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    Mt. Mitchell Golf Course -Great Views & Great Golf

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 12, 2014

    This is a terrific course to play while in the Western North Carolina area. The course is in the valley of the mountains so most of it is flat as opposed to terrain changes of mountain courses. A must play for golfers visiting the Asheville area. We play it anytime we are in the Asheville area and always enjoy our round. Just be aware it is "cart path only" so there can be a lot of walking. The views of Mt. Mitchell are spectacular from the course.

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    Reems Creek Golf Course: Enjoyable & Demanding

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 12, 2014

    Wow! This is a fantastic course with spectacular views of the western Carolina Mountains. The course has lots of elevation changes creating a lot of challenge. It is a must to pay attention to the score card for distance and landing area. Often a great shot can be a challenge due to sidehill, downhill, uphill lies. Water comes into play on a few holes.

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    Take the Grove Park Inn History Tour

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    We really enjoyed our guided history tour of the Grove Park Inn. It covered the history of E.W. Grove, the construction and early years of the resort. We learned about their Arts & Crafts style furniture, and some "wild tales" of our most notable guests. Our guide did an excellent job sharing the stories and history of the past as well as what is happening at the Inn today. The tour takes about 45 minutes and is $10 for non-registered guests. We highly recommend it for those staying at the Inn as well as non-guests. You will gain a tremendous amount of insight into the Inn and its rich history. Despite having visited the Inn a few times in the past, we were so glad to take the tour and really learn its history.

    The tour lasts for approximately 45 minutes and consists of periods of walking and long periods of standing. Check the website for more details of the tour.

    Our suggestion for non-guests is to take the tour in the morning and then maybe stay for lunch at one of the restaurants. plus you can stroll through Inn and its shops.

    Grove Park Inn Pool Table - lost for 50 years!
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    Calm and Relaxing Botanical Gardens

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is an independent non-profit organization housing a collection of plants native to the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It is a garden set in a natural setting and is easy to stroll the paths to the different areas. Since these are native plants you do not see the "formal gardens" that can be found in other larger Botanical Gardens. We enjoyed a leisurely afternoon stroll through the gardens on a walking trail forming a half-mile loop. We found bridges, meadows and a variety of wildflowers. There is even an authentic “dog trot” cabin and a spring house. This gave us an idea of the lives of people in the past and their living conditional. It is more like taking a walk in the woods spotting wildflowers, shrubs, and foliage. Enjoyable, scenic, relaxing and free!

    Covered bridge at the gardens An original Blooming plants along the trail
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    Take a Visit to the River Arts District

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    We have visited Asheville several times in the past few years. Several years ago we visited the River Arts District. Then it had a few artists buildings but was still very limited on what was available to see and shop. Today, the River Arts District is thriving. There is a microbrew with restaurant, more artist studios of all kinds and it is exciting to visit these. Arts and crafts of all kinds can be found in the River Arts District. The artist are friendly and welcome visitors to watch as they make their craft, look through the studios. Some have extensive shops while others have just a small area of their wares. This is in an old warehouse area and many of the artist have set up shop in the formerly abandoned buildings. It is still in the growth stages but we recommend stopping by, strolling the streets and checking out the arts.

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    Thomas Wolfe Memorial - Excellent Tour!

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    Take the house tour of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial located near the downtown Asheville area. Our guide gave us and an excellent tour of the well known writer. He grew up in the Asheville area and his first book in 1929 "Look Homeward, Angel" was based on his life growing up in the Asheville area. His family history with his mother running a boarding house - which is where the tour takes place is fascinating. They also have a good museum to learn more about him. He was prolific in his writing and I did read the book "Look Homeward, Angel" after our visit. Initially, to me it was a challenging due to the extensive detail and depth. Once I acclimated to his writing style I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    A very good tour and educational on Wolfe's life.

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    Great Theatre in Mars Hill

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    SART (Southern Appalachian Reportory Theatre).

    We thoroughly enjoyed the theater and play by SART. It happened to be "The Death of a Salesman" which is somewhat depressing. The cast was excellent! Also enjoyed walking around the campus of Mars Hill College after the matinee.

    For a change of pace - check their schedule and take the sort drive to Mars Hill to take in a show. Also it is a cute college town, so roam the campus and streets.

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    Raft the French Broad River! FUN!

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 2, 2014

    We enjoyed this 9 mile rafting trip which included highlights of jumping off a rock and floating a Class I rapid. Having a hot lunch at a pavilon with Picnic tables was an extra nice touch. The day we rafted the rapids were mainly Class I, Class II and Class III due to the water level. For this reason it was a pretty gentle rafting trip. The location is close to Asheville, easy access to the river and beautiful scenery. Our guide had lots of good information to share during our trip.

