Happy Friday and greetings from Asheville!
David had to work this morning in Asheville, so instead of staying home, we decided to tag along and make mini-getaway out of it. After all, Asheville is only 2 hours from where we live.
We left yesterday afternoon and stopped along the way to get in a hike.
The weather was cool and cloudy and the views? Magnificent.
A friend let me borrow her Kelty hiking pack for babies. Hailey and I both loved it. Anyone know where I can find one for cheap?
Another great thing about Asheville is that it’s very dog-friendly, which meant Koda could come, too!
This makes for a happy pup. It felt so strange walking into the hotel with Koda by my side, but the front desk people loved her and now she’s curled up at my feet snoring away. Spoiled pup.
Last night we made great use of the cool, mountain weather and ate outside at The Market Place.
It’s no secret I have a love affair for restaurants that offer fresh, local food and unique dishes, so I thoroughly enjoyed my Bangkok Mule as we perused the menu before settling on an heirloom tomato salad and flatbread.
So fresh, so….fresh. That’s really the word that fits best. Though the dishes contained herbs from the garden out front (we saw the chef come out and actually grab basil to use- amazing), the ingredients were bursting with such natural goodness that the dishes didn’t need much added.
Hailey agreed. After chomping on her fresh bread, she went to town on the heirloom tomatoes and by the end of the meal, she was covered in tomato seeds.
Luckily, new bathtubs are fun! (Edited. The bathtub picture is adorable, but I suppose naked baby pictures are not blog appropriate).
Sleeping all in one room, however, is not as much fun. Hailey woke up at 5:30, which meant we all did. David was off to work, so I decided we might as well go get breakfast. It was quite cool out (Wheeeee fall!), so I left Hailey in jammies and leashed Koda.
We visited my favorite, The Green Sage. I started off with a Red Planet juice (carrot, apple, beet and ginger), then split eggs, sweet potato hash browns and grits with Hailey while Koda people watched.
We’re headed back home later today, so our total getaway was less than 24 hours, but it was so well worth it. Switching things up and seeing somewhere new is good for my mental health.
Do you have a nearby place that makes you feel like you’re a world away?