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“Babymooning” in Asheville

Last week, Richard and I enjoyed two wonderfully relaxing evenings in Asheville, NC. We stayed at our favorite B&B, the Rankin House Inn — and so enjoyed having a chat and catching up with innkeeper Scott again.

With me now being essentially 8 months pregnant, our trip was the low-key version of our typical Asheville shenanigans. We still got plenty of walking in, but we stuck to 2 breweries (as opposed to our usual 8 or so), a good bit of shopping, great views, one dinner requiring a reservation (Cúrate, of course!), and a show at Asheville Community Theatre.

Here are some photos from our trip!

We finally discovered Screen Door Antiques, which was highly recommended by my grandmother!  We picked up a few odds and ends, including a beautiful bunch of dried lavender, a holiday reindeer made of reclaimed wood, and a unique abstract painting for the nursery!

We finally discovered Screen Door Antiques, which was highly recommended by my grandmother! We picked up a few odds and ends, including a beautiful bunch of dried lavender, a holiday reindeer made of reclaimed wood, and a unique abstract painting for the nursery.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

The resident shop cat found the coziest spot for a nap.

The resident shop cat found the coziest spot for a nap.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Inside Screen Door Antiques.

Awesome murals in downtown Asheville!

Awesome murals in downtown Asheville!

One of our MANY tapas dishes at Cúrate.  "Pescado con tomate" -- seared red snapper in a rich tomato and seafood broth with chickpeas, roasted garlic, and crispy fish skin.

One of our MANY tapas dishes at Cúrate. “Pescado con tomate” — seared red snapper in a rich tomato and seafood broth with chickpeas, roasted garlic, and crispy fish skin.

More tapas.  "Pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra" -- piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish goat cheese.

More tapas. “Pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra” —
piquillo peppers stuffed with Spanish goat cheese.

And this dish is always my favorite, as it brings me back to Galicia!  "Pulpo a la gallega" -- Galician-style octopus served warm with sea salt, olive oil, Spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

And this dish is always my favorite, as it brings me back to Galicia! “Pulpo a la gallega” — Galician-style octopus served warm with sea salt, olive oil, Spanish paprika, and yukon gold potato purée.

We spent a couple of hours at the Omni Grove Park Inn.  It was lovely to enjoy a latte while taking in the views!

We spent a couple of hours at the Omni Grove Park Inn. It was lovely to enjoy a latte while taking in the views!

It was a gorgeous day!  I also did some shopping at Grove Park Inn's boutique, Cloth!

It was such a gorgeous day! I did some shopping at Grove Park Inn’s boutique, Cloth, too.

Richard and I (with downtown Asheville in the background) at the Grove Park Inn.

Richard and I (with downtown Asheville in the background) at the Grove Park Inn.

Me with "the cat in the hat" from the Seussical show at Asheville Community Theatre!

Me with “the cat in the hat” from the Seussical show at Asheville Community Theatre!

It was lovely to have some time together, just the two of us, in one of our favorite places, before baby comes and shakes our lives up! And if society says it’s a “babymoon”, so be it.

Have you been to Asheville? Do you have a favorite restaurant or brewery? I’d love to hear about it!

Hungry for more? Check out our other Asheville adventures here and here.

xo Cassie

3 Comments

  1. Obviously you guys had a fabulous time in lovely Asheville!
    Great pix and I already know what we’ll be ordering next time at Curate!!!

    Isn’t ScreenDoor a fun place to look and buy? Glad you found it. Did you check their great discount book shop too?

    Hugs XXX

  2. You know, I’ve not been to Asheville at all, or anywhere near there but work with so many who are either from near there or have been there and love it. Your photos def do it justice with those hills of in the distance. How beautiful. The B&B looks so nice too and the tapas and other food? YUM! How fun to get to do that community theatre too. I just loved the Cat in the Hat photo with you. What a character!

    Restaurants? I love anything Indian but the main one here is not so great so my fave place is not a restaurant at all but a made from scratch every day bake shop. If you’ve ever followed mine or Alex’s blogs you will have seen us feature them. We do their FB marketing and photos so get some freebies along the way which make the trip to old town Fort Collins worth it! 🙂

    Being that we are the microbrewery capital of the world, we have more than enough pubs/bars and breweries, most excellent I understand but I actually don;t like beer at all and neither does my wife so I avoid the noise for something quieter. …like Little Bird Bakeshop! 🙂

  3. That food looks amazing, as do the views.

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