After Williamsburg, we headed to (so far) my favorite part of the trip: Ashville, NC. I honestly wasn’t so excited about visiting Ashville because I didn’t know much about it. But once we were there we fell in love.
Here are some of our favorite places we visited:
Black Mountain: This is a little town outside of Ashville. It was voted the prettiest small town in America, and definitely lived up to that standard. Quaint streets and small shops gave it such a unique feel.
Biltmore Village: This was another adorable little town with nice shopping and little cafes. I preferred this area to downtown because of how quiet and beautiful it was.
Biltmore Estate: Easily our favorite part of the trip was the Biltmore Estate. This is the largest home in America and maybe the most beautiful one at that. It is full of history and has had a number of movies shot here. The gardens were our favorite part- I could’ve spent a whole week in the gardens exploring.
The greenhouses at the Biltmore were fantastic. Filled with exotic plants and bursting with life.
Genevieve wanted to touch everything, especially the succulents.
The outdoor gardens were seriously amazing. Filled with hundreds of different types of roses and shrubs.
Botanical Gardens: If you couldn’t tell from my million pictures of gardens above, I love greenhouses and gardens. Which made this one of the most disappointing parts of our trip. It is beautiful but really felt more like a hike through the woods. It seems like a nice place to go to if you lived locally, but I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way to see it if you’re just passing through.
North Carolina Arboretum: Honestly, this was also a bit underwhelming. It was beautiful, don’t get me wrong, and I could see it being a great place to take older kids to explore (they have an awesome education center). But we definitely would have been okay saving our $14 parking fee and not seeing the Arboretum.
Downtown Ashville: Very hippie. Very eclectic. Light posts are covered in hand-knit cozies and restaurants have bands wearing tie die and dreadlocks playing outside. It definitely had a fun element to it. We didn’t spend a ton of time downtown, but we were okay with that. There were some very cute parts of the city, but for the most part, we enjoyed staying in Biltmore Village and Black Mountain.
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