Rich In Ashe-vegas

May 28, 2010

Snack-a-roos after rushing back outta the house after work: Voskos Honey (Loved it!) and a GH Raisin Bran muffin (ate about 1/3 of it – crumbled on top!)

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Mmmmm…brannnnn…

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We hit some beastly traffic

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But tried to keep our spirits up

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But when this happened for about 1/2 of the drive, we got a little sad

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And then we made it! 3 hours later instead of 2

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Our B&B is really cute. I highly recommend staying in B&Bs across the country! I like hotels in big cities, but in smaller towns, B&Bs are the way to go. You can find some that are really reasonably priced and most of them have evening wine + cheese, cookie jars and of course, free gourmet breakfasts. We love them!

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The bathroom is cute + quaint

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Matt pretending he’s an old man in his armchair. He’s currently reading a book on physics in it while I blog!

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After settling in, we headed back out. We’re less than a mile from downtown, but given the rain, we decided to drive. Two hungry, hypoglycemic kids finding parking on a Friday night was NOT fun. Esp. after we realized we had no cash and had to go to an ATM to pay for said parking.

But we survived. Better than getting the swine flu I supposed.

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Thank goodness the weather cleared up!! Asheville is SUCH a cute town. You all should come to visit. It’s just big enough for many weekend getaways but small enough to have uber charm.

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Being hungry and all, we quickly settled on a restaurant I had found online – Posana.

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We were seated outside right away! Sweet!

I had a hard time deciding between a cocktail and a glass of wine. I didn’t know what I wanted!! But upon seeing Lavender-Infused Cocktails, I decided to get something extraordinary

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A cosmopolitan made with lavender tea!

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Note the tea bag! It was excellent!

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Matt got a brew. Per usual.

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Mmmm! It was a little overcarbonated though

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We were quite hangry and got a tempura appetizer to share – all veggies in tempura batter. They were fantastic – esp. the red peppers. I don’t really like fried food all that much, but I love tempura! Matt was annoyed that 1/3 of the plate was onions (and they didn’t say onions on the menu) so we wasted those, but I didn’t need more than a few pieces and the veggies I did eat were awesome.

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For dinner I ordered the Open-Faced Lasagna (which came recommended x2) with Scallops, Wild Mushrooms, Leeks and Ricotta

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I only ate about half of this – it was SO RICH with all the ricotta underneath. I can honestly say I stopped eating tonight because of how I felt and for no other reason. It was maybe a first to eat so intuitively!?

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I also got a $5 side of swiss chard. Not worth FIVE whole bones :( TINY! But good.

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He got Quail over Mushroom Risotto. The quail was amazzzzing but the risotto a bit undercooked.

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After dinner we walked around a bit – and found an outdoor concert just ending! They just built up this downtown park and it’s beautifully done as an outdoor venue.

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We debated going out to more bars, dancing, etc, but we’ve both been up since 2:25 and 5:00 AM so we decided to save our partying for tomorrow night.

Upon our return, we found a suspicious dome…

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Full of peanut butter bars!!

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Annnnnnddd….I almost missed it but I found an OLD FASHIONED COOKIE JAR! (Mom, you’d love it!)

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We shared one of each. They were delish!

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1) This post took my computer 30 minutes to gear up for and 15 to write. Gruf!

2) I can’t WAIT to sleep in and not use an alarm tomorrow! First time in a while!

3) When we normally visit cities/towns, we have the urge to see all we can see AFAP. But tomorrow we’re just going to hang out. Do some reading. Walk downtown. Visit a brewery. And go to a nice dinner. Nothing has to be done on time.

Can’t. Wait.

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1 lynn (The Actors Diet) May 28, 2010 at 10:09 pm

looks like fun – i have actually never stayed in a B&B b/c i’m pretty shy and don’t really like to chat with people – but it seems like it’s worth it!

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2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Glad you made it there safely! Definitely enjoy your self and relax. I have never been to a B&B, but I will definitely look into it the next time we go somewhere…whenever that is! Sleep well!

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3 Sam May 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm

Wait! Matt doesn’t like onions either? Hope your weekend is sweet!

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4 Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 28, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Awww, the B&B is adorable! Have a good time!

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5 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Have an amazing time just relaxing, Kath! I’ve always been curious about Bed and Breakfasts…your B & B looks like such a cute and quaint place to stay for a few days, based on your pics. Plus, how can you not love a place that serves PB bars and cookies? What hotel would ever do that? I might be a new B & B convert.

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6 Kellie May 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

How fun. Enjoy your weekend. I love leisurely weekends like that. I don’t know how you controlled yourself with the cookies and bars. I would have had three each!

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7 Lisa May 28, 2010 at 10:40 pm

What a cute B&B! I’ve never stayed in one before.

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8 Run Sarah May 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

What an adorable B&B – great shots! I love the idea of a tea infused cocktail too, yum.

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9 Ameena May 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I have never stayed at a B&B but they definitely seem like a great way to get a good feel for what living in a small city would be like.

