I mentioned that my husband, me and the pups were going to Asheville, NC to visit and see their 5th Annual Film Festival. We have attended 4, and make it an annual event for us. Asheville, NC is an artsy town, where music, dreadlocks, films, art, craftsmanship, all co-exist. We had a great time, and I would like to share it with you!
Here I am on the deck of a house we rented for the 4 days we were there for the festival. The first evening, we went to see the Opening Film, with Benedict Cumberbatch, my BBC British Hearthrob, who is known to many being Sherlock Holmes, with his brown wavy hair and his sharp wit, and lack of social skills. In the movie, “The Imitation Game” he played British Mathemetician, and computer scientist, a pioneer in his field, Alan Turing. It was an amazing film about a group of people who worked, primarily Turning to decode the Enigma German Machine during the War. I won’t tell you more as it was an amazing film, emotional in some parts, and amazing in others. My husband and I truly enjoyed the film.
The only part that distressed me was that at times, during the festivals, there have been directors, producers, or even actors in the audience. My hope would be that perhpas “Ben” would have an empty seat next to him, where he would graciously have me sit, however, he was not there! Que, sera, sera! We then went back to our house, a little house on a hill overlooking mountains, surrounded by colorful trees and leaves, and a place that look welcoming .
One of my routines, when we drive a some hours to get somewhere, is that I throw down my suitcase, and head right for the steaming hot bath with espom salts. I listen to some swing music and just relax until we get settled in.
RUnning up and down the stairs and all around the deck, through the leaves, my pups had a field day! They had so much freedom and loved it!
There was a chill in the air, but sunny one of the days we were there. Asheville can be known for some wind later in November. Here I am wearing my favorite burgundy vintage jacket with its fur collar. I wore a different charcoal grey dress under it, black patterned tights, my elbow length grey gloves, ( will show you later), and my super comfy SOFFT black leather mid calf boots. In the first picture, I wore the 1920s grey clothe hat I found at an Asheville Boutique last year.
This was just part of the side view from the house with the colorful trees in sight.
Our little house on the hill, had a cozy full kitchen ( not pictured), 2 bedrooms, a small bath, and this living room. Where did my pups go? They both loved looking out the windows, while on the couch, looking for squirrels.
Friday, was our first longer day, so we ate bagels that we had brought, coffee, as we knew we were going to be eating at some amazing places. I would like to tell you more about our culinary experiences as well as the movies on my next post.
Gibby, my little fur baby couldn’t find a way to get from where he was at the top of the deck to where i was in the leaves down below. He is looking at me, and trying to plan his route. We are alike in many ways, let’s just say my sense of direction leaves something to be desired.
We spent Friday going to an amazing restaurant, and seeing Short Films. Saturday, going to see a documentary, I will tell you about next post, and again, another succulent and savory meal. There was a variety of bottles of wine to be had, that we enjoyed as well. In between movies and dinner, we experienced the fine artwork, boutiques, and directed ourself into a lovely vintage shop called, Vintage Moon. I wish we would have taken pictures there, but my stunning vintage cameo 1920s earrings with copper and clear stones as ornamentation will have to temporarily suffice. I fell in love with them, and several large teal and emerald leaf brooches I had seen, but purchased the earrings
Later, when Santa visits in Dec, I will be able to show you these amazing Italian boots I was able to score at this vintage shop as well. “Santa” is making me wait! A:-)
Sunday, I will tell you about in the next post, but I can honestly say, that if you live near Asheville, NC or close and want to take a day trip, it is well worth it! Ever time we have gone there, we have stayed at Bed and Breakfasts, Cabins, and this house in the woods where we could take our pups. If you like artsy towns, with music, musicians openingly playing on corners of the sidewalk, amazing local and indy films, and culture, I would say, you would love Asheville.
Prior to my illness, my husband and I were avid hikers. I can still hike, just shorter distances, and have to sit down for stretches. I like to camp also. I will tell you a bit about the experiences I have had and one could have near Asheville if you love the outdoors
Did I mention I like Hats? I am a pretty light traveler. I do not like to bring tons and tons of outfits if I will be at a place for 4 days. This place also had a washer and dryer, so I brought 3 dresses and 2 pair of boots, jewerly in a little jewelry thingymabob, and my essentials: heating pad, knee pillow, all of those things Even my makeup bag is light..
Be prepared for some DELECTABLE DISHES to be shown on Firday’s post, and also a mention of several of the restaurants we particulary enjoyed!! You know my husband LOVES to take FOOD pictures! Upside: memories of great places to eat and great food! Downside: WAITING for the pics to eat the food!!
How do you pack for short trips, Have you ever been to Asheville, your experience?
Hat: Boutique in Asheville, Dress: Ann Taylor ( 8 yrs old Ebay), Jacket ( resale shop) Purse: Rebecca MInkoff, Boots: Sofft, Dragonfly Pin ( 1928.com), Gloves ( Boutique in Bryson City during our Smoky RR trip)
Have a Great week,