i figured i should get back to posting about our trip we took to the south since i only got through 3 days in the first post and i have quite a few pictures. so, here's our day and night in asheville, north carolina.
we got a nice hint from our friends whitney and chris from whitneydrew.com about driving through the smoky mountains. it was the best advice we could have gotten, because the drive was beautiful and it allowed us to go through pigeon forge (maybe the strangest town i have ever seen!)
but before that, we had to get ice cream. i yelped best ice cream as we were driving through pigeon forge, and this great little apple orchard/ice cream place turned up called "the creamery." I can't remember what flavor I had, but I think it probably had peanut butter in it.
after we stopped for our ice cream, we started to make our way into the smoky moutains. this was one of the prettiest places on our whole trip. it reminded me of the west coast, i just wish we would have had more time so that we could have hiked a trail or two and maybe even camped. i LOVE camping and this place would have been perfect.
and this was a ski slope in North Carolina! it only had one lift and the terrain could get kinda boring...but i thought it made a cool picture.
and this is where my lovely man called me a "d%ckhead." i laughed so hard because it perfectly described the way i was acting. who needs to shift in a car that is an automatic? apparenty, i do. total d%ckhead move.
when we arrived in asheville, we checked into the hotel indigo. it was the perfect place to stay because it was really nice and close to everything. (pardon the messy room...we had just gotten up. i slept like a baby in this bed. BEST BED EVER.)
view from our hotel room into downtown asheville right over to the right of that tall building. super close walk to all the good shops and restaurants.
we decided to go to dinner at a vegan place called plant based on the recommendation from the hotel staff. it was quite possibly the best dinner we had the whole trip. and that was a quote from the man, so you know it has to be good. it was in a weird spot not in the center of town, but totally walk-able from the hotel and we had a beautiful view of the sunset (even though there was a chick-fil-et across the street. see, weird location!)
we drank sake (which was milky and delish) and a wonderful hummus plate, as well as their version of cheese plate for appetizers. for the main courses we both had a tofu curry . we actually wanted to split, but the waitress didn't get that so we ended up with two. it wasn't such a bad thing. i ate it all.
my mouth is watering just thinking about it. yum-me.
later that night, we headed out to one of the microbrews in town. even though neither of us are really beer drinkers, we had to take a look at what they were like compared to the ones in my hometown. everyone says that asheville is very similar to portland, oregon...and they were right! we passed by this food "bus" on the way to the brewery.
once we got to the brewery, this is what we saw. pretty much like portland. and pretty awesome. i had a dark and delicious, very boozy beer.
the next morning we woke up and went for a quick run, then headed to breakfast at another adorable place called Tupelo Honey that our friends from Whitneydrew.com told us about (whit and chris are just full of awesome recommendations!)
the biscuits and their homemade honey was EPIC. and i don't use that word a lot.
then we headed out to our next stop....and my personal favorite.