Short Weekend Trip to the Mountains of Asheville, NC
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This past weekend, I participated in a very adult-feeling event: a wedding. No worries because it was not mine; it was the wedding of a friend. It was pretty exciting because I had the opportunity to be a bridesmaid. The best thing was that this wedding gave my family and I the opportunity to make it into a mountain trip around Asheville, NC. So, of course, we had to extend our stay and explore the surrounding area!
Here are some highlights from our weekend trip to the mountains of Asheville, NC.
During our mountain trip around Asheville, there was a lot of walking and gawking at the gorgeousness of nature around us. Seeing all the mountains and green foliage was amazing. We took a few pictures on the rocks at Blowing Rock and that was a little scary to do because it was not the most stable and secure position.
Native American Artifacts Museum, Mystery Hill, NC
This was so cool to walk around. One of the best stops from our weekend trip to the mountains. I don’t really know much about arrowheads and I could only really recall simple facts about the lives of Native Americans but seeing all the arrowheads was eye-opening. I could see all the little variations in the arrowheads and other stone tools.
Man, this was such a cool experience. No, literally; it was pretty cold. We got to experience total darkness so that was a really neat experience! I couldn’t see my hand, which I knew was right in front of my face.
The caverns are very wet and cold so I definitely recommend bringing a jacket and some good shoes.
Walking Around Asheville
We also walked around downtown Asheville and got to see some fun sculptures and buildings around town.
We also grabbed dinner in downtown Asheville, NC. After all that walking and exploring, I was ready for some good food!
UNC-Asheville Botanical Gardens
We had such a great time walking through the Asheville Botanical Gardens. I ended up getting a children’s book from their little shop because it was just too cute! This was a great stop during our weekend trip to see all kinds of flowers and greenery.
It’s a pretty large area to walk through so if you’re into nature, this is definitely a must-visit. The little shop also has some great educational materials about plants and animals, which would be especially useful if you’re homeschooling or teaching new topics.
Sierra Nevada Brewery
I’d had the opportunity to tour the Sierra Nevada Brewery to learn about its sustainability efforts through a University-sponsored trip last year so, when I heard that we were going to be going by Asheville, I told my parents that we needed to swing by Sierra Nevada. I’m glad I was able to talk them into it because 1) they had a great time taking a tour and doing a tasting, and 2) I remember telling my stepdad that he needed to come by Sierra Nevada after my University trip so goal accomplished!
So. Many. Steps. It was never-ending! However, the view was definitely worth it! I didn’t think I would be doing this much exercise during a weekend trip but I guess that’s what happens when you’re in the mountains!
After all the walking and climbing steps and general exercise, everyone was hungry! We ate at a restaurant that had a view of Chimney Rock and we got to see where we had climbed while we ate. Those calories were well-earned, haha!
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