Oh, hi! It’s been a while. A lot has happened since I last logged onto just ferriss. I’m excited to share with you some of my recent adventures around downtown Asheville during my staycation at Asheville’s boutique hotel–the Windsor Boutique Hotel. Aka the tale of that time I fell in love with my city all over again.
My sister came to Asheville during her spring break–she plays soccer at University of Florida. She hasn’t been to Asheville in forever and never for more than just a few days and this time I had her for a whole week! So much time for activities–I had no problems planning her trip since you could live in Asheville for 10 years, do something different every day and still not make it to the next best thing. My parents and brother planned to come for a few days, too, so I had the whole fam in the place I now call home–this has never happened before in my almost 8 years of being here!
There is nothing better than being a tourist in your own city, especially when you have people visiting you. My mom, sister and I had some prime mother-daughter-girl time for a one-night staycation at the Windsor Boutique Hotel in downtown Asheville. And ohhhhhhhhhhh, my goodness is it charming, or is it charming?
From the lobby when you walk in, to the first flight of stairs to the bedding to the robe and slippers (literally the best robe and slippers, btw–good thing you can shop them right next door) to the chilled beer glasses in the freezer to the suite life that has everything you need to the primetime location in down Asheville–we made ourselves right at home.
My sister and I waited for my mom to meet us so I took her to Lab (Lexington Avenue Brewery)–she needed a snack (hummus and brussels FTW) and I needed a beer (their Cartwheel beer right now is 100). It was the perfect pre-check-in spot since Windsor is literally just a block away.
After we checked in and got settled in our cozy room, we met my parents at The Pillar–a rooftop bar on the east side of downtown–just before sunset. Enough time to enjoy some small plates, a drink or two and a mountain view before dinner.
Then we headed to Posana for dinner–a contemporary but ridiculously cozy spot for the freshest farm-to-table local ingredients. But local and fresh ingredients aren’t the only thing Posana will tickle your fancy with. FUN FACT: Posana operates under a gluten-free kitchen! So you can enjoy anything on the menu without hesitation–this was a selling point for my sister, who avoids gluten as much as possible. Bonus: We all commented on how phenomenal our server was (I was not paid to say this–literally, the best, most friendly and personable service ever! My dad gave him a tip on top of a tip). Dear server, I can’t remember your name right now but if I could, I’d give you a S/O. PS, you rock.
Thennnnnnn we walked just up the street back to Windsor for the night. My dad hung out with us for a bit until we had to kick him out–he was enjoying our suite perhaps more than we were. We said “night dad, see you in the morning” and then did girl stuff, like face masks and drank hot tea and ate popcorn and then we slept like angels in the cutest room ever with two double beds perpendicular to one another–which made for a super fun and cozy setup for a sleepover.
After a glorious night’s sleep, my sister went for a run in the morning around downtown. I put on a fresh pot of coffee while we got ready for brunch and shopping. I wanted to go to Over Easy Cafe, which is one of my favorites and conveniently located right next to Windsor, but they were closed for renovations. So we made our way to Green Sage Cafe just up the street–another favorite that’s hard to do wrong. We enjoyed coffee, fresh-pressed juice, eggs, bacon, vegan bowls with all of the healthy ingredients and powerfoods, and some sweet potato hash (the best).
Brunch was just the fuel we needed for some must-make stops at a few of my favorite places downtown–Duncan and York (a modern market boutique and gift shop, it’s the cutest), Tops for Shoes (my mom’s favorite ever and an Asheville icon–we all came out champs with one pair of shoes each), Fox and Beaux (one of my favorite jewelry stores in the world–you must get yourself or gift someone this birthstone necklace!), Boutique Lp (my mom scored a cute denim dress), Old North and my sister spotted a super Asheville shirt hanging outside one store we passed, so we treated her to that so she can wear it proudly and tell everyone who asks her about it that her sister lives in the coolest city in the world. One word: Airstream.
After a solid 24 hours of adventures, we ventured away from downtown to Grove Park Inn–one of my happiest happy places! We watched our team, the KU Jayhawks (Rockchalk!), play on TV at the Edison, which is a lovely little craft ales + kitchen (okay a fancy sports bar) inside Grove Park Inn (mountain views still intact). Moscow mules, hush puppies and some other light bites were a perfect afternoon delight.
Thennnnnnnn we were all exhausted so we rested Thursday night. By the time of our next adventure, my brother would be in town and the next 48 hours had an equally packed agenda–which I look forward to sharing with you soon!
To sum it up: my parents are ready to book their stay at Windsor–Asheville’s favorite boutique hotel (literally). Thank you, Windsor Boutique Hotel for having me and letting me share my wonderful stay with you! I can’t tell you how much of a treat it was for my family and me!