On the last morning of vacation I awoke in the Red Roof Inn of Hendersonville to the smell of breakfast! This hasn’t happened to me in a while. I also got some sleep the night before so I was feeling much better but in need of many cups of coffee. Typical.
Red Roof Inn in Hendersonville has free breakfast. Hotels say this and over time and travel you learn that it can mean many things. Sometimes this means some free take and go muffins or little cereal boxes. Sometimes it’s a full bar. It’s a dice roll. I feel like we won this round! They had a nice variety of drinks including coffees,different teas and cocoa and two different juices. They also had make it yourself waffles! Super excite! Colton made my breakfast for me. He is so sweet 🙂
And now we are offff to Asheville. We stayed outside of it the previous night because every inn,hotel and B&B was either booked or wanted $200 a night. That was crazy. The internet told me I picked a busy weekend,haha. Go figure. Staying in Hendersonville saved us money and it was a short drive back into Asheville. We also started hearing about the NC gas crisis about this time. We weren’t and still haven’t been affected by it.
When we were almost to Asheville I realized it was Sunday and early. We figured nothing was going to be open! And we were correct,most shops seemed to open around 10 or 11 but there are so many coffee shops and art to look at that it doesn’t matter.
One such installation was the “Before I Die…” wall. I had wanted to write on one of these for a long time.
Before I Die….
After losing someone she loved and experiencing deep depression, artist Candy Chang created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighborhood to create an anonymous place to help restore perspective and share intimately with neighbors while remaining an introvert. After receiving permission, she painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence, “Before I die I want to _______.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space.
Before I Die walls have been created in over 35 languages and over 70 countries, including Kazakhstan, Iraq, Haiti, China, Ukraine, Portugal, Japan, Denmark, Argentina, and South Africa. A man named Happy maintains this particular wall with the help of some friends that wander by throughout the day. I couldn’t focus my mind on one particular thing that day so I didn’t feel it was appropriate for me to write on the wall. Colton knew what he wanted though!
Feeling uplifted…we were now on the hunt for coffee! And out of allll of the choices available….how can you say no to a double decker bus from England???
This particular 1963 Lodekka model Double Decker bus came from Bristol, England where it performed it was used as a public transportation vehicle in the 1960’s and 70’s. It ended up in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1970’s, where it not only took its passengers from point A to point B, but also claimed the reputation of a party bus. It came to Asheville in 1999 and has been a coffee shop ever since!
Super rad place,great music. I’m lucky I’m short though 🙂 They have a really fabulous selection of drinks! I wanted something sort of seasonal so I went for an iced peppermint bark mocha and Colton got an iced Chai 🙂 They were both magical! You can sit up stairs inside or outside in the patio area. We chose the latter,it was beautiful outside. We were sipping coffee listening to Janis Joplin. A perfect day!
By this time downtown was opening and people were moving about. It started to fill up FAST! We shopped around for a while,there are so many fantastic shops to check out! Loft is my favorite,it has a gift for everyone! We picked up Poe and Vonnegut coffee mugs that rocked our world.
We didn’t realize they were blocking one side of downtown off for a street faire of sorts. Really cool! We were starving though and on the hunt for foods! Places were packed. We found one place that looked to have seating available,Salsas. I wasn’t sure if I was really in the mood for Mexican food…BUT I was in the right place. This Mexcian/Caribbean Restaurant had some of the best food I have eaten in years. I never really get excited about food. I like it,it’s great…moving on. NO. This is amazing food,food like I have never tasted!
I ordered The Mountain burrito which is described as : Chicken, shrimp, potatoes, queso, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli. Comes with chips and Salsas Farm 44 greens. I wasn’t too sure what the greens were but hey…I’ll go with it. I usually order something and have them remove half the stuff on it. I was hungry and didn’t feel like taking the time. AND I AM SO GLAD. It was perfection.
This place doesn’t cut corners on the ingredients. I had huge pieces of chicken and potatoes in my burrito…full sized shrimp…I mean..WOW. Leftovers were just as great later that night!
We are happy now,walked the leftovers and souvenirs back to the car and then checked out the street festival.
There was all sorts of street performance,people interacting and community! I haven’t been immersed in that in a while. The scene in Greensboro,for me,has sort of died. It was nice to see it alive and well in another area. Faith in humanity restored! I joined in the flow arts…people wanted to talk to me…to ask about me. No one was stuck up in their cell phones. It was fantastic!!!
Last stop before heading back home………..French Broad Chocolate Lounge. It’s a MUST for any Asheville trip! I knew I needed macarons in my life and Colton wanted coffee for the drive.
We had parked right at French Broad so now it’s time to head back home. We have kitties waiting for us there! But this was a great little short trip away! I miss you already,Asheville! Stay weird! ❤
Until the next adventure,