This weekend was the big RACE WEEKEND for Brandi and me!  After training and planning for months and months, we were super excited to tackle the International triathlon distance (1 mile swim, 24 mile bike, and a 10K/6.2 mile run).  The race was in beautiful Asheville, which is about 2.5 hours west of Charlotte.  I have been to Asheville numerous times, but I think this trip really showed me how much Asheville has to offer. 


Asheville is an amazing vacation destination – there’s so much to do.  It’s well-known in the region for its food, outdoor sports, cute downtown, and other offbeat elements.  I worked with the Asheville tourism board to bring you a summary of just a few of the cool activities.  Here we go!


Brandi and I left Charlotte at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning and drove directly to the Adventure Center of Asheville for some ZIPLINING.


There were three things that I really liked about the Adventure Center of Asheville.  First, it was very close to downtown Asheville.  There are a ton of outdoor activities around Asheville, but some of them are located an hour or so away, deeper in the mountains.  That’s great, but if you’re there for a short weekend, it’s nice to have something like the Adventure Center of Asheville super close by. 



Second of all, I can’t say enough great things about out guides.  They were SO funny and nice.  I was a little nervous about ziplining, but I could tell they were very experienced and safe. 



Third, the Adventure Center of Asheville has a really cool obstacle course/zip line park that kids (and adults) of all ages can participate in!  I have never seen something like this that younger kids could do – and the obstacles were WAY cool.  We have something similar in Charlotte (at the Whitewater Center), but this really blew the WWC out of the water.  I would *love* to bring Henry back when he’s older – I know he’d be super into this obstacle course.


Actually, this trip got me really excited for the “big kid” stage in general because there were so many family-friendly activities in Asheville.


After we zipped, we headed to lunch at Green Sage Café.  Asheville is nicknamed “Foodtopia” for good reason – the city is super famous for all it’s yummy local, organic, and/or sustainable food.  There’s also a huge vegetarian/vegan scene.




My one and only issue with dining in Asheville is that the restaurant scene is SO awesome that it’s sometimes hard to get a table.  Not only was the Green Sage Café’s food really, really delicious (check out that yummy Buddha Bowl!), but it was an order-at-the-counter place and the food was out super fast.  We were really hungry so this was awesome!  Oh, and the coffee was banging, which was much appreciated after such an early start.


And after lunch, we checked into the cutest little B&B called the Applewood Manor Inn.  There are so many great places to stay in Asheville but this 5-star B&B is truly a gem. 


Built in the early 1900s, it’s a 7-bedroom house with a wonderful husband and wife innkeeper team.  I can’t say enough great things about Nancy (and if you read reviews, I’m not the only one!).  She woke up at 5AM to give us coffee before we left for our race (!) and packed us breakfasts to go (granola, yogurt and gluten-free muffins) since we were going to miss breakfast.  How awesome is that?






Alright – I bet you’re wondering how our triathlon went.  Well, it was awesome!  I worried about this race so much (you can’t screw around with an Olympic distance tri, can you?).  I’ve had a very busy past few months and it’s been hard to squeeze in training… but I somehow busted out a great race.  Wahoo.  I’ll recap it for you tomorrow.


Have you been to Asheville before?  What did you do?



  • Kelly August 10, 2015, 11:17 am

    I’ve always wanted to check out ashville! Heard it was a super cool city. Pics are awesome can’t wait to hear about your race 🙂

  • August 10, 2015, 12:01 pm

    I love Asheville! I was only there for one weekend a long time ago but want to go back! I’m glad your triathlon went well!

  • Kaila@HealthyHelperBlog August 10, 2015, 12:08 pm

    I LOVE Ashville! I went there for a weekend getaway once! It’s a such a unique place and so much cool stuff to do and see!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 10, 2015, 12:42 pm

    I’ve always wanted to go to Asheville! Such an awesome place! And so cool you got to zipline!!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H August 10, 2015, 1:49 pm

    asheville really is the best. so much good food for a race weekend! can’t wait to hear all about the triathlon.

  • Amanda August 10, 2015, 2:56 pm

    Asheville looks awesome- I haven’t ever been there, but I would love to visit! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about the race!

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul August 10, 2015, 3:04 pm

    So fun! I’ve never been zip lining before! I’m too chicken!

  • Katie August 10, 2015, 3:21 pm

    Love Asheville! I’ve been a couple times. Once, I toured the Biltmore Estate which was awesome, especially for anyone into Downton Abbey. And we always find amazing restaurants. My husband is always on the lookout for excellent margaritas… Limones and Salsas were both delish. Early Girl Eatery had a good breakfast. Loved Tupelo Honey Cafe, Rosetta’s Kitchen and Laughing Seed Cafe. Really, when I go there I go to eat 🙂

  • Sagan August 10, 2015, 4:13 pm

    Congratulations on the race!

    What a beautiful place – that B& B looks amazing!

    And ziplining = SO GOOD. Haven’t done it in forever but I love it.

  • Jolene ( August 10, 2015, 5:34 pm

    I hadn’t even heard of Asheville until now!! It sounds and looks like a beautiful place 🙂

  • Ali @ Brown is the New Pink August 10, 2015, 6:06 pm

    My husband and I stayed at Applewood Manor last year! We were coming back from our wedding in Kentucky (we live in Durham), and we decided to have a mini-honeymoon in Asheville on the way home. It is an awesome B&B!

    We loved touring several different breweries, and 12 Bones is possibly my favorite bbq place, ever. Touring the Biltmore was fun as well!

  • Melody August 11, 2015, 8:31 am

    Love Asheville! My favorite thing to do is eat at Biscuit Head.

  • Chrissy August 11, 2015, 9:23 am

    I was also in Asheville this past weekend! We went for my birthday and spent most of our time eating delicious vegetarian food and visiting the breweries. 🙂 We stayed on an organic farm in an eco-cabin about 20 minutes outside of Asheville and it was glorious. I live in Wilmington so it was awesome to be somewhere with actual mountains.

  • Grace @ Diary of a Running Snail August 11, 2015, 10:23 am

    Glad you had a great trip! That B&B is so beautiful – I bet it was so much fun!
    Looking forward to the race recap:)

    • emme August 11, 2015, 2:31 pm

      Asheville resident here 🙂 So glad you had a nice visit. If you’re there again I would head over to the west side for a more funky vibe– also the river arts district for pizza pura and white duck tacos Mmmmmm!

  • Laura @ August 11, 2015, 3:40 pm

    So funny… just yesterday my husband and I were talking about scheduling a no-kid weekend in Asheville this fall!

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