I’d say so! And I know I gave a little ‘sneak peak’ before the weekend… but that’s all in reference to a girls' getaway from earlier this year and therefore because it was so darn relaxing & dreamy, we decided to do it again! What’s so wrong with that? I mean if I could sell one place on you to visit this would be it – oh no, don’t want to confuse things – I didn’t stay the weekend at the Grove Park Inn (although I’m sure the accommodations are fantastic) – I’m instead referring to the Grove Park Inn Spa – yes, that’s right, “Heavenly on Earth”… (or so I’d like to call it). This place is magnificent. The way it was constructed on a mountain with the rock a part of the interior design & décor, to the amenities, service & treatments; for the price & time spent in the facilities… well worth it! And the view? Well, you can’t quite beat that either – gorgeous (cool) fall sunset with a cocktail in hand to stay warm. ;)
And so that’s how the weekend started…
Grove Park Inn – Asheville, NC
view from the back of the main building
another shot of the additions to the Inn – this place is huge!
catching a quick sunset shot (even if it is a little dark)
one of my all-time favs…
After wrapping up the Spa day, we headed to Bouchon, a small French Bistro in downtown Asheville. The smells and food were intoxicating & the waiter was just as pleasant! Well done – hats off to the chefs; and as for the desserts? Well, we opted for three – and the one I chose for the table to share was the Crème Brulee Flight – yep 4 in 1! And what’s interesting about this dessert after spending a day in the Spa with smells and products full of rosemary, lavender and other herbs is that our desserts were made with the same things! So although it was delicious, I have to say that it was tough taking down the lavender portion of the dessert flight – sort-of felt like I was eating the Spa products – oops!?
Crème Brulee Flight at Bouchon
The rest of the weekend was spent shopping, eating (Tupelo Honey Café is fantastic – and with two locations – you can’t go wrong at either place!), more shopping, more eating (Corner Kitchen in Biltmore Village for another delicious dinner and fabulous waitress) and catching up on sleep! After a number of recent weekends celebrating my sister Adrienne and her fiancé Pauls’ upcoming wedding (and I mean celebrating), it was nice to have a low-key weekend away in which I actually did catch up on sleep.
good ‘ole Southern sweet tea at Tupelo Honey Café
a very tiny appetizer (crab mix atop a cucumber slice – delicious!)
The one down side to this weekend was (if this is even a down side), I forgot my camera and left it behind at home… I know, right?! Terrible!! A weekend in the mountains in the fall and I forget my camera?? Well good thing the iPhone takes good pictures… so I wasn’t too bad off in capturing some of the weekend, but I didn’t get great people shots – so here’s to the scenery & food… such will have to do – Cheers!
Who doesn’t love champagne for no reason?!?