For our second annual girls’ weekend trip two became three and we stayed within the confines of my new home state. You can find our first annual adventure here. The girls had yet to see my new digs in NC and it was a perfect time to do some exploring.
A road-trip from Raleigh to Asheville NC
Asheville is about a 3.5 hour drive West from Raleigh, NC and pretty much straight highway. First item on the agenda…FOOD.
Breakfast with the French
La Farm Bakery – I have passed this bakery a thousand times but never stopped in. To impress the girls I decided this would be our breakfast stop to kick off our road trip adventure. The food was fresh and beautiful and we managed to snag a table outside to enjoy the cool spring morning.
Homegrown Lunch in Asheville
Compliments of Yelp…
Homegrown – An unassuming “hole in the wall” that serves locally sourced food and the ever-changing menu is written on a chalk board. The staff is friendly and the place is cozy. We arrived just after the lunch crowd so the place was empty. We opted for the patio and fresh air.
Chased some Waterfalls – DuPont State Forest (an hour south of Asheville). Bonus info…The Hunger Games filmed at Hooker and Triple Falls
Dinner with a touch of honey
Tupelo Honey Cafe – After the long car ride and stretching our legs at the falls we opted for southern home cooking for dinner.
It was delicious and anywhere with homemade biscuits and jam as an appetizer is a winner in my book.
Chilled at the Hip Little Cabin
This was the PERFECT cabin for the three of us. It is about 15 minutes outside of Asheville, we each had our own beds with room to spare. It was cozy and had everything you needed and few things you didn’t know you needed. A hammock for instance. We will stay here again.
An all-day affair at Biltmore
What a spectacular piece of architecture. The estate is 10.86 miles. The house was built between 1889-1895, it is the largest privately owned house in the US at 178,926 sq ft. We opted for the self-guided tour and I highly recommend paying the money for the audio tour. It enhances the experience significantly. The really cool thing is there are several different guided tours you can take such as the rooftop tour, upstairs-downstairs, tour the estate, and winery. You could go back many times and have a difference experience every time.
We made our way to the exquisite gardens and meandered through the grounds.
Lunch at the Stables
We decided to have lunch at the Stable Café. Yes, over a hundred years ago a horse was eating exactly where I was eating my delicious sampler and drinking my refreshing sangria.
Antler Hill Village & Winery
We finished up our visit to Biltmore Estates at the Antler Hill Village. We enjoyed fresh ice cream and I picked up a few bottles of Biltmore wine for later.
Dinner with a Demon
Zambras – this is my first experience with Tapas and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. From the website… Zambra is a charming nod to the tastes and traditions of the Western Mediterranean, offering downtown Asheville a contemporary twist on fine wine and tapas. In between the romantic, amber-lit ceiling and smooth stone floor is a festive atmosphere that holds true to our name, which means, “gypsy dance of celebration.” We’ve carefully selected only the best of local ingredients and exotic, Spanish wines to give our guests an unforgettable feast of the sense, and a warm celebration of life.
AND…there may or may not be a demon in the basement.
Book this tour immediately! You will get a mix of history and the paranormal. This was one of the many highlights of our girls’ weekend. No gimmicks!! The tour gave us insight to Asheville and we really enjoyed the walk and information. This is when we found out demon activity had been reported in the basement at Zambras. Thankfully it was after our dinner.
The following day we visited several of the places/stories from the tour in the daylight. Thanks to Brian for adding a fun adventure and a history lesson or two for our girl’s trip.
Housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries where you will find a sculpture gardee, Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum, and Asheville’s only antique care museum.
Burritos and Popcorn
We had lunch at Urban Burrito and desert at Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn
Urban Burrito was no surprise. Everything was fresh and we enjoyed our big ole burritos.
Poppy Handcrafted Popcorn was a great find. We sampled available flavors, chatted with the owner, and left with a T-Shirt or three! I went home with a few different flavors as gifts for the Husband and littles.
Took a nap at the Salt Caves
In lieu of a full spa day we decided to make the most of an hour and enjoy a completely new to us experience. Asheville Salt Caves – The cave-like room is covered from floor to ceiling with salt crystals. The room was dimly lit and we lounged in zero gravity recliners with blankets and meditation music. It was a very relaxing experience and I may have even dosed off for a minute or 30. I purchased a salt lamp there and to this day when I look at it I think of my friends and our fun adventure.
Movie Night – The Age of Adaline
When we were all single you would find us at the movies every single Friday night. This event paid homage to our friendship and lifelong bond. The movie was pretty good and I am glad I got to see it with my ladies.
Finished up at the highest point east of Mississippi River – Mt. Mitchell
On the way back to Raleigh we stopped by Mt. Mitchell. I wish I could tell you about the fantastic views but all we saw was fog and clouds at the summit. It was a crazy drive up through the fog and rain but we managed to made the most our of the experience.
We concluded our trip with the unanimous decision to return to Asheville Christmas of 2020 to see Biltmore at Christmas.
We can’t wait for plans for our 3rd annual trip to start.
I was not compensated in anyway for this trip. This trip was planned by me, paid for by all participants, and all opinions are our own.