Sunday, November 30, 2008

Scenes from the Grove Park Inn

We celebrated Thanksgiving again this year with Charlie's sister Lee and family in Asheville, NC. I drove to the mountains by myself on Thursday, about a four and a half hour drive, and enjoyed beautiful weather and scenery.

Our reservations at the Grove Park Inn were for 7:30 PM. We could see the lights of the city twinkling below us from the Blue Ridge Room. This room is like a long veranda with large stained glass chandeliers.

After dinner we walked around to see the decorations and Christmas trees on display. There are two opposite wings of the resort that each feature a theme tree in each window.

They also had the annual Gingerbread House contest entries on display. Always amazing!

The next day Lee and I went off to our artsy shopping trip to Sanctuary of Stuff in Woodfin and then to Biltmore Village. We ate at a great Mexican restaurant called LaPaz. Charlie's brother Richard came to Asheville and they rode around together.

That night we went to the French Broad River Brewing Company, a microbrewery that features entertainment some nights. The musician was none other than Dave Desmelik, who was Lee's teaching assistant last year. We enjoyed his performance, which reminds me of one Avett Brother or maybe a folk singer like John Prine.

We came home Saturday since Charlie had been away from home so long at deer camp. Today we both went out to Cary to see our son Dave's new home. They have gotten a lot done since I saw it last week. I volunteered Charlie's assistance in switching out the chandelier in the dining room. This ended up a family project, with all of us helping to hold up the fixture while DH did the wiring.
I gave them a framed print that I found at SOS that has the blues, greens, and taupes of some of their rooms.

I hope you and your loved ones also had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend!


Anonymous said...

What a nice time you had!!! Uh oh... time to think about holiday decorations!

Unknown said...

WHat a cute gingerbread carousel! The photos are lovely. Thanks for sharing the lovely Inn!