Remember when we told you that we were headed to Asheville, NC for a girls weekend getaway. We thought it would be fun to do a recap of the weekend. Sorry it’s taken so long to get this post up, but we have real jobs, and life happens, and you guys all know about this week. This week was the YIKES heard round the world. So anyway, enough about that, and back to a fun weekend with friends! We cannot recommend Asheville enough as the perfect place for a girls weekend if you have never been!
Asheville is absolutely beautiful this time of year. Town was bustling with people and the restaurants were full. It was an awesome weekend and we had the perfect mix of fun, sightseeing, and relaxing.Lucky for us Asheville is just a few hours by car, so we have had the opportunity to visit many times.
We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown. It was practically brand new and was close to all of the restaurants and bars we wanted to check out. It also had a nice rooftop that we enjoyed for after dinner drinks. We were able to walk or take an Uber for less than $5.o0 everywhere from here. Be warned though, rooms are VERY expensive in Asheville this time of year. This is the time to use the hotel points you’ve been hoarding. For this reason we decided to leave early Saturday morning and only get a room for one night.
We spent Saturday afternoon wandering around downtown and checking out a few bars and doing some shopping. The first stop was at Sky Bar. They have a great view of downtown and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The menu is mostly specialty cocktails that were delicious. They do have a one drink limit and the service was less than perfect. It’s very small, it looks to be built into a fire escape of an old building, and for that reason they don’t want you to stay too long so more people can come and go.
The next stop was at the Grove Arcade. This is not an actual arcade, it has lots of handmade and other really unique items, perfect for window shopping, or real shopping. We went into Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Room, which is also located in the Grove Arcade. The atmosphere here was so cool! Think reading room, old books, character, and champagne. We loved this stop.
After a stop in Urban Outfitters for some shopping we headed to Nightbell. Nightbell is the new sister restaurant to Asheville’s famed Curate (more on that later) by Chef Katie Button. There has been a lot of hype about both Curate and Nightbell. We stopped here for a drink and an appetizer before a late dinner reservation. One of the girls in our group had been wanting to go back since having the most amazing cocktail at a previous visit. After requesting it from the bartender he rudely told her they don’t serve that anymore she’d have to choose something else. So that was kind of a bummer. He did later make up for it by offering us the recipe to said drink, so that was a win. The drinks we ended up getting here were good. We ordered bread service and fries. So probably not enough to give an actual review of the food.
Next we headed back to the room to change and get ready for dinner. We dressed up as snapchat filters since it was Halloween weekend. We got lots of compliments on our “costumes.”
We had a 9 PM dinner reservation at Curate. We had all been here at least once before. There are SO MANY good restaurants to choose from in Asheville, but Curate is somewhere you want to go back. The food is good, the service is excellent, and the table side Sangria is the best you’ve ever had. We learned at this visit it’s made with Hennessy which is what distinguishes it from many others, and it is not at all sweet.
After a full day and a big dinner, we were tired. We headed back to the hotel for one last rooftop cocktail and to enjoy the fact that it was nearly 80 degrees in October in the mountains.
Sunday morning we got up and got ready for another fun day. We headed to brunch at Sunny Point Cafe, but after finding out the wait was nearly two hours we had to come up with plan B. Sunny Point is good, it is really good, but there ain’t no eggs worth waiting 2 hours for when you’re already starving. #sorrynotsorry We considered Tupelo Honey which is another Asheville staple and always good, but the drive across town plus a short wait seemed too daunting. Alas, we discovered Biscuit Head was nearby with a shorter wait. Biscuit Head was good y’all. The biscuits are huge and overstuffed and there is a buffet of every kind of jelly imaginable. What more could you want?
The next stop was to take in the views from the Grove Park Inn. Reviews from people staying here are usually mixed, some love the old fashioned charm some say it’s just old. Not having stayed here we cant say for ourselves. What we can say is that you shouldn’t miss a visit to the back patio area to take in the absolutely stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Typically no girls weekend to Asheville would be complete without a trip the Grove Park’s amazing spa, but because of it being high season appointments were reserved for hotel guests only.
The last stop on our trip was a cruise down the Blue Ridge Parkway with the windows down and the radio up taking in the amazing views! Do yourself a favor when you visit and go for a slow paced Sunday drive, put down the camera and take in the views and live in the moment. We did take some great pictures but they don’t look nearly as stunning as the views do in person so it was nice to remind each other to take it all in while we were there!
Hope y’all have a terrific weekend whatever you have planned! Remember to thank all the men and women who have served our country today. If you’re planning a trip to Asheville and have questions please contact us email@example.com.