8.31.2009

Weekend Road Trip...

We had a wonderful road trip weekend. We left Friday afternoon headed to Asheville, NC to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. Upon arriving, we went straight to trek Chimney Rock. If you enjoy a good hike with a great view, then you will enjoy your visit to Chimney Rock {there is an elevator available if you cannot hike the stairs, they are steep}. Those who are afraid of heights, this may not be your favorite location to visit. And to give warning to anyone who may get car sick, the road we took to get there is a very winding road.
After our hike we went back to freshen up for dinner. We had a lovely evening in town, but I didn't take any pictures. But we highly recommend Tupelo Honey Cafe for a delicious dinner and Early Girl Eatery for breakfast {though they don't open until 9am on Saturday}.

After breakfast on Saturday we headed over to the Biltmore Estate. We have never been to the Biltmore house and property, but will definitely return. The weather was perfect for our visit. We arrived at 9:30am for our tour and didn't leave {except to go get Tucker (dogs are allowed on the grounds, but not allowed in any buildings)} until 3pm, but could have spent the whole day there. There is so much to do! The house tour does not allow interior photography, but I wish they would. There were so many architectural details I would love to have photographed. {We took over 500 photos, so it was hard to select which to show}


After the house tour we headed to the River Bend Farm and kitchen garden {another garden to envy}. They have everything, from peanuts to mums! Outside the old barn they have an animal farm that allows you walk among the farm animals {chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits...}. I am a horse lover, so meeting a Belgian was another highlight of the day.

After leaving the Biltmore and before heading out of town, we stopped by Tobacco Barn Antiques {a must for antique junkies - sorry for no photos}. We purchase another trunk {up to 3 now} for only $30! On our way home we stopped and camped out at Tallulah Gorge State Park. On Sunday we hiked the Overlook points, because dogs are not allowed on the gorge floor (bummer). This is another recommendation for any hikers out there. After getting on the road again, we swung through Helen and Nacoochee, GA {taking Jennifer's advice}. Nacoochee Grill is a must if you are in the area! Along the way home, the hubby stopped at two or three other antique places {I scored a wire letter holder for $1 and six Cottage Livings to add to the collection}.
All-in-all it was a wonderful weekend!

14 comments:

L.d said...

Great pics for a great couple! Happy Anni

monarte said...

OHH! I knew you would LOVE LOVE, the Biltmore. And Ashville one of my favorite,
place's I hope to return. Can't wait to see your Antique finds. > love Mamma

Kathy Posey said...

Happy Anniversary! I can not believe it has been three years! Miss you!

pve design said...

3 years was a "benchmark" and then we coasted here...we will celebrate 22 years in 26 days...but who the heck is counting.
love that part of the earth...went there lots as a kid.
pve

Pink Wallpaper said...

looks like y'all had a great time....i am dying to go to the biltmore! i can't believe i still haven't gone!

Courtney Baker said...

My husband and i love Asheville! It's so pretty. Plus from Nashville it isn't a bad drive.

Mommy Harris said...

Oh yea! I was itching to see pics from your trip! This is awesome. Looks like you guys had a great time. Wonderful pics by the way!

Jennifer said...

looks like a great trip! we need to do that one, Wes hasn't been to the Biltmore.

glad you like Nacoochee Grill!

JMW said...

Love Asheville...we went down there with family one year to tour Biltmore in December, all decked out for Christmas. Gorgeious!

Laura said...

We were in Asheville this past weekend too...celebrating my 30th birthday. It's seriously the cutest town ever. We DID eat at Tupelo Honey on Saturday night and Early Girl for breakfast on Sunday! Both are two of our favorite eateries in Asheville as well! We've been to Asheville several times (including our 6th anniversary this year) and we absolutely love it! We haven't been to the Biltmore yet, but after seeing your pics, I think we'll have to check it out!

Down Pillow said...

Looks like such a fun time. Glad to hear you both had a great getaway :)

paula said...

this is gorgeous! Love the pic of you three too.

Katy said...

Looks like a great time!! We live in NC and love getting to the mountains especially this time of year!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Beautiful photos. Glad y'all had a great anniversary weekend!