Southeastern Roadtrip, Day 1

Monday, December 8, 2014
We made it home from our 6 night, 1500 mile roadtrip across the southeast. It was a whirlwind of a week jam packed with lots of fun and friends. There are so many pictures and stories...I've got blog content for days and days. So here we go.

We had toyed with renting a smaller car with better gas mileage to save the wear and tear on our pilot, but in the end we decided to take our own car and it was nice to have something familiar with plenty of room. Because it takes a lot of stuff to go on a week long roadtrip with a toddler.

Monday morning, bright and early, we were off after filling up with gas and getting some chickfila sustenance for the road.  Ready for a big week ahead.

We let P stay in his jammies for the trip up. Figured it would be more comfortable for the longest leg of the drive, the 5 hours up to Asheville, NC. We stopped briefly for a quick lunch along the way and P got to have ice cream for dessert (who needs a silly kids meal toy). He is so funny when he eats something good. He took one bite of the ice cream and said "awesome!"

We stayed at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville which was an amazing historic hotel up on top of a mountain with spectacular views of the blue ridge mountains and just a few miles from the Biltmore Estate. The Omni was all dressed up in its holiday best and was the host of the winning gingerbread houses from the National Gingerbread House Competition. We had no idea until we got there, so that was a fun and festive surprise.

The lobby was massive. I would have loved to sit and rock in front of this fire for a while. But when you have a toddler with you...sitting still for any length of time is just not going to happen.

We loved our room. We had gotten a good deal online, but there were no king rooms available so we each got our own bed and there was a little foyer area which made a nice nook for the pack and play.

And random tidbit, Dan Aykroyd slept in this very room back in 1988. Pretty cool.

Once we got settled in our room we went downstairs to one of the hotel restaurants, called Edison, to get a bite to eat before heading to the Biltmore for the night. We got some yummy appetizers to share and enjoyed the pretty views.

One of the things we were most looking forward to on the tip was visiting the Biltmore. We went once when we lived in NC a couple years ago at Christmastime and loved how pretty the house was all decorated for the holidays. There are dozens of massive and perfectly appointed Christmas trees throughout the house, musicians and carolers and just a really fun atmosphere.

Perry saw the house and called it a "castle." Can't blame him for thinking that. The place is so huge and so pretty.

Perry had a great time running around and playing on the lawn. Clearly he had a lot of pent up energy from being cooped up in a car all day.

So the following pictures are contraband. I was told after I took them that you can't take pictures inside the house. Oops. But look how pretty!

In addition to all the trees in the house there was a big tree out on the front lawn with tons and tons of lights.

We spent a couple of evening hours or so exploring the house, getting some dessert and playing outside before heading back to the omni for the night to rest up for roadtrip day 2!

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