Asheville NC: A Change In Latitude, A Change In Attitude

Jimmy Buffett was right! Attitude can change by going somewhere new or even revisiting a place you love.I always feel that way when I visit the Asheville, N.C. area. I’ve visited the area for quite a few years. During the spring the area is awash with flowers, blooming trees such as dogwood and redbud, and green grass everywhere. The smell of lilacs perfume the air. Azalea blooms color the landscape with buds of red, deep rose, and pink. Hydrangea  leaves are coming out ready to burst into blue and white clusters of flowers. But the fall is equally beautiful with the bright yellows, reds, oranges of an array of hardwood trees.

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While these things are wonderful, there are so many activities going on in Asheville that it sometimes pays to make a schedule if you’re visiting for the first time. 

We love to visit the waterfalls in the area and there are many to see. Any visitor’s brochure has maps.015 (1)SAM_0804

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Merry Falls

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Biltmore Estate

The beautiful Biltmore Estate is favorite place to go in the spring and during the Christmas season when the entire estate is decorated and christmas concerts are given in the Biltmore mansion. The tickets are pricey, but well worth the cost.

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Just outside Weaverville the morning clouds creep over the mountains.

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Biltmore lake in fall

In the fall besides the beautiful colors of leaves and vistas such as this, the Southern Highland Craft Guild is held at the Civic Center in Asheville. 

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Highland Craft Guild

This area is a mecca for artisans, painters, potters, weavers, jewelry designers and furniture makers and I love to shop for christmas gifts at this event.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Asheville holds the title of Beer City, USA. The town is full of micro-breweries as well as two national  breweries to distribute the gaelic ale. 

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I think if you visit Asheville, you’ll be refreshed and revitalized just as I am every time I visit.  Have you every vacationed in Asheville? If not where do you like to go?

 

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