I am a notorious micro-planner for trips, and Donny is the exact opposite, preferring to just fly by the seat of his pants. But a few months ago, he told me not to plan anything for our anniversary because he was going to handle it. For months, I had no idea where we were going or what we were doing. He did eventually tell me where we were going so that I could pack appropriately for the trip, but I loved that he took the reins to create our weekend.
Friday, we both got off work a little early. Asheville is only about two hours away, so we got there right around dinnertime. Our hotel looked like a mountain lodge, and he had booked us a suite (with the biggest jacuzzi I've ever seen in my life!).
Saturday morning, we got up early and got ready to go to the Biltmore Estate. We had gotten the tickets from my mom (who gets discounted tickets through her job), but they were day passes onto the estate only. We still had to go that morning to get an entry time into the actual house. Given that it was the first Saturday that they had Christmas decorations up, it was a big weekend for Biltmore, and there was no guarantee that there would be any times available for us to get in. So, we got there a little before the office even opened to try to get an entry time, and fortunately there was. We got in with the first self-guided group at 8:30am, and it couldn't have been more perfect. There was no one in front of us, and we walked right up to the door and in the house without waiting in line. Seriously, if you're ever going to the Biltmore House, take the earliest time into the house that you can get. By the second or third room, we had gotten ahead of all the other people in the 8:30 group (we don't tend to linger like a lot of people), so we were the first people in all the other rooms-- it felt like we were on a private tour of the Biltmore House!
Everywhere I turned at dinner, I felt like there was another surprise! Neither one of us are what I'd consider to be super romantic, but he planned the perfect romantic dinner for us. It was wonderful. :)
Sunday, we were able to sleep in for a little while, so we took our time eating breakfast and packing before checking out of the hotel. We decided to go to the North Carolina Arboretum since the weather was so beautiful. Unfortunately, most of the plants and trees were pretty dead by this time of year, but they did have a pretty neat Lego exhibit. Some artist (a certified Lego builder, if you can believe that there are such things) built Lego sculptures that are throughout the arboretum. We went on a quasi-scavenger hunt through the gardens to find them all. There were bumblebees, roses, koi, dragonflies, and more, but I think our favorite was this lawn mower! That's a LOT of legos!
It was the perfect anniversary weekend, and I couldn't have planned it better myself! Donny did such an amazing job-- I'm so blessed to have him as my husband. :)