Saturday, July 18


Last December I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Asheville, North Carolina on an overnight business trip. I stayed at the Chestnut Street Inn, a lovely Colonial Revival turn bed and breakfast, located in the heart of Asheville’s oldest historic district.

After a day of work, I checked into the quaint little B&B and then headed on foot to downtown. It was getting close to dark and stores were closing. Fortunately, I managed to find a few shops still open. I found this neat little store (I would love to tell you the name but I forgot it), this store was full of just about everything; books, furniture, jewelry and anything else you could think of. It looked a lot like what I would picture my dream boutique to be one day. After looking at everything more than once, I headed to The Kress Emporium, an indoor artist market with tons of homemade crafts and artwork. After an hour or so of shopping, I decided to find my way to the Laughing Seed Café, a vegetarian restaurant that my friends Lindsey and Rick recommend. YUMMY is the only word to describe the Laughing Seed. After a wonderful evening of shopping and eating, I headed back to the Chestnut Street Inn. Of course I did get a bit lost but eventually I found my way back to my cozy room. For the rest of the evening I sat in bed under the covers, watching movies while enjoying the warmth of the fireplace. The next morning I woke up to a delicious breakfast cooked just for me and then began my journey back to Jacksonville.

My time in Asheville was short but well worth every second. It was everything I expected and more. It’s is a great city, vegetarian and vegan restaurants, a lively downtown, a community with a belief in local commerce, locally grown food – a small town surrounded by beautiful landscape. A place I could picture myself living one day. I believe I left part of my heart in Asheville and if all goes as planned I will be back this fall to get it.

One of my purchases while in Asheville was this string of butterflies from The Kress Emporium.

It hangs it my dining room as a reminder of my trip.

I love the colors of the butterflies. Pink is perfect in every way!


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