Have you ever wanted to go glamping aka fancy camping? This weekend my husband and I decided to drop Alex off at Nanas and go to the mountains. We booked an Airbnb and took in the sights. It was listed as a glamping experience and it truly gave that. The Glamping Barn was definitely worth the $78 dollars a night we booked it at. (Few more fees were involved bringing it to around $270)
The place is beautiful, and very social media-friendly. The accommodations are so cute, we ended up only using the bicycle tent mainly because I loved the way the fairy lights looked over the bed. The ac in the tent kept us cool at night in addition to small fans in the room.
The wifi provided goes in and out as you use it, so maybe download movies/shows you want to watch prior to arrival if that’s something you want to do. Or you can play one of the games provided or even explore the property.
I would suggest having a flashlight or cell phone light available to walk to the restroom during the middle of the night. The bathroom was very clean and was stocked with bath wash, shampoo, etc. I used this one from Power Lumens to light up the tent and light up my path when I needed to use the restroom.
If you want to get to the watering hole its a short downhill walk. Maybe take one of the walking sticks near the barn entrance to help steady yourself. As we were swimming a local dog walked up to us, my husband eventually got it to go away. It had a collar so I’m assuming its one of the neighbors.
Remember when glamping that you are choosing to stay in an open-air environment so bugs, spiders, and other creatures are always a possibility. Watch out for random webs and the spiders that created them.
We ended up getting in touch with nature on our second day. We had just returned from swimming when I saw a huge king snake crawling into the barn. My husband and I attempted to remove it but it just climbed further into the building. We assumed it was probably attempting to be near a bird feeder set up outside the window to catch a meal. I’m from the county so this isn’t an unusual experience to see a snake so close. We ended up taking a nap and walked out of the tent and he had returned, this time only a few feet from the tent. We attempted a second time to remove it but still had no luck.
Overall I would try glamping again because I enjoyed the experience even with the snake trying to become our third guest.
Click the link below for a virtual tour of my Glamping Airbnb
Food and Sights
During our stay, we decided to check out a few of the places suggested by locals and our host. The first night we ended up going to Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. The food was quickly prepared and they had patio seating that was socially distracted.
My husband ended up ordering the Fried breastplate and I picked up the Chicken and Waffles. Everything was so delicious and I definitely could’ve got a spicier version and still been happy.
After that, I wanted to check out one of the many distillers in the area. We went with The Chemist for the first night. They have a socially distanced gin tasting and you get to try out three gins that were available for sale. The lady who held the tasting was extremely nice and thorough, she made sure we understood the complexities of the Gin we were trying. I felt like I really learned a lot about the liquor they created. My favorite was the Navy Gin which is the one we took home with us.
The next day we checked out the Biltmore Village and surrounding areas. We didn’t realize that most of the restaurants in that area didn’t open until 5 so we cut our stroll short and headed to the NC Arboretum. The fee to enter the gardens was $16 a car and it was so worth it. The gardens and layout were so gorgeous, and we took so many pictures. It was also easy to enjoy the outside without having people on top of you which made for a relaxing experience.
It’s always a great trip when we go to Asheville. I love exploring the state I live in and finding new things to do on each trip. What’s your favorite place to visit in your home state?