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Babymoon and Breweries

Last weekend, we snuck away to the mountains of Asheville for a little babymoon. We’ve already traveled A LOT this year (Europe, St. Kitts/Nevis, Florida, beaches galore) and that doesn’t even include work travel; so we didn’t feel the need to fly across the country or do an elaborate babymoon on top of what we’ve done. Plus, Zika ruined all of my Caribbean ideas because THAT, I would have totally been on board with! So anyway, the mountains were calling…

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Thanks to all of our work travel, our hotel was covered by points (as has been the case with many of our trips, as well as airfare on some!). We stayed at the Renaissance right downtown and were within walking distance of everything!

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We didn’t have a loaded agenda for the trip, but we knew we wanted to go hiking, check out Wicked Weed brewery, and eat some good food. We managed to do all three and also find some time to just relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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You’d think Asheville at the end of October would at least feel like fall but it did not. It was in the 80s and this pregnant woman was hot, hot, hot! We decided to go hiking early in the day so that we’d beat most of the heat. We visited Craggy Gardens and then drove around the Blue Ridge Parkway some more, soaking in the views of changing leaves and mountains and stopping to peek out at some overlooks.

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We had the most amazing food at Rhubarb, Table and White Duck Taco Shop while there. Rhubarb is easily one of the top 10 meals we’ve ever had and we highly recommend it. White Duck Taco Shop was a great stop for lunch and LW said it was the best tacos he’s ever had and he considers himself a taco connoisseur. Table was recommended by a friend and we both enjoyed our meal there but not quite as much as Rhubarb.

During our time there, we actually ended up at Wicked Weed twice. It was so convenient to walk to and after hiking in the morning, a cold beer sounded delicious. LW told me it was – because of course, I wasn’t drinking. I walked away with two jars of these perfectly spicy and garlicky pickles though!

While I will never deny being more of a beach person, I really enjoyed our time in Asheville and the mountains. We even found the perfect picture for our baby’s room while we were there at Horse + Hero and a little North Carolina onesie! Hopefully, we can sneak in at least one more weekend away where it’s just the two of us before little man arrives.

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