When planning this trip, we wanted to stay more in the mountains and enjoy the outdoors. We found this cabin which was just outside of downtown Hot Springs, which checked off our checklist items and so we booked it. Of course, along with our wishlist came other things such as bugs and a river that would be the bane of my existence by the time the trip was over. I won't go into too much details about our experience with the river, will keep that for another post, but let's just say it has further solidified my dislike of rivers.
|French Broad River|
We attended my uncle's wedding at the Mountain Magnolia Inn. Y'all, it rained and poured all morning but the rain broke like fifteen minutes for the ceremony. It was so crazy. It drizzled for like a second during the ceremony but it was perfect the rest of the evening.
We stayed indoors. Some of the roads weren't safe to drive thanks to the rain the day before. I read and worked on a puzzle. The Mr. made turkey chili.
We went horseback riding at Sandy Bottom Trail Rides. The views were gorgeous! Pictures below don't really do it justice. It was just us with the guide which made it very chill. I needed chill. After our ride, we headed over to downtown Marshall for lunch.
We went to Asheville. Everytime I visit Asheville, I fall more and more in love. We visited the Biltmore and had lunch at our favorite, Cedric's Tavern. Their pickles are deee-lish! You can imagine how excited we were to learn that they sell them in jars.
We had planned on doing kayaking there but, again, due to the rain earlier that week, the river waters were still a little too rough for kayaking and they cancelled it. Instead, we did a little wine tasting at the winery.
Before heading back to the cabin, we picked up a wine to go and a couple jars of pickles. Yasss!!!
Since there was 100% chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday, we decided to cut our vacation short and leave on Friday, instead of Saturday. While we enjoyed being able to break away from our day to day work grind, it sure is nice being back in the comfort of our house. Also, getting back earlier allowed us to get some things done around the house and prepare for the work week ahead. Glancing over my work calendar, it's gonna be a busy week for sure!