When we visit Asheville on a sunny day in the early spring, everyone’s positive energy seems to flow. People smile and nod or even stop to chat with strangers. It’s lovely to enjoy a break from the cold weather and gray skies. Blossoming trees, greening earth, and new flowers make you feel like walking through a storybook.
We escaped into the Grove Arcade to take a break from the windy streets outside. Many others had the same idea.
The Grove Arcade is home to an eclectic variety of restaurants, unique shops, and an outdoor artists market. The shops offer everything from furniture to books to crystals and artisan-made jewelry. Intriguing items from all over the world can be found here in this more than 100-year-old shopping mall.
Our purpose for visiting Asheville on Saturday was to dine at a restaurant we recently learned about from the blog reader. The Golden Fleece, located in the Grove Park Inn’s shadow, is a delightfully quaint restaurant offering many locally sourced menu items.
We arrived well ahead of our reservation time so that we could visit the Grovewood Gallery. The Museums open in April, but the Gallery and grounds were a delight.
I always order Brussels Sprouts when offered. You can order À la carte here! (As separate items, rather than part of a set meal.)
We shared items from the menu, including Branzino (a European Sea Bass from the Mediterranean) filleted at our table by our waiter, Matthew.
That tiny skillet holds a cauliflower casserole.
The shared dessert was a Phyllo Tower with fresh berries.
The day’s look included white jeans by NYDJ here and a dark navy cashmere sweater from Everlane here. My shoes are Rockport Total Motion Salima in Dove here. My orange handbag is by Dooney & Bourke here. The scarf kept me warm later in the day. Referral links in my post may generate a small commission for me at no cost to you.