Next Friday we’re driving south to visit family who recently relocated from Michigan to Alabama. We’ve been planning this trip for months despite not knowing how I would feel at week 29. But if the past two weeks have been any indication, I think I can handle it. We just need to confirm that there’s enough room in the Subaru for a cooler full of snacks and my Snoogle.
We’re also planning to break up the trip with several stops along the way, which I think will help tremendously. (I don’t think my body could handle sitting in the car for 12 hours.) And this is where we need your help! Our rough itinerary is as follows:
- Pennsylvania to Lake Anna, VA.
- Lake Anna to Knoxville, TN.
- Knoxville to Huntsville, AL.
- Huntsville to Asheville, NC.
- Asheville to Pennsylvania.
Neither of us have been Knoxville or Asheville, so we’re looking for restaurant recommendations and must-see sites. (Now I know that one obvious response is the Biltmore. But, unfortunately, we won’t have enough time to do that site justice, so we shall just have to return another time!)
We’ll be in Knoxville for dinner one night and breakfast the next day. Can you recommend a good BBQ joint? Or a quintessential Southern breakfast spot? Any hip neighborhoods we should check out while we’re there?
As for Asheville, I’ve heard it’s a great little town. Again, where should we eat? Where should we stay? Where should we (window) shop?
We’re also planning to stop in Harrisonburg — Nick’s old college stomping grounds — for lunch as we pass through on our way home. Roanoke is another possible lunch spot for another day. Suggestions for either?