This morning, we were somewhat ambitious, woke up early, enjoyed some coffee from CJ the brewmaster, and left the cottage around 08:00 to head to Blue Ridge Biscuit Company in Black Mountain for breakfast before heading to Asheville for the day. Everyone got some variety of biscuit, except for Faith, who got a waffle with fruit and cream.
Blue Ridge Biscuit Company
We left downtown Black Mountain and headed down past the Asheville airport towards Arden to do some shopping at Target/Marshall’s/Ross, and then headed back north to REI in Biltmore Park.
Lunch - Tupelo Honey
Around 14:15, we headed downtown in search of lunch, and ended up settling on Tupelo Honey, largely because a few of us were famished.
After quite the sustaining and tasty lunch, we walked over to see the Basilica of St. Lawrence.
We enjoyed the Basilica’s beautiful architecture for a while, and then took a short walk over to the Asheville Pinball Museum, which sports a rather impressive collection of antique pinball machines and arcade games. Surprisingly, most of the machines in the museum were still functioning.
On our way out of downtown, we headed over to Trader Joe’s on Merrimon Avenue. We all got several items to take home with us, and picked up some finger food for a light supper.
Around 20:00, we decided we were sad we hadn’t gotten cheesecake earlier, so CJ and I made a run to the local Ingles (which is the largest grocery store I have ever been in). We picked up a vanilla bean cheesecake and some strawberry topping, brought it back to the cottage, and enjoyed it while playing a variety of games and hanging out for the remainder of the evening.
A fun fact to close the day: we counted 126 roosters in or on things in this cottage. The owner might have a bit of an obsession; however, it is very well decorated.
That’s all for today! Tomorrow morning we’re planning to eat brunch in downtown Asheville and then explore downtown some more. Until next time…
-Isaac, Faith, CJ, Christina, Daniel, and Sarah