For my parents 30th wedding anniversary, my family and I trekked 4 hours west and up winding roads to this hilltop cottage just outside Asheville. The scenery around this quaint little home was breathtaking. Even though we were only a few minutes from downtown Asheville, I felt like we were miles away from city-life. On our very first night, I peeked up at the lightless sky and gazed at the millions of stars. It was so refreshing to take in a breath of fresh mountain air and escape from the holiday bustle for just a little while.

I had never been to Asheville during Christmastime, and I was so eager to bundle up in all my layers, sip slowly on my coffee, explore all the popular Asheville eats, stroll through the Biltmore, and rock away my nights in a rocking chair. Asheville did not disappoint. This little cottage provided by Airbnb was the perfect place to come home to - tucked away on a hill in the middle of Leicester. It was the perfect last vacation of 2016.

As I close out this year, I want to thank all of you for reading and following along with Mel in Chanel over the past 6 (almost 7) years. I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2017!