There are few places in this wide, wonderful world that hold my heart quite like Asheville, NC.
In fact, Mom and I have been making annual trips there since I was quite young and I feel like I know parts of the city as well as I know my own hometown and can even navigate them like a local. When someone stops me on the city street and asks for directions or where a certain landmark or restaurant is located, I get a thrill that I am mistaken as a local!
We have been all times of year, but I have to say that late fall and early winter is my favorite! And we just returned from our most recent Asheville adventure this week. And, oh what an adventure it was!
We took a long weekend and drove into town late Thursday evening after work. On Friday, we arose early and hit our favorite local, breakfast hang-out, The Early Girl Eatery downtown on Wall Street.
It’s this perfectly eclectic breakfast and lunch spot that specializing in farm to table fare, and their breakfast is not to be missed!
We toured the Biltmore Estate because that too is a tradition we hold near and there are always new rooms that are open in the house and more historical information the guides will share that they have unearthed from the archives.
But, this visit, we walked through the house because it was decorated for Christmas! And a Biltmore Christmas shouldn’t be missed!
Seriously, does anyone do it better than that?
And my personal favorite is the Conservatory, or the Winter Garden… love all the greenery, garland, and poinsettias!
After a little sightseeing, we got the hankering for a little adventure. So, we did something we have never done before… We segwayed!
And we absolutely loved it! Off-roading on trails snaking around the Biltmore Estate was the absolute best!
The scenery was just breathtaking as we raced on trails parallel to the French Broad River.
The following day, we again rose early (how do I always manage to do this on vacations?!?) and went to a new little cafe we had read about on the VisitAsheville Instagram account, Hole Doughnuts Shop. They specialize in delicious hot, made to order, gourmet Mennonite-style, yeast doughnuts and hot coffee.
Now, that is speaking our love language. Hot, fresh doughnuts and hot coffee.
And the doughnuts? They didn’t disappoint.
We tried one of each that they had! (From Top Left to Bottom Right: Chai Spice, French Vanilla Glazed, Toasted Almond & Sesame, and Cocoa Rubbed)
They are truly unique doughnuts that are rolled and shaped by hand, so no 2 doughnuts are perfectly uniformed. The baker in me absolutely loved that!
Read even more about Hole here.
The remainder of the day, we shopped, explored, relaxed, and wandered. We even ventured to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market where we perused local produce (and come home with some insanely delicious Pink Lady mountain apples), handmade products, and fresh greenery just in time for the holiday season!
I love local Farmer’s Markets and farm stands. It’s agribusiness at its finest. Whenever I see local farm stands, I just have to pull over!
Most of all, I just love adventuring with this one…
She makes everything fun! So grateful for her.
We hiked, segwayed, shopped, sight-seed, ate, and laughed our way through Asheville! Can’t wait for our next adventure.
So, I hoped you enjoyed living vicariously through our meanderings. Maybe you too will take in Asheville for a long weekend sometime soon?