Although I am holding back on sharing the details of Randy and I’s wedding, I wanted to share with you our honeymoon experience in Asheville, North Carolina and Hot Springs, North Carolina.
We started our trip in Asheville, North Carolina, where we stayed at an airbnb. This was our first time staying at an airbnb, we mainly decided this because we were bringing our dog, Benny. I can’t recommend it enough, it was the perfect place to spend a night.
The first night we went out to dinner at Rhubarb. We got two small plates and a main plate to share. I won’t go into detail about the meal, other than we felt it was way to expensive for the portion size. When you spend over $50 on dinner and you leave hungry it is never a good feeling.
The next morning we went to our favorite place to eat at in Asheville, Biscuit Head. And it was just as amazing as ever.
Our next stop was out to Hot Springs, North Carolina, just outside of town was our cabin for the week.
We stayed within the Hot Springs Cabin Rentals at their Paw Print cabin. It was perfect for two people. We had a Queen size bed, tv with movies channels, full kitchen and our favorite part a hot tub.
Our first morning in Hot Springs, we woke up to rain, so instead of trying to hike thorough the rain and water with Benny we headed up to Asheville for another day in the city.
It was an hour drive, so by the time we got there co
ffee was our first stop. I found Trade and Loaves on yelp, so we headed there. We enjoyed them, but had to admit it wasn’t the best latte we have ever had.
We then made a spontaneous decision to head over to the Biltmore Estate for their full tour day. Our first step was touring the estate on the inside. Next up we toured the gardens, which were gorgeous. And finally we checked out the wine tasting, coming away with three bottles of wine to enjoy at home.
Once we toured the estate grounds for a couple hours it was time to head back to the cabin and try out our hot tub,
The next morning we finally got to head out to hike. Our first hike was out to Pump Gap Loop. It was the most difficult hike we went on during our honeymoon. It was also so scenic, with waterfalls, pine trees and a grave site we found on the trail.
After our hike we went back to the cabin for dinner and hot tub time. We spent a lot of time watching cable, specifically HGTV since we don’t have have it at home.
The next day we enjoyed a lazy morning, then headed up to Max Patch for some hiking. It was beautiful when you reached the top of Max Patch. I will let the photos speak for themselves.
We picked a shorter hike because we had dinner reservations at Curate. Curate was a place Randy and I had tried to go since March. Getting reservations there are tough, but we managed to get into Curate for an early dinner around 4pm.
It definitely met our expectations. We split four dishes, our favorite being the skirt steak. It was cooked to perfection. Afterwards we headed to The Hop Spot for ice cream, because we found they had almond milk ice cream.
The almond milk ice cream was just ok, I don’t think we would go back, but rather find something different.
On our final morning we hiked Van Cliff Loop. This was a short hike that took us about 2 hours or so. And it was one of my favorites. It was the perfect mix of difficult but yet fun and easy.
After our hike we headed back to Ohio to pick up Riley. Although it was a long drive there and back
we found some cool coffee shops along the way and got to eat at the newer Harvest Pizza in Cincinnati.
Although our honeymoon wasn’t extravagant or glamorous it was just what we both needed. We spent almost 7 months planning out our wedding day, we spent the week spending time with family, and a night of more glamour and fun than we are used to.
Having a laid back honeymoon with no cell phone service or internet made us really appreciate and spend time with each
other and I wouldn’t have it any other way.