Fall Getaway | Asheville, NC

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nearly 70% of Americans do not use their vacation time by the end of the year. I hardly believed it myself, but it's true. We're wired a little different than the rest of the world, and that's not entirely a bad thing. But we do need to get better at focusing on our well-being, spending time disconnecting from work and reconnecting with ourselves, friends, and family. So if you're in that 70%, realizing that we just hit Fall and you didn't have time to take a summer vacation, that's fine. I have the remedy - a Fall vacation. I actually prefer Fall vacations to Summer vacations for a number of reasons - the crowds are fewer, the temperatures are cooler, and the prices are better.

One of my favorite spots for a Fall Getaway is up in northwest North Carolina. Asheville & the Blue Ridge Parkway are lovely at any time of the year, but simply stunning during autumn. I'll never forget my first trip up to this area. I think Chad & I were both humbled because we didn't expect it to be so beautiful. And it was a realization that some of the most beautiful landscape in the world is indeed right here in our own country. Canopied two-lane roads through the mountains. Stunning and peaceful and quiet. Just beautiful. We prefer to drive it at 11-hrs from New Orleans, or you can fly directly in and rent a car. Here are some of my recommendations,

S T A Y
Black Walnut
If you enjoy Bed & Breakfasts, this is the best one in Asheville. It's near the Blue Ridge Parkway and close to downtown in a residential neighborhood. Stay in the Dogwood Room, if for nothing else but the tiny reading nook. 
E A T
This Caribbean restaurant is one of our favorites, and it's just a short walk from Black Walnut.
Fig
Another favorite is this quaint French-inspired cafe featuring local North Carolina ingredients.

S I P
French Broad
Their signature sipping chocolate is why I've got this listed here.

S E E  &  D O
By far the coolest thing to do is to pop everyone in the car and drive the Blue Ridge Parkway. It's hazy, everything is green, the views are just lovely. There are a number of other things to do in town - visit the Biltmore House & Gardens and peruse the boutiques downtown.
Just get in the car & Go.
-lila

2 comments:

  1. I've never been up that way but would love to! Thanks for the recos! :)

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    1. Oh you guys need to Addie. If you like road trips, the drive is beautiful. I can give you some recs for places to stop off at along the way. During this same trip we spent a few days on a Farm just north of Asheville in Banner Elk - I'll have to do a post on that stay as well!

      -lila

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