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Apr 18 / Amy

An Asheville Anniversary – Day 1

This weekend, Josh and I drove up to Asheville to celebrate our seventh anniversary.  We were torn about where we wanted to go for several weeks, when we finally decided on Asheville over Miami (I think we made the right choice). :)

Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC

We booked a three nights stay at the Hotel Indigo Downtown Asheville, and were really slack about figuring out what we wanted to do while we were there.  With several recommendations on food and beer, we decided to wing it with the exception of a zip line tour planned for Saturday.

Nanny came up to watch B for the weekend, and we departed on Friday morning.  The drive was about 3.5 hours, but it went pretty quickly.

When we made it to the hotel, we were a bit early for check-in, so we parked and decided to explore the downtown area.  The concierge provided us with a map and a LOT of recommendations on where to go eat, and off we went!

We decided to stop at the Lexington Avenue Brewery for a snack, since we were in between lunch and dinner.  Once we saw the Old World Pretzels on the menu, there was nothing else tempting us.  We ordered two beers and the pretzels and enjoyed the open air and beautiful weather outside.

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Our beers:

Our beers (L-R): Green Thumb & Cartwheel

Old World Pretzels

Old World Pretzels

After enjoying our brews, we walked around downtown for our bit and eventually made our way to the Grove Arcade to check out some of the local shops.  We made our way into the Mission at the Grove to check out some of the art and items for sale.  We saw some cute items and then turned a corner and fell in love with a painting.  We had to get some measurements back home to see if it’d fit, so we parted ways with the painting and walked back to our room to check in.

A couple weeks ago, the concierge called to check to see if they could help with our plans, and at the time I wasn’t quite ready to discuss (slacking…) I did mention it was our anniversary.  When we checked in, the front desk noted that we’d been upgraded from our standard king room to a king corner room.  It was a nice surprise!  But when we walked in, we found a beautiful view and another nice surprise from the concierges.

View from one of our windows

View from one of our windows

Mini bottle of Malbec

Mini bottle of Malbec

Sweet note from the staff

Sweet note from the staff

Since it was just after 4 pm, and we’d had huge pretzels and beer, we decided to hang out for a bit in the room.  We checked Foursquare and Yelp for recommendations on food and discussed other options to try the remainder of the weekend.

We decided to try out a sushi place that had great recommendations, and made our way to Wasabi on Broadway.  We were still a little full from our late snack at LAB, but decided to get a couple rolls each.  We shared some edamame while we waited for our sushi.  All of a sudden we looked up and our rolls were heading our way, and were impressed with the presentation.

Four roll, all delicious.

Four roll, all delicious.

We walked around a bit more after dinner to allow our food to settle, and to check out the rest of the scene.  Fellow 409’er, Mary, recommended checking out the drum circle that takes place every Friday night for people watching.  Her suggestion did not disappoint.

Just part of the crowd downtown for the drums.

Just part of the crowd downtown for the drums.

After awhile we decided to keep walking, checking out the shops along the way.

Josh with the Big Iron

Josh with the Big Iron

And then we came across Kilwins and popped in for a sweet treat.  While the fudge and the ice cream looked amazing, we were still *very* full from dinner.  We opted to try their chocolate covered pretzels (Josh went with milk chocolate and I went with the white chocolate).

So. Good.

So. Good.

I’d also like to note that there’s a Kilwins in Atlantic Station, which may be a good or bad thing for me to know…

The combination of our drive to NC, walking around, and all the food, left us ready to fall asleep fairly early.  Knowing we had a big morning on Saturday led us to calling it a night – excited for what the next day would bring!

Day 2 | Day 3

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