    Our bus is ready to unload! Bravery!  Jump off a Cliff! Enjoying our picnic lunch on our raft trip.
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    Go Back in Time - Asheville Historic Trolley

    by charlenemixa Written May 21, 2014

    The Asheville Trolley Tour is the perfect way to learn both the interesting history of Asheville and also get around this bustling city. With the on-off option, you can pick stops where you want to further explore the city. Plus your Trolley Ticket includes either passes or discounts to other attractions. A great way to start your visit to Asheville, see some major sites and then return to those you want to visit further.

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    A Historical & Hysterical Tour of Asheville

    by charlenemixa Written May 21, 2014

    The Lazoom Comedy tour is the best! Fun! This is a terrific tour of Asheville with great history insight details and hidden gems in an open air Purple Bus. Lots of excitement along the trip with the tour guide and surprise guests along the way. We loved it! A unique way to see the town. Plus you can bring snacks and drinks (BYOB) to enjoy along the tour.

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    Beer Tasting and More! Asheville Brews Cruise

    by charlenemixa Written May 21, 2014

    The Brews Cruise was a fun time with excellent information on the brewery process. We visited two breweries on our visit, the Pisgah Brewery in Black Mountain which also had "food" provided by the Lobster Pot which was excellent. Plus great entertainment. The French Broad Brewing Company was next, which was also very good. The Brewmasters gave an excellent overview of the brewing process for these local and regional beers. Some days the Brews Cruise goes to more Breweries but due to going to Black Mountain we only did two. Both were excellent!

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    Craggy Gardens: Fantastic 360 Degree Views!

    by charlenemixa Written May 18, 2014

    Craggy Gardens is a must do for anyone visiting the Asheville area. The drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway is so very scenic and beautiful. At Craggy Gardens there are 3 areas to visit - a Picnic Area, an area to hike to the Summit - a wonderful .7 mile hike through rhododendron and a visitor center. All are a within a few miles of each other and each offers a special view of the mountains. We opted to stop today at the parking lot with the hike to the summit. From the parking lot we can see Craggy Dome. It is a good .7 mile hike, some steep but not too hard just pace yourself. At the top we first went up to the Summit for fantastic 360 degree views. After taking in this beautiful scenery we hiked down (pretty easy hike) to the lower summit with more exciting vistas. Most of the hiking is in the shade on a well-marked path. It is a rocky path so be sure to wear good walking/hiking shoes. Take a lunch and enjoy it at the top of the summit which has a wonderful stone wall around it and so does the lower summit. Or stop at the Picnic area for lunch.
    Truly a scenic area and there are always some flowers blooming in the area even when the rhododendron aren’t in full bloom. It must be spectacular when they are as the entire area is covered with them.

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    Terrific Shows at the Asheville Community Theatre

    by charlenemixa Written May 18, 2014

    We had the pleasure of attending the production of "Kiss Me, Kate" on this recent visit to Asheville. The show was terrific! The theatre did a fantastic job in producing this exciting show. We can easily see how locals would be regulars at the Asheville Community Theatre. We will definitely check to see what is playing whenever we are in Asheville.

    One suggestion for those going to a production at the Theatre is to take advantage of the Public Parking Lot. We attempted to find street parking and it was basically impossible. The Public Park is only two blocks from the theatre and well worth the $5 to not be driving around searching for a space. Plus there are several restaurants nearby for dinner before the show or drinks afterwards

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    Awesome Crafts! Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk

    by charlenemixa Written May 18, 2014

    Be sure to stop in to shop and just view the beautiful items the Folk Art Center has. It is truly the best in quality and choices of options. Excellent craftsmanship in all venues and works of art. Each time we are in the Asheville area, we stop in to check out the fabulous items from jewelry to paintings to quilting to woodwork to pottery and MORE! You will be impressed and definitely leave with a special memento of your visit.

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    Spectacular Scenery and Vistas Await!

    by charlenemixa Written May 18, 2014

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    On a sunny morning we got on the Parkway by Asheville and drove up to Mt. Mitchell State Park. The Parkway is a vibrant green with the many leaves and lush foliage. The views are breathtaking. We can see for miles the rolling lush mountains, numerous peaks, lakes in the distance and the villages. The scenery is fabulous. We highly recommend stopping at Craggy Gardens and climbing to the Summit for 360 degree views plus going on to Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak East of the Mississippi. At Mt. Mitchel there is a paved path to the summit and it Is easier to reach the summit than the hike to the top at Craggy Gardens. Also stop in the Folk Art Center, while on the parkway in the Asheville area. Our recommendation is to take a picnic lunch and picnic at either Mt. Mitchell or Craggy Gardens, both have picnic areas or just rough and picnic at the Summit with the fabulous views. There are plenty of overlooks so be sure to stop at some of these. Be on the alert for signage for overlooks so you don't miss them.

    View of Greybeard Mountain from the Parkway!
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