It was a beautiful weekend in Asheville!

The mountains have had a good number of 50 degree days this season but it has been quite gray lately.  When the higher temps are coupled with clear and sunny skies, that makes for some lovely (if appropriately rare) wintertime fun.

Friday night we explored a new brewery!  Not that we need another one in town, but I can say I really like Burial Beer.  I appreciate a spot with a casual, relaxed vibe and the bartenders were friendly and quick:  two elusive and wonderful bartender-y qualities!  Rumor has it they are doing a donut pairing with Vortex, and I am ashamed to say I left without trying it.  I guess I have to go back now.

Saturday, Heather and I finally celebrated Christmas!  I hate the feeling of rushing through Christmas; hastily eating breakfast and opening presents.  So we leisurely drank our green juice and cooked delicious pancakes with apple and raisin compote.  Post breakfast we each opened some presents and took our time enjoying it.  After waiting so long to exchange gifts, it was nice to savor the experience.  Post festivities, we went to the best spot in Asheville for homey (not homely) goods:  The Screen Door.  We came home with a few gems, including an old school locker that is currently holding jackets and sunglasses.  I’m not ready to show off any photos yet as we have lots of furniture and art rearranging in our future.  Our rare winter activity was a sunny bike ride!  Then we were off to Christmas dinner at the Marketplace where I had the most delicious cocktail ever.  I’ll be back with a recipe once I nail it down, but I’ll just say now that it involved tequila and an IPA.  It was a delicious Christmas tradition I hope to continue!

(It does seem like our weekends are heavy on the food and drinks front but I feel semi-legitimized in the fact that we really try to cook at home during the week.  There is just too much delicious food to eat here and we are supporting local biz-ness people, so that’s good right? Good.)

For once we got our tushes in gear early-ish on Sunday to go out exploring on the Blue Ridge Parkway!  We have our go-to hikes we do all the time, but since parts of the Parkway are closed in the winter we were forced to think outside of the box.  The three of us (Mozey, duh) ended up on the Shut in/Mountain to Sea trail and I am so glad we found it.  This piece of these two conjoining trails is only a 15-minute drive from our house.  Our typical drive is 30-45 so this is a great one to remember for quick after-work outings.  We did a 3.5 mile stretch that paralleled the parkway and it was quite beautiful.  It was along a ridgeline, so there was no peak or bald to give some spectacular, rewarding view.  But, since it was winter we could see across plenty anyway.  What’s that about you can’t see the forest for the trees?  

Well, this one was all about the trees.

How was your weekend? Hope it was lovely!


  1. Caroline Juterbock
    January 20, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    I remember that backpack 🙂 !!!! Looking great Anna!!

  2. Courtney Masters
    January 20, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Makes me so jealous – I wish I could go hiking!

  3. Elizabeth Dietz
    January 20, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    That is really cool that you and Heather waited to celebrate Christmas together til you could do it just you guys. I may have to keep that in mind for next year for Mark and I. I feel like we never get to have our "own" Christmas because we are so busy traveling to see all of our family… it might be nice to do something just the two of us!! Thanks for the idea babe!! 🙂

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