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A couple of weekends ago, Jeremy and I took a little vacation to Asheville for the weekend. It was part of his birthday celebration, but a much-needed getaway. We had been wanting to visit ever since we moved here and after driving through each time we drove home. Jeremy’s sister lived there soon after college and Jeremy had so many fond memories of his visits with her. The first day called for storms, as you can see in some of the photos below, so we didn’t really make too many plans. Hiking was in the forefront of our minds, but we didn’t want to chance getting caught in a storm. His sweet Aunt Sue Sue lives about an hour outside, so we took up the rare chance to see family and met her outside of Asheville for a fun lunch. The afternoon then consisted of a bunch of aimless exploring. We found some rivers, some parks and the blue ridge parkway. It was nice to have no plans for once!

The one plan we did have for the weekend was a trip to the Biltmore House. Jeremy had been as child, but I hadn’t been. As everyone says, words truly can’t express the grandiose presentation of this house. With 250 rooms and a view of rolling mountains, it’s pretty breathtaking. (I mean, Vanderbilt has lights in his pool at a time when hardly anyone had indoor electricity ..) Once we arrived, we explored the house and then headed to the gardens. We walked for hours and didn’t even see it all. We explored to waterfall, the bass pond, the meadows, the trails, and the list goes on. We definitely plan to head back so we can kayak and hike on the grounds. I just can’t imagine the serenity of living and walking on the property before the hustle and bustle. The weather was just perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. And of course, we finished our stay with a visit to the winery. We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing getaway!

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