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    CHIMNEY ROCK PARK

    by KarenandCory Written Aug 1, 2005

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    The view from Chimney Rock is amazing.

    Chimney Rock Park is about 25 miles southeast of Asheville.
    Follow I-240 East to Exit #9, Highway 74A East to Bat Cave. Take 74A to Chimney Rock Village, and the Park entrance is on the right.

    CHIMNEY ROCK
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    The Best Ticket to Biltmore

    by bobblefrog Written Jul 11, 2004

    If you are budget and value minded - and here in the summer? Oh you HAVE to do one of their evening concerts on the - um porch - or something like that. It's not a porch - it holds 1200 people off of the estate library with room to spare! We went and saw Roberta Flack there a few summers ago - and I cannot tell you. Want to pretend you are Fitzgerald? Wear khakis or dress to the nines, bring your own picnic blanket, hamper and wine and spend the first part of the evening picnicing like a true aristocrat on the estate lawn (1200 people on grounds that large? you'll have all the romantic privacy you want) and then watch the sun set over the most spectacular view of the mountains while you sip champagne...and then enjoy great music. Mostly band and swing and jazz, but they sometimes have more traditional blues, country and even rock performers.

    I say budget/value - because the tickets are around $85 per person - but it's worth every bit of it on the sheer romance, luxury, life is really good scale!

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    Biltmore Estate 'What the locals know!'

    by bobblefrog Written Jul 11, 2004

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    We found that if you are the first to arrive in the mornings - say around 9 or 10, if you go to the gardens first you can have them practically to yourself. Most tourists go straight onto the house first. Since the house is pretty much just a jawdropping shuffle through state of awe it doesn't matter if you get there first, or get caught up in a line.

    The rose garden though is magnificent. To have it all to yourself in the morning, with just a gardener or two pruning and snipping quietly down at the far end, you can almost imagine you are a Vanderbilt yourself, wandering the grounds. Obviously having all those huge gardens empthy is good for taking photos as well!

    If you venture past, and on down by the ponds though? Be sure you have mosquito spray on you. You'll be into them before you know it and it's uphill trying to get back out!

    There's also a parking lot behind the nursery which you will pass as you leave the estate. You can buy plants and then load them up on the way out. As locals we buy the year round pass and when we feel so inclined but we often go in past the parking lots and straight through to park at the nursery. But it's limited spots - don't do that if you are going to be doing the house tour.

    If you are budget minded and you like picnics, consider bringing your own. If you can squeeze in the estate and gardens before lunch - head back to you car. As the drive takes you on to the winery (and later out of the estate) it passes by a lovely quiet picnic area by the river. You may have to share it with some geese and ducks, but the estate people don't mind you doing a picnic hamper.

    Biltmore Estate has alot to offer. If you are going to be in town a few days? Buy one of those year passes (they aren't expensive) and plan on coming severaldays in row, but just for a few hours. The house one day, the gardens the next, the winery and all the other things after that.

    Finally - consider the behind the scene's tour if you have time and extra money for a little extra off-the-beaten-path punch.

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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    by acemj Written Mar 28, 2003

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    Take a ride on the parkway and you'll see so many impressive views of the surrounding landscape. This photo was taken from a lookout point on the southern end of the parkway. I spent a few minutes talking to a cyclist who was stretching his legs before heading up the mountain for a ride. He was telling me that he had moved from the northeast and despite the fact that most of his family had moved down to Florida, he just couldn't pull himself away from the mountains. He said, "the beaches are for vacations, the mountains are to live." I tend to agree.

    The views were nice, but they're even better if you come in the fall.

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    French Broad Lookout

    by b1bob Written Mar 25, 2003

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    I'm glad we took that short little trip. We stopped along the French Broad Overlook at 2100 feet (640 m.) above sea level for a photo opportunity. If you think my pic is good, wait until you see Mark's. We ran into a guy on a bicycle who had just moved to the area from the Poconos in Pennsylvania. This is a great area to camp and backpack. If it looked this nice in early spring, I can only imagine it in autumn.

    French Broad Overlook

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    Free stuff!

    by wanderlust... Written Nov 22, 2002

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    Asheville has so many free events in downtown, especially in the summer. There's silent movies (with live music!) at Pritchard park, live music ("Shindig on the Green") in City County Plaza and tons of dowtown restaurants, gallery walks, dancing (at least cheap if not free)....There's a wonderful publication, called Mountian Express, that will tell you about all of these things which comes out every Wednesday and can be gotten (for free) throughout dowtown from shops, cafes, and those on-the-street-newspaper-box-things. It also has wonderful horoscopes. :)

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    A 'sitting area' inside the Inn

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003

    To give you some idea of the sumptiousness and elegance inside the Inn at Biltmore Estates, here is Barbara enjoying a peaceful moment with a grand view of the mountains. You can have a glass of wine here, work, it has it's own library, etc.

    Sitting Area at Inn on Biltmore Estates
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    Biltmore Castle from Afar

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003

    Taken from the Inn at Biltmore Estates. You can see Biltmore Castle on your top left. Gives you some idea of how large this estate is. All of the grounds are maintained in impeccible fashion much like the care given to Disneyworld. The entire estate to include all of its restaurants, accomodations, etc is private. They are not subsidized by the U.S. Government in any way.

    Biltmore Castle (top left)
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    Linville. Head northeast on...

    by acemj Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Linville. Head northeast on the Blue Ridge Parkway and in about an hour or so you'll be in Linville. There are some great hiking paths that lead up to great views of the Linville Gorge. There are numerous waterfalls in the area and even caves to tour.

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    I do warn people NOT to drive...

    by Scotzman Written Sep 7, 2002

    I do warn people NOT to drive down roads they are not familiar with, but by doing so, you will always find something of interest! I have come across great scenery, good cafes' and that oddball store that does not belong yet does.

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    River Rock Slide at Pisgah...

    by Beachdave Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    River Rock Slide at Pisgah National Forest, Brevard, NC. This a is beautiful drive. It is located south of Asheville off I-26 near the town of Brevard.. You can get in a cold mountain stream in whatever clothing you chose including bathing suit and slide down a smooth river rock into the coldest naural deep water pool that you can imagine. It is great. Make sure that you wear shoes.The rocks can get rough at times. They have observation platforms for people who do not partake and also have a lifeguard. It is run by the US Park Service and there is a small fee.

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  • Chimney Rock

    by MandaJ320 Written Mar 13, 2005

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    Chimney Rock is only about a half hour from Asheville, and worth the trip. Admission is $14.00/person, and there are tons of hiking trails.

    Chimney Rock Park
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    Blue Ridge Parkway

    by b1bob Written Mar 25, 2003

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    Mark and I had some time to kill. We had been to the Biltmore Estate, its inn, and toured much of downtown. It wasn't quite time for supper, so we decided to take the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Blue Ridge Parkway

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    A Corn Crop

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003

    Biltmore is self sustaining. Here you see a corn crop beside some of the extensive roads through the Estate.

    Peaceful Drive
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    A Picturesque Lamp Post

    by bdbrewer Written Feb 25, 2003

    These lamp posts were prevalent throughout Biltmore Estates. Made for some very picturesque moments.

    Illustrating the Greenery
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