Most people say I have a competitive nature. It’s not necessarily competing against other people, because in that category I really don’t stand a chance. It’s more like competing with myself. It’s about doing something when people say I can’t do something.
We had limited time in Asheville. Upon arrival we enjoyed this great early dinner at Laughing Seed. It is a vegetarian restaurant almost across from our hotel. It is one of our favorite places to eat. We also love the hotel we stayed at, The Haywood Park Hotel. It is located in the heart of downtown Asheville and has some significant history. It was Asheville’s first department store in the 1930′s, and still carries much of that flavor. In 1985 it was converted to a hotel with only 33 rooms – large rooms. I love large rooms because I always take my yoga mat. At least 3 people could have done yoga easily in that room, and we got the smallest room. We had stayed there a year ago, and had a great room with a great view. Coincidentally, we were given the same room, without requesting it. We were on second floor – men’s ware. The voice in the elevator still says that. We took some great pictures both years, so I will compile and post more about the hotel later.
We had contemplated The Grove Park Inn, but it would require some driving into and out of town, plus the fact it was much more expensive, and the room would have been much smaller. Still yet we wanted the Grove Park Inn experience, at least a little part of it. So, my idea was to walk from town, supposedly a 5 mile trek round trip, mostly steep uphill getting there. We asked the waitress at Laughing Seed about walking it. She strongly recommended driving. Basically she said you can’t walk it. I asked if there were sidewalks the whole way, to which she said yes, but still don’t attempt walking it. We went back to the hotel and asked at the desk. We got the same advice. We left for Grove Park Inn, my husband following my determined lead. We are notorious for getting lost. I asked someone not too far into the trek if we were headed in the right direction. This was a young guy who hiked. Maybe it was our age. He said, that way, but you can’t walk it. At this point it was really a challenge. Not too far out of town it began raining. No umbrella. It was a light rain, and we were supposedly closer to the hotel at this point than to town, and I wasn’t about to turn back. But, we took a wrong turn, going through a long tunnel. So, we had to back track. The total trip instead of being a little over 5 miles registered 8.22 miles on my phone GPS.