and never looked back.  And we were not at all sorry!

The lobby was gorgeous with an enormous four-sided fireplace.

The hotel has a masculine feel to it and reminds me of what I’d expect an old-world extravagant hunting lodge to have been like.

Absolutely gorgeous hotel and spa in Asheville, NCThe hotel includes an art gallery and restaurant although we didn’t get to visit either.  We did order off the menu for room service (burgers and fries) and it was delicious.

That’s a we-don’t-have-any-kids-with-us smile!  Don’t get me wrong we love them so much.  But we had not been anywhere without them in almost eight years!

We had a King Room (331) that we loved.  I’m sharing it because it didn’t look like all the rooms were the same from reading the reviews on TripAdvisor.  It had everything we needed although there was no fridge.

I would love to visit again one day.  The hotel has a signature scent (fancy, right?) that I’m now obsessed with although I couldn’t justify buying one.  The hotel also only has valet parking and I have to admit we were pretty spoiled by the time we left.

The first morning we had breakfast at the Corner Kitchen.  It was a couple of (frigid) blocks over from the hotel.  For the record, it the forecast is for 40 degrees…ballet flats without socks are not appropriate.  I almost froze to death!

Fun little restaurant in Asheville, NC

We got a sweet little table next to the window for breakfast.

We both had the pancakes with strawberries served with a little pot of hot syrup.

After breakfast we drove to the nearest shopping establishment and I bought new shoes and socks.  Hubby bought a coat.  Who goes to the mountains without a coat?!?  The husband of the girl who goes without any socks.  That’s who!

On the way back I conned him into stopping at this little large antique store.

I could have looked in there all day long!  It was freezing in there though even with socks and coats.  They had plenty of chippy doors.

And dough bowls big enough to bathe in!

And tobacco baskets…

There were several more stores just like this that I could have made an entire trip out of going to the antique stores.

If you find yourself in Asheville, NC I would definitely recommend visiting all three of these little spots in addition to the Biltmore!

See some of our other fun travel adventures by clicking here.

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