Back in the winter, one of my good friends offered us free day passes to the Biltmore in North Carolina. She and her husband were gifted annual passes and along with those came two free day passes. She was so kind and thoughtful to think of us when giving them away! (You can find her blog here.)
We gladly accepted her offer and began planning a weekend trip to Asheville to coincide with our visit to the Biltmore.
We originally thought about booking an Airbnb, but Daniel did a bunch of research on places to stay and told me to leave that part of the trip to him. He kept it a surprise until we pulled up to the cutest bed & breakfast called the Sweet Biscuit Inn!
Daniel told me that when he was making our reservation over the phone, the man who was helping him had a really deep voice and was very polite, which made Daniel feel like the place was very fancy! That man turned out to be Christian, our host and the owner of the B&B. He and his wife Claudia are from Germany and previously ran a B&B in Provence, France before the Sweet Biscuit Inn. They live on the very bottom floor of the Inn and take great care of the home and the guests.
I wish I would have taken more, better quality pictures of the Inn and our room, but here’s a few shots to give you an idea of what it looks like…
The house has old, creaky wooden floors, a dreamy reading nook, a big front porch and plenty of charm.
Christian and Claudia kept the coffee bars stocked throughout the day, made homemade cookies and set them by the front door for when guests came back in for the evening and made us a delicious three-course breakfast in the morning.
After we checked into our room at the Inn, we ventured around downtown Asheville and found some really neat restaurants thanks to Christian’s recommendations and TripAdvisor.
One of these spots was Double D’s Coffee & Desserts, which is a big, red double decker bus that sits in the middle of town that has been renovated with tiny booths on the top level where you can enjoy your coffee or milkshake.
They even sell postcards which has been something I look for on every trip to keep for myself or send to family or friends.
For dinner we went to Jerusalem Garden Cafe where we ate pita and hummus and shish kabobs. They played live music and had a belly dancer who danced around the restaurant and made some teenage boys blush! It was a neat cultural experience.
After dinner we checked out Malaprop’s Bookstore where they had the most eye-catching section of children’s books and a section of books wrapped in kraft paper so that you couldn’t see what the title was. It was described as going on a blind date with a book. I’d never heard of that idea before and thought it was really creative!
We walked off our dinner as we made our way to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge where, ironically, we didn’t get any chocolate, but carrot cake! Say what you will about carrot cake, but it’s my favorite cake flavor and it was delightful!
Once our food marathon was over, we went back to the Inn where we were greeted by those warm, yummy smelling cookies I was talking about earlier. The whole place smelled amazing because Claudia was preparing some things for breakfast in the morning.
The next morning, after our morning coffee out on the porch, we gathered with the other guests in the dining room for breakfast and had some great conversations.
Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to our hosts and head to the Biltmore.
It was rainy and cold that day, but we still enjoyed our tour of the Biltmore. I think it’s something everyone should see at least once!
My favorite rooms are the pool downstairs in the basement, the servant’s quarters and the huge library with the staircases leading up to the second floor of bookshelves. It reminds me of that scene in Beauty and the Beast where Belle sees the library for the first time. *magical*
After our tour, we headed to White Duck Taco Shop for lunch. It reminded me a little bit of Mas Tacos in Nashville and their tacos were great!
After lunch it was time to head home, but the drive back to Knoxville was even enjoyable because it’s along a winding highway through the tall mountains.
It’s easy for us to get cabin fever in the dead of winter, so our weekend trip was a fun way to get out of the house and explore a new city!
If you ever find yourself in Asheville, I hope you’ll give some of these places a try!
Thanks for reading,