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.


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!)


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


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.




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.


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.




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.


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.)


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.


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!


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.


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.



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. ;).


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


And the dessert was macaroons! My favorite.


They were handmade and SO tasty.


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. 

Weekend Happenings

A weekend with hardly any plans is rarely something that happens in this household, but when it does…we take full advantage! When I got home from work on Friday, I caught Kevin looking up coupons to our favorite local restaurant, El Torazo. You don’t have to convince me too much for Mexicans and margaritas! (I mean…two for one margs every day of the week. Can’t beat it.)


After stuffing ourselves silly, we stopped by RedBox on our way home and grabbed the movie Prisoners. The only reason why I agreed to that scary movie is because of Jake Gyllenhaal. I feel like him and I are on a first name basis since, you know, I met him walked by him on the street in New York. It was okay. (I watched half of it with my eyes closed.) It was a great cuddle-up-together-on-the-couch movie.


I had to go to the Louisville Race for the Cure on Saturday for work, which is always so inspiring. When I got home, Kev and I headed out to the mall to buy a new suit for him. Thank goodness the kind man working there helped us or who knows what size we would have ended up buying. Suit shopping is not my specialty.


We did some window shopping to get Christmas list ideas and I came across these Sperry duck boots that I adore. WANT! The green ones are going on my Christmas list fo sho.


We wrapped up our Saturday by rooting on the Cards. And by “we,” I mean me and Gracie. Because we all know Kevin was suddenly the biggest Giants fan ever. #marriedtoaredsfanprobz


Sunday morning was the best. I slept in and snuggled for quite awhile in bed with my Grace.


And then we hit the road! I successfully ran the longest since July without any shin pain. It felt so great.


Later that afternoon, Kev’s mom and sister came down to watch the Bengals game, which took They lost (womp womp), but it was great to see them!

I know it’s only the beginning of the week, but I’m already looking forward to next weekend! We plan on checking out the Louisville Brewfest, we have a gala to attend for my work AND we leave for Asheville for our mini one year anniversary vaca. Woo!