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Trip Report A short stay in Asheville

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I visit Asheville in the spring as part of a business group. I was there the third week of March this year. The weather wasn't great, still pretty chilly and windy. Otherwise it was an excellent trip.

Where I stayed: I had the Timberlake suite in the Grove Park Inn. It is furnished at a very high level. Beautifully decorated and well equipped, I could have happily moved in there for a few months. It has beautiful views of downtown Asheville and those gorgeous mountains!

Where I ate: I have posted reviews of all the restaurants I visited this trip on Trip Advisor. The best meal was at Stoney Knob Restaurant in Weaverville. The best dessert was at Well Bred Cafe in Weaverville. About a ten minute drive from Asheville, Weaverville is worth a stop. Fig was new for me and I liked it quite a bit. Fairly small but well staffed, the food is quite good. I went back to the Grovewood (still good) and Corner Kitchen (exceptionally good). Also new to me was the old Savoy now reopened by the same chef as Vinnie's. It is fine but I preferred Savoy. This is more a pizza and spagetti place. I guess it was a good decision economically...the place was packed. Also new was 131 Main. Loved the food, but staff needs work. Not professional and very sloppy with service.

Spa? I don't go to the Grove Park Spa. It is gorgeous and has all the bells and whistles but I can spend a week in Bermuda with the same money. I had a massage with Lisa Lorr 9828-236-9003 on Merrimon. She was at Secret Garden in Weaverville till they closed. Lisa is fantastic! I just wish she were closer. I also went to the Spa at Biltmore for a champagne manicure and pedicure. The professional was Tamara from Russia. She is very good and I enjoyed the visit. Very nice spa in the same complex with Fig.

Auction Houses: My mother died this past year and there were some items in her estate which I wanted to sell. I am not ebay savvy and found excellent help from Brunk Auctions on Tunnel Road, Asheville and Terry Wilson Auctions in Weaverville.

Summary: Asheville is a wonderful town to visit. In the last twenty years it has had explosive growth and traffic is an issue. I highly recommend it.

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