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Scenes from Girl’s Weekend in Asheville

My girlfriends and I deserve a record for how much we packed into 24 hours in Asheville while still staying totally relaxed and in vacation mode. We ate, drank, shopped, yogaed and talked non-stop. Side note, I think I need a second residence in Asheville. I would be up there all the time to eat, hike and yoga! This post will be a quick photo-filled look at highlights of the trip. I’m going to write separate posts about my shopping finds and two AMAZING meals that we had at restaurants I had never tried before.


I got up Saturday morning, went for a quick 3 mile run and then got showered and packed to head to Asheville. We were on the road a little after 10.


We stopped into a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar store in Biltmore Village. The (very, very wise) saleswoman asked if we liked ice cream. The next thing that we knew she brought us small cups of ice cream and instructed us to try the different balsamics with the ice cream. OMG. SO GOOD! A drizzle of aged balsamic will now be a go-to ice cream topping for me. We all ended up going home with a selection of oils and vinegars. I got a fig balsamic and a white truffle olive oil. Lately, I have been using really good olive oil and aged balsamic as salad dressings and finishings for dinners and it makes all the difference in the world. So worth the splurge for the return you get in flavor.


Hello mountains…you make me so happy! The weather was lovely. A little overcast but not too cold.


There is an awesome shoe store in downtown Asheville and we spent a solid hour and a half there. During this time I went back and forth on these shoes until Instagram finally convinced me to go for it and that I could pull them off. These Tom’s wedges are crazy comfy. I can’t wait to wear them with tights and a sweater dress.


More shopping damage. We bought matching Tom’s wedges and dresses! 🙂


Post-shopping cheese plate and cocktails.


All dressed up for dinner out.


Brussels sprouts cooked with bacon and topped with manchego cheese. We immediately ordered a second round of these after taking one bite.


Post-yoga homemade (warm) vegan cinnamon roll at brunch. (Split four ways!!!)


And a stop by French Broad Chocolate Lounge to bring a couple slices of the carrot cake that I dream about regularly home with me.


Love these girls and our fun travels! We’ve got Mexico and NYC coming up in 2014!!! 😛

Read about some of our other girl’s weekends here:
Chicago Part One, Chicago Part Two
Asheville 2012 Part One, Asheville 2012 Part Two, Asheville 2012 Part Three

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  • 1
    Danielle @ LabelsAreForTinCans November 17, 2013, 7:25 pm

    Those shoes are adorable! You can definitely pull them off 😉

    • 2
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:40 am

      thank you! i’ve yet to wear them so we’ll see!

  • 3
    She Rocks Fitness November 17, 2013, 8:03 pm

    I LOVE those blue shoes that you are rocking! I am always looking for a pair of blue suede heels to ROCK…I’m going to go do some online retail therapy and see what I can find out. 🙂 That cake looks delicious!

    • 4
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:40 am

      i so rarely do retail therapy and i have to admit it felt pretty amazing!

  • 5
    pamela November 17, 2013, 9:12 pm

    Looks like heaven! Love the Tom’s wedges and your blue shoes and leather short coat. So cute!!

    • 6
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:40 am

      it was wonderful! thank you!

  • 7
    Whitney November 17, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Good call on the tom’s wedges! I have the exact same pair and wear them all the time! 🙂

    • 8
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:41 am

      good to know that you love them! i’m so excited to wear them for the first time!

  • 9
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun November 17, 2013, 9:55 pm

    LOVE the shoes!! Asheville is such a beautiful area! I took would love to live there – maybe one day 🙂 We just got back from residency interviews all over NC – hope to be moving back there in about 6 months! Miss it so much!!

    • 10
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      i think i prefer to visit…i’ve thought about moving there but i think i need a slightly bigger city. let me know what happens from your residency interviews!!!

  • 11
    see November 17, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Love the wedges! You are totally rockin’ them out. OMGosh, I just went through all of your linked posts above and now I want to take a trip to Asheville! Oh heck, and Chicago too! Lol.

    • 12
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:42 am

      i recommend everyone visit asheville!

  • 13
    kat November 18, 2013, 6:31 am

    Exact same wedges on Christmas list. 🙂 Looks like y’all had a ball!

  • 14
    Kim @ BusyBod November 18, 2013, 7:01 am

    Your outfit is so cute! And those wedges look fabulous, great pick 🙂

  • 16
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) November 18, 2013, 8:03 am

    A fall weekend in Asheville sounds amazing! I love all your outfits and it’s inspiring me to want to go shop. I’m totally feeling those Tom wedges. So glad you had a wonderful weekend escape!

  • 17
    Kelly November 18, 2013, 12:28 pm

    You always have the best looking food! I’ll be in Charlotte this week for work…any restaurant recommendations? I’m going to try to catch your Tuesday night yoga class, too!

    • 18
      Jen November 19, 2013, 11:48 am

      hey kelly – i’m so sorry i’m just getting back to you. would love to see you in class tonight! you are welcome to come in for a drop in.

      i don’t know where you are staying but here are some faves…
      reid’s fine foods
      lunas living kitchen
      sushi guru
      good food on motnford
      roasting company
      and many more! we can chat tonight!

  • 19
    Jen November 18, 2013, 3:53 pm

    LOOOVE the Tom’s wedges! I’m in the market for something like those and never even knew Tom’s made wedges! That carrot cake is also making me drool 😉

  • 20
    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline November 18, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Love your outfits! So cute!!
    And the pictures of the mountains with the light coming through the clouds – amazing!

  • 21
    Emily November 19, 2013, 9:34 am

    Love, love, love Asheville! So close, but feels so far… such a great weekend getaway? Roadtrip??

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