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Bent Creek Bistro & NC Arboretum Winter Lights

Every year the North Carolina Arboretum has a “Winter Lights” walking tour where you can walk through the gardens in a bonafide winter wonderland of magical lights. 

I had family in town for the holidays - so we decided to check out the festivities as well as eat some dinner at the (on site) Bent Creek Bistro; since I’ve been following the Bistro on IG for like all of eternity. 

The arboretum itself is located just up the road from the Asheville outlets, right off of 191 (Brevard Road).
Parking is included in your admission price - just stop at the gate and show the nice peeps your ticket, then follow the long windy road to the illuminated tree forest/parking lot.

After you park, continue on the walkway over to the main entry house - and show the (other) nice peeps at the door your ticket.

Since I was meeting the fam there, I decided to check out the gift shop in lobby that’s just right up the stairs to the right, while I was waiting. 
The shop has super fun stuff for sale that’s great for …

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