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Trip to Asheville!

This past weekend I got out of town and went to go visit Emory! I hadn't seen him in over a month and I was so excited to get to spend some time together. I left Raleigh on Friday and got there right after he finished his last exam. He just finished up his first semester of law school so it was exciting to celebrate both of us making it through our first little bit of grad school.

We hung out in Columbia on Friday and Saturday and did a few fun things throughout town. We toured some historic homes for Christmas, watched Christmas movies, went to the farmers market, attempted to ice skate, and saw Miracle on 34th Street.

I was so excited to use the excuse of the chilly weather to break out this new pink faux fur coat that I'm obsessed with. It's slightly over the top but SO MUCH FUN to wear. I felt half like a teddy bear and half like a movie star, especially with my pink oversized sunglasses.  

As a total sidenote, my iPhone 6 has been on the downhill for a while now. It would frequently turn off randomly and freeze up for no reason. I had an upgrade so I decided to get a newer version before my trip as an early Christmas present. I love my big dslr camera and use it frequently but it can be kind of a pain to lug it around. I brought it but ended up not even using it because I was so impressed with my new iPhone X camera!


On Sunday morning we made the drive to Asheville. I have always wanted to visit The Biltmore at Christmas and see the gingerbread houses at The Grove Park Inn and my mom totally surprised me by planning this little trip with Emory! It was a dream.

The views at The Grove Park Inn are incredible. I was ready to move in. It felt like a cozy winter ski lodge. There was still some snow still on the ground, a warm fire in every fireplace, and more Christmas decorations than you could look at.

We wandered around the Inn, ate lunch, and then decided to admire all the amazing gingerbread houses on display. If you're unfamiliar with The Grove Park Inn, the hotel hosts a famous annual gingerbread competition every year. There are entries from all over the country (I even saw one from Canada!) and strict rules that you have to abide by. There are dozens on display. I won't bore you with all my photos of them but I think this one may be my favorite!

Later Sunday afternoon we headed over the the country's largest private residence, The Biltmore. I loved everything about our visit to the home (except for the cold!) from the Christmas decorations to the rich history of the home. We walked through the gardens, admired the amazing views from the patio, visited the winery (and enjoyed a free wine tatsing!), and toured the inside of the home. 

It was the absolute best weekend and I was not ready to leave when Monday morning came. I'm going to continue flipping through the pictures reliving the past few days. It was such a fun and festive trip and I'm so thankful Emory and I were able to spend a few days together.

Anyone want to go back with me?




1 comment

  1. Looks like such a fun weekend! I love visiting the Biltmore at Christmastime, it's the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit!

    Renee | Gimme Glamour