Out-and-about Asheville

Our first week in Asheville was filled with food, so we decided we wanted to spend more time DOing things.

At the little pond near our site there are several species of duck. The white ducks with cotton ball heads are our favorites.

At the Oyster Bar, one of the locals recommended a website I’ve now used at least a dozen times. It’s called romanticasheville.com and it lists waterfalls, history, seasonal info, hikes, scenic drives and much more.

We decided to take a look at a couple waterfalls. Eric has been to sliding rock before, so we made that one of our destinations. Five minutes before sliding rock we came across Looking Glass Falls. There were stairs to go down to the bottom where a person could take in the ambiance of it all. At the bottom about a half a dozen groups were scattered and one guy was even perched up on a rock meditating. It was very pretty and worth the two seconds that it took to pull over and check it out.

After Looking Glass Falls we went a few minutes further to Sliding Rock. We ended up being the last car allowed entry for the day, so we got in free and just about had the whole place to ourselves. Generally the lines stretch all the way up the rock!

To wrap up the week’s fun we went to a pinball museum. They have antique pinball machines and games and a TON of retro memorabilia. The pinball machines were super fun, Batman was my favorite.

Foraging for winter

We’ve been eating often lately. Like EVERY day. This post is filled with pics of us eating, sorry, but that’s what happened a lot this week.

Luella’s Bar-B-Que is a cute little place in downtown Asheville I’d highly recommend. The chef/owners and employees were all super kind and chatty, but the food…oh man, the brisket was sinfully delish. I’d recommend the mac and cheese, brisket and fried okra if you ever make your way to this little gem!

Eric and I went on a date to an Oyster bar, he loved them, I couldn’t muster the guts to try a raw oyster yet. Someday, but for now, Eric enjoyed them solo.

We also went to Juicy Lucy’s, a place that inspired Eric’s delicious burgers we make at home. It means the cheese is a layer inside the burger patty to melt instead of on top and is an amazingly “juicy” bite. The boys were all in burger heaven. Who am I kidding, I was too.

These friendly little beetles are EVERYWHERE in North Carolina. They are not dangerous, and are kinda cute, so we grab them and throw them back outside when they think they need to hang out inside.

The kids and I went on a hike to try and shake up some of this eating only thing while Eric worked. The leaves were starting to change and it’ll be cool to watch the variation of the leaves changes as we go through this season.

And then Eric and I went out to eat. again. with friends. We went to an adorable seafood restaurant and listened to live music and watched the sun set as we ate. It was a great end to a weekend and we’re so grateful to be able to spend time with friends, both familiar and new!