7/5/17

Three Days in Asheville

Last week my mom, my dad, and I went to Asheville, North Carolina for a three-day getaway. It was my mom's birthday week, and my dad was off work for the week, so it was the perfect time to a mini family vacation. Asheville is a classic Kearney family vacation spot, but I haven't been since my freshman year of high school when we were passing through North Carolina on our way home from Philadelphia. However, my parents actually spent a week in February in Asheville, so I was excited that I got to go with them this time.

If you've never been to Asheville, it's a weird place, and they like it that way. It's a super liberal, hippie, outdoorsy city. A lot of the food in the restaurants is locally grown, and a lot of the clothing that stores sell is fair trade or American made.

Day 1
Tuesday night we went to see Alan Alda speak as a part of a book festival, so we spent the night in Atlanta to make the drive a little bit easier. After we finished the drive Wednesday morning, the first thing we did was grab lunch at Tupelo Honey. My parents went here back in February, and my mom was so excited to go back for her birthday lunch. Y'all, it was so good. I am a super picky eater, and I wasn't sure if I would love the grilled chicken sandwich I ordered because it had avocado on it. But 100% I would eat it again. The best part of the meal, however, was the biscuits that came out before. My dad was super pumped about the biscuit, which is how I know it was going to be a good one. 

After we ate, we headed to downtown Asheville to shop because I forgot to bring shoes to hike in. The first place we went was the Mast General Store, which is HUGE. It reminded me of a Cracker Barrel store but with a ton more stuff. The top part has clothes, t-shirts, candy, car games, home supplies, and camping stuff while the bottom floor is more outdoorsy equipment. I got my new Chacos and KAVU here. I could have spent another two hours just looking at everything. Next we went to Malaprops, which is an independent bookstore that my mom loves, and then we walked around some more before going to check into our cabin. 

Day 2

On Thursday morning we went hiking at DuPont State Forest, which is about an hour outside of Asheville. We hiked to Triple Falls, and it was absolutely love beautiful. It was a little bit hillier than I prefer my hikes, but that's what you get when you go hiking in the mountains compared to the flat part of Georgia. It was about a mile hike to the falls, and then a mile back, so it is definitely not a terrible hike, and the view is so worth it. Once we finished our hike, we went to Brevard and ate at Mayberry's, a sandwich shop. 

After a nice nap, my dad and I went to an Asheville Tourists baseball game. I think this was my favorite part of the whole trip because it was so much fun. I love minor league baseball so much, and the atmosphere was surprisingly amazing. They play at McCormick Field, which has been there for forever basically, and learning the history of the team and the field was great too. 

Day 4
Friday was our last day in Asheville, and we took it as a pretty chill day because we were all tired and hadn't been sleeping great. For lunch we went to Early Girl Eatery, which we go to basically every time we are in Asheville. It's a popular spot, and it can be a little crowded, but the food is amazing. I got the French toast with blueberries and chocolate, and it was so good. After lunch, we walked around downtown a little bit more. 

We went back to the cabin and napped and watched TV. While it was a child day, it was exactly what we needed after a busy three days. 

Happy Wednesday!
xx, jKm

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