Have a great time!

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10 Camille May 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm

What an adorable little B&B!
The best hotel I have ever stayed at was a B&B in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the cleanest, nicest place I have ever stayed, owned by the world’s nicest people!

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11 Heather May 28, 2010 at 11:11 pm

That lavendar cosmo sounds awesome! Enjoy Asheville :)

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12 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm

That B&B looks so cute! I heard Asheville was really cool, it seems like an awesome place for a weekend getaway!

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13 lisampls May 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

i feel like i’m missing something, i’ve seen “AFAP” in the last two posts, but can’t figure out what it stands for. help? i feel silly…

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14 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops May 29, 2010 at 6:18 am

as fast as possible?

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15 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

A ___ AP is usually “as ___ as possible.” In this case I put an F for FAST! :)

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16 Jaime May 28, 2010 at 11:45 pm

I recommend breakfast at Tulepo Honey Cafe. We go there whenever we’re in Asheville. I’ve been to Posana once, but only for drinks. There’s a sushi bar down the street from it that’s amazing. Sadly, I can’t remember the name. I think it’s the one closest to The Orange Peel. Where do you go dancing in Asheville?

Also, that B&B is super charming. Nice pick! Enjoy your weekend. :-)

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17 Jessie May 29, 2010 at 1:31 am

Tupelo Honey, YES. I crave that place now that I’m not living close to Asheville.

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18 Jaime May 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

Haha. I always want to call it Tulepo for some reason.

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19 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

Tressa’s Jazz Bar!

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20 Jaime May 29, 2010 at 9:33 am

I’ll have to check it out next time we’re there. I LOVE dancing. And Jazz.

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21 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) May 28, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I almost took a trip to Asheville last summer but didn’t get to…I sure wish I had! The B&B is darling. I had lavender infused ICE CREAM today. It was local and everything. I heart lavender!!

ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND DARLING!

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22 [email protected] May 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm

id kill to finish off the rest of that muffin for ya! <3 YUMMY

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23 Hannah May 29, 2010 at 12:09 am

Definitely take it easy tomorrow! That’s what holidays *should* be about. And it looks like, despite the ran, you’re off to a good start. Yay!

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24 Mastering Public Health May 29, 2010 at 12:34 am

Very nice and quaint bed and breakfast, indeed… even though I am currently catching up on a week’s worth of blogs from a larger chain hotel myself. Looks like a relaxing weekend ahead.

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25 The 50 Best Health Blogs May 29, 2010 at 1:20 am

But … but … on a vacation, wouldn’t you just want to get away from things like the internet and blogging and telephones?

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26 Jessie May 29, 2010 at 1:29 am

Aww, I love Asheville. Miss that place all the time, I went to college in Brevard (small town, about 40 minutes away but packed with waterfalls, Pisgah Forest trails, and close to the Blue Ridge Parkway). We used to go to Asheville all the time on the weekends.

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27 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 29, 2010 at 1:43 am

Looks like you guys had a charming evening. :) I’ve never stayed in a B&B, they look so cozy, but I worry about them being too quiet. Dustin might have a hay fever sneezing attack, wake up all the guests and we’ll get kicked out and end up at the Bate’s Motel or something, LOL.

Jenn

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28 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 29, 2010 at 2:01 am

I love staying in B&Bs too! There’s something so nice about having your breakfast all made and staying somewhere cozy and so on – it’s lovely :)
I’m glad you’re having a good time though, after the long trip – it sucks to get held up :( Have a great sleep!

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29 Wei-Wei May 29, 2010 at 2:48 am

Gosh, what a fun place! I love your hotel, it’s incredibly cute. Just wondering about the peanut butter bars – do they supply those to every customer? Aren’t they worried about allergy issues? (There’s a big peanut butter ban in my school because of possible allergies.)

Go! Have loads and loads of fun! :)

Wei-Wei

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30 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

Well they ask about allergies for breakfast so I imagine if someone had a severe p-nut allergy they would say something.

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31 Leo @ Cupcakes In Paris May 29, 2010 at 3:21 am

wow…. looks like a cool evening yall had!
Love the B&B!

Have fun!!!!

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32 Melissa Cari @ Miles for Markets May 29, 2010 at 4:03 am

Your post literally went from stressed/hungry to completely relaxed at the end :) I hope you have a great time this weekend!

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33 Hila May 29, 2010 at 4:54 am

Kath, what’s the name of your B&B?

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34 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear May 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

Your B&B is so cute :) enjoy your weekend!

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35 Simply Life May 29, 2010 at 5:35 am

Oooh what a fun dessert to come back to – I love staying in B&B’s with my hubby!

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36 Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc May 29, 2010 at 5:40 am

No better place to spend a long weekend than Asheville, your evening looked fabulous. Happy Anniversary, a bit early!! I’d love to know what B&B your staying at, as we’re thinking of heading there over Labor Day weekend.

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37 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops May 29, 2010 at 6:20 am

Hope the rest of your stay is better than the first day!

