Asheville Babymoon Recap

white hat // red sweater dress // plaid scarf // suede boots // Polene handbag

Christmas sweater // Lululemon “Align” leggings // tan beanie

similar red beanie // black dress, long-sleeve versions here & here // Old Navy coat // suede boots // Polene handbag

A few weeks ago, Chris and I packed the car up and headed to Asheville on our babymoon. We had originally envisioned babymooning on a beach somewhere, but then the pandemic happened (and there’s no way we were getting on an airplane right now!). Instead, we chose Asheville: a charming little mountain town that gets completely decked out for Christmas and happens to be only a two hour drive from our house in Winston. We were only there for a few days so this list isn’t exhaustive, but here are all the recommendations we have from our few days away!

Where to Stay

A RENTAL: In the past, we’ve stayed at really cool Airbnbs in Asheville! I still highly recommend this option because you have a whole house or cabin to yourself, and you have a lot more privacy.

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN // This is where Chris and I chose to stay on our babymoon. I hope I don’t upset a lot of people by saying this… lol… but we were not super impressed with the Grove Park! We had heard WONDERFUL things about this hotel, but it didn’t really live up to our expectations! First of all, for the price you pay to stay here, the rooms are not super special – all of the carpeting and furniture in our room seemed outdated and/or scuffed, and the dresser was so old that we had trouble opening and closing the doors! We also were expecting the hotel to be at half capacity and for everyone to be following the mask rules, but to be honest we felt quite uncomfortable in the common areas at the hotel. There were a TON of people all packed into the common areas, and a lot of people weren’t wearing masks (although we did hear the hotel staff telling them to put their masks on!). I think I would have felt more comfortable at a smaller hotel. As for a positive, I will say that their Christmas decorations were phenomenal, and I loved the life size “gingerbread house” where you could order hot chocolate and gingerbread cookies every day.

Where to Eat

Breakfast/Lunch

BISCUIT HEAD: This place served up some of the best biscuits I’ve ever had in my life! They have both sweet and savory options and are pretty affordable. Right now, they are only doing takeout due to COVID, which we were fine with. I got a plain biscuit with honey and a bunch of different flavors of jams, as well as the donuts (that are actually made from biscuits). Both were amazing.

DOUBLE D’S: Double D’s is actually a double decker bus serving up delicious coffee and desserts. This place is an Asheville must-visit and totally makes you feel like a kid again. This is more of a grab-and-go place, so be prepared to grab your coffee and walk around, or hang out for a few minutes at one of their outdoor tables (just be sure to wear warm clothes if you’re there during the winter!).

EARLY GIRL EATERY: This is our new favorite brunch spot in Asheville! This farm-to-table eatery has both indulgent and healthy options with a side of REALLY good coffee. I loved that so much of their menu was organic! Chris and I split the banana bread as an appetizer – you absolutely HAVE to order it if you go here. For my meal, I ordered the Veggie Breakfast Bowl and it was SO flavorful and delicious.

Dinner

CORNER KITCHEN: I think Corner Kitchen serves up a mean lunch, but we enjoyed a cozy dinner here next to their indoor fireplace. The service was great, and the bar was able to whip me up a “Christmas mocktail” that was super yummy. Chris and I liked that they offered both “fancy” and “non-fancy” dinner options LOL – for instance, I got the salmon special, which looked like a work of art, while Chris enjoyed a burger and fries.

CÚRATE: Chris and I weren’t able to get reservations here during our babymoon, but I’ve been here before and it’s delicious! Cúrate serves authentic, tapas-style Spanish cuisine and is one of the highest-ranked restaurants in Asheville.

VUE 1913: This restaurant is actually inside the Grove Park, which was incredibly convenient when it was time to go to dinner! Definitely save this restaurant for a special occasion. It’s pricy, but we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals (we both ordered steak!). This restaurant also has a really nice, relaxing atmosphere, and if you get there early enough you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Things To Do

I’m not going to lie, it was a little hard to find things to do in Asheville because of the pandemic and the weather! A lot of things were closed due to the pandemic, and the weather was in the 20s and 30s, so we felt that it was too cold to hike (especially because I’m pregnant). Here are the things we did do, though!

THE BILTMORE: If you can get in, book a candlelight tour at the Biltmore Estate during Christmastime! The Biltmore is really a full-day affair: tickets to the Biltmore gives you access to the house and insight into its rich history, as well as access to the winery, gardens, and Antler Village restaurants and shops. At night, Antler Village is absolutely beautiful with thousands of twinkling lights adorning the trees and the shops. There’s enough to do inside the gates to make this a full-day affair.

BREWERY HOP: Although this might not sound super enticing to a pregnant woman, my husband sure enjoyed this one! Asheville is home to some of the best breweries in the United States. And actually, going to breweries really wasn’t too bad because they offered some pretty interesting mocktail options. My favorite was Wicked Weed, where they offered both a creative mocktail and delicious food (and we got to sit outside next to the heaters!). It was fun to walk around and explore different parts of Asheville, too.

GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN: Grandfather Mountain is an hour and a half away from Asheville, but definitely worth the drive if you haven’t been, since it’s the highest peak in the Blue Ridge. You do have to pay admission, but you get access to all kinds of attractions within the park including my favorite, the Mile High Swinging Bridge, with an elevation of 5,305 feet! (It is a little nerve-wracking to walk across the bridge, but it’s perfectly safe.) The park also contains environmental habitats for black bears and bear cubs, a nature museum, more than 12 miles of maintained hiking trails and an indoor theater.

