Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Welcome to day 3 of my trip to Asheville and hello to all of the new visitors of The Outside In!  After a seriously action packed second day in Asheville, Mom, Ali and I were all ready for a very relaxing day at THE GROVE PARK INN taking full advantage of the spa pools and treatments that they are known for.  I woke up a bit earlier than them and got to enjoy the sunrise over the mountains before breakfast.  

Still wanting to take advantage of our little home away from home for the week, we decided to tour the shops at the Inn and go on the Sunset Nature Trail before heading down to the spa for the rest of the day.  The shops at the Grovewood Gallery were fine if not a bit impractical for your everyday shopper.  Yeah I like what you're up to, I just can't afford your $6000 rocking chair at the moment.  What I really enjoyed was the Antique Car Museum.  They've probably got about twenty antique cars ranging from the early 1900s to late 1950s, including a 1922 American LaFrance Type 20 fire truck that was in mint condition.  It was free and open to the public and I would suggest stopping by if for no other reason than that fire truck!  

The nature hike was a lot shorter than we thought, maybe a mile total, but it was very peaceful.  We finished that off by looping the rest of the property, getting our bathing suits, and heading to the spa.  They had notices everywhere about the fact that the spa area was technology free so sadly I've got no photos to show you.  I couldn't paint a picture that would do any justice but it was certainly an experience to be remembered.  I've never been pampered like that before and I'm not sure that I ever will be again but I'd say that was enough for a lifetime.  
After a long day of relaxation and a treatment at the spa, I stayed in for the night and Ali and Mom got dinner at one of the hotel's restaurants called EDISON where we had watched the sunset our first night.  A quick check in with them confirmed that they had a good dinner,and great service. I honestly wasn't feeling too amazing and wanted to do whatever I needed to be okay for Monday's big event - THE BILTMORE ESTATE.  It was what I had been looking forward to the most and I wanted to make sure I got to enjoy every minute of it.  Our fourth and final day in Asheville will be up on The Outside In this Thursday.  Check back to take a look at our trip to the Biltmore and my final shots from a perfect summer adventure with two of the best women I know.


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