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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Asheville Trip

For our two year anniversary, Brenden and I took a day trip to Asheville, NC. I feel kind of strange calling it an "anniversary" when we're only dating, but you get the idea. Asheville, and western North Carolina in general, is a really great place to visit. There's a ton of local shops and fun naturey-type things to do. We definitely could have spent more than a day exploring, but alas, we had to come back to Clemson for class.

First, we spent about, oh, FOREVER in the Asheville REI store. Brenden's kind of a diva when it comes to shopping for outdoorsy things, but it was really fun to wander around and lust after ridiculously expensive hiking gear.

After we finally made it to downtown Asheville we found a little restaurant called The Gourmet Chip Company. You could pick from a load of fancy chips and get a panini too if you wanted an actual meal. We got delicious sammiches, but even cooler were the chips (duh). Brenden got Blue Cheese and Lavendar chips and I got  Chocolate and Bacon. CHOCOLATE AND BACON! They were soooo good!
Fancy chips!
Chocolate and bacon!
The Gourmet Chip Company
 We also went to a hipster coffee shop called The Green Sage. Brenden got a fancy espresso and I had my favorite- Peppermint Tea. It was perfect. And completely organic!

After that, we headed out for a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We went maybe 20 or so miles, but saw some great views (and huge houses perched on the side of a mountain) along the way. 

The nice man we met at one of the overlooks offered to take our picture. Thanks, Arpit!  
 
 
Amazing view from the Blue Ridge Parkway
We were on our way back down the mountain and I saw something black moving in the woods. Of course Brenden didn't believe me at first, but I was right- it was a BEAR! We saw a bear!!! It was so cute and fluffy and I just wanted to pet it... But we just stayed in the car and took blurry panicked pictures. The black dot in the middle the picture is the bear. 


Once we got back into town, we walked around a trendy used bookstore, went to dinner at the best Japanese restaurant in Asheville (just sayin') and then to French Broach Chocolates.- a chocolate lounge! How swanky is that!? It was super hip and trendy.  We got a piece of $6 chocolate cake (no joke!) and Brenden got some Counter Culture coffee. Just sitting in there made me feel cool



It was such a long day, but so fun! I love Asheville and all there is to do there. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Amanda, thanks for spending "FOREVER" in our Asheville REI! :) If you can send me an email at pmottol at rei dot com, I'd like to provide you with a thank you gift for visiting the store.

    Happy holidays,
    Paolo at REI HQ

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