Weekend Trip to Asheville

We met up with my parents for a weekend in Asheville a few weeks ago, and had the best time! I've been to the area a few times now. So I thought it would be fun to share what we did, where we ate, and which breweries we went to!

We came up after work on Friday and started our trip downtown with dinner at The Market Place. TJ and I ended up splitting a few appetizers instead of ordering a full meal, and everything was great! Our next stop was for cocktails at The Times. They had the most interesting combinations of ingredients in their drinks, but they were amazing! I had a cocktail with balsamic vinegar in it. As strange as that mind sound on paper, it was delicious!

We got a somewhat early start (well...early for us) on Saturday to visit the Biltmore Estate. TJ and I got the annual pass last year, but we had not been back since last June when we got engaged. My parents however, last visited the estate about 25 years ago! We walked through the gardens before our house reservation time, and we got to see some areas that were closed last year for social distancing precautions. Our last trip was in the earlier part of the summer, so it was great to see the difference in the flowers that were blooming late July this time! There were also rows and rows of sunflowers lining the road that leads you up to the winery and outside of the property.

We of course had to stop by our engagement spot, under one of the arbors in the gardens! We then headed back over to the house for the tour. Similar to what we saw in the gardens, we got access to some rooms that were closed off for social distancing last year. We also got to spend more time in each room as compared to last year, as they were not monitoring the amount of people per room.

Our next stop was lunch at Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village. I highly recommend the chicken and waffle sandwich. Which was a little less of what you might expect, a chicken sandwich fried in waffle batter with pimento cheese. And it's not time with my family without some afternoon coffee. So we fueled up with Americanos from Well Bred, the bakery across the street.

My mom and I snuck in some time at Palm Village (a Lilly Pulitzer signature store) before heading to breweries. I loved this fun dressing room with 3D suitcase details on the walls. The rivets, trunk closures, etc. were actually attached to the wall!

Did you really go to Asheville if you don't go at least 1 brewery? We made it to 3 of them, starting with Wicked Weed's Funkatorium for some unique sours. Followed by New Belgium Brewing, where I tried one of the seltzers they recently started making. We ended up getting briefly rained on while we were there, but their patio was a lot of fun on a Saturday afternoon. We then went back to the downtown area for the Highland Brewing location within the food hall in the old S&W Cafeteria building. 

We ended up getting dinner in the S&W building as well. Followed by several drinks back at The Times. We had such a great time at this bar, we went twice within 24 hours! My parents loved their Manhattans, and I enjoyed their espresso martini. TJ had to see what the balsamic vinegar drink was all about, and he liked it as much as I did!

We capped off the trip with brunch at The Blackbird downtown. They had a great breakfast menu, I loved their goat cheese omelette. My mom ordered the French toast pictured above, which makes me want to go back for it. We later stopped in to a few shops near the restaurant before we said goodbye to my parents, and went our separate ways back to Atlanta and Greensboro. 

Whenever time allows, TJ and I lately always break up a road trip with antique stores. So did that on this trip by spending some time at Needful Things near Asheville,which had so much to see! But we unfortunately thought a lot of their pricing was inflated. Going back towards Georgia we stopped in to Balsalm Antique Mall, Bryant's Antique Mall, and Deja Vu Antiques. I ended up coming back with a small blue Wedgwood vase and a pair of simple gold earrings. Overall, we had a great weekend exploring Asheville!

Thanks for reading!

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