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Trip Report NC Mountains- brief trip reports to Asheville and Hendersonville

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My husband and I have been traveling in the North Carolina Mountains quite a bit recently and I thought I'd share some of our thoughts on places to dine and stay.

Lodging: Double Tree Biltmore- a very nice, well situated hotel, right at the gates of the Biltmore Estate. The rooms are nice and have been recently updated. If possible, try to stay in the Executive Tower.
Also, several family members stayed at the Residence Inn- Biltmore. It is less than half a mile from the Double Tree and is slightly more affordable. The rooms are more spacious and have a kitchenette. It is also pet friendly. If I were going back, I'd stay here next time. The breakfast in the morning is included in the cost. During the week, they offer dinners and happy hours for free as well.

Rezaz- Spectacular! It is fine dining at the edge of Biltmore Village, but still affordable. I believe entrees ranged from $25-$35. Everything the family ordered was spectacular. I had the filet with a tomato chutney. However, the Paella, Osso Bucco, and Red Snapper were all delicious. Since it was family we shared everything! We also had pre-dinner drinks at the Enoteca. It is cute as well. The enoteca menu included paninis, appetizers, etc. We ate calamari in the enoteca and it did not disappoint.

La Paz- one of our favorite spots in Biltmore Village. It is mexican with a flair. If the weather is pretty, eat outside on the large deck. The fajitas are delicious!

The Bohemian- a brand new, grand hotel located in Biltmore Village. We did not eat here, but we had after dinner cocktails here one evening. It is beautifully decorated, not in the traditional, girly sense, but rather it is very masculine- almost like a hunting lodge where the rich would relax after a day of bear hunting or after safari. Think lots of marble and dark wood, but expensive art work mingled with elk antlers. The bar is large and offers many bourbons (my favorite) as well as great wines. It is actually priced fairly well. For what the rooms at the hotel cost, we were expecting the drinks to be exorbitantly priced, but they weren't. One of the coolest things was the fact that the menus lit up when you opened them. They were back lit in some way so they glowed when opened.

Lodging: The Elizabeth Leigh Inn. This elegant bed and breakfast is perfectly located a short walk from the historic down town area. The Inn Owner, Cindy, is welcoming and warm without be obtrusive. Her breakfasts were magnificent and the little touches she provided, the guest bar, turning down our bed, etc. made the stay even more wonderful. We also attended a rehearsal dinner at the Elizabeth Leigh- the outdoor porch and patio served as a great location for the intimate (35 person) dinner. Cindy and her helpers served traditional southern pulled pork Barbeque, home made macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, tomato pie, AND blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. It was awesome! I'd recommend the Elizabeth Leigh for any stay in Hendersonville or if you're looking to host a private event.

Dining: Flight, on Main Street, is such a unique place!! The bird mobile in the main dining room is just neat- not sure if there is another word for it. The bar area is elegant, but not pretentious. The pork tenderloin was delicious as well.

Hannah Flannigans on Main Street was hopping at lunch time. I had a well priced Sam Adams Oktoberfest ($3/20 oz draft) and a huge hamburger! The hamburger was big enough to share.

Because we were in the mountains for different events, we didn't do too much exploring on these trips. However, Hendersonville and Asheville are both phenomenal destinations and we're looking forward to our return trips.