Being January, it was great to snuggle in front of the Great Hall fireplace for a while.
This even was so much fun. It's a formal event and the Saturday night dance has the Glenn Miller orchestra playing. So amazing music in a beautiful setting. It is tied in with the USO which really added to the feeling of stepping back in time a bit.
And, there were some serious outfits and some seriously good dancers. Of course, the age range skewed mostly older but these people know what they are doing on a dance floor. (Fun Fact: I grew up traveling on cruise ships and have done a fair amount of dancing to Big Band over my life).
The fashion was formal but was interpreted all along the Big Band/Swing timeline. I saw some great 40s fashion, beautiful ball gowns and some slinky backless numbers. I went a bit more 1920s inspired in a beaded Vivinne Tam dress, while the husband wore his tux, red plaid bow tie and vintage owl cufflinks that I found for him.
I wore my Oh, Deer! Jamocha art deco-y t-straps along with black fishnets.
Here are some better shots of the shoes and dress details.
I definetly want to go back next year, but I think we need to take a few dance lessons first. I did not get to dance nearly as much as I would have liked to. I also think I want to go for more of a long swirly dress next time. They played a number of waltzes and I think the music and a long 30s "Thin Man" era dress would be great.
And while our trip was brief, we did manage to eat at two of our favorite places in Asheville. For lunch on Saturday we ate at Chai Pani, which is this casual India street food (or chaat) restaurant. It is a savory paradise. We got samosas, an uttapam with masala potatoes, okra fries and bhel puri (a snack mix with puffed rice, cilantro, onions, tamarind and more).
Then for dinner we went to Plant, our new favorite restaurant in the world. I'm totally serious. It's amazing and so good we were back there 15 hours later for brunch. Between the pumpkin seed crusted seitan, the amazing soup (always get the soup), the best cinnamon roll I've ever had and a cannoli, I'm stuffed.
Oh. In addition to getting a huge scramble and home fries (SL got the biscuits with homemade sausage and gravy) I got a big bowl of cheese grits. And did I mention that all of this is vegan. Yeah. It's amazing.
So now it's time to unpack and meals we have to make ourselves.