I have mentioned it before, but I am getting very excited about my trip to Asheville, NC. We arrive on Thursday and stay until Monday. And I am a very good vacation planner. I have mapped out all the best galleries to see, all the best restaurants to visit, advance tickets to the Biltmore, shopping, places to see live music, etc. But I don’t over plan. The main thing is that I have to have reservations at specific dining establishments. Food is important to me – especially since I love to cook. I am not going on vacation and eat at Applebee’s due to poor planning. Eating at a really cool resturant is my opportunity to steal recipe ideas and recreate something in my own small town gourmet kitchen.
Oh, also, I currently have reservations at a hotel in downtown – well for $&*#@ & Giggles, I decided to try Priceline – and lo and behold, I secured the same exact hotel for half the price! No Joke! So I am cancelling the original one in the morning. Which is good – because all the money I can save right now helps: I want to plan trips to NYC and San Antonio in September/October.
Anyway, I am very excited. I have been having some weird health issues lately, and have the painting blahs (it seems like it takes me twice as long to start/complete anything) – so I really need to get away and find some inspiration. Did you know that the Asheville area has about 100+ art galleries – and most of them are reallygood (unlike Fernandina and Jacksonville). I am really looking forward to absorbing in some real creative energy. Something to jump-start me. Something to help me forget I live in a cultural wasteland. Oh, and the romantic aspect of the whole vacation is always welcome. It is tough sleeping with a leggy 8-pound dog that radiates heat. I love her, but I need a break from the dog too!
And KC & The Sunshine Band AND The Village People are playing at the Biltmore on Saturday night. I wonder if my traveling companion will be up for that? Probably not, but a girl can hope, can’t she? Ha!