December in Asheville and The Grove Park Inn

Hi friends!  I am back with a travel recap of our holiday weekend in Asheville, NC.  If you live anywhere near Asheville and are looking to experience some holiday festivities, I highly suggest heading there in November/December.  Since Kenny and I had not really properly celebrated my birthday last month, we took advantage of the opportunity to get away and enjoy some relaxation, craft beer, and Christmas trees!

Our weekend began Saturday morning, when we dropped Gavin off in Greensboro with his grandparents, and headed further west to Asheville.  We arrived at my brother Chuck’s house midafternoon, and began our adventures in the historic Biltmore Village.   If you have never been to this charming village before, I highly recommend it.  It is reminiscent of a little European village, filled with quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants.  They were having a Dickens Christmas event that day as well, so we were able to enjoy Christmas trees, carolers, and lots of holiday spirit.

Lunch began at the Cantina at Historic Biltmore Village.  Afterwards, we hit up a couple of smaller breweries in the immediate area, including French Broad Brewery, Catawba Brewing Co., and Hillman Beer.  (Awesome patio when the weather is nice)!

I met a new friend at French Broad Brewery.  Isn’t he darling?  His name was Coltrane 🙂

After our mini-tour and a quick dinner, we headed back to Chuck’s house for the evening.

The next morning, we relaxed for a bit before heading to the Grove Park Inn.  On our way, we grabbed a quick lunch at Pack’s Tavern.  Awesome sports bar with a great atmosphere and fabulous wood-fired pizza, FYI.

Then it was time for the Grove Park Inn!  We spent some time walking around and checking out all of the incredible gingerbread houses and massive stone fireplaces.

If you have never been to check out the displays before, I highly recommend it.  They have different age levels, and it’s amazing to see some of the presentations from children, teenagers, and adults.

Dinner was at the more casual of the restaurants in the hotel.  (They have a few different dining options).  We grabbed sandwiches in front of the fire at the Edison, which has tons of different craft beers, and a menu with lots of Southern cuisine.  We also took some pictures with animals friends surrounding the inn…..

After dinner and drinks, we called it a night.  The next morning, we enjoyed some coffee on the terrace, along with some spectacular views of the Asheville mountains.

Afterwards, it was time to grab a quick brunch at this gem before heading back home……

Can’t go wrong with Early Girl Eatery.  Until next time, Asheville!

What is one place that you like to travel around the holidays that puts you in the spirit?

Heather 🙂




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