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A Weekend Getaway to Asheville with Buick

An Idyllic Long Weekend Getaway to the Mountains
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You know I love a good getaway.  But with the blog, the shoppe and everything that comes with them plus a growing staff, I usually don’t find enough time for a proper escape.  And I’m not just talking about a little R&R; I’m talking about a trip full of relaxation AND the leisurely exploring the sights and to-do’s.  So when Buick recently invited me on a weekend road trip to Asheville, the hubs and I packed the Lacrosse and away we went.

There’s something so freeing about getting in a car and hitting the open road.  Especially when that road is full of mountains and gorgeous scenery.  The glory in a trip like this is not only in reaching the destination but in the journey itself!  And the great thing about Asheville is that it’s truly an easy road trip from Atlanta, clocking in just under four hours.  Which was made even easier because of our Buick Lacrosse, which proved to be the perfect road trip friendly sedan offering plenty of room for my 3+ suitcases, picnic basket, blankets, pile of hats and whatever Anthony decided to bring.  Yes I’m aware I’m an overpacker.

In heading to Asheville I highly suggest adding in extra time for the drive itself.  The route is full of must-stops; think cool mountain towns, really great antique shops, and of course Goats on the Roof.  The name says it all;  there are literally adorable goats on the roof you can hang with and feed.  The possibilities for stops are virtually endless though, especially while passing through Greenville, too.  Greenville always tempts me to pop into Grits & Groceries for some good ole comfort food, or even crowd favorite Caviar & Bananas for a gourmet snack. 

I was so grateful that we gave ourselves plenty of time to pull over and stop along the way.  And by the time we reached Asheville, I was officially in OOO-mode.  I had only been to Asheville once before; last time I didn’t get the time to explore at all.  Instead I was checking into the Omni Grove Park Inn for some serious unplugging time.  So with this visit, I was eager to really take in all that I could, and that meant I had my list of suggestions via Instagram from you all with me!  

We stayed, again, at the Omni, which served as a great “home base” for all of our to-do’s.  And I think one of my favorite things during the whole trip was actually driving along the Blueridge Parkway; we packed a picnic, stopping off at the lookouts along the way, and reveling in the views and the picture-perfect weather.  We literally couldn’t have asked for better weather for the long weekend, I’m telling you.  It was sunny and mild during the day, and a brisk chill to the air at night.  #swoon

We also visited the Biltmore, which was seriously mind-blowing.  I knew it would be impressive, but it was truly gorgeous and awe-inspiring.  The landscaping, the gardens, the biking paths, the sunflower field…the 11-mile long estate and all 8,000 acres is the epitome of grandeur and it’s maintained in the most tasteful way.  After experiencing it for myself, I realized that you really need an entire day to explore it all.  It’s breathtaking. 

The Admiral, for dinner, was a much-mentioned recommendation, and it did not disappoint!  The vibes were great, and the food was even better.  We also hit up Wicked Weed, a beloved brewery where the hubs fell in love with sour beers.  

On our last day, we went downtown and enjoyed seeing the farmers market and a local art show.  I feel like we ate, and ate, and ate, we made our way to Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar.  This was worth all the hype; inside there are thousands of books for perusing while you sip on wine or Champagne. I mean all of my favorite things!  And finally, we made it to the Beach Boys concert at the Biltmore.  Which, if you’ve been to the estate, you’ll be able to imagine just how magical this was.  Overlooking the insanely beautiful grounds and mountains, along with a view of the sunset…it was something special. 

Asheville, you were a dream.  It was time much-needed, and an escape that was easy, enjoyable, and one that’ll have us back again soon.  We found ourselves actually spending a lot of time in the car on this trip, but the car itself was just as beautiful as the scenery.  I’ve never enjoyed sipping on coffee and cruising along the parkway as much as I did this weekend.  And a place like Asheville offers sights around every bend and corner.  A big thank you to Buick for helping to make this idyllic long weekend getaway a reality!  Truly, MKR

Photography, Haley Sheffield for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Buick, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

17 Products That Will Give You Wanderlust

Boho home decor, worldy finds & Vacation-ready Essentials that make us want to pack our bags
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An eclectic entryway & white juju hat, Waiting On Martha

As someone who loves to travel it doesn’t take much to inspire me about trips to faraway places.  I’m pretty much always planning my next getaway, and feel a wave of wanderlust simply by looking at summer wardrobe staples, travel-inspired coffee table books and eclectic home decor like my favorite white juju hat! 

