My wife, Vicki, and I just got back from a weekend in Asheville. This was a special weekend because:
1) We attended the wedding of 2 of our really good friends
2) It was our first weekend as a couple away from our 6 month old son, H.
As you probably know, wedding weekends are not the most relaxing weekends, but we still managed to have fun in one of our favorite cities. There was a little anxiety from being away from H, but we managed!
Where we stayed in Asheville
If you know anything about Asheville, you know that hotels are super expensive. Asheville has become a destination city and it seems like there is something going on every weekend. The hotel that the wedding party reserved was discounted to a cool $350/night, so we decided to use some points and stay at the Hyatt Place. The Hyatt Place was priced at about $500/night, so I felt good about using points on it. Things kind of changed when we checked in. To our surprise, and a little help from an email to the manager, we were upgraded to a suite for free. Not a bad way to spend our first weekend away. This room would have normally cost about $670/night and we paid $0!
Overall, the hotel was great. It is a little outside of downtown, but if you have been to Asheville, you know that it is a very small city and easily walkable. We were about an easy 10 minute walk to everywhere we needed to be. We were able to easily walk to meet up with everyone. If you’re in Asheville and have Hyatt or Chase points, I would definitely recommend the Hyatt Place.
Where we ate in Asheville
Asheville is known for great restaurants, bars, and entertainment. On Friday, Vicki and I had a great lunch at Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB). LAB is a staple of Asheville and is a place to go if you’re looking for good beer and good “bar food” (burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc.). After lunch we had a nice “date” at French Broad Chocolate Lounge for some desert. If chocolate is your thing, this is the place for you! You can find anything and everything chocolate here.
There are probably more breweries in Asheville per square mile than any other city. That’s a total guess on my end, but it seems like every corner has a brewery. Wicked Weed was our choice for Friday night. Wicked Weed has some great beer and what I love about it is they have any type of beer that you are into. They were recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch for a pretty penny, which has left a sour taste in many beer connoisseurs mouth.
What we did in Asheville
Asheville is a unique, in a good way, city. It’s very easy to walk around and take it all in. If you are looking for a manageable, fun, vibrant city, Asheville is the place for you. Oh, that and the setting in the mountains of North Carolina. It’s a pretty place. There are also plenty of things to do outside of town.
We spent most of our free time walking around and stopping into shops and restaurants. There was a Yoga festival in town the weekend we were there, so there were a bunch of vendors throughout the city. The wedding was held at Claxton Farm, which was one of the most spectacular settings I’ve been to. The wedding was outside in between mountains and the weather was amazing. To make it better, there were llamas, yes, llamas at the wedding.
This was a great first getaway without H for Vicki and I. We were able to visit one of our favorite cities and celebrate with some of our best friends. While it was nice to be away from H for a quick weekend, I wish it was a little more relaxing. We didn’t get to re-energize like we hoped we would, but all in all it was a great time!