Favorite thing: In Asheville most of it is tasteful and entertaining, usually political.........I have always been interested in this medium...maybe one day I will anonymously throw something up on a wall somewhere....
Favorite thing: Here's a look at a marker that let's passersby know that the S&W Cafeteria is a landmark and an important Art Deco building. You can take a historic walking tour of downtown Asheville to acquaint yourself with all of its important sights.
Campus on a hill
Favorite thing: A little bit north of downtown Asheville is the campus of the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The campus is located on a hill and surrounded by trees. Just take a walk across the area. It´s nice. UNC Asheville (www.unca.edu) is a state-funded four-year university with approximately 3,250 students. Their athletic teams called Bulldogs compete in the Big South Conference (NCAA Div. I).
469 miles through the Appalachians
Favorite thing: The Blue Ridge Parkway has 22 million visitors each year. That is more than any other park of the US National Park system. The first part of the Parkway opened more than 60 years ago. Today the scenic road is 469 miles long from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Great Smoky Mountains National in North Carolina.
One of the most beautiful parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway is in the Asheville region. Forest-covered mountains, a curvy road, rocks and rivers. The elevation varys from 650 to nearly 6,050 feet. Roadside are more than 300 miles of hiking trails.
To get more information, brochures and maps you should enter one of the twelve visitor centers along the Parkway. I went to the visitor center northeast of Asheville. Another good source for information is the website www.blueridgeparkway.org
trekking the quiet streets...
Favorite thing: Summer in Asheville is like hanging out in a subtropic jungle at times. That is, if you live out of downtown. Bamboo thrives here and walking along some of the side streets in the Montford area (historic district north of downtown), I sometimes think I could be in a temperate part of Malysia or China.
Most tourists come to...
Favorite thing: Most tourists come to Asheville for the Biltmore Estate, a truly remarkable chateau, but nothing can compare to the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This picture from the web shows why they're called blue . . .
Favorite thing: We have excellent thunderstorms year-round that leave the air smelling magnificent and the sky casting mysterious colors...
I remember on Valentines day I woke up to thunder and lightning! Love that!
Energetic and laid back all at once . . .
Favorite thing: Asheville has a great spirit and lots of things going on. For such a relatively small town, there is an amazing artistic spirit. This lady was standing on the street painting a bistro where I was having lunch. I noticed that she was standing and practicing her very solitary art by herself, focused and serious. It reminded me of many artists in Paris or other European cities. But then a few minutes later, a couple walked by and said hello and it became obvious that the artist knew them well. Her face brightened and she stopped what she was doing and they talked as old friends and I was reminded that this is the South, where things are slower and people take time to enjoy each others' company.
Mountains can be just as...
Favorite thing: Mountains can be just as calming as the Ocean.
Every corner we took was just as breath taking as the last.
Fondest memory: Going treking everyday to a new spot and coming back to the cabin that night to fix a home made meal. We all pitched in on making the evening meal.
Biltmore House. This was...
Favorite thing: Biltmore House. This was build in the early 1900s. It was built by a member of the Vanderbilt family. You can view the house, grounds and a winery. There is good shopping, great mountain views and festivals during the year that are very entertaining. They have, I forgot the name, which is held near the end of June that is celebrated all around downtown. It is outstanding entertainment, food, drink and shopping.
Fondest memory: They have on the Friday after Thanksgiving a event which they call 'First Light'. It is located in downtown Asheville in the government plaza. All the Christmas lights are lit uptown while fireworks are bursting behind the tall buildings. It is a sight that will take your breath away.
Favorite thing: Mount Mitchell, the tallest mountain in the state and on the east coast, is less than an hour from Asheville. The mountain is named for Elisa Mitchell who fell to his death while studying the mountain. He is supposedly buried here, although I don't know of any markers indicating where.
The mountain is known for dramatic changes in weather and year round cold temperatures. Snow is possible here even in July.
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Stay and Do in Asheville
Favorite thing: Asheville in a word is phenomenal! I don't know if my favorite part is the uniqueness of downtown or just the overall culture of the place.
When we visit, we always stay in one of two places. The first is the Bohemian Hotel (http://www.bohemianhotelasheville.com). This is the most unique hotel I have ever been in. Even if you don't stay there, you have to go and walk around the inside the place. For a more relaxing and nature feel we will go to Asheville Cottages (http://www.ashevillecottages.com). The owners have done an amazing job in giving a luxurious feel to a cottage rental.
While you are there, the two restaurants that you cannot miss are The Red Stag (http://www.bohemianhotelasheville.com/dining/dining.asp) and 12 Bones Smokehouse (http://www.12bones.com). After eating at these you'll see why we always return.
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- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Asheville is a great little...
Favorite thing: Asheville is a great little hippie town! Reading the local paper gave me an idea about the sense of community and activism that the people have in Asheville. Overall I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the whole town.
How about that view?
Favorite thing: You just can't beat the view of the Appalachian foothills behind the Biltmore Estate. Citizens of Asheville are lucky to have a view like this close at hand at all times.
Art Deco Charms
Favorite thing: Asheville boasts the most Art Deco architecture in the Southeast outside of Miami. This is a photo of the S&W Cafeteria on Patton Avenue.
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