Relaxing in Asheville

The purpose of our Asheville trip was just to get away. Run away from real life and hide in this idyllic mountain town, if only for a weekend, I guess. I used to say that I could live there, and maybe I could, but it felt a little smaller this time.


(I’m kind of obsessed with this picture. It was my first time really trying to do HDR photography and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. It just so happened that the sun was setting while we were in a parking garage and there was a ledge that I could set my camera on to use as a tripod.)

I tried to relax the best I could this weekend.  I kind of suck at relaxing.  Being lazy, I’m good at, but actually allowing my mind to relax, not so much.  I tried though.

Lee jason asheville

Asheville is really big on supporting local artists and, unlike here in Atlanta, lots of the art is affordable. We got most of our holiday shopping done and some shopping for ourselves too.

Local asheville

We went into some crystal shop and while I originally wanted to look at the jewelry, I saw that each of these different stones that they sold was supposed to do something and this certain quartz was supposed to ward off negativity.  Mind you, I don’t actually think that a gem has special powers, but I figured that if I bought it and was feeling negative or anxious (which happens often), physically holding it in my hand might serve as a reminder to not feel that way and try to change my outlook.  If not, it was only $3.


I slept really soundly last night and actually did wake up relaxed and rejuvenated this morning.  Guess the trip worked.

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13 Responses to Relaxing in Asheville

  1. That first pic is really, really good. It looks like something you’d buy in one of the artist shops.

  2. So glad you were able to relax and get away for a bit. I have a hard time relaxing too, but it’s really nice to wake up refreshed. Sounds like we both got that this weekend. Hope things continue to feel better for you and you know where to find me if you need to talk at all.

  3. Looks like a beautiful trip. I have a hard time relaxing too, but I think trying is almost as beneficial. I’m glad you were able to get a good night’s sleep.

  4. Love the HDR photo. So glad you got a chance to relax a bit.

  5. I love the HDR photo also!!
    I’ve always heard how great Asheville is (and that it’s like Boulder) and need to make a trip there! And your food in the last past looks so delicious.

  6. Beautiful picture. Glad y’all had a good trip– relaxing sounds like it should always be easy, but sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do!

  7. Asheville is such a cute town! Did you have a chance to stop by Grove Park Inn to look at the Gingerbread houses? Glad you had a good night’s sleep :)

  8. It IS hard to relax!! But I am glad you did your best at it, as you could, hehe. Love the pics, and of you!

  9. I love getaway weekend trips, this sounds so wonderful and peaceful. And love that you got some artist goods, that’s something I love about that city too. I actually just threw away a pair of shoes that I bought at least 12 years ago there – great city!! :)

  10. Wow! That first picture looks like a postcard, great job!!

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