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Turning Heads Linkup-Asheville Trip

( mountain house we stayed in)

Morning Ladies,

We just got back from Asheville and I am exhausted! We did so much in a week. I wanted to share some of the things we did and enjoyed in this mountain town. Since we just got back, i am playing a bit of “catch up’. I apologize I couldn’t get to your posts last week, but i really was computer free, and it felt a bit refreshing! Just needed some time with family to recharge.

Just a note: I have included 4 other posts near the top of the linkup if you want to read more about my trips to Asheville. We had gone there for the yearly film festival excursion as well as spending time there to enjoy the mountains. Feel free to click on those links as well.

( I love to sit outside and enjoy the mountain view from the deck in the morning. )

We were there to attend the wedding of my nephew Corey, and that was to take place at the end of the week. Prior to, we made plans to visit the Biltmore with everyone. My brothers Matt and tim have never been to Asheville or the Biltmore, so we knew they would enjoy it. We also planned to go to Sierra Nevada Brewing co for dinner and a tour. With all the planning, we were also going to enjoy the scenic mountain house my mom rented for the family.

Even though the usual choices at any brewery for me is “red” or ‘white’ as I drink wine, there were more options in both categories at Sierra Nevada Brewing. Our family went Monday night and enjoyed dinner and drinks. I have tried to like beer but it just isn’t my taste ( at the moment). The grounds there are very lovely and we sat out by the fire pit after dinner. Hubby then said, he was going to “wear a dress and a nice pair of pants”  to the wedding, after one too many IPA’s! We all just cracked up as the image popped into our heads.

I enjoyed the stuffed butternut squash roasted with chickpeas, quinoa, onions, and veggies. It was delicious and something I could make at home.

The Biltmore Estate is immense. It is just as impressive the 5th visit as it is the first. From Wikipedia, Biltmore Estate is a large (6950.4 acre or 10.86 square miles) private estate and tourist attraction near Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Châteauesque-style mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m2) of living area). Still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age. *photo-biltmore.com

( One of my favorite decorated rooms . Every room was so ornate and decorated with opulant fabrics. Every room was decorated with a Christmas tree, with the exception of the Dining Hall. I was told the tree had to be finished in early November and it took 4 weeks to complete.

( I love all of the fireplaces in the house. )

( We visited the lower level which are the servant quarters. Here is the kitchen/eating area for the servants of the Biltmore. It did remind me of Downton Abbey.

Roy, my brother Matt and his wife Shannon did go to Chimney Rock. My sister, Sue, her hubby and my niece, Makaila, went for a short hike there as well, a nature trail-exploration. It was a bit easier on my legs than vertical stair climbing to the top of Chimney Rock. I have hiked it before and it is an amazing view!

Roy and I hiked at Triple Falls another day. It was very busy that day, where we saw people enjoying different levels of the falls. We hiked to the top and it was about 3 miles of a pretty good climb. I felt it was an achievement for me to climb the hills, but it would catch up with me later in the week! The falls were a beautiful sight and so picturesque they looked like a postcard. These are the type of hikes my hubby and i would go on before I got sick.

I love looking around the little shops in Asheville, and we always go into Kress and Woolworth. They have art and jewelry, among other items, and i was able to pick up a few Christmas gifts.  While browsing, I came across this rack of authentic Kimonos from Kyoto, Japan. Boy, I was tempted!

( This was the one that got away)

We visited the Historic Grove Park Inn, and all had lunch over looking the mountains. Sis in Law and I checked out the Spa and what they offered. Very nice! I could get used to this… hehe!

That’s my kind of cozy fireplace!

( A part of the view as we sat outside at the Grove Park Inn)

( credit* Omni hotels)

The wedding was a few days ago on the weekend. The rehearsal dinner was at a farm house, and since i was missing my pups ( they were being watched by a neighbor) i needed a surrogate puppy to love. We were greeted by Charlie, a golden doodle, with a penchant for belly rubs. I would pet her, and she would fall to the left side, belly exposed and waiting. She would then get up, only to soon fall to her right side for a rub. So funny!

The rehearsal dinner was lovely and we enjoyed margaritas and tacos. The wedding took place at Claxton Farms, and was very beautiful as the mountain backdrop behind the ceremony.

My nephew Tyler ( left) and brother Tim ( right) strike a pose while waiting for dinner at the farm.