I so want to visit Asheville someday.

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38 Rachel Ann May 29, 2010 at 6:40 am

My husband and I went to college in Asheville and now, even though we live in fabulous New York City, I miss it almost every day.

If you get a chance, grab some local brews and gourmet pizza at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company (ie – Brew and View) on Merrimon Avenue. Early Girl Eatery and Laughing Seed on Wall Street downtown are also BEYOND fabulous restaurants. Flying Frog, Doc Chey’s and Tupelo Honey round out my recommendation list. :-)

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39 Rachael May 29, 2010 at 6:44 am

Posana for creative drinks is now on my list for when I get home. I miss Asheville already!

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40 Kristine May 29, 2010 at 7:17 am

Kath, this is super random but were you in a sorority in college?

p.s. Asheville looks awesome!!!

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41 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:05 am

We didn’t have them at Davidson – only “eating houses’ and I was in one of those.

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42 Jenna May 29, 2010 at 7:20 am

B & B looks adorable!
Have fun :)
Jenna

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43 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

The town looks so super cute!

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44 Veggielady4life May 29, 2010 at 7:41 am

Love Asheville. My husband and I went there last summer and had such a good time! Hope you enjoy your relaxed day today!

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45 katherine May 29, 2010 at 7:45 am

hey kath. i live in asheville, but am actually headed to the beach this morning, otherwise i would have tried to get a run in with you! did you know that posana is 100% gluten free? they don’t really advertise that, but it’s so awesome for people who can’t tolerate gluten to be able to enjoy something like tempura? hope you have a great trip!

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46 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

I did hear that!

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47 Erin May 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

You are going to LOVE Asheville! My family has a house there and I usually make it up there a couple times a year. Great food there! I’m sure you have your food already mapped out, but I would highly recommend Corner Kitchen (dinner or lunch–upscale comfort food), Laughing Seed (my favorite vegetarian restaurant…ever!), and 12 Bones is my new favorite (barbeque). But Asheville is filled with great food and I’m excited to see what places you find. Black mountain has a great hike with lots of rock-filled streams along the way. Have a great time!

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48 Nicole May 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

I visited Asheville this month! It was awesome. I loved how small the city was- perfect to explore by bike. There’s this really great little cafe/coffeeshop/bookstore that you should check out- Firestorm Cafe. It’s got a pretty great atmosphere, terrific food, and fantastic coffee! Plus, it’s worked-owned and operated.

Have a great trip!

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49 Leigh May 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

I love Asheville. It’s one of my favorite cities. Two of my favorite restaurants–Tupelo Honey is fantastic (but go early to avoid the wait), and Zambras has great small plates with lots of unusual flavors. Also, Early Girl Eatery…I could keep going and going!

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50 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 29, 2010 at 8:34 am

Looks like you guys had fun!! I’ve never stayed at a B&B before. But hey, any place that gives you cookies is awesome in my books. ;)

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51 Stephanie May 29, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hi Kath!

I’ve never commented on your blog before, but I read it every day (and by every day we all know I mean 3x!). I live here in Asheville and hope y’all really enjoy every minute of your stay here. All of the restaurants people have recommended are wonderful-Laughing Seed being one of the absolute best. Their menu is innovative, vegetarian, and more creative than a lot of restaurants I’ve ever been to! Have a WONDERFUL weekend here!

Stephanie

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52 Laura @ youngDCliving May 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

Just wrote a post on organic dairy products, I wonder where Voskos fits in. Do you know where it’s based??

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53 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

They do have an organic line. Not sure where it’s made. Check their website?

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54 Meg May 29, 2010 at 9:23 am

Hi there! Big fan of your blog, hope you enjoy your trip! The place you’re staying looks adorable! How did Matt like the Green’s gluten free beer? I’m dying to try it (as soon as I can find it!)

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55 Kath May 29, 2010 at 9:24 am

It was great!! Great flavor. Just a bit overcarbonated.

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56 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 29, 2010 at 9:39 am

Sounds like a fabulous “plan” for the day!!

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57 Amber K May 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

I have never stayed in a B&B. I like the bit hotels that allow me to be as anti-social as I wish to be. =P

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58 Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

I SO wish I lived 2 hours from Asheville. Love it!

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59 Cynthia (It All Changes) May 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hunni and I are looking into staying at a B&B when we go on a mini vacation this fall.

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60 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

I’m sorry to hear your that your restaurant experience wasn’t so great, but I’m jealous you are staying in B&B! My parents stayed in one when they visited me, but I never got to actually see it.

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61 southern momma May 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

Kath:

I hope you and your husband heard some good music in Asheville last night. My son is playing down there tonight and tomorrow night. Look for Jason De Cristoforo Trio. They rock!

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62 southern momma May 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

And as you know, standing in linefor a seat at Tupelo Honey is worth it!

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63 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy May 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

I am LOVING the picture with hubby sitting in the chair in the room! It looks like an old picture… very artsy. You guys should frame it : )

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