A few weekends ago, Colin and I road-tripped to North Carolina to visit the Biltmore Estate and to explore downtown Asheville. I actually can’t believe that I had made it to almost 21 without seeing the estate, which has always been somewhere that I wanted to go.
As I was expecting, the Biltmore was truly breathtakingly beautiful and intricate. We got to tour a lot of square footage within the mansion: ranging from bedrooms to dining halls to the basement pool and staff kitchens, although my favorite room in the house was the winter garden.
After seeing the mansion, we made ourselves walk the grounds, despite the raging heat and humidity. It was definitely worth it, though; the gardens were simply amazing to explore.
We also spent some time exploring downtown Asheville; I fell in love with the cutest little honey shop (http://ashevillebeecharmer.com/our-retail-store/), and we had some really really really good food.
Before heading home on Sunday, we drove some of the Blue Ridge Parkway and hiked the Craggy Gardens Trail. The weather was much cooler and enjoyable on top of the mountains, and the view was well worth the uphill climb.
All in all, we had a great time exploring Asheville and the neighboring mountains, and it was really nice to be able to spend some time together before the busyness of the fall semester began. Asheville has definitely made it onto my list of favorite cities, and I can’t wait to be able to visit again one day.