As a last minute venture, my girlfriend and I drove down south to check out Asheville, North Carolina. I had some unexpected vacation time this winter break, so this seemed like a fun use of my time. We chose our destination on a whim based on a suggestion from a good friend's mom.
The drive clocked around ten hours. I even got myself a nice speeding ticket as a consolation prize minutes before reaching our motel...
Our stay was short and sweet. Our motel reeked of lingering tobacco scent and the weather was gloomy and gray, but I really enjoyed spending time with my girlfriend.
The night we arrived in Asheville, we bought a drink or two downtown at a pub called Jack of the Woods. The bar's atmosphere was quite jolly. When we walked in, the patrons were in a pseudo-conga line, holding hands and dancing all over. In the corner, a celtic band was playing music. They seemed to be having a really good time, and the crowd seemed to really enjoy them as well. My girlfriend and I ended up sitting with an older couple at a table. After trading stories, they offered to buy us drinks. We seem to have some sort of curse where older folk always buy drinks for us no matter where we go. I'm not complaining though, haha.
The next day, we set off to investigate the nearby Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore house is the largest residence built, a result of six years of construction in the late nineteenth century. Nowadays, the Biltmore grounds contains a winery, hotel, greenhouse/gardens, and even some small gift shops for tourists to enjoy. We entered the grounds around noon, and had a ticket to enter the house for a tour around 4:30. To kill time, my girlfriend and I checked out the other attractions on the property.
We set off homebound the next day, eating brunch at the delicious Sunny Point Cafe beforehand.