Weekend Getaway

4 03 2009

Tell me, is there anything better than a weekend getaway, or for that matter, a weekend in the country? Thoughts of stowing away for a weekend jaunt to the country often fill my head, and while those dreams are reminiscent of Jane Austen characters roaming through the Lake Country of England, somehow my reality is quite different.  Nevertheless, weekends away should be a refuge from the fast-paced torrent of day to day life. 

As the mountains of North Carolina are often my place of rest and relaxation, this past weekend, we built in a trip to the Biltmore Estate and downtown Asheville.  The Biltmore, once a Vanderbilt family residence, now allows interested tourists a peek into the lives of the ultra-rich and an almost impossibly huge home.  Practically a castle, the Biltmore is a source of amazement and honestly, I had a hard time believing I was not somewhere in Europe.  Beyond the house are gardens and paths enough to engage even the most inattentive, and hopefully enough to provide solace to the weary.


A trip into downtown Asheville is a must for anyone near the area.  Asheville is your classic bohemian town, albeit with a twist.  Hipsters, hippies, and those interested in seeing the likes of both (that’s me) abound.  Asheville is the town where you can pop into the bar for a sip of local brew and eat a vegetarian meal, and on your way out discover a store with great local art.  We stopped at Jack of the Wood, as well as, Barley’s Tap Room.  Also, plenty of great bands play at The Orange Peel, one of Asheville’s concert venues.  I might even be so bold as to suggest planning a weekend getaway around a concert (Band of Horses is playing in June) and heading to Asheville. 

Happy March!




3 responses

7 01 2010
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[…] the cutest of cute, downtown Waynesville.  Last year, when visiting with friends we went to the Biltmore Estate, pub crawled in Asheville and shopped in Waynesville.  I had to share the joy with my […]

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[…] Brewery– named after the river in the area, the French Broad Brewery is located very close to the Biltmore Estate and has a wide selection of seasonal and standard brews.  Live music is often […]

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