ASHEVILLE FROM THE SKY

2 Jun

Continuing on with my 24hours-in-Asheville that was too long for one post! We really know how to make our time count. 🙂 So let’s see, we got back from the waterfalls to our incredible room at the Hotel Indigo. See those cool rooms with the big windows up near the top?

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One of those was ours. 🙂 The decor was awesome-

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And we had incredible views!

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That second window was in the bathroom. Who has a window like that in the bathroom?! We also had an insane shower and tub in our bathroom.

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Zach ran off to have a beer at some craft brewery and Kori and I swimsuited up and pretended our tub was a jacuzzi. 🙂 So fun.

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After that we made use of the hotel’s plush robes and got ready for the night ahead. We also took advantage of the backdrop to take some fun pictures together.

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Another fun backdrop was our colorful wall and once Zach got back we had photo time over there as well. That tripod is so excellent for all these self-timered pictures!

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Finally we hit the town running walking and made our way to the first stop of the evening. The famous Sky Bar! First we had to wait in line in the bottom of a hotel for this antique elevator.

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There is a man whose job is to ride this up and down and he only lets the amount of people on who come off. Sky Bar is a small little area so they only take a handful of guests at a time. When it was finally our turn we got a picture with Pete, the Elevator operator. 🙂

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The view from up there was THE BEST! You could even see our hotel!

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We had some delicious hand-crafted cocktails while we enjoyed the view-

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And we stayed up for long enough to watch the sun go down!
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Too many pictures? Sorry. I took like 80+ then narrowed them down in my iPhoto to probably 25 and tried to choose just a handful for on here. 🙂 After dinner we popped into a brewpub called the Thirsty Monk but nothing appealed to us so we walked back out. We walked all around downtown trying to decide where we wanted to go to dinner. Sadly I forgot to wear my Fitbit this night because I am sure that I would have racked up a LOT of steps/mileage. My daily totals would have been awesome too with us having hiked all day… Oh well.

We finally decided on a cool looking place called Posana.

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I had done some research and picked out restaurants ahead of time but they were too full! Luckily this one was open late because by the time we sat down to dinner it was almost 10pm! First we all 3 shared a pretty small appetizer of a take on Lobster Mac and Cheese:

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With all of us sharing it was gone in seconds! The handmade pasta was good but the pieces of lobster were so fresh and divine. Next we shared parmesan fries-

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Such a simple appetizer but still so delicious! Notice all the hands that couldn’t even wait for me to take the picture to start grabbing. 🙂 Then our entrees came-

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Kori got some type of trout that she absolutely loved. Zach had a beef sirloin which cut like butter and I raved and raved over it only to find out it was cooked sous vide. Why of course it was! Some of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten (chicken at Local 126 in Cincinnati, octopus at Etch in Nashville and now beef sirloin at Posana in Asheville) have been cooked sous vide. It just makes things the perfect texture with incredible flavor!! Oh yeah, my food was good too. 🙂 I got chicken with bread dumplings, peas, pearl onions, fennel and a light chicken jus. I ate that chicken as closely to the bone as possible! The bread dumplings were unique and tasted great as well. This place was an upscale, farm-to-table restaurant that I would recommend to anyone visiting the area!

After our fancy dinner we popped into the “famous” French Broad Chocolate shop where I picked up some chocolates for John and Heather at their request and got a cocoa nibby brownie for the rest of us to share later. Then we were ready to experience the other end side of Asheville, dive-bar style that is!

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We asked about places to go and were told not to go to Timo’s House. So where did we wind up? Timo’s House. We were warned against it because it was downstairs in a basement and was definitely local flavor, not really great for “tourists”. We aren’t your average tourists though! We loved it! We got found the giant jenga in the back and that is where we spent almost the whole time. 🙂

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We did a surprisingly good job and it got pretty tall before finally Kori was the one to send it tumbling down. We also left our chalk handprints behind on the black interior like hundreds of others before us…

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We shared my brownie while we were there but unfortunately it wasn’t great, just a little too dry + dark for my tastes! We wandered around after this, taking some random pictures in downtown Asheville.

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We found an outdoor patio that was open really late and got a table and hung out here for quite awhile where we enjoyed people watching at 2am. 🙂

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Last stop of the night was Waffle House for a less-than-tasty breakfast. Haha!

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We walked back to our hotel and Kori and I got in our “jacuzzi” while Zach sat in the huge shower in his swim trunks and we stayed up talking and laughing until 5am!! Definitely not my usual bedtime. Despite the late hour though (or was it early?) we were up by 9am the next morning. That’s what happens when you have a long day of driving ahead of you! We had a last look at our beautiful Asheville view-

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Then shot a series of good-bye photos just because that’s what we do.

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Awww. Best friend love. Zach and I briefly stopped by John and Heather’s in Knoxville on the way home to drop off their chocolate. Then Zach was getting Chipotle for lunch aaaand we locked our keys in the car. Thankfully it was free since we had Verizon roadside assistance, but it still forced us to stay around an extra hour! We finally creeped into our driveway after 9pm that night and crashed. We were DONE with driving and traveling…until the next time. 😉

 

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