( You all know i love animals, so I had to pet this guy ..)

We all were exhausted by Sunday, as it was time to head home. In between visiting breweries, the Biltmore, Triple Falls and Chimney Rock, we all got to play Phase 10- one of mom’s favorite card games. My brother and i were reliving our rock days singing Journey and Boston while playing cards.:-)

I could go on and on, but let me just say, it was a break that was needed! I used only IG and was basically tech-free otherwise, which gave me more of a chance to chat, get caught up and enjoy family. I am playing catch-up with the blog, and will post Friday, but I have fell behind with commenting. Will be “back in business” this week!

For more photos and Instastories about my trip, follow me on INSTAGRAM. 

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Straight A Style

The Queen In Between

Oh Hey Girl with Pumps and Pushups

Color and Grace Link Up with Color and Grace

Jersey Girl Texan Heart Linkup with Jersey Girl Texan Heart

 2 Years ago my hubby and I spent a month in Asheville, NC and I posted several blog posts then. We would go to the film festival in the Fall, and also come to enjoy the artsy town.  For more Asheville info, check out these posts:

Asheville trip PART I

Asheville Trip PART II






  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 03:59h, 29 October Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. What a beautiful place for a wedding! You look stunning in your rehearsal outfit.

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 14:38h, 26 October Reply

    Sounds like a fun trip!! Such a beautiful area, especially this time of year! I have never seen the the Biltmore, would love to do that someday!


  • Jennie
    Posted at 20:49h, 25 October Reply

    Such a fun post! I enjoyed seeing some of my favorite places to visit in and around Asheville. I am hoping to squeeze in a visit to the Biltmore House this holiday season,as that is one of my favorite times to go. It looks like the wedding was a lovely event.

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 17:28h, 25 October Reply

    It looks like you had a wonderful trip, your photos are beautiful. And, those kimonos!! And, the lama, ofcourse. Thank you for hosting!


  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 15:56h, 25 October Reply

    The mountain house looks amazing! I love your wedding outfit. I couldn’t have resisted those kimonos!

    Emma xxx

  • Khloe
    Posted at 15:41h, 25 October Reply

    Looked like so much fun! Honestly, those pics made me want to be there as well!


  • Ada
    Posted at 13:57h, 25 October Reply

    What a beautiful trip and lovely photos, I have heard great things about Asheville. Love the photo of you and your man and that beautiful dress. =)

    Welcome by tomorrow and linkup with me, dear Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:36h, 25 October Reply

      Thank you Ada, we had a great time! I just love the mountains. Happy to be by tomorrow 🙂 xx

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 11:10h, 25 October Reply

    Looks like a great trip and a fun wedding!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 09:08h, 25 October Reply

    Wow just wow! What a beautiful mountain house to stay in! I love all of the pictures it looks like an amazing trip!

  • miri
    Posted at 05:20h, 25 October Reply

    Oh WOW, Biltmore Estate is impressive. And I love the mountain house that you stayed in! And your nephew and brother are just hilarious! I love their attitude.

    Thank you for the link up.

  • Julie Nix
    Posted at 03:56h, 25 October Reply

    You post is just beautiful! I love Asheville and the Biltmore Estate. I haven’t been in years, but our mountain home is in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (near Helen), and we keep talking about needing to drive up while we’re here. We just haven’t done it yet.

  • Laura
    Posted at 22:58h, 24 October Reply

    What a fun trip and beautiful location! You are making me want a vacation now!

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 20:19h, 24 October Reply

    What a wonderful vacation. Beautiful pictures! Glad you had a great time and got to see so much and enjoy family. What a blessing! – Amy

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 13:05h, 24 October Reply

    Sounds and looks like it was a fun but busy week away! I love all the photos you shared! I hope you are giving yourself time to recover from the trip…

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:28h, 24 October Reply

    Such beautiful photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Love all those kimonos and you look fab in you pretty dress.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:40h, 24 October Reply

      Thank you Nora, we did have a blast! i am in recouperation mode over the last few days. I was tempted by the kimonos, but bought others Xmas gifts, so I have fun looking around. xx

  • Coco
    Posted at 12:04h, 24 October Reply

    Thank you for hosting dear! I’m linking back to you HERE Hope you’ll check out my latest Fashion post

  • Joi @INMYJOI
    Posted at 11:44h, 24 October Reply

    This looks so refreshing Jess!!!

