Weekend getaways are my favorite. Especially when it’s a girl’s weekend and I get to meet up my bestie Amy, the other half of this blog, and insta of @cozyknittythings. We haven’t seen each other since last summer, which is unacceptable. So much has happened this year, we were long overdue.
We both wanted to go somewhere we haven’t been before. Somewhere with decent weather, fun sites, and a nice cozy Air B&B to do our knits. We agreed on Asheville, NC. Asheville has always on my radar of places to visit, but when we were brainstorming ideas and time frames, and saw that the SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair) was being hosted the last weekend of October it was a no-brainer.
A yarn fair only 20-min away from craft beer nation? Sold.
We scoured Air B&B for a good deal, secured a nice little spot that was walkable to downtown, but far enough away to enjoy “nature” and by “nature” I mean any place with a concentration of trees. I don’t get enough trees in my life.
We mapped out yarn stores to visit in addition to the fest, because it’s the right thing to do. We polled our family and friends to keep track of their favorite spots and tried to go to as many places as possible in the 3-days we had there.
Amy flew from Chicago; I flew from Boston and luckily we arrived within 10 minutes of each other. Once we landed in Charlotte, we drove ~2 hours to Asheville. While getting ready to pick up our rental car, we were given the option of a 4-door Toyota sedan, or a pick-up truck. I think we made the right choice:
Once we arrived to our Air B&B, we unpacked, changed clothes, and hit up the town immediately. We had several suggestions on breweries to stop by, and must-see’s. We occasionally stumbled (literally) into some hidden gems on our own. Like Eurisko – We had the place to ourselves, because it was 3pm on a Friday, winning.
Our second bar was our favorite place of them all, Burial Brew Co. Why was it the best?
It could be the velvet portrait of Tom Selleck that greeted us by the entrance (sadly, not pictured)…
It could be this mural….
Or it could be this random busted old truck that we could sit and drink in.
Burial Brew Co. Go there.
But, the whole reason we came, the highlight of our trip was Saturday at SAFF. We weren’t sure what to expect. We knew that access to an abundance of yarn and knitty things would be sensory overload and completely overwhelming…If we didn’t plan properly, the flat bed of the truck would have been filled with unnecessary farm animals, or yarn, or both. Just look at this cute little guy:
Our strategy was to go in with a mission, and my mission was to find a bulky marble-like yarn (white, with black and gray speckles). You’d think that would be easy, false. Sock yarn dominated the fun colors from what I could tell.
But on our way out of the fair, I did find what I came for. A beautiful marble speckled skein. I hugged it, squeezed it and bought it immediately. I think I teared up. The thought of almost leaving without buying anything was blasphemous. I skipped out of there like a 3-year old leaving Toys-R-Us (RIP), it was beautiful. Amy was doing much of the same, ogling the pretty yarn that she bought.
Our weekend activities included: breweries, stuffing our face with food, a hike, shopping, bar hopping, then coming home early to crochet and knit.
I love having a friend who literally wants to do the same things I do. By same things I mean: absolutely refusing to wait in long lines (or any lines), opting for pizza on night one, being a start early end early kind of gal (day drinking rules), being okay with going home by 7pm because we just couldn’t wait to use our newly bought yarn.
Girls weekend was a success, we did what we love every day and had a blast. And now, I am currently researching the Asheville housing market. Kidding, kind of.
Have you ever been to Asheville? If so, where are your favorite places to go? I am keeping track, because I need to plan another visit there ASAP.