Visiting Asheville, North Carolina

My brother is an adventurer. He has been on many cool expeditions in his young life and has chosen Boulder, CO has his hometown. I would say he has good taste! About seven or eight years ago when we were all still living back home in the Midwest, he commented that he wanted to live in Asheville, North Carolina. Not because he had been there yet, but he had heard and seen the beauty of it.

Never imaging that I would get to visit it anytime soon, we moved to the southeast coast a few years later. We drove through Asheville and actually stayed there a night on our way to our new home. We were in love. The mountains are gorgeous and we vowed to come back!

After driving through it a couple more times on our visits back home, we finally got to stay for two whole days last weekend. I’ll spend three posts showing you why you’ll want to visit there too!


We stayed at the Brookstone Lodge and couldn’t have asked for a better location right off the Interstate. It is easy to get anywhere you want. Situated in the same lot is Fun Depot…a huge indoor play park for the kids.

My boys felt right at home from the minute we opened the door. Bouncing to the beds was the first thing they did of course.


The room was a perfect fit for our family of five. Two queen beds and a sleeper sofa.

Other amenities included a mini area with fridge, microwave, and coffee maker.

The bathroom was nice and big with granite countertops. The flat screen tv had Direct TV.

There was a fitness room and of course a pool! We had to visit the pool with hot tub.


In the morning, a hot breakfast was served for free. A very nice selection including make your own waffles. I love when hotels have a yummy convenient breakfast. It just makes the day start off so much smoother!

oh, did I mention the free wi-fi? Yes I was on vacation but can’t help but bring my computer!


We spent our evening just minutes away from the hotel at the historic Biltmore Village {see our visit!}. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks, unique stores, and up scale shopping with stores like Williams Sonoma, Fresh Produce, and J.Crew.

A drive through downtown Asheville was also in order and if we would have stayed another day we definitely would  have been strolling these streets. They were hopping with people and I was itching to be with them.

Dinner came highly recommended at the Asheville Pizza and Brewing. This restaurant used to be a twin movie theater and the half of it still is! Watch a movie while eating or have a beer at the bar or sit in the gameroom with a huge screen for the kids like we did munching on pizza and local raised beef hamburgers.


Did I mention the beauty of this city? This week I’ll be posting on the largest residential home in America ~ the Biltmore Estate and our afternoon spent climbing a mountain in Montreat, NC. Stay tuned!

Have you visited Asheville before?

Thank you to Brookstone Lodge for providing our lodging.

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