Asheville Babymoon Recommendations

So it wasn’t planned as a babymoon… but thanks to this ever-growing 21-week baby bump, that’s what it has turned into!


Work bump selfie!

Wheat and I are heading for our longest vacation EVER in a couple of weeks to a cabin in Saluda, North Carolina, and I am positively giddy with excitement.  Neither of us have done the Biltmore, so we know we would like to block a day out for that… but any tips/tricks/recommendations re: the Biltmore estate would be much appreciated!

We also plan to spend a day or two exploring downtown Asheville or nearby Hendersonville, but before I start doing any real planning, I’d absolutely love to hear your favorite haunts!  I told Wheat if he humored me through the Biltmore (including afternoon tea possibly?!?) and yarn shops (and he doesn’t know it yet – well, now he does – but I want to go to a yoga class while I’m there, too), then I’d humor him through some brewery tours or something of the like that I can’t partake in.  Marriage is about compromise, right? ;)

So people, please: give me your best advice and recommendations for anything you’ve got on the Asheville area!  We want to relax and spend a good bit of down time at the cabin (I’m coming off of 3 weeks without a day off (and Christmas didn’t really count as days off)), but we are interested in everything there is to do in Asheville, Hendersonville, hiking in the area (go easy on me, it IS a babymoon after all!), Biltmore estate, including restaurants, yoga, knitting, breweries, bars, etc. etc. etc.  Ready, set, go!  And thank you!

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9 thoughts on “Asheville Babymoon Recommendations

  1. Madeline

    We took the big kids a few years ago (pre-Robert) and enjoyed dining at Early Girl Cafe, Tupelo Honey Cafe, and Corner Kitchen. There is also a good pizza/brewery in downtown Asheville. I definitely think you need to go to the yoga class! Have fun!

  2. Natalie

    How great!

    My grandparents have a home is Saluda – it’s really charming. All the shops are cute and the Purple Onion is delicious. If you go to Green River barbque, please try the tomato pie (plus, there’s a nice waitress there with a wonderful laugh). Pearson’s Falls and Jump Off Rock are fun for a simple hike/lunch spot. Chimney Rock gives some great views and is more of a day trip. Try a Blue Ridge drive. There are a couple of options. Asheville has tons too. I think the Biltmore still has a driving experience – maybe Range Rover? Hendersonville has some cute shopping and restaurants. Tryon would be another recommendation for a small town lunch trip. I hope you enjoy and have lots to write about!

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      Thank you so much for all the Saluda recommendations! And for the hiking recs – we want to try to squeeze in a couple short hikes while we are there. How awesome you have a family home there! Can’t wait to experience it, too. :)

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  4. Alicia Smith

    Hey Natalie! I just discovered your blog, you are so cute :) I am lucky to say that one of my best friends lives in Asheville so I get to visit there every couple of months! It’s a great place, you really can’t go wrong with any of the above suggestions. Of course, the Biltmore is great. Grove Park is also really amazing, definitely consider having dinner there one night. Tupelo Honey is one of my favorites, Early Girl and Corner Kitchen are also great. Of course, explore downtown and it’s many restaurants/bars/shops. Have so much fun!!

    1. oystersandpearls Post author

      Thank you so much, Alicia! We had the best time exploring the Asheville area. Didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked in Asheville proper, as our trip got cut a bit short, but it was wonderful nonetheless! I’ll be posting about our week up there as soon as I can. Thank you for commenting and saying hello!!


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