TAKE A DRIVE: One of my favorite things to do in the North Carolina mountains is to hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and DRIVE! It is so beautiful anytime of year (especially during the fall when the leaves are starting to change). Running for 469 miles between the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, all you have to do is look out your car window for seemingly endless mountain vistas. There are also several viewpoint areas where you can park your car and take pictures of the amazing scenery.

That pretty much sums up our babymoon! If you have any Asheville recommendations to add, definitely let us all know in the comment section. 🙂 And Merry Christmas WEEK!

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17 Comments

  1. Laura Leigh

    so many amazing recommendations! definitely plan to check out early girl eatery next time. glad y’all had a good time overall – sorry Grove Park Inn wasn’t what you were expecting!! I absolutely hate when that happens. I totally agree the rooms do not live up to expectations. I think the spa and common areas are the real winners of the hotel.

    xo Laura Leigh
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    12.21.20Reply
  2. Anais C.

    So glad should had fun! I love tracking your adventures on Instagram!

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  3. Kristen

    The best part of the Grove Park Inn is the spa!! If you didn’t take advantage of the spa, you definitely didn’t get the full experience.

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  4. Linda David

    Post pandemic check out a show at the local community theatre. We’re from NY close to Manhattan and we were so impressed with the entire experience! Performances, costumes, sets, amazing!
    We also enjoyed the bus tour with the driver as our guide. Tons of interesting and fun stories about the sites. The night Haunted Tour was not as much fun, maybe our guides delivery was to blame.
    Agree with all you said about Grove Park Inn. View was incredible, Christmas decorations beautiful, but a visit instead of a stay is sufficient.
    Enjoy this time ❤️

    12.21.20Reply
  5. Paulina

    We did our baby moon here as well and decided to forgo the Grove Park after seeing the room pics! So I completely agree that the hotel looked a bit lackluster… they also could not guarantee restaurant reservations or spa appointments so it did not seem like the “all inclusive” experience we were looking for. We stayed at the Hilton Biltmore president suite for half the price instead, it was busy there as well but everyone was very respectful of mask mandates!

    We loved getting Hot Cocoa and sipping chocolates downtown, then dinner and the cutest desserts to go from Rosabees, brunch from Sunny Point Cafe, if you ever go back!

    12.21.20Reply
  6. Heather

    Totally agree on the Grove Park. Honestly I think when Omni took it over, it lost a lot of its charm and has started to seem more like a big box hotel. We stayed once and would never stay again. Your trip looked great though…so happy you enjoyed yourself!

    12.21.20Reply
  7. Andrea

    We love The Grand Bohemian! It’s absolutely gorgeous, and The Red Stag restaurant located in the hotel is delicious. It is our favorite in Asheville.

    Our second fav place to stay is The Biltmore Inn. The dining room there is wonderful as well.

    12.21.20Reply
  8. Chelsea

    Highly recommend The Windsor, it’s a small boutique hotel downtown with maybe 8-12 rooms.

    12.21.20Reply
  9. Ashley B

    Thank you for sharing your honest review!

    12.22.20Reply
  10. That’s how I felt when we had our babymoon too, but it sounds like you still made the most of it!

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    12.22.20Reply
  11. Oh my goodness, I loooove the Biltmore and have been wanting to go during Christmastime for years! I heard it’s so beautiful this time of the year. I think that this was a great place for you guys to go and celebrate your Babymoon given the circumstances.

    I’m glad you guys were still able to find ways to enjoy this time and make it special. And thanks for sharing all of these places to eat at. I haven’t tried any of them and will have to make sure to in the future! So sorry the hotel didn’t live up to your expectations. 🙁

    xx
    Key
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    12.23.20Reply
  12. Kelsey

    So glad you guys had a good time! What time would you recommend going to the Biltmore to avoid the crowds?

    12.24.20Reply
  13. Casie Nash

    Can you please tell me the name of the bag you are carrying in these photos? Really like it!

    12.24.20Reply
  14. mary

    I grew up going to The Grove Park Inn but wouldn’t stay there now. I love the view and the history of the place, but Asheville needs to really STEP UP the hotel options. Everything is really expensive for being dated and underwhelming. We stayed at the Inn at Biltmore last time and it was like a nice but generic Holiday Inn (at Four Season prices) on beautiful property. It was also far from town. The food and beer in Asheville is amazing. We love Curate and Rhubarb as well doing a brewery crawl. I love that there are so many older couples taking part in the food and drink culture of Asheville so you don’t feel like you are on the party circuit. Another fun thing to do is to watch the drum circle downtown. It’s a free and festive community activity to witness on your way to dinner in town.

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  15. Morgan Newton

    How many weeks pregnant were you when you went on y our babymoon?? I’m 16 weeks now and was thinking of going around 30 weeks but from what I’ve read from other moms, they suggest going earlier. Any thoughts? Also! Would love your suggestions on a warmer weather destination – we are in NC and were thinking Kiawah Island, Sea Island, Isle of Palms, or the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island. Would love your thoughts!!

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