Asheville Travel Diary Pt 1
I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving break was wonderful! The hubby and I took a road trip to Asheville this past week to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and I wanted to share some of the things we discovered in this wonderful little town!
We reached Asheville in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day. Asheville is about a 4.5 hour drive from Nashville. Since it was a holiday, and because it get’s dark so quickly in the afternoon, we didn’t have too many activities planned.
We started with checking in at our AirBnB- this quaint little studio apartment near Downtown. Mary, our host, recently renovated a basement room below her house. The apartment consisted of a fresh, minimalist-themed sitting area, bedroom, and bathroom. The neighborhood was quiet, and very close to Downtown- so I’d definitely say convenient location-wise.
Since it was after all, Thanksgiving Day, we grabbed our traditional dinner at Strada Italiano. There were a few places that were open for dinner on that day, but Strada ended up being reasonably priced and served a very nice dinner.
After dinner, the hubby and I hung out near the Downtown Plaza, where they had put up really nice Holiday Lights. There were lots of families out and about walking off their heavy dinners, so the ambiance was really nice.
Start your day off right- with the breakfast of champions- DONUTS! Well, not just any donuts, but Vortex Donuts. They are a bit more glamorous than your usual donut shop, but these are well worth it! We tried the salted caramel, vortex donut, beer batter+ pretzel donut, and chocolate gingerbread. ALL were delicious! This was all followed by a simple latte, and we were off to start our day!
Hitting the Trails- well, kind-of
So Asheville is kind of nestled in between the Great Smokey Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This means that the terrain is nice and hilly = LOTS and LOTS hiking trails. Unfortunately this time of year isn’t the greatest for hiking, and with the Fall Rain, some trails get closed down due to muddy pathways or fallen trees, etc. We attempted to get to the Craggy Pinnacle Trail but were met with road closures on both of the potential pathways.
Regardless, driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center is definitely the way to go, if you do attempt this hike. It’s only about a mile each way- so very short and simple, and the stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway offer some amazing views of the mountains from all sides!!
Unfortunately we didn’t get to drive all the way to the visitor center, so we hiked a bit from the furtherest point along the road. Lots of people do this by the way- they just park their cars along the Parkway in the grass, and explore from there… I don’t know how I feel about this- I’m not super confident about hiking on rough terrain, but if you’re up for it- then do it! Also, there are TONS of other options- this is just the one that we had time for, so do your research when looking for the trail that’s right for you!
Books + Champagne
After about spending 4 hours we finally decided to return back to the city to continue with our day. After freshening up for our night out, we headed to our first stop- the Battery Park Book Exchange. This place absolutely became my Asheville FAVORITE. It’s a used book store + coffee shop + wine bar. Did you see that I just wrote WINE BAR? More specifically, they focus on champagne.. I mean what’s not to like? Too many favorites things in one place! This place fills all the little nooks of a book store with tables and chairs so guests can cozy up with sips of bubbly while perusing books.
The hubby and I treated ourselves to a glass of champagne and a simple cheese board before heading off to dinner. It was a great start to the evening, and they even had a little band performing on the first floor. The vibe in this place was awesome, and I don’t know what it was, but the mood in this place had all the right feels.
Okay, I know it’s an odd place to stop the post, but I’m going to call it right here- Mainly because there’s a lot more that happened on our second day here that I’d like to talk about in full- which would be impossible without making this post really long! So till then, here are some outfit deets! See ya on Wednesday!
- Super cute and comfortable top! (Good for big meals!) Love the way the lace and the color of this top looks on my skin tone! It’s a very festive POP!
Dress- Who What Wear- Flutter Shoulder Dress; Seriously Target has stepped up their game! I LOVE this dress! I added a belt just to add some dimension, but I absolutely love how this dress fits and feels!