< Continued from Summer in Asheville + Next Home Dreamin' Part I
Black Mountain + Louise's Kitchen
We included an extra day after the shows were over so that we could have an adventure in Black Mountain. After a quick Yelp search, we thought Louise's Kitchen sounded like our kind of breakfast place. It was! It's a little house in Black Mountain offering a classic breakfast. You order at a counter and then find a seat either on the porch or in any of the rooms of the house. Very sweet staff and a solid way to start the day.
Catawba Falls & Shopping in Black Mountain
Then we parted ways for a bit to explore in our own ways. After dropping Matt off at a golf course, I headed to the shopping district. (Whoa, that sounds cliche). It was a very cute area, but a lot of shopping aimed at middle-older age ladies more affluent than myself. The Biltmore crowd, I imagine. Regardless, I picked up a couple of cool things at an antique store. A pretty picture frame and kooky little graphic novel. I then drove to the trailhead for the Catawba Falls.
This was a definite highlight of my trip. The fresh air and meditative feeling of hiking and watching the falls had filled me with a lot of gratitude and a peaceful feeling. I really tried to soak up every second of solitude on the trail and the drive through kudzu-covered stretches of woods.
When I was done, I returned to the golf course and it turned out Matt had found a duo to hook up with - some folks from Alabama - and I got to watch them play 17 and 18.
If you are familiar with Black Mountain, then you already know where we were headed next...Pisgah Brewing. They had a lot of beers on tap we hadn't tried, so we grabbed a flight and booth and were treated to another set by The New Mastersounds. We were so happyyyyyy, I'm smiling just writing about it. But we did eventually manage to tear ourselves away for dinner.
Buxton Hall BBQ
This place, located in the South Slope area, is large industrial space with open style seating and a kitchen that's visible to guests. It's actually a former roller rink (so cool!) still with painted roller skaters on the walls. The beers - from next door brewery Catawba Brewing - and the meal - Eastern Carolina style bbq - were absolutely fantastic.
And as we sat sipping our brews by candlelight, enjoying the space and the edison-bulb lit bar, we started chatting about something that was clearly on both of our minds...our next home.
The 'Next Home Dreamin' Part
Matt found his first home...which would become our first home...the day after he and I met in early August 2008. I moved in (officially) Jan 1, 2009 though I'd been a part time resident for a couple of months. This place has been our starter home for the last 8 years and seen us through some wonderful times and some tough times. It has been an affordable home while I finished my bachelors and then masters degrees and bounced around jobs. I've always thought of it as our little cocoon. It's quite small and it's a slab home with radiant heat in the floors so in the winter months the whole house stays quite warm and cuddly. It's also been a cocoon in the sense that we've grown into our adult lives here and into our marriage. And lastly, it's a cocoon in the sense that we are now beautifully, painfully bursting at its seams.
And so this fall we entered full on house-hunting mode with the goal of finding a place in the spring. As we started looking at homes, it all came back to this dinner, where we talked about what kind of property might work for us. We want chickens. We want bigger gardens. We want a dining room that can hold family and family for meals. We're excited to spread out and to decorate a place together (since Matt did most of our current home before I moved in.) We want to infuse our next home with the things we've collected over the last several years that represent our travels and our favorite people.
While travel can sometimes make us feel like we wished we lived somewhere else, there was none of that in either of our minds. We both felt like we couldn't wait to get home and take the feeling we get from Asheville and bring it to life in a new home for ourselves. Another beginning.
As we transition, I hope there will be time for capturing it all, too, and sharing the experience. I'm grateful for this Asheville trip we had and for the opportunity to embark on another phase of our lives together. Despite the uncertainty, it's exciting times!
Hello, there! My name is Nikki Jones and this is a place for me to write about my travels, my urban homesteading adventures, and whatever else my little heart desires at a given moment. Like many personal-blog bloggers, there are times I write daily and long streteches I'm not inspired to write at all. And that's ok! At any rate, I'm glad you're here.