5 Reasons to Stay at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville

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10 years! I still can’t believe we’ve been married that long.

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Josh and I went back and forth about what we wanted to do for our anniversary. Years ago we decided we’d go back to Italy to celebrate, but with two young children, that was out of the question. We also talked about going to Disney World. (We’re both big Disney nerds and we honeymooned at Disney.) But Disney is best when you have at least 4 or 5 days to explore, and again, with the kids being so little, we knew childcare wouldn’t work out for us to be gone that long.

So we narrowed it down to places we could visit that were driving distance from our house. Asheville came up in conversation, and we both agreed it would be beautiful this time of year. I remembered reading about The Grove Park Inn a while ago in a Southern Living magazine, so I checked out the website. It looked gorgeous and after I saw pictures of the spa, I was sold!

We booked a two night stay, but I wish we’d been able to stay longer. The hotel was absolutely beautiful. From the huge fireplaces in the great hall, to the breathtaking views of the mountains from the restaurants and from our room, to the spa that was basically my personal version of paradise, everywhere we turned in the historic resort was another area of opulence.

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I just love all the stonework of the hotel. So grand and stately. And that red roof looks amazing against the fall-colored terrain!

Planning a romantic getaway or an anniversary trip? Here are 5 reasons to stay at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for the Nerdy Dad

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My husband is an amazing dad. He’s so great with kids! There’s nothing he loves more than coming home from work, putting on one of his superhero t-shirts, and playing with the kids for hours. I’m pretty sure the reason that he’s such a good dad is because he’s still a kid at heart. Seriously. He has more action figures than Graham does!

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Yes, my husband is a nerd. A movie buff, comic book-loving, electronic obsessed nerd. But I’m pretty dorky myself (#disneynerd) so I guess that’s why we get along so well?

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Picture circa 2007 – before we had smart phones. Back when you had to turn your camera around, point, and shoot and hope that you’re getting both faces in the frame!

 

So if you have a lovable nerdy husband, just like mine, here is my Father’s Day Gift Guide – Gifts for the Nerdy Dad.

 

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5 Tips for Touring the Jack Daniel’s Distillery

If you’re a whiskey fan, you’ve got to take a trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee to visit the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  Touring the distillery has always been on my husband’s bucket list, so on our way up to Nashville we had to stop by. The tour was super informative, and the whiskey tasting at the end was lots of fun!

Here are 5 tips for touring the Jack Daniels Distillery.

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The Best Places to take an Instagram-Worthy Picture in Nashville

 

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Since I started blogging again, I’ve been looking at everything through a photographer’s eye. What would make an awesome picture for my blog and for Instagram? When we planned our little kid-free getaway to Nashville, I knew I had to scope out some great spots to take pictures. Nashville has plenty! All of the creativity in that town is amazing. We ended up finding so many, that I thought I’d make an entire post about it. So if you’re heading to Nashville anytime soon, grab your camera or your phone, and check out my top 5 best places to take an Instagram-worthy picture in Nashville. (With a few bonus spots included at the end!)

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Mother’s Day

I had a wonderful first Mother’s Day! We celebrated the whole weekend.

We had sushi.

Graham said he’d rather have giraffe legs instead of sushi. 🙂

 

We had crab legs.

If you’re ever in Atlanta, eat here. And then walk around here.
It’s even more fun if you have a few drinks with dinner and then walk around after dark.
I took Graham to meet some animals at a local farmyard.
Billy goat!
We went on the swing set.

I got a card and travel coffee mug with my sweet baby’s hand and feet prints.

Me and my Super-Graham!
We napped.

 

Be still my heart…so sweet!

Graham fed himself!

The hubby even helped me make a carrot cake. (I’ve been craving carrot cake recently!)

I LOVE being a mommy!

Now Josh is putting Graham to bed and I’m about to relax with a glass of wine, Game of Thrones and Mad Men.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!