|Picture Perfect: Pinot Grigio and Chocolate|
|This beauty was in the outdoor hot-house.|
*The Biltmore is a bit pricey, but if you order tickets online at least a week in advance of your visit, they knock $15.00 off the admission price.
|Alligator in the wild|
Our last day in Asheville was very laid back. We had reservations for a couple's massage at the Spa in Biltmore Village, a picturesque set of shops and restaurants outside the entrance to the Biltmore's grounds. I highly recommend this Spa for its location, friendly staff, and surprising amenities. Rob and I were treated to foot soaks, hot neck wraps, and a cup of delicious Russian tea before our massages. Not wanting to break our tranquil mood after the massage, we had lunch at Zoe's Kitchen, a chain that specializes in fresh, Greek inspired dishes, before hopping on the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you have never driven the Blue Ridge Parkway, you must go. It is so beautiful and peaceful. There are several lookout stops that allow you to drink in panoramic views of the Blue Ridge mountains like the one below. Because of the snowy conditions, part of the Parkway was closed, but we still got to drive a couple of miles before we were detoured into the tiny town of Weaverville with its picturesque homes set into the mountainside and holler.
|A panoramic shot of the Blue Ridge Mountains dusted with snow|
Our time in Asheville, uneventful as it was, was punctuated by good food and great conversation. I highly recommend Asheville, NC and its surrounding areas to any couple looking for a relaxing getaway.
Pssst...Check out the amazing restaurant I forgot to highlight in Part 2 of my vacation recap here.