A great panama hat, a breezy maxi dress and a colorful beach blanket can instantly transport me to my ideal summer vacation.  And new luggage somehow always has a way of getting me excited about even an 8-hour flight through the night.  All of these items signify the joy and excitement of traveling for me, and the hope for experiencing a new place and making lifelong memories.  

But those inspired feelings don’t stop there; I’ve found as I’ve gotten older my wanderlust vibes extend into my home decor too.  Ginger jars, baskets, art and so many more items around my house that I’ve collected during my travels give me that itch to hop on a plane.  Does travel inspire that feeling for you too?  Check out a few of them below, and tell me what you’d add to the list!  Cheers, Kat
 

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White Juju Hat

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As mentioned above I love finding special pieces that hold sentimental value to me.  A juju hat is a perfect example.  One of a kind, and always a show stopper a juju hat will be one of those pieces, while expensive, you’ll cherish for years to come.

French Girl Organics Rose/Ylang Sea Spray

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I can’t help but think of sun-soaked days in the south of France with this sea salt spray by cult-obsessed beauty brand French Girl Organics. This texturizing spray is enriched with organic sea salt and nourishing essential oils that will give your hair an irresistible hold. 

Indigo Shibori Journey Yoga Bag

Dear Keaton

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Embrace your “Eat, Love, Pray” vibes and get transported to Bali for your next yoga sesh with this indigo yoga bag from our friends at Dear Keaton.  I love the idea of using this stylish, unique way to carry my yoga mat! 

Straw Panama Hat

Nordstrom

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Nothing says vacay-ready like a great panama hat.  This wardrobe staple will be enjoyed long before AND after your next trip, too.  

Champagne Carry On Cocktail Kit

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Don’t forget this easy, fun carry-on cocktail kit for the next time you go wheels up. Just looking at it makes me want to book a flight! 

Fiber Clay Buddha Glanced With Antiqued Black Finish

Overstock

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I recently added a buddha statue at home as I created a calming, personal space to meditate.  It not only helps me recenter, it also sparks my sense of wanderlust for bucket list-trips like Thailand and India. 

Palm 18x18 Pillow

One Kings Lane

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When I see these pillows, all I can think about is Palm Springs and fun in the sun.  The bright, bold print gives a decidedly tropical vibe that works as an easy neutral at home. 

Cynthia Rowley Print Wetsuit

Shopbop

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If this beautiful blue and white wetsuit by Cynthia Rowley doesn’t make you want to plan a trip for a little sea and surf, I don’t know what will.  This piece actually took my breath away when I saw it! 

Chic Stays by Conde Nast Traveler

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It’s impossible not to add a few new items to the bucket list after flipping through this book by Conde Nast Traveler!  It’s filled with 36 personal anecdotes from models, filmmakers and celebrities that take you on whirlwind adventure around the globe, exploring some of the most beautiful hotels and hangouts along the way. 

Bamboo Mirror, Spotted Gold

One Kings Lane

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I have a soft spot for the bamboo motif, and this beveled mirror is no exception.  In an antique-gold-finish and unusual shape, it’s easy to lose yourself in thoughts of faraway travels. 

White Embroidered Leather Pouf

One Kings Lane

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This pouf, handmade in Morocco by skilled artisans, is one of our favorite versatile pieces for the home.  And in crisp white leather and beautiful embroidery, it transports us to the souks and markets of Marrakesh. 

Christine Flynn, Oregon Surfer

One Kings Lane

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Christine Flynn’s idyllic scene whisks us to Oregon’s chilly coast. The serene view pulls at any traveler’s heart strings! 

Large Persian Heriz Carpet

One Kings Lane

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All the heart eyes for this vintage Persian Heriz rug with jewel-toned geometric design, spotted on One Kings Lane. It goes without saying that an intricate, jaw-dropping statement rug like this one instantly transports me far away. #Swoon 

French Louis XVI-Style Walnut Server

One Kings Lane

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This stunning walnut server is the stuff Parisian dreams are made of; a romantic facade carved in floral and ribbon motifs and painted in a cool blue-gray, including a white-and-gray marble slab top. 

