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Weekend in Asheville

Just a quick drive on I-40 east and we were in Asheville in less than 5 hours! We wanted a little relaxation retreat while we were there, so we ended up booking a cottage in Black Mountain, a small town just outside. It was seriously the most adorable cottage I’ve ever seen. So much room for the 4 of us plus, for our high energy pup, the basement and fenced in yard were just what he needed. I definitely prefer airbnb to a hotel when our four-legged child tags along. It’s way less stressful.

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Oh and I can’t forget, they welcomed us with cupcakes and even a cute valentine dog cookie for Rhett. How sweet is that?!?

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With just a couple days in Asheville, I think we did pretty good making the most of what we went there for. First up was a self-guided tour of the Biltmore. It rained all day, so it was nice to be able to hear all about it’s history as we wandered through the house. The architecture was stunning and I was tempted to sit in front of the many fireplaces with my notebook for a little writing session, so much inspiration.

We braved the downpour once the tour was over for a wine tasting at Antler Hill Village to try some Biltmore Wines. Best part… the wine tasting is free and they have a lot to choose from, including some limited reserved wines.

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Asheville is also quickly becoming a hit for beer lovers, aka my boyfriend. We spent a good amount of both the nights we were there hitting up the breweries while he taste tested. We of course had to check out Wicked Weed, where he gave 2 thumbs up for his flight. Others breweries with Sam’s stamp of approval:

Hillman Beer

Catawba Brewing

Lookout Brewing (Black Mountain)

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All good things must come to an end, so we woke up the morning of our last day to grab a donut from Vortex Donuts and do a little shopping in Biltmore Village. Of course that’s when the sun decided to come out, but it made for a nice drive back to Nashville.

I know there is still so much more to explore, so we will surely be back again!

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Weekend Getaways Close to Nashville

We all need a nice long weekend getaway to relax and unwind. That’s why I put together 5 places just a few hours from Nashville that would make the perfect road trip!

ASHEVILLE

Driving time: 4.5 hours

Things to do: Tour the Biltmore -Walk the River Arts District – Check out the many breweries – go for a hike and admire the waterfalls

Where to Stay: Rent a cabin – Omni Grove Park Inn – Grand Bohemian Hotel – The Foundry


 PIGEON FORGE

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Driving time: 4 hours

Things to do: Spend a day at Dollywood – Hiking for amazing views of the Smokies – Titanic Museum – Dinner Shows – Explore Gatlinburg – Rocky Top Wine Trail – Gatlinburg Sky Lift

Where to Stay: Rent a cabin – Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort


CHATTANOOGA - I have not been here yet, so below is basically my list of things I want to do when I finally get there!

Driving time: 2 hours

Things to do: Tour Ruby Falls – Visit the Tennessee Aquarium – Take in the sights of Lookout Mountain – Explore Raccoon Caverns

Where to Stay: Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel – The Chattanoogan


MEMPHIS (Check out my previous blog recap of our trip)

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Driving time: Just over 3 hours

Things to do: Take a tour of Graceland – Hang out on Beale Street – Listen to Live Jazz – Stand where the legends did at Sun Studios

Where to Stay: Guest House at Graceland - Hotel Napoleon


 LOUISVILLE

Driving time – About 3 hours

Things to do: Fourth Street Live! for a night out – Tasting at Jim Beam Stillhouse – Louisville Slugger Museum – Stroll along the waterfront – Make a reservation at Jack Fry’s (you won’t regret it) – Check out Steel City Pops

Where to Stay: 21C Hotel – Marriott Downtown