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 11:37h, 24 October Reply

    Looks so beautiful, Jess! I have never been to Asheville, but your photos make me want to book a trip right now 🙂 Glad you had a chance to unplug and relax!


  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 10:01h, 24 October Reply

    What a truly beautiful place! Wow I would love to go there! Great post Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:57h, 24 October Reply

      Thank you Cheryl. it really is. It is really fun place to visit and hike. xx

  • Talitha Haynes
    Posted at 09:37h, 24 October Reply

    OMG what a gorgeous place to visit

  • Rena
    Posted at 09:30h, 24 October Reply

    Jess, it sounds like you and your family had a marvelous time together and for such a happy occasion. I can totally get with the idea of going tech free while on vacation. After all, it is a vacation, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your adventures and for the link up.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:53h, 24 October Reply

      Thank you Rena! Yes, it was a beautiful place and a nice break. I needed it!i enjoyed seeing my family together. x

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 09:01h, 24 October Reply

    Wow, this looks like a gorgeous fall trip! The falls are absolutely beautiful. Looks like you had a great time at the wedding!


  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:00h, 24 October Reply

    The first vacation my husband and I ever took without the kids was to Asheville. We visited the Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville, and hiked the trails on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was such a wonderful vacation and it started all our road trips and adventures! I’m so surprised though that they decorate for Christmas so early. Fall is such a beautiful season to decorate for, so they just completely skip over Halloween and Thanksgiving?

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 24 October Reply

      Sounds like our trip Amy! we enjoyed the hike at Triple falls and i would have done a bit more, if we had more time. I have been to Asheville each year for their Fall film festival, so am familiar with the area. Yes, they have so many rooms to decorate for Biltmore by Candlelight at Christmastime, they get started a few months ahead. x

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:58h, 24 October Reply

    What a fabulous trip, Jess! It looks like you did everything and anything!! At least the kind of things that we would do….eat, shop and enjoy!!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:33h, 24 October Reply

    Looks like you hit all the highlights!!! One of these trips we’ll have to get coffee or something!

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 08:19h, 24 October Reply

    Asheville is one of my very favorite places and I never get tired of Biltmore! Looks like you had a great time! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 08:17h, 24 October Reply

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, Jess! There’s so much to see in Asheville – I wish we’d have known about the Biltmore Estate when we visited a few years ago, I’d have loved to have gone there. Oh well, perhaps next time!
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com / http://www.yogadocious.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:02h, 24 October Reply

      Hi Suzy! I have been to the Biltmore multiple times and love it at Christmas time. It is still interesting to see! we had a great time with my family as my brothers had never been there. yes, next time!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:42h, 24 October Reply

    Jess, these photos are beautiful and the views in Asheville so stunning! It looks like an amazing trip. And I have no idea how you didn’t succumb to that vintage kimono rack!


  • Evelina
    Posted at 07:06h, 24 October Reply

    Amazing photos! Wonderful place!

  • Jill James
    Posted at 06:06h, 24 October Reply

    Sounds like a perfect get away with family , such stunning scenery. The Biltmore Estate looks magnificent , definately one for my wishlist. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos.

  • nancy
    Posted at 06:01h, 24 October Reply

    That estate is enormous! Beautiful. What a lovely pictures, your brother looks like a fun person!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 05:50h, 24 October Reply

    How fabulous!! We Love Asheville! Great house to rent and lovely pictures!

  • Deborah Stinedurf
    Posted at 05:39h, 24 October Reply

    The home you stayed in was so beautiful…I could live there all of the time!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:03h, 24 October Reply

      Thanks Deb! Oh, yes! I am with you on that! The house was so nice and really spacious. i am big on sitting out on the deck enjoying the view. xx

  • jacqui
    Posted at 03:54h, 24 October Reply

    Wow what a stunning place, plenty to see and fabulous surroundings, thanks for sharing Jess. x Jacqui

  • Mica (@AwayFromTheBlue)
    Posted at 03:18h, 24 October Reply

    Oh wow, what a beautiful place to stay! 🙂 You did well resisting that beautiful vintage kimono – I would have had to buy a few, you know I love kimonos haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you’re having a nice start to the week. Nice and warm here today, a welcome change from the rain last week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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