I cashed in my Christmas present from Matt over the weekend — an Asheville getaway with some of our best friends, Brynn and Palmer! This city is a very special place where Brynn and I have spent SO much time together camping, celebrating marriage, day trips and so much more. So you can imagine how excited we were when our husbands surprised us both on Christmas morning with a fully planned getaway to Asheville! Matt and Palmer nailed every detail from securing babysitting for the kids to selecting the most gorgeous rooms.
Saturday morning we sprinted out the door the moment Ms. Jamie arrived to watch the kids for the weekend, scooped up Brynn and Palmer and set off for Asheville. When we arrived in town we dropped our bags off at The Inn at Biltmore Estate which is one of the prettiest places we’ve ever stayed.
Most of our Asheville trips together have been spent in a tent, cabin or inexpensive hotels, so this was definitely our version of glamping. After dropping off our bags we ubered to lunch at White Duck Taco Shop.
The evening before our trip Brynn stopped by the house with her little man for a play date while our husbands were out watching basketball together. The kiddos had the best time running around and playing, but it was SUPER nice to finally catch up with her without interruptions every .32 seconds.
After filling our bellies with tacos we walked across the bridge to New Belgium Brewery to continue our day-drinking. This place was seriously the coolest Asheville brewery we’ve been to — and we’ve been to a LOT. The brewery sits on the river and the day couldn’t have been more beautiful for sitting on the patio. We accidentally stayed the entire day here and had way too much fun.
After many flights of beers and rounds of uno we decided to head back to the Inn.
Back at the Inn we enjoyed cocktails, french fries and magic tricks by Palmer on the gorgeous wrap around porch overlooking the mountains before checking out our rooms!
I was so excited to get away with Matt that I would have totally been cool with a parking lot room view. But nope, the surprises kept flowing when we entered our fifth floor room to find Matt had sprung for the mountainside view.
Can I also say how dang nice it was to get ready for dinner without tiny people asking me for things or running away with my makeup brushes?! We took alllll the time we needed getting ready for dinner — that alone was worth the trip! So relaxing! Meanwhile, back at home…
We love these little people so much but we also really, really, really loved missing a night of poop scooping.
The only thing the guys left to us to plan was our dinner reservations — they know us so well! Brynn and I love so many Asheville restaurants but wanted to try a new place. And since we had several months notice to secure our reservations we were thrilled to get in to Rhubarb, which has literally been on our list forever.
Rhubarb did not disappoint one bit. We started off with cocktails and appetizers and took our time before ordering our entrees. The menu changes daily, but if you ever get the chance to dine at Rhubarb you absolutely need to check to see if the goat cheese burrata is available. The only moment our table was absolutely silent was when we were devouring this incredible appetizer. So so so good.
Also, Matt didn’t stop making fun of me the entire night for ordering the cauliflower steak over kale. But it was seriously SO good, surprisingly filling, and I was too curious not to try it!
Dinner ended pretty late and we had a very long, fun day so we decided to uber back to the Inn. Brynn and I called it a night and both went to bed (yes, my dream getaway includes crawling into bed at 10:30 pm) while the boys closed down the lobby bar. And I only woke up twice throughout the night to phantom crying.
The next morning I slept in…until 7:30 am! Even though I was up with the sun I thoroughly enjoyed not changing any diapers or taking breakfast orders which would later be dumped on the floor. And I got to drink my coffee in a robe while looking at the most beautiful view!
And of course, we stopped for brunch at Early Girl Eatery before heading back home! It was a perfect weekend getaway! A huge shout out to Matt for being an all-star husband and for the most thoughtful and well-planned trip!
Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld says
What a perfect getaway! It's always nice for Mommy and Daddy to get away sans kiddos if only for a couple of days! Hubs and I are hoping to do the same in October!
Laura Darling says
This looks like such a wonderful weekend! That's great that you got to get away and relax!! Also, I love that poncho you're wearing!
We took at trip to Ashville last summer and loved it. We went to Curate, the Admiral, Early Girl and Sunny Point. SOOO much good food!
Gabby Deitsch says
Your trip sounds so wonderful! We love Asheville, but we don't live close enough anymore for a quick overnight stay. I'll just live vicariously through your visits! 🙂
I loved following along on Insta this weekend!! What an incredible trip- your husband's did GOOD!! I have been wanting to try White Duck Taco Shop, looks so yummy! Glad yall had a wonderful weekend away together!
Kelli Van Fossen says
Those earrings! Where did you get them???
Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! says
Omg what a perfect weekend!!! I love Asheville SO much, and my hubby and I went there on our honeymoon!
Lizzie Simantz says
What an awesome getaway! You guys deserve it!
Adrienne at Bentley, Like the Car says
I have been dying to go to Asheville and stay at Grove Park Inn with the hubs! However, I may need to rob a bank prior to our trip…Looked like SO much fun!
I finally went to Early Girl Eatery and it was such a disappointment. Half of the food was cold and the wait staff was nearly absent. Maybe we caught them on a bad day.
Sarah Shaneyfelt says
Ashville is on our list of places to visit, so I loved reading this!Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts
Owen Davis @ Davis Duo says
What a perfect getaway!! Sleep, beer, yummy food, and quality time!
Caley-Jade Rosenberg says
This is amazing!!! Every second of this trip sounds so perfect – and the most relaxing time off!Well done Matt x
Jenuine Happiness says
What a spectacular weekend! He knows you so well. Glad you got some time together and although I know you missed the kiddos, it's such a treat for a night or two of good sleep!
We spent the weekend before Christmas in Asheville and the Biltmore! All the foods! All the beers! The Biltmore winery…Jealous you were there! 🙂
Hurray! What a wonderful weekend and your room looks gorgeous! Way to go Matt!
Jessica | Being Bradfords says
This looks like so much fun! We will be driving from Nashville to Virginia Beach in the middle of April and wanted to stop somewhere about half way. Would you recommend Asheville as a place to stop?
Sara Elizabeth Miller says
This looks like so much fun and the hotel looks gorgeous!! Can you have Matt talk to my husband and plan this kind of adventure for me and my BFF please?? 😉