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20 Things to do in Asheville: Blue Sky in the Wild – Travel Journal

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Looking for things to do in Asheville? After a recent trip to this artsy southern city in the mountains we complied a list of 20 things to eat, see, and do while in Asheville, NC.

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If you know me, you know I don’t leave the house without a journal in tow on a daily basis, so of course when we skip town, it is one of the first things I pack. I love taking pictures to capture our adventures, but it’s not quite the same as using a travel journal to record those memories, and the things, and stories that an image can’t quite capture. (You can read more about travel journal tips in this post.)

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Last weekend, was the first weekend it started to finally feel like fall in the south, so we decided to head north to one of our favorite southern cities, Asheville, NC. If you have never been, you need to put this city on your list. I highly suggest going in the fall season, as the mountains are so pretty then and the weather is perfect. I also suggest, booking your plans in advance.

…Even if you’re camping. We camped, and planned poorly (didn’t reserve a site in advance) so we had to take what was available (and there wasn’t many options at that point). Nonetheless, we had an amazing time in Asheville and I thought I would share with you some of the places my journal and I went!

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Keep reading below to see our list of 20 things to eat see and do in Asheville, NC.

You can’t go to Asheville without visiting its many breweries. You wont be able to do them all in one weekend, but here are my favorites.

Best Beer in Asheville ::

  1. Burial Beer Co.  *great patio
  2. Wicked Weed *great food
  3. Sierra Nevada  *the country club of breweries
  4. Wedge Brewing *big patio with retro vibe
  5. Catawba Brewing Co. *one of the ‘old guys’ in the craft beer brewing industry

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Nothing beats a southern made breakfast, and Asheville won’t disappoint! When I asked friends where we should eat breakfast in Asheville, and someone told me “Go anywhere with ‘Biscuit’ in the name and it will be good”…they were right! Check out these yummy breakfast spots in downtown Asheville.

Where to eat Breakfast in Asheville ::

  1. Over Easy Café 
  2. Tupelo Honey Café
  3. Early Girl Eatery 
  4. Biscuit Head 
  5. Double D’s 

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And you of course need to know where to head for dinner. I will say that many of the breweries have AMAZING food too! So while you are there, check out their menus, too.

 5 Places to eat Dinner in Asheville ::

  1. Curate 
  2. Nightbell 
  3. White Duck Taco 
  4. Tiger Bay BBQ 
  5. Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company 

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Lastly, if you’re in Asheville, NC you’ve got to get outdoors and soak up the mountain air and good views. There are so many adventures to be found in Asheville, but here are 5 to get you going!

5 Adventures in Asheville ::

  1. Hiking/rock climbing at Chimney Rock
  2. Pisgah National Forrest 
  3. Black Bear Mountain
  4. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway for some amazing views 
  5. Zipline : Asheville Adventure Center

 

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What is your favorite thing to do in Asheville? Share it with us + our readers in the comment section!

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Wedding Place Cards from Leather Scraps

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Wedding Place Cards from Leather Scraps are a modern twist to classic wedding décor. Depending on how it’s styled leather place cards could feel rustic or contemporary and adds an interesting layer of texture to your table.

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There are so many details that go into planning a wedding, and Wedding Place Cards are just one little detail of your day. Actually, a pretty important part of it, as it serves as ‘function and fashion’ – instructing your guest where to sit, as well as a decorative display to your tablescape. AND they make for a fun little ‘take away’ for your guest too.

Traditionally, brides and grooms opt for paper place cards, but since the birth of Pinterest (and wedding blogs) we have seen the industry get more creative with Wedding Place Cards. And while we are all for being creative, we love being resourceful, too! Considering we are a bookbindery that makes lots of leather journals, we have A LOT of leather scraps around our studio. We have decided to start selling these leather scraps over on our etsy – ClaireMagnolia.

 

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There are so many things that you could use the scraps for (jewelry, tags, embellishments, etc.) but we thought using the leather scraps to make Wedding Place Cards would be a simple, yet chic DIY for a wedding. Depending on how you style these leather name cards, they would be great for a rustic wedding or even a fine art – old world romance wedding.

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Creating the place cards are easy, all you need is sharp scissors, acrylic paint, ink or permanent paint maker, and a pencil if you don’t want to ‘free-hand’ writing the names.

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I suggest practicing writing/painting out the names on paper first, then on a piece of leather before you go straight to making your wedding place cards. That way you can get in ‘the zone’ and get a feel for the texture of the leather first. Also, experiment with using paint, ink and marker to figure out which tool is going to work best for you.

Did you have wedding place cards for your wedding? What did you use?