This weekend Jay and I went to Asheville, NC for this birthday and had a BLAST. His birthday isn't for a few more weeks, but THIS was the best weekend to see the leaves before they all fell and the weather gets colder, so away we went! We could only go for one night, but we already can't wait to go back! Well - I can't wait to go back. Jay's actually there AGAIN right now with his friend Rory who's touring all over the South this week. Go see him if you get a chance!
Back to Asheville. On Saturday we did the Urban Trail, which is a self-guided tour of downtown Asheville with 30 stops. Each stop has a bit of history and some sort of artwork or sculpture associated with it. Most of the artwork is done by local artists, and it's a great way to have a little bit of guidance in the city while still doing your own thing. We had a great time finding the artwork and reading the history and stopping in interesting shops along the way! The trail is only 1.7 miles, so even non-walkers or little kids would have a great time seeing all the fun things on the list! The best part about the Urban Trail? It's free to do!
We had lunch at Salsas, which is right at the main square, Pack Place. My bff Heather recommended Salsas to us, and DAMN, girl's got good taste. We'll cover what we ate in another post, but just know that you MUST eat there. The blend of local produce and Carribean/Mexican flavors is insane.
There are lots of great hotels downtown, and for this trip we stayed at the Renaissance Asheville, which was lovely! I gawked at the lovely bride having her picture made outside of the hotel, and Jay craned his neck into the sports bar each time we walked passed it without actually stopping. The staff was wonderful and all it took was a mention that we were celebrating a special occasion and we got an upgraded room and wine and cheese with our visit - Thanks, Renaissance!
Asheville is a mecca for food, wine, art, and crazies - check out the picture of the cross-dressing nun below! It's only an hour from where we live, and the fabulous mountain atmosphere is to die for. We can't wait to go back!