Two years ago, my college sweetheart got down on one knee and proposed to me in the sweetest, most unexpected way.
We were spending our two year (dating) anniversary at the Biltmore House and he had arranged for two of our dear friends (who are now also married) to meet up with us and take pictures and video of the proposal.
Dream life. Seriously, I have a gem of a man. This is one of my favorite days and sweetest memories.
We love returning to Asheville to relive that day, and it seems that no matter how many times we revisit Biltmore, it never gets old. The beauty, the charm, the history… it just captures us and we love spending the day there.
This weekend, we made our way back to Asheville and had the best time! We drove up early Saturday morning and spent the majority of the day on the Estate. It seems like no matter how many times we go, it’s always fun and we notice new things about it that we love. Of course, we had to take a picture in the spot where he proposed two years ago.
After a day filled with laughter, salted caramel filled dark chocolate truffles, and chilly but beautiful fall mountain weather, we made our way to dinner.
We had asked friends for suggestions and done lots of research, wanting to have a special anniversary dinner. We finally decided on The Corner Kitchen and were so pleased with our experience. They have a small, but impressive menu that changes daily and we could hardly choose because everything sounded so delicious. Grayson got peppered tenderloin of beef with mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a mixture of oysters, mushrooms, and tomatoes that he described as heaven on earth (I didn’t try it because I don’t like oysters). I got a pork chop (that, I swear was 3 inches thick) topped with a creamy buttery sauce and served with a barley risotto that was absolutely delicious and so flavorful.
We had briefly mentioned to our server that we were celebrating our anniversary, and after dinner, he surprised us with a complimentary dessert and two glasses of champagne! It was so sweet! After checking into our hotel, we ventured downtown to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a place I had been dying to try for quite some time. IT WAS AMAZING! Grayson and I both fell head over heels in love with this place. When I say “amazing,” I mean like, game changing chocolate status. It was unlike anything either of us had ever had before. There was a line outside in the cold to get in, but now after experiencing it for myself, I would wait in that line 100 more times… because it was just that good. There were so many choices, but we finally made our decisions. Grayson got a salted caramel liquid truffle, a coconut macaroon brownie, and a chocolate snickerdoodle. I got a milk chocolate liquid truffle and a dark chocolate and salted caramel mousse trifle. The liquid truffles were our favorite, but everything was to-die-for. The atmosphere is so much fun, and sitting on the cozy little couch pigging out on all this delectable chocolate with my sweet husband was the perfect ending to the perfect day!
On Sunday morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel, stopped by the Asheville Farmer’s Market, and swung by Starbucks for our first red cups of the season. We love red cup season!
It was a wonderful little getaway and I’m so thankful to get to do life with a man who loves adventure, travel, traditions, and trying new things as much as I do. He’s my biggest blessing, no doubt. We may have only been married for (almost) a year, but we’ve been dating for four, and it will always be my favorite anniversary to celebrate. Having a man pursue your heart and point you closer to Jesus is the greatest gift.