Studio Blog (April 06, 2012)

Beautiful weekend in Asheville


Last weekend, we dusted off the ol’ trailer to visit the spectacular 8,000 acre Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, in Asheville, North Carolina. This was our 3rd visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and we always love the beautiful gardens, great restaurants, mountain biking and Southern hospitality.

Due to the mild winter, the vibrant tulip garden was blooming a few weeks earlier than usual. After touring that and the orchid conservatory, we headed to the Biltmore Winery to lunch at the delicious Bistro and browse the Wine Shop. For wine afficionados, they have free and informative wine tastings. Then we headed back to walk through the azalea garden towards Bass Pond.

Back at the ranch or Bear Creek RV Park (highly recommended), we met our new neighbors, Gary and his adorable Pomapoo Harley from Maine, who actually do ride a Harley together. Then we were off for dinner downtown to one of the best vegetarian restaurants we’ve ever experienced The Laughing Seed CafĂ©. We dined on the vegan Indian Thali Plate and one of their sparkling health tonics.

The next morning, we were back at the Biltmore where Greg hit the bike trails while I toured the impressive 250-room chateau in over an hour. I then had time to visit some of the cute shops nearby — the candy shop and (my favorite) the Christmas shop.

On our first visit here a few years ago, we thoroughly enjoyed a traditional English afternoon tea with delectable, tiny pastries at The Inn on Biltmore Estate. The highlight of our food experience in Asheville is always at Deerpark — an elegant Southern brunch that is truly phenomenal. This time, we tried our first fried green tomatoes in their eggs benedict — southern-style. Our first time here, we met Brad Daugherty from the Cleveland Cavaliers at Easter Brunch. (I, of course, had no idea who he was, but Greg seemed suitably excited.)

Before leaving, we stocked our trailer fridge up at Earth Fare for delicious, healthful deli items like chicken curry and live kale salad. This ends our warm, flower-scented weekend in Asheville, filled with Southern beauty, perfect weather, grace and charm.

-CL

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