Sunny Weekend in Asheville

To celebrate our four year anniversary (and also our last anniversary without kids), we decided to enjoy the weekend in Asheville, NC.  We arrived late morning, checked into our hotel and went to grab a bite to eat.  Everywhere was so busy we ended up having to grab something to go in order to catch our “Historic Trolly Tour” through the city.

Historic Trolley Tour

Historic Trolley Tour

The tour took us through the artist district, Biltmore Village, Downtown Asheville, Grove Arcade, The Grove Park Inn area, and various parts of Asheville.  It was so nice to get the overall history and get the scoop on the best shopping and dining!

We had our anniversary dinner at the Grove Park Inn’s Sunset Terrace.  It was wonderful.  The view of Asheville was amazing and the hotel was incredible.

Dan inside the  enormous lobby fireplace at the Grove Park Inn

Dan inside the enormous lobby fireplace at the Grove Park Inn

Rocking and taking in the views at the Grove Park Inn

Taking in the spectacular views at the Grove Park Inn

Saturday Dan and I enjoyed the much anticipated Biltmore Estate.  I heard it was a beauty and definitely worth seeing, but I didn’t expect it to be as cool as it is.  The house was beautiful with every square inch carefully detailed and designed.  The gardens were colorful and just starting to take bloom.  The weather was perfect, which made for such a wonderful time on the Biltmore Estate.  We were suprised by how many acres there are and how many vast green fields and walking trails there are.  We had no idea how much land they had!  There were families with their picnic baskets enjoying lunch, and some couples were laying on blankets just soaking in the wonderful weather and scenery.  This is definately a place I want to go back to.

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Gardens

Biltmore Gardens

I'm helping the Lion guard the Estate

I'm helping the Lion guard the Estate

Entrance Gate to the Biltmore

Entrance Gate to the Biltmore

Our piece of Biltmore

Our piece of Biltmore

We finished off the weekend by visiting the Asheville Nature Conservatory.  We continued the tradition from last year  by visiting animals.  Last year we went to the Atlanta Zoo.  We saw bears, deer, an otter, cayotes, and various other animals.  It was such a beautiful day that we enjoyed taking in the sunshine and just spending time together.

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