The perks of Chris taking the CPA exam… getting to take weekend trips to Asheville for him to take an exam. 🙂
Last fall, we took a wonderful weekend trip to Asheville, NC. Mainly because there was a Widespread Panic concert playing on Halloween….. but I’ll take my getaway weekend trips however I can. It actually worked out well, Chris took his CPA exam in the morning while I shopped around Asheville and then we went to the concert that night. My first Panic concert… on Halloween night… to say it was interesting is an understatement. There were so many characters there I think I spent more time people watching than anything else. All in all though, I did really enjoy the concert. We luckily were able to get seats because it was a very long concert and I don’t think I would have been able to stand up the entire time. So I stood up while they would sing and would sit down when they would start overly jamming. It was a good deal.
We actually stayed outside of Asheville in a super quaint bed and breakfast, The Monte Vista Hotel in Black Mountain, NC. The bottom floor contained the lobby, restaurant and bar, and the second and third floor were rooms. Overall it was one of my favorite places I’ve stayed and would definitely recommend it to anyone!
The next day it was a little gloomy out. We were hoping to go into Asheville again but since the forecast was calling for showers throughout the day, we decided to take a drive through the mountains instead.
Before we could begin our drive we obviously had to take care of something first… food. We drove around and ended up in another small town, Montreat, didn’t find a breakfast spot but found this little memorial garden. It was off the road but lead down to the river, very peaceful.
After the garden we drove to this local restaurant, I don’t remember the name of it but it was known for the biscuits, and I definitely could see why. They were absolutely delicious!
So with full bellies, and a few extra biscuits, we began our drive through the mountains. We took the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Mount Mitchell State Park. Fun Fact: It’s the highest peak east of the Mississippi River! Stopping at every overlook we could (thanks again Chris!), so we could take in the view and so I could take some pictures.
Here are just a few of the many photos I took that day.
Then we finally reached Mount Mitchell State Park!
There’s a pathway when you reach the top of the state park that you have to park your car then walk up to reach the view-point from the top of Mount Mitchell. It got extremely foggy once we reached the top and a little rainy so I didn’t really catch any good long distance pictures, but I was able to catch a few from the top.
After we explored a little bit we sadly headed back to the parkway. We kept heading north up the Blue Ridge Parkway and took a million turns and roads and finally were back on our way Charlotte. Actually had to pull out the road map since our phone GPS had no signal. **If you take road trips, make sure you have state road maps in your car!**. We stopped at a few more overlooks on the way back, got stopped by a mountain man at an overlook who gave me the creeps and a chat about scriptures so I think we basically saw it all.
If you ever get a chance to drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway you must take it! We had a wonderful day and although it was gloomy out the views are still phenomenal.