Happy Wednesday my beautiful friends!
If you follow me on Snapchat (HKCung) you may have seen my 20 billion snaps from my trip to Asheville, N.C. On Friday, my friend Kim and I decided to take the spontaneous trip and we scrambled to make it happen! Once I was off work after reporting for the 11 p.m. newscast, the two of us hit the road with our men! It was a 6.5-hour drive to Asheville from Virginia Beach. Many people have said Asheville is a big hipster town, which I would have to agree. However, there is plenty of charm, history and plenty of fantastic places to eat!
Since it was just a weekend trip to Asheville, I didn’t pack too much. I only brought my trusty kicks along with my favorite over-the-knee boots for shoes. For more on my travel outfit, visit my previous blog post here. The next day, I stayed relatively casual. You may remember how much I love these distressed jeans because they are so soft. They were perfect tucked into my boots for a comfy day of sight-seeing. The weather was absolutely beautiful. The mornings and evenings would see mid to upper 40s with 60s during the day. I’m still on a burgundy kick, so this warm sweater with cute bell sleeves at the end was perfect. My leather jacket was enough to keep me warm during the trip, too! Also, I threw on this necktie to spice things up! Definitely, bring shoes you’re comfortable walking long distances in. Don’t forget your layers, too! Scarves are a must! Read on for my tips on what to do and eat.
The Biltmore Estate – This truly what Asheville, N.C. is known for. A trip to Asheville is honestly not complete without it. It’s America’s largest home with a Chateauesque style, boasting 250 rooms, for George Washington Vanderbilt. Construction took about six years and boy was this worth it! The house itself was gorgeous and so luxe. We did the Candlelight Christmas Evenings tour where we saw the house decked out in its Christmas best. Tickets also allow you to visit the gardens, winery, village and more either before your tour or the day after. I really enjoyed the gardens, which were absolutely stunning! I highly recommend the package since you get so much out of it.
–Vortex Doughnuts: This was our very first stop since we arrived around 7 a.m. They offer vegan options and the doughnuts come in a variety of flavors including blackberry swirl, cinnamon sugar, Sour cream cake, salted caramel and more! Johnny ordered one of each flavor and we ended up with 14 doughnuts, three of which aren’t pictured. The yeast was delish and was very moist. The blackberry swirl was my favorite!
–Chestnut: This was our lunch spot and it was definitely yummy! Due to bad logistics, we weren’t able to check into our room, so we were running on very little sleep – hence the lack of photos. Our friends say the spicy Bloody Mary’s were good! I ordered the fried chicken, which I enjoyed. It wasn’t my favorite, but it was yummy! We had plans to eat elsewhere, but the wait for food in Asheville could rival Austin! Almost everything had a wait of at least 45 on Saturday around brunch time. Chestnut didn’t have a wait, but still had great food so we jumped on it! Definitely plan for this accordingly when you take a trip to Asheville.
–Rocky’s Hot Chicken: Everyone got spicy chicken, but me and say it was good. Kim did mention it tasted a little sweet, but Mike and Johnny seemed to like their chicken. I got chicken pot pie and it was incredible! The soup was very creamy, not watery at all. The puff pastry was delicious and it wasn’t too hot to eat right out of the oven. This is inspiring me and Johnny to make more chicken pot pie at home after our trip to Asheville!
–Posana Restaurant: Johnny originally made dinner reservations at Posana, a cute dinner restaurant Kim and I found on Yelp. We thought we wouldn’t make it after touring the Biltmore for an hour and a half, but we made it just on time! We went halfsies on this meal and both couples ordered the bone-in rib eye steak, which was around 32 oz. It was huge. However, the meat is extremely tender and melts in your mouth. It was incredibly well peppered and salted, plus the oyster mushrooms it came with were very tasty. If you take a trip to Asheville, you have to eat here!
–Creperie Bouchon: While walking around Asheville Saturday, the four of us spotted this cute French restaurant. The next morning we decided to go back for their crepes! I got the Berry-Nut crepe, which has seasonal berries with nutella, pictured below. My crepe was delicious and I loved all the fresh berries inside. There may have been too much nutella for my taste, but it definitely hit the spot Sunday morning.