Last Christmas, my father-in-law gifted everyone in the family with a trip to awesome Asheville for the Chihuly Nights event at the Biltmore House. We were thrilled with the prospect of a trip to Asheville because we love it there but didn’t start making plans until the spring when it was nearly time for the event to begin. After consulting with the extended family, we chose a weekend in mid-June to head to the mountains and get in some family time along with our visit to the Biltmore House.
We arrived in Asheville on a Friday afternoon and decided our best option was to head to one of our favorite breweries, Burial, while we waited for Nathan’s sister to arrive. My father-in-law joined us and we played with Penelope in the outside area while we enjoyed a beer before dinner. Burial’s vibe is super cool. The last time we visited was several years ago, and they were just beginning to can beers for the first time. Now, they are well-established and the place was hopping! There is an inside bar with a lot to choose from and another outside bar with even more options. There is limited seating inside, but the outside seating is extensive. If you ever visit, be sure to look for the Tom Selleck and Sloth (from The Goonies) mural painted on the exterior wall. As far as styles go, Burial offers a full variety. Between the three of us, we had a Belgian Pale Ale, an IPA, and an awesome Sour. They also do stouts well, but it was really hot the afternoon we were there, so we all went with beverages that were a little more refreshing.
From there, we hit dinner at Foggy Mountain Brew Pub. I was so hot that I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat much. As a result, the toddler and I split macaroni and cheese and a salad. For beverages, I enjoyed a Perfect Day IPA by Asheville Brewing Company and then went for something super light and a classic I “grew up” on, Miller High Life. The food was solid and put the perfect end on the day.
Awesome Asheville and The Biltmore Estate
On Saturday morning, we hit a quick breakfast before heading to the Biltmore Estate. Our plan was to do the gardens for a couple of hours, maybe hit the winery, and then head back to the hotel for a rest before we headed back over to the grounds for the self-guided evening tour of the house and gardens. It didn’t quite work that way.
We ended up walking around the gardens for much longer than we planned and we were starving by the time we finished, so we took the shuttle back to our cars and drove over to Biltmore Village to eat at the pub there for lunch. Then, we realized that P was past due for her nap, so we got her settled with her awesome teenage cousins for a walk and nap while the adults headed to the winery! Our tasting was enjoyable, to say the least, and made infinitely more relaxing by knowing that our toddler was with her cousins who adore her and are used to babysitting her. We each tasted about 6 wines, hit the wine shop, and then we hunted down the kids, who were found relaxing in the air-conditioned car. P was still fast asleep, so we transferred her to her stroller and found a shaded spot to relax while she napped and we enjoyed some of the live music being played on the lawn in the village.
After her nap, we enjoyed some ice cream and hung out at the petting zoo, playground, and train exhibit before we headed back to the house.
Read the rest of this adventure, and so much more, over at Living the Katie Way.
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