When we booked our trip to the US in July, we planned to spend a few days in North Carolina, after my brother’s wedding in California, to visit my 96 year old grandmother who Andreas had never met.  Sadly, just one week after we purchased our tickets she passed away after her health quickly deteriorated following a surgery.  She was such a gem in all of our lives and would have loved Andreas, but it is comforting to know that she passed quickly and without pain.  We were blessed to able to attend her funeral during our time in North Carolina and it was a beautiful celebration of her long, well lived life.  She lived 20 minutes away from Asheville, which I had somehow never visited before, and this trip we spent time exploring the charming little mountain city and completely fell in love.  We spent our days doing things my nana would have loved and also witnessed some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen- I know Mimi Nana (as she was affectionately known) would have been as in awe of them as we were.

Some of our favorite food in Asheville:

Thirsty Monk– My dad has turned into quite a beer connoisseur in the last few years and he was really excited to show us “the monk”.  The basement serves a huge selection of Belgian style beers with a delicious menu of creative beer-infused pub food.  We had a great time trying out different beers and learning a bit more about beer.

Curaté– an lively authentic spanish tapas restaurant, we loved everything we tried.  Sangria is always a winner in my book as well :)

Tupelo Honey Café– Southern cooking with a creative twist at a darling downtown restaurant.  The chorizo crusted scallops were out of this world.

Grove Park Inn–  We sat at the sunset terrace and had a cocktail as the sky turned pink. Although I was a terrible date, as I spent half my time there taking photos out the window :)