Fall Break in Asheville

After the Engineer being gone for almost a month, we were both really looking forward to getting away last week for a trip for just the two of us. The kids were excited about spending time with their Gramma and cousin in Tennessee, and we were excited about a little R&R. We needed it. We try to take a trip together once a year, usually in the fall. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of work and kids and obligations, so spending this time together is very important to us.

So we hopped in the car and headed to Asheville, North Carolina. The drive was gorgeous! We stayed off the interstate and took the highway by the Ocoee River and other interesting mountain sites. We stayed in a bed and breakfast in nearby Hendersonville that had rave reviews on Trip Advisor. Neither of us had ever stayed in a B&B before and we wanted to try something new. The owners of Melange, Mehmet and Lale, were awesome -- very kind and welcoming. While it was different (we felt like we were staying in someone's house), it was different in all good ways. I especially liked our own private patio. 

They also served a gourmet breakfast every morning. Yum.

Our room was the Scarlett Room.

I am that person who always takes a photo of the bathroom.

On the second day, we toured the Biltmore.

The weather was perfect.

I don't know how to even explain this majestic destination other than it was like being in a castle. If you do tour the Biltmore, make you purchase the audio tour. It is absolutely worth it and will give you an in-depth look of the Vanderbilt family's history -- but you can go at your own pace and control the narration. We also ate lunch on the grounds and did a little shopping in the gift shops. Dark chocolate toffee? YES. M. was jonesing for a steak for dinner so we ate at Binion's Steakhouse for dinner -- if you go, their side dish casseroles are aces. I can eat my weight in squash casserole.

Day 3, Lale recommended nearby Dupont State Park and it did not disappoint!

I am not a hiker, we all know this. But I do like waterfalls and this park had three, so I was in. Afterwards we had lunch in downtown Hendersonville, which was quaint and fun. Decorative bears painted by local artists were on every corner downtown. I believe that weekend they were to be auctioned off for charity.

After a rest at the B&B, made our way back to Asheville for dinner at Chesnut. When the server told us that they serve a different flavored soufflĂ© every night, I did not bat an eye and it was absolutely worth it. I justified it with needing a sugar rush for our ghost tour with Haunted Asheville, which was both spooky and educational. Two thumbs up for our tour guide Bryan. 

On day 4, we said a fond farewell to Mehmet and Lale and took the scenic route to Knoxville for the Tennessee/Georgia game.

And like every other game this year, it was a nail biter!

But the Vols were victorious and I headed to our hotel with a very happy #VFL.

One last bathroom:

Our room at the Embassy Suites West Knoxville was as different as possible from the B&B but that made it fun. It was very modern and possibly the nicest Embassy Suites I have every stayed in. Plus, the breakfast buffet -- always an Engineer fave. After we stuffed ourselves silly with scrambled eggs, we headed back to the Rocket City to see the short people and Aunt Dana who was on her way to our house from her home in Memphis -- the opposite tip of the Great State of Tennessee.

A huge thank you to Gramma for taking care of the kids while we were gone. We appreciate her so much. Of course, they had a blast with their cousin RHR while we were gone, touring area pumpkin patches...

... so everyone was a winner. We definitely loved Asheville and highly recommend!


  1. I am glad everyone had a wonderful time.

  2. I feel obligated to say thanks for visiting NC! Asheville is an awesome destination. I live roughly 2 hours from there and we love to sneak away without the kids for a weekend there (as we will be doing in two weeks). Biltmore is amazing. If you ever get the chance come in November/December for the holiday extravaganza....the house is even more magical with the candle light tours! xoxoxox Amanda


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