Tabtab Cotton-Blend Gauze Maxi Dress

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Every time I see a great breezy coverup or maxi dress like this one, I’m lost in daydreams about summer getaways. 

Blue & White Floral Ginger Jar

One Kings Lane

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Chinoiserie everything, please. My love for ginger jars goes hand-in-hand with so many Eastern influences that I’ve recently incorporated into my home decor. I’m counting down until I can see Asia with my own eyes! 

Gucci Gran Turismo Leather Trimmed Luggage

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This luggage is almost worth celebrating as much as the trip itself!  Gucci wows us with a gorgeous line that deserves a 5-star itinerary around the globe. 

Montclear Shearling Trimmed Suede Wedge Boots

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Not all vacations take us somewhere warm!  These gorgeous shearling boots immediately made me want to book a flight to some distant ski town to enjoy a little apres ski. 

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Seven Easy Packing Tips That Will Change The Way You Travel + A Big Giveaway with Mark & Graham

Use these simple tricks the next time you pack up your suitcase or carry on bag
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Happy Friday!  We’re ending the week on a high note with a great roundup of easy travel packing tips that will help even the over-packers reading this.  Plus we’re hosting a fun giveaway that we’ve been itching to announce with our friends at Mark & Graham.  See that gorgeous white luggage in the photos?!  The monogramed carry-on suitcase can be yours; keep reading! 

I’m an over-packer.  There’s no ifs-ands-or-buts about it.  And when a work trip or vacation has me packing a small carry-on suitcase—or large suitcase, I always find myself packing and stuffing the thing until its overweight.  But recently I’ve been studying up and working on a few key, easy travel packing tips that help me maximize that coveted space. 

The most game-changing of all the travel packing tips I’ve picked up being the use of dry cleaning bags to eliminate wrinkles caused from folding clothes and them shuffling around in transit.  Plastic is our friend with packing, people. 

So as I’m literally gearing up to hit the road again today—see you soon, Ponte Vedra!—I’ll be implementing these seven easy travel packing tips I’ve outlined below.  

On a side note, I am utterly obsessed with the look of this gorgeous white carry-on suitcase, and can’t wait to put it to use on my trip.  Thanks to Mark & Graham, one of our lucky readers can win it and begin implementing our tips asap!  

Simply enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below, and stay tuned for a great transitional flying outfit post on Monday!  Truly, MKR

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Double Grosgrain Trilby

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Tip #1: Avoid letting your hat get squished by stuffing a shirt in the inside of it, then fold and layer clothes around the brim so the brim stays peaking out.

Callie Platform Oxfords

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Tip #2: Save space in your suitcase by stuffing your shoes with electronic cords, socks, jewelry, etc. Otherwise, that’s wasted space inside those shoes!

Concourse 2-in-1 Cosmetic Case

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Tip #3: Pack travel size everything when it comes to beauty and personal care products…samples are great for these situations!  And buy a pill case so that you can leave your pill bottles at home too; they take up too much room and this way you can pack only the amount you need. 

Boyfriend Belt

Rag & Bone, $160

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Tip #4: Eliminate unnecessary space-hogging mistakes, like rolled belts!  Instead, snake your belts around the inside border of the suitcase. 

Lingerie Bag Set

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Tip #5: Put all of your lingerie and undergarments in your delicates laundry bag.  Then, as you wear an item, you can put it in the to-be-washed bag, and just throw it in the laundry when you get home.

Boyjean Mid-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans

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Tip #6: Layer appropriately.  Think of it like a cake; first layer should be rollable items that won’t get wrinkled like jeans, leggings, t-shirts, pajamas.  Next, layer the folded items on top. 

Dry Cleaning Bags

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Tip #7: Between your layers as we mentioned in tip #6, lay down plastic bags or dry cleaning bags between folded layers of clothes.  Since friction causes wrinkling, plastic reduces friction.  If possible, pack all of your hanger items in individual plastic bags…they’ll arrive perfect and ready-to-wear! 

Photography, Rustic White for Waiting on Martha | This post is in collaboration with Mark & Graham, a brand we love and adore.  All opinions are 100% our own. 

As pictured: Carry-on Suitcase | Cosmetic Bag | Hat | Shoes | Shirt | Necklace (similar) | Bedding | Throw Blanket | Nail polish 

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