December 4, 2012

Traveling Adventures: Asheville & The Big Crafty

Sunday, the southern beau and I visited Asheville, North Carolina together for the first time. I wanted to attend a holiday craft fair I'd read about in Country Living Magazine and he accompanied me like the good sport that he is. The main attraction of our day was the Big Crafty, an artsy fartsy craft show held at the Asheville Art Museum.

I saw so many wonderful goods made by lots of talented people. I'll be sharing more of the cool things we saw, but my favorite thing was the art of Joe Engel. His mixed media painted wood pieces really caught my eye...I wanted to bring one home with me.

After the craft event, we made our way to the Grove Arcade, an historic downtown building that has been converted into retail and residential spaces. Lots to see and it was a gorgeous day for walking around, taking in the sights and sounds of the city.

We ate lunch at Early Girl Eatery, a quaint little spot tucked into a narrow alleyway. My cabbage, beets and beans were delicious and the southern beau enjoyed his grits and potatoes with tomato gravy. We could only look longingly at the homemade desserts as we left because both of us were too stuffed to enjoy more.

We ended our adventure by driving around the River Arts District, though most shops were closed as it was pretty late in the day (and Sunday). We're already planning another visit! 

Have you been to Asheville? What's your favorite thing to do there? I'm thinking about a weekend trip in January...any suggestions?