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Asheville: Biltmore House

Road Trip: Asheville

May 18, 2015 Sarah Coggins

We spent the end of last week enjoying Asheville, NC. I won tickets to Biltmore several months ago through a giveaway from Jaime at Love, Jaime. Trent & I had been once before in February 2006. While we had a great adventure and enjoyed the Rooftop Tour then (something we definitely wouldn’t be doing now with kids along), I knew I wanted to plan a visit for warmer weather and to see at least some of the garden in bloom so I planned our trip for the start of our son’s latest school track out.

Asheville 2015

Supplies: Photo Story templates by Mary Moseley; Count on Me brushes by Deena Rutter; Destination by Robyn Meierotto

It was a whirlwind couple of days with our son getting diagnosed with a double ear infection the night before and us leaving earlier than planned on Wednesday morning as the roofing company arrived to replace our roof! Another check off the “to do” list at the foreclosure house, but back to the trip …

In our short 48 hours we managed to:

  • visit Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock where we met  the 4 newest kids at the goat farm. My son and I added cancellations to our NPS Passport books, and my daughter got her own Passport;

Connemara Farms at Carl Sandburg Home, Flat Rock, NC

  • make a quick urgent care visit for me (not how I planned to start this trip);
  • have dinner with my sister-in-law and nieces in Hendersonville;
  • spend a day with them at Biltmore Estate touring the house & gardens and enjoying a treat at the Creamery;
Late in the afternoon taking a quick photo as requested by my son in the Biltmore Gardens.
  • drive part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and visit the Visitor’s Center where we added more cancellations to our Passports and our son got his first set of stamps which made for great entertainment on the trip home;
  • vist the Western NC Nature Center where we saw bears, otters, snakes, foxes, sheep, etc;
  • have lunch at the drive-thru/walk up only Chick-fil-A.

Asheville Drive Thru Chick-fil-a

I completely forgot this existed until we saw it. Yes, I’m sure there were probably other “local” cool spots to eat, but remember, we were traveling with 2 kids and I was feeling more & more under the weather so something quick & easy plus a tad unique was good enough before our long drive home.

In spite of being sick, we had a wonderful trip and I’m so glad we went. Now if I can just get over the rest of this respiratory mess before our next adventure. We have 2-1/2 more weeks of track out to fill and enjoy!

Do you have any special trips planned for this year?

Linking up with Mommy & Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?


  • Camille May 18, 2015 at 11:23 am
    What bad timing for you and your little one to get sick! Glad you managed to have a good trip anyway!!
    • Sarah Coggins May 18, 2015 at 8:51 pm
      He bounced back immediately and was fine by the time we left for our trip. It's us adults that take longer to rebound! Glad to be *almost* better now if I can just kill this cough and get my voice back. ;)
  • Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? May 25, 2015 at 8:49 pm
    What a great trip! We still haven't been to Asheville. We need to put it on our list. I was worried it wasn't kid friendly, but it sure looks like it is!
  • Lucy Brummett October 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    That is such a beautiful area too. I haven’t been to visit only have driven past it going to Kentucky. The passport book for kids sounds fun to do. My kids would’ve loved that when they were younger.
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