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Apr 20 / Amy

An Asheville Anniversary – Day 3

7:00 am.  Whyyyyy?  I just want to sleep late…

Enough whining.  I guess we had to get up and get moving so we could make it to our breakfast selection, which opened at 9 am.  We got ready and walked down to College St to check out Tupelo Honey Cafe.  I can’t count how many times this place popped up as an Asheville recommendation – so we had to check it out.

Drink menu, but no drinks...

Drink menu, but no drinks…

Luckily, we walked up and were seated right away.  Since it was early on a Sunday, it meant no mimosas for me.  Whomp whomp.  We ordered and anticipated the food we were about to receive.  As a preview of the meal, we were given a delicious biscuit with blueberry jam.  It was huge!

Fresh blueberry jam

Fresh blueberry jam

I held off on devouring this biscuit until my breakfast arrived.  Josh and I both ordered the Tupelo Genuine Country Breakfast – he opted for scrambled eggs, country ham, and potato cracklins; I chose to get sunny side up eggs, apple cider bacon, and the goat cheese grits.

My breakfast

My breakfast

Shoo…this was fantastic.  I recently (within the past year) have started eating grits (crazy I know), and I’m pretty sure these will never be topped.

After paying for our meal, we opted to walk around and see what was open.  We knew we wanted to hit Curio to get a little something for B while we were in Asheville.  It is definitely an adorable store!

Toys! Toys! Toys!

Toys! Toys! Toys!

Since most places didn’t open until noon, we opted to go back and chill at the hotel for a little while.

During our second outing, we set out to check out the Mast General Store for some local goodies.  Lots of options, and we picked up a few gifts here.  The bag was fairly heavy (and sharp/pointy) so we figured it’d be easier to walk around without it.  We also decided to go back to the Mission Arts at the Grove to buy the painting we fell in love with.  As luck would have it, we had 35.5 inches between our headboard and the bottom of the crown molding.  The painting was 30 inches high.  So exciting!  Since we already going to head back to the hotel, we stopped to buy the painting and carry it back with us.

The painting was still there, so exciting!  And because there was a crack in the frame, they gave us a small discount.  We went ahead with the purchase and carried it back to our car.

Low-light pic of the painting in full

Low-light pic of the painting in full

After finding a way to get this in our car, we chose to go change clothes, as the temp picked up from the morning cool.

And out we went again [so many steps on Sunday – 12.7k!]. :)

The concierge spoke highly about the French Broad Chocolate Lounge to see what that was all about.

Can't go wrong with chocolate

Can’t go wrong with chocolate

We were still pretty full from breakfast, so I got the kids scoop of Milk and Cookies ice cream and Josh got a chocolate snickerdoodle cookie.

Tiny scoop.

Tiny scoop.

Chocolate snickerdoodle

Chocolate snickerdoodle

Our feet were tired after our third outing of the day, so back to the hotel we went.  We got on FaceTime with B back home, relaxed a bit, and decided where we were going to go to dinner.

Seafood is always a top choice for dinner in my opinion, but we don’t go out very often.  Josh suggested dinner at The Lobster Trap and I was definitely on board.  We set off on foot to Patton Ave to enjoy our last night in Asheville.

Now if there’s one thing I can eat a lot of, it’s seafood.  Josh ordered the Maine Lobster Roll, and I opted for The Lobster Trap Clam Bake, because there were so many things that looked wonderful as part of the entree and I couldn’t narrow down my selection.

We were in for a treat.  First, they brought out some smoked trout dip.  I wasn’t sure about it, but decided to try it anyway.

Surprisingly good.

Surprisingly good.

It was yummy, but knowing how much food was about to head my way, I opted to eat only a little while Josh was attempting to put a dent into his huge Caesar salad.

Huge, I tell ya!

Huge, I tell ya!

Then the time came, where our dinners came out.  Oh boy!

Maine Lobster Roll

Josh’s Maine Lobster Roll

Wowsa!

Wowsa!

It was a lot, and the waitress tackled getting most of the meat out for me upon delivery, but it was so worth it.

As B would say, it was a "happy plate" :)

As B would say, it was a “happy plate” :)

We left The Lobster Trap happy and full, with a nice walk back to our hotel.  We decided to swing by Kilwins, just to see how late they were open, and realized they were closing in 4 minutes.  What’d we do?  We got ice cream…again.

Because, why not?

Because, why not?

This time I got Cookies and Cream and Josh got Asheville Tracks, both phenomenal, as expected.

We ended the evening knowing we had to get up early to make the trek back to Atlanta, relieving my mom of her babysitting duties.

And while the drive back wasn’t super exciting, we did hang our picture as soon as we got back from lunch with my mom and sending her off.

We’re in love!

Happy 7th Anniversary to us!

Happy 7th Anniversary to us!

 

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