Back in September, we attended a wedding in the beautiful Cashiers, NC. We decided to make a week long trip of it starting in Auburn for the season opener against Arkansas. Next we went to Thomaston, GA to visit my family. Our next destination was Asheville, NC. On our drive up, we took the “waterfall hwy” (I believe it was Hwy 64…but don’t quote me haha). It was a very windy road through the mountains. Here are some pics from the drive.
|You could drive under the waterfall : )|
Next up, we ventured over to the Dillard House for dinner. They had lots of one of my favorite flowers: dahlias!
The Dillard House is a family style restaurant where they bring out a bunch of dishes to your table. I dominated some fried okra : ) It was good, but didn’t beat Mary BoBo’s in Lynchburg, TN. Did I mention there were lots of flowers?!?
The view from the front of the Dillard house.
Our next stop on the trip was Asheville, NC and of course, the Biltmore Estate.
Luckily we had awesome weather to walk around all of the gardens…for more flowers! All of the lily pads were really neat…here are just a few pictures to show you what I mean! Obviously I recommend visiting the gardens.
We opted to do the Guided Biltmore House tour, which was an extra $17 per person ($57 vice $40…you can buy your Biltmore tickets in advance here). Unfortunately, they didn’t let us take any pictures from the inside, but here is one from the back balcony. I’d love to go back to see the Estate at Christmas and I’ve heard that the Butler’s house tour is really good too. Maybe next year.
As we drove through the property on our way to lunch at Cedric’s Tavern we came upon rows and rows of sunflowers. Are you noticing a theme here yet. : ) If you’ve ever been to the Biltmore you’ll also know wine tasting is included in the admission ticket! If you haven’t been, make sure you check it out when you visit (it’s located in Antler Village near Cedric’s Tavern).
What better to follow wine than beer? After our time at the Biltmore estate, we headed to downtown Asheville for some grub. We picked the Wicked Weed Brewery which we really enjoyed. The food was great, the atmosphere was cool and if you are into “sour” beers, you should definitely check this place out. They also had a pretty cool taproom underneath.
And of course I had to get a milkshake from the double decker bus : )
The next day we headed to Cashiers, NC and did some hiking while we were there. These pictures are from Panthertown Valley just north of the Georgia line. The trails are on a national forest which means access is free! The trails had great overlooks and waterfall access. Plus the local outdoor shops have tons of guide books for other hiking options in the area.
We spent the majority of the rest of our weekend at the High Hampton Inn. They had cabins, a lake with canoeing, lots of rocking chairs, and awesome views. Congrats to Lauren and Alex!!
It was a great trip with plenty of side adventures. If you live in or are visiting the South, I hope you’ll check some of these places out. And one last view from the drive home : )
Thanks for stopping by!