Our trip to Asheville began with a 3:00am wake up call. First stop, Harrisonburg for the Virginia is for Lovers sign. We made three more stops at Christiansburg, Abingdon, and Bristol for the VA LOVE SIGNS.
This was by far everything we could have hoped for especially with traveling with our dog. Southern hospitality doesn’t begin to describe the hosts of this Airbnb. Tim & Cindy were such gracious hosts and took in our dog like she was their own. There weren’t too many places in the area that accepted medium sized dogs and Tim and Cindy had no problem hosting us or her. From when we first walked in through the door to a warm welcoming sign and homemade goodies, to the surprise and awe of how rustic, homey, and beautiful this Airbnb was, we could have just made our visit staying there and getting to know Tim and Cindy! Their generous hospitality is one of a kind and they are just truly wonderful people. Their attention to detail was everything and more! If you’re looking for a place to stay in Asheville, NC check out the Room at Deer Crossing. They’re also planning to open up more Airbnb’s on their property!
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It was a holiday weekend so downtown was packed and parking was quite a challenge, but we made it! Walking around town made me reminisce the artsy hippie feel from back home in Colorado, the Boulder and Manitou Springs area.
Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
A definite must-see to browse through and get lost in this dog friendly book shop. We decided to relax a bit and try out their mimosas. Located in the Grove Arcade, it was really the only exciting place to be at. We perused other shops in the Grove, but it wasn’t a very booming and lively commercial area as I thought it might be.
Couple of Tips:
- Purchase your ticket ahead of time & save some money! You’ll save $10 if you purchase in advance! Luckily, we were able to get the same price at the discounted rate with the military discount. If you don’t purchase your ticket ahead of time, like we did, your tour time will depend on the next available opening. I’ve heard that tours can get booked, and luckily ours was the next tour.
- Pay extra for the audio tour
The audio tour is extra but well worth it especially for the price that you pay for entrance onto the property. I couldn’t imagine visiting the house and not being able to learn the background information on what room I was looking at. They have a kid friendly audio tour one too, which Chris mistakenly got. From the sounds of it, he got a funnier version than we did with stories from the dog’s point of view and where to find hidden trap doors in a room.
- Spend half a day touring
You could spend an endless amount of time there. The audio tour of the house lasts for about 2 hours, and beyond that is the grounds and village to visit. Spend half a day and take some time to tour everything and enjoy a meal.
- Visit the Gardens and Conservatory
After our tour of the house, we went to the gardens and conservatory. We would have loved to bring our dog Chloe with us since we saw dogs on the property, but she would not have been allowed in the house. I loved the conservatory and their orchid room!
We ran out of time to do the free wine tasting that comes with your ticket at the Biltmore Village but definitely something we’ll have to check out for next time. Here were my favorites of this visit:
- Winter Garden Room
- Biltmore Louis XV Room
- Conservatory – Orchid Room
River Arts District
I wanted to visit this awesome site of the “Good Vibes” graffiti in the River Arts District located by the parking area for White Duck Taco at 1 Roberts Street. It was open and pretty easy to find.
When we went to the new project area, the Foundation Walls, a place where graffiti artists are encouraged to paint old warehouses, it was fenced off but we were able to explore.
Our friends had a Glamp site where we enjoyed a fire and made some s’mores! We would have definitely done Glamping but unfortunately they only had two Glamp sites that only allowed smaller dogs. Our Airbnb worked out for us better in the end.
Food & Brewery Places We Tried Out:
- Chai Pani Decatur – I had the Parsi Chicken Burger. It was delicious and surprisingly filling.
- King Daddys Chicken & Waffles – They had a wide variety of choices from what chicken you would like to what kind of waffle and other topping selections too here’s their: Menu
- Biscuit Head – I got the fried green tomato biscuit. This was a very popular and busy spot with a line out the door that seemed to never end. Well worth the wait though!
- Wicked Weed – Good beer selection, dog friendly, and their burgers were pretty good.
- Urban Orchard Cider Brewery – I’m a fan of cider beer and sad to report that I didn’t quite like their ciders. Their beers were more sour for my taste.
HUNGER GAMES, DISTRICT 12
Our trip back to Virginia was an exciting on for this Hunger Games fan. We stopped by the District 12! Address: Henry River Mill Village, Hickory, NC 28602. Take I 40 to Henry River Road. Head south and you’ll see the sign.
Henry River Mill Village is the film location for Hunger Games, District 12. The first building we saw was the Mellark Bakery.