Thursday, November 24, 2011

Asheville, NC

Shannon and I met in Asheville, NC for a girl's weekend.  We stayed at a cottage at The Pines that had two queen beds, a kitchenette and fireplace.  It was so much better than staying in a hotel because there was so much more space and we were surrounded by trees.  

Shannon brought eggs that had just hatched from her chicks.  We made a delicious egg scramble on our last morning.

We got a tip to try Early Girl Eatery.  The wait was about an hour so we walked around and checked out the shops in town.  Breakfast was worth the wait.  Shannon got something with tomato relish that was delicious.

I want to do something like this next year- looks like it was made for a Day of the Dead (Dios de los Muertos) celebration.

We went saddle shopping for Shannon.  Dang, saddles are expensive!  She didn't find the one she wanted but we did see lots of cute boots.

Then we went on a quest to find a spray for her trees that are getting eaten by a certain bug.  We found the plant shop that was suppose to carry the spray but no one could figure out exactly what she was looking for.  They also had these crazy plant cloning systems.  

After a day of walking and shopping we went to the Bavarian restaurant next to our cottage.  Large beers and sausages were ordered.

There were all sorts of German knick knacks like this hat with fishing tackle all over it.  The bartender told us where to find live music that night.  So after showering we went to Tressas.  The band was awesome and we danced for hours.  The band may get its own post later.

Before going to Tressas we went to find Shannon a pair of dancin' shoes.  She also ended up finding a cute top and sweater!

The next day we found this bakery called Well-Bred for breakfast.  We ate well all weekend!

We hit the road to head to The Biltmore Estate.  We took a detour through the Blueridge Parkway and thankfully realized we went the wrong direction before we ran out of gas.  The drive was beautiful.

The Biltmore Estate was amazing.  No photos were allowed inside.  

The Estate is incredible- stables, riding trails, lakes, a winery.  

After the Biltmore we went to an Italian restaurant and got dinner for carryout.  Back at the cottage I actually started a fire that stayed lit for awhile!  That night I drove around Asheville looking for a red box which I finally found at a Walmart.  I found Bridesmaids which was the perfect movie to wrap up our girl's weekend.

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