Asheville Anniversary Trip: Day One

Kevin and I decided that instead of gifts, we should take a little trip out east to visit Asheville for our one year anniversary and I’m SO glad we did. We had heard wonderful things about the small town in North Carolina, but neither of us had ever been. I think it’s safe to say it’s now one of our all-time favorite towns. We had the absolute BEST time. I cannot say enough good things about what we did, where we stayed or where we ate.

We stayed at The Omni Grove Park Inn and it is hands down the nicest, most relaxing place we’ve ever stayed.

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This hotel is over 101 years old, and perfectly combines old and new. We stayed in the Vanderbilt Wing, the newly renovated area. Our room was so comfortable and the turndown service with lavender sheet spray each evening made it feel nice and romantic. (I most definitely took home the spray they left in our room and have used it every night since!)

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And the bathrooms! Wow. I want to remodel my home bathrooms to look exactly like the bathrooms at the Omni Grove.

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When we first arrived, we were given a room that overlooked the utility area, so we called the front desk and kindly asked if they had anything better. They delivered! Our new room had a gorgeous view overlooking the spa area, and we could see the resort out of one side and mountains out of the other.

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Speaking of the spa…let’s talk about it for a minute, shall we? It is world renowned and even though we did not get a chance to book a treatment there, we made sure to walk around in the area to explore a bit. I was blown away just by the spa gift shop, I kid you not! Next time I go to Asheville, I’m JUST staying at the Grove Park Inn and JUST booking spa treatments. (That’s after I win the lottery, you guys.) But really, read more about the spa if you have a minute. You’ll feel relaxed just learning about it.

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Even though we didn’t check out the spa this time, we did explore most that the hotel has to offer. First of all, staying at the Grove Park Inn is worth it for this view alone.

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As soon as we checked into our room and got settled, we changed for dinner and headed up to the Sunset Terrace to enjoy a beer before eating.

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It was in this moment in time that I decided I was never leaving Asheville. The view. Perfect weather. My husband. A local brew. It was my version of heaven. (Kevin may or may not have dragged me into the car when it was time to leave.)

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Oh, and I just have to mention that they serve dinner out on the Sunset Terrace and this is the view. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize all of its gloriousness, and we had already made reservations at a local place in town. Next time, next time.

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Okay, so let’s talk dinner. We had heard amazing things about Curate, a Spanish tapas restaurant right in downtown Asheville so I made reservations as soon as possible to make sure we got in since we wanted our “nice” dinner to be on our actual anniversary. Worth it!

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It was our first time eating at an authentic tapas restaurant, so we made sure to order a ton of food to really get a sample of everything. We ended up ordering five dishes to share, which was the perfect amount! That shrimp was to die for. Get. the. shrimp.

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Our waitress heard it was our anniversary so she brought out a special dessert that’s not even on the menu! It was paper-thin molded dark chocolate with nuts and sea salt. Even though I’m not a chocolate fan, this was delish.

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After dinner, we headed back to our resort to split a bottle of wine and enjoy each other’s company. And by enjoy each other’s company, I mean watch the Sunday Night Football game at Edison, one of the resort’s bars. BEST wife ever, amiright?

I wasn’t complaining too much…I had a half a bottle of wine to enjoy. And this guy. ;).

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As we were enjoying our last glass, our waiter brought our a special anniversary dessert for us as a surprise!

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And the dessert was macaroons! My favorite.

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They were handmade and SO tasty.

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It was such a special touch to end our very first anniversary.

Well, I was going to try to fit our short three-day trip into one blog post but I am the queen of writing long-winded trip recaps soooo day two coming soon!

The Omni Grove Park Inn graciously offered us a discounted stay rate. All thoughts are completely my own. It really is that amazing. 

Pan-Fried Salmon

I, like many people, love an easy dinner. As much as I love to cook and try new recipes, sometimes I just really want to get dinner made and on my plate as quick as possible. And to be completely honest, sometimes we struggle with trying to make flavorful and filling healthy meals here at the Deitsch household. We’re not on a diet by any means, but we try to eat right throughout the week and this meal is our new go to. It’s so easy, so delicious and pretty healthy.

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Pan-Fried Salmon
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of salmon (whatever size will fill you up)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. EVOO
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat EVOO in a non-stick skillet
  • Add garlic, stir
  • Season salmon with salt and pepper and place season side down in the skillet
  • Heat for 5 minutes over medium heat until a crust forms on the salmon
  • Add wine and lemon, reduce heat and cover for 5-6 minutes until cooked through

I mean…it doesn’t get much easier or better than that! We serve this with a side salad that has goat cheese and pecans. Similar to this salad.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a team full of Redbirds to cheer on!