Nana & Pops Visit Asheville


Can you stand the cuteness? Neither could Nana and Pops (aka Dede and Ken Goddard). This Radio Flyer treasure was found at the beginning of their trip out East at the flea market in Nashville while visiting Natalie. We were graced with the Goddard’s presence on the second leg of their Southern adventure. The visit was nothing short of delicious and busy. We ate our way through all of our favorite restaurants and added a few new ones to the list, strolled downtown for some window shopping, and of course there were plenty of opportunities for them to love up on Little J.

Two highlights from the trip were the rain hike we took on to Lake Pohatan and our evening at the Battery Park Book Exchange.

We hiked along Bent Creek in Pisgah National Forrest. With the leaves beginning to change there was an array of fall colors scattered in with the remnants of Summer’s bright green foliage.

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After ringing out our clothes from the Autumn mist, we made our way to the Battery Park Book Exchange. This has been one of Nathan and my favorite places to go since we moved to Asheville. Think Labyrinth meets book consignment meets library meets coffee shop that serves wine and beer… minus David Bowie and Jim Henson, unfortunately. Oh, and canine friendly!  Really, it’s a book hoarder’s dream. I remember our first visit there. I was pregnant and it was uncomfortably hot. We decided to check it out and brought Hannah along. Not only did it provide sweet relief from the heat, but there was Beer for Nathan and Chocolate Cake for me. We decided that day that anyone who comes to visit will get to experience this wonderful place.

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And I’ve got heart eyes for these two all day.


3 thoughts on “Nana & Pops Visit Asheville

  1. Hi Guys, I love the photos. Did you know that the photo of the book case with the pad lock on it has a reflection of you, Julia? The reflection makes the photo so mysterious. Glad you had a good time with the Ken and Dede. Thanks for the update. Love, mom


  2. Such a special visit! Every activity was memorable! You both did a great job of planning our stay, from all the delicious food, the beautiful hike, the Battery Park Book Exchange, to the consignment shop, and Sierra Nevada Brewery dinner! Juniper Berry was a trooper the whole time! Love, love, love you all and thanks again for your hospitality!


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