Dannie (in Real Life)

The [Appalachian] Mountains are calling and we must go

Is there any better way to celebrate taking a professional certification exam than to jump in the car and get the hell out of dodge? After finishing my first of four CPA exams (Financial Accounting and Reporting, for those of you scoring at home), my brain needed to be far, far away from numbers and thinking so we spent the long Memorial Day weekend in Asheville, NC.

I had been before – like, eight years ago – but only briefly and with a whole lot less planning. So this time I put my insane cap on and planned out all sorts of things to do because, you know, I didn’t have enough going on studying for FAR.

On the list before leaving were: beer, zoo, beer, mountains, beer, and ranch flight.

We ended up staying about fifteen minutes outside the city because with it being a holiday weekend, all the downtown hotels and cool Airbnbs were either sold out or stupid expensive. But it actually worked out really well because our hotel had a shuttle to downtown for $5 per person, round trip, which is cheaper than an Uber. Inadvertent win!

As if anyone is surprised by my love of craft beer, we of course had to do the rounds of Asheville breweries.

  1. Hi-Wire
  2. Wicked Weed/Funkatorium
  3. Burial
  4. Hillman
  5. Highland
  6. Turgua
  7. French Broad
  8. Asheville Brewing Company
  9. Sierra Nevada
  10. A
  11. New Belgium

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