Wanderlust. I’m suffering from a severe case of wanderlust. Given the opportunity a few weeks ago to run away, sans the kids, for a weekend, Hubs and I jumped on it. We were only able to slip away for 2 nights, so staying somewhere close by was a must. We settled on an Asheville weekend getaway and couldn’t be happier with our choice!
Since we planned on seeing as much of the great outdoors as possible on our Asheville weekend getaway, I knew we wouldn’t be spending time at a hotel pool or anything like that. Rather than paying for amenities we wouldn’t use, we decided to see what we could find on VRBO.com (If you’ve never used VRBO.com, you should check it out. It’s vacation rentals by owner and you can score some pretty sweet deals!) Since our trip wasn’t being planned far in advance, our options were a little limited, but I knew I’d found a great place after my first email exchange with the owner of this cute, fully finished hay loft. Yes, as in a hay loft over a barn.
You guys, I loved this place so much that I debated whether or not I wanted to shout it from the roof tops or keep it as my little secret. The owner (Andy) was amazing to deal with, the space had everything we needed and was close enough to the city to enjoy it, but far enough out you felt secluded. I could’ve easily curled up and spent the weekend lounging by the open windows, reading a book and enjoying the breeze.
What We Ate
Of course I’m going to tell you about where we ate… I am, after all a complete and total foodie! First, our new friend (Andy) gave us an amazing recommendation on a place called All Souls Pizza. This place is not anything like you imagine when you hear the “pizza” in the name. We may have gotten a little “over-excited” when we saw the amazing offerings on the menu and their incredibly reasonable prices.
We ordered three appetizers – Warm Olives, Bread w/ Olive Oil and Ferments and Roasted Cauliflower with Cheese Sauce. All were amazing! For dinner, we ordered a pizza (mushrooms, red onion, goat cheese, kale) and a butternut squash bowtie pasta with goat cheese. All Souls Pizza mills their own flour, makes their own pasta and uses locally sourced ingredients. It is definitely on our “every visit to Asheville” list!
After an extremely reasonably priced Friday night dinner, we splurged on Saturday and hit up a spot called The Lobster Trap. I found it on Google and it had great reviews…and they have lobster. How could it be bad? It wasn’t. It was amazing just like I hoped.
We had the Maine Shrimp and Lobster Toast to start, followed by a juicy steak for the Hubs and Lobster Newburg for me. I could’ve eaten two plates of the Lobster Newburg. It was amazing and I must find a recipe to duplicate it at home.
What We Did
I wanted to trail run and I wanted to trail run bad. My new Altra Zero Drops were burning a hole in my
Saturday found us traveling up Mount Mitchell for some hiking. Mt Mitchell is the highest peak East of the Mississippi River, and even with the sun shining, it was chilly up on the ridge. The scenery on the drive up was unbeatable, at least until I stood on the side of a mountain and soaked in everything around me. The trails were a little taxing, but Hubs managed to keep up (mostly – with a few breaks). It was wonderful to get out and hear all of the sounds of nature – miles away from cars, and only seeing a few other people in the several hours we were out. I found a great spot to camp – now if I can get someone to go camping with me…
Asheville was so beautiful and we had such a great time that we’ve decided to go back in July, and take the kids with us this time. As much as they both love being outdoors and exploring the forest, I can’t image that they won’t enjoy Asheville as much as we did. I can’t wait for our next Asheville weekend getaway.
Have you visited Asheville? What’s your favorite thing to see/do? If you have recommendations for places the kids might find interesting or restaurants we must try, please let me know.