Staycation

stay·ca·tion: /stāˈkāSHn/ a vacation spent in one's own home town rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. 

My husband and I staycation a lot.  We love our town-- Asheville, NC. We spend many weekends exploring new things in a place we have lived for over 10 years.

Here is how we do it:

Indulge in breakfast:  Donuts are sooooo hot right now, and my favorite place for them in Asheville is HOLE Hot Donuts and Fresh Coffee.  They cook your donut to order.  It comes out hot and they are light, fluffy, airy, amazing, delicious morsels sent from above.  I am serious.

Take a tour: Our town has quite a few different types of tours- trolley, pubcycle, comedy, walking.  I have enjoyed learning the history of our constantly growing mountain town.

 A hop on and off tour like  The Gray Line Trolley  is a great way to scope out the whole town, take note of where you want to return, and learn a little about history and architecture.  

A hop on and off tour like The Gray Line Trolley is a great way to scope out the whole town, take note of where you want to return, and learn a little about history and architecture.  

Go to the farmer's market: Check out what the local market is carrying, each week is a little different.  We like the pastries, soaps, fresh veggies, flowers, and of course the homemade pasta from Bertolini's Fresh Pasta. Check out a previous post for more about their pasta here.

 

Eat sweets: We eat dessert. With wine. Because it's vacation.

 

 

Afternoon libations: In Asheville, there are so many places to go for cocktails and the amount of breweries in this town seem to multiply weekly.  We go to places where we can really relax and that are not crowded.  On these staycation days we also try new places.     

 The Root Daiquiri, my favorite cocktail at  Sovereign Remedies . 

The Root Daiquiri, my favorite cocktail at Sovereign Remedies

  Burial Beer Co. -  Check out my post from a few weeks ago all about Burial and their new food stand  Salt & Smoke  -  here .

Burial Beer Co.-  Check out my post from a few weeks ago all about Burial and their new food stand Salt & Smoke - here.

Explore the side streets:  By getting off the beaten path you may discover a new restaurant or some unusual art. Here in Asheville the street art can definitely sneak up on you.

Go to a hotel but don't spend the night: Visit your local, beautiful, kinda swanky hotel.  In Asheville we head to The Grove Park Inn.   The view from the patio is breathtaking.  We have also taken advantage of their spa, even purchasing a day pass to use their pools.  

Dance: Check out local live music.  Right now I am all about Lyric and her ultra cool music and covers.  

Take selfies: 'Cause they are fun, especially on vacation.

 My favorite travel companion.

My favorite travel companion.

Enjoy, 
   Emily