30 Sep Asheville, NC – A Much Needed Getaway
My husband, pups and I went to Asheville, NC for a much-needed getaway
We have a fondness for Asheville, a cool mountain town and have been visiting for years.
Years ago, they had an amazing film festival in the Fall, and we would attend with anticipation, wondering what films we would see.
Some were small productions filmed in NC, and usually there would be one feature that was more mainstream.
Unfortunately, I don’t believe it still goes on, as sponsorship was dropped, and it wasn’t sustainable.
Going to Asheville, I had to lay in the back of our SUV and my pups were more than happy! It’s just not feasible to sit 2 hours at the moment.
So, we enjoy loafing around, visiting the shops, seeing the Blue Ridge Parkway, and inhaling the crisp, Fall air. And the food, can’t forget the amazing food!
Now, the weekend would be different, as with my PN, I am not able to sit 3 hours in restaurants, or the pain may zap the energy from me.
I will tell you, the Gabapentin seems to be helping some, so there is some relief, yet sitting is an issue and will be for a while, so I have to stand at times.
Where we Stayed
When we travel, my hubby and I love to find VRBO’s that are dog- friendly. (when they come) . This place was small, but efficient as it utilized the space wisely . Nice big shower, kitchen island on wheels, living room area, seperate bedroom. Really, we want something that is private, and that accepts dogs. The owners had animals, and were very dog friendly, where they could lay on the couch, and bed, and long as extra blankets were put down. It was in a wooded area and only 25 minutes into the town of Asheville.
Brewery On 1st Day
New Belgium Brewery was a place hubby wanted to see, so we got to roam the grounds, take the pups for a walk and hubby got to try some new beers.
Sierra Nevada Brewing
We were also meeting my family there, my mom brother, sister, sister-in-law, her friend, sister’s boyfriend, and niece.
The family was going to be celebrating my sister in laws big 4-0, and would be going on the Party on Wheels, or “biking around town while drinking and wearing party hats”. Of course, I wanted to go, but there was no way I was going to sit, especially on a bike seat, since PN is also known as “Cyclist Syndrome”, as you are actually sitting on the nerve.
They all had a blast, and would later meet us at Sierra Nevada Brewery, where we were listening to music, lying down, and enjoying the weather. Hubby and my brother were happy as clams to have a few beers, and I got a choice of two red wines- pinot and cabernet. (Usually if you ask for wine at a brewery here, they say, “red or white” and out comes the Barefoot bottle!
After the brewery, we went to their hotel, the Grove Park Inn. It is a beautiful historic hotel, so we all just gathered and enjoyed some conversation while watching the sunset outside.
We certainly enjoyed several excellent restaurants in Asheville, and one of our favorites is Curate, a Spanish Tapas bar. We had some amazing plates, and started each with some traditional Sangria, where they let the fruits soak in the sangria for a few weeks.
Butternut squash soup was creamy, made oh so good with a few pistachios on top for garnish, and I am sure a cream. I didn’t get the recipe! Darn!
We then had chicken croquets, and boy, were they melt in your mouth creamy! Hubbys has to get his oysters, and` was gleefully happy that I don’t like oysters. Let’s just say, he is in “La-La Land”!
An amazing fresh bruschetta with tomatoes was oh so good, and the bread, crisp and light. The last dish we tried over a second glass of wine, was peppers stuffed with goat cheese.
I love a delicious beet, arugula, and goat cheese salad.
This was just one of our fabulous meals. We also make an appoint to have dinner at “The Corner Kitchen”, which is an old historic home turned into a restaurant. I had pecan encrusted trout, hubby shrimp and grits. I think the culinary term for the weekend, was “creamy.” Not the trout, alongside was a sweet potato dish that was just that.
We met family at the Sierra Nevada Brewery I mentioned early and had a great time just chatting and having some bar bites with beer and wine.
Friday, the day after my dry needling pelvic floor was quite tough, as I had higher pain levels. I did tough it out, but the rest of the trip was so nice as to enjoy and take my mind off of my health for a bit. Everywhere I went I carried my cushion, if anyone asked, I would say, back trouble…
The table above, was a table next to ours, and it was where Michelle and President Obama sat in 2010. Cool huh?
On the Way Home
We met a manager from this corner wine bar in Asheville, and he began to tell me about the Vineyard, he worked with, called Marked Tree. His family was in the wine business, and he was from South Africa. We decided since the following week was all about doctor’s appointments, I needed a bit more fun before we headed home. We stopped for a bit, and I would get up and walk around when I needed to. The view of the vineyard was lovely, and we enjoyed some of the NC reds they offered. (Right up my alley, dry red, fruit forward) not sweet! The pups enjoyed the day as well, then we headed home, which is just a 2 hour drive.
It was a relaxing trip, except for the one day, but overall, it was something that was much needed! (And I didn’t even shop! _)
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Have a great weekend,