Friday, January 9, 2009

Need a getaway?

We often get asked about what inspires and invigorates us in our line of work, to which CJ, Kelsie, and I of course have varying responses. But if there's one answer we share in common it is definitely The Biltmore! Located just outside the charming Historic town of Asheville, North Carolina, it is a favorite vacation destination for all of us. Only a 4 hour drive from Nashville, its an easy weekend trip for you & your fiance or even a girls' weekend with your maid of honor!

This nineteenth century country retreat of George & Edith Vanderbilt really does offer something for everyone. For the adventurous type, try the fantastic fishing, hiking or even the Land Rover Driving School (who doesn't want to tear around a private driving course in killer car?!). For relaxation, visit the Biltmore Inn's spa, walk through any of the Estate's gardens, or luncheon at the Deerpark Restaurant (a fav of mine and Kelsie's!).

And no trip is complete without visiting America's most frequented winery! This is an excellent chance for your and your fiance to pick out some delicious and affordable wines for your wedding, while getting a weekend away together from the hustle and bustle of planning! A particular favorite of ours are their Century blends - the bottles are beautiful and both blends are well balanced and guaranteed to be crowd friendly.

While you're there, make sure you stop in to Downtown Asheville - lots of great shops and restaurants. We suggest tapas and a Blood Orange Spice martini at Zambra on Walnut St!

A visit to the Biltmore (or even just a glass of their wine) always reminds us of just how delightful entertaining can be. We hope you find the same!

Here's a little snippet of our stay last summer!

The classic "self-portrait" approach! The views are simply indescribable.

A fantastic lunch at the Deerpark Restaurant - absolutely one of the most serene meals I've ever had!

Enjoying tapas at Zambra in Downtown Asheville. Not to be missed!