Asheville Anniversary Trip: Day Two

Our second morning in Asheville started pretty early because we had a lot planned and wanted to fit it all in without feeling rushed. We ate breakfast and walked around the resort first thing so we could see everything we missed from the day before. Can I get this fireplace in my backyard? Anyone? Anyone?

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I just can’t get over how pretty it is!

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Here’s a photo of the lobby, in case you were curious. ;)

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It also has a lovely bar and an area for live music, which we enjoyed later that night.

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OH! And this hotel is partially famous because F. Scott Fitzgerald stayed here for two years to write. And this was his chair.

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Once we were done with our mini tour, we ventured out to Biltmore Estate. WOWZA. Unbelievable.

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It’s the largest privately owned home in the United States and was built in 1985. There are no words to describe how cool it was, but I’ll try!

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Biltmore Estate sits on 8,000 (yes, eight THOUSAND) acres, has 178,000+ square feet, has 250 rooms and 43 bathrooms. Forty. Three. Bathrooms.

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They didn’t let us take photos inside, but we were blown away by the self guided tour. The decor, furnishings, etc. was all so incredible…it really is hard to explain. All I can say is…go! This is a must do in Asheville.

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Not only is the house itself amazing, there are thousands of acres full of Olmsted (guy who designed Central Park!) gardens that were just breathtaking.

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Oh, and let’s not forget the lake.

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Complete with a waterfall.

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As if it didn’t get any better than that, there is a winery on the grounds which features 20 or so different wines. And guess what? Complimentary tastings! Sold. We were having a really rough Monday at this point.

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We purchased a bottle of their merlot and headed off to lunch. One last time: go to Biltmore. Really!

Lunch was at Wicked Weed, a local brewery. We loved it! The whole place was super dog friendly (it made me miss Grace), and the food/beer was excellent.

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We couldn’t have asked for better weather.

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After lunch, we were full and tired, so we went back to the Grove Park Inn and took a fat nap. And it was like heaven! Once we woke up, we headed down to the fitness center area for a few games of racquetball. Kevin and I used to play all the time in college and even though he beats me every single time, it’s always a blast. (I think I got up to four points in one game!)

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We considered racquetball our workout for the day, which made pizza and beer a totally acceptable decision for dinner. We went to Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company thanks to a recommendation from my coworker and we loved it!

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So we woke up to gorgeous weather, toured an amazing home, went wine tasting, ate a delicious lunch, took a nap, worked out, and ate pizza and drank beer. That’s a perfect day in my book.

What better way to finish it off than by a fire?

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The Grove Park Inn had the fire going that evening so we sat in two rocking chairs, poured ourselves a bottle of wine and read through all of our wedding cards that we received. I had forgotten some of the sweet messages left by family and friends!

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OH. And while going through the cards, we found an unused Target gift card! How cool is that?

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We sat by the fire until it was nearly out and woke up to perfect weather once again. We grabbed Starbucks for breakfast and sat out on Sunset Terrace to enjoy the views one last time.

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Kevin had to nearly drag me to the car because I never wanted to leave! Thank you Asheville and Grove Park Inn for an amazing anniversary trip. We will be back!

 

Half Marathon Training {October 19-October 25}

October 23: Felt great! No complaints here.

  • Walk pace (0.78 miles) – 16:42
  • Run pace (1.71 miles) – 11:39

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October 25: Ugh. Note to self: don’t attempt to run 22 minutes without walking breaks while hungover. This wasn’t fun. It wasn’t pretty. But I kept running until my app told me to walk and I’m so glad it was over.

  • Walk pace (0.78 miles) – 16:42
  • Run pace (1.71 miles) – 11:39

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October 25: After milking my hangover with Friday Night Light reruns on the couch (#timriggins), Kevin convinced me to go for another run once he got home from work and I’m so glad I did. I ran at a much faster pace than earlier in the morning, and we went further…all without wanting to collapse! I think I can safely say my shin splints are gone. (I’m knocking on wood, don’t worry.) Looking forward to upping my runs to three miles by the end of next week!

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