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North America » United States » North Carolina » Asheville October 4th 2019

I have heard so much about Asheville, I am a smidge curious about it. Don't ask me why. My previous ventures into the hinterlands of the Tar Heel state rendered me covered with smoke from the incessant smokers. I can only hope Asheville will be a bit more civilized. On the bright side, Asheville is often called the "coolest" small city on the east coast. Is it the award-winning restaurants, hipster coffee shops, outdoor activities, or breweries? It is also known as "Beer City, USA." The Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar also sounds like my kind of place. Asheville must have something, since the Obamas visited a few years back. Asheville is a city in the Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. It is known for its "vibrant art scene and historic architecture." Isn't that what ... read more
Biltmore wines
Biltmore Winery
Blue Ridge Parkway

North America » United States » North Carolina » Asheville November 26th 2018

Poet, novelist and travel writer William Graham holds a BA and MA in English and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He lives in Stowe, Vermont. His most recent book is Border Crossings: Travel Essays and Poems. Have you ever wished that your house had 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and 65 fireplaces among 250 rooms in total? If you did, my guess is that you wouldn't be living there alone and sweeping your own floors. You would have dozens of servants and groundskeepers. Your name would likely be Vanderbilt--George Vanderbilt to be precise. And you would be in the grandiose architectural marvel known as the Biltmore, which is nestled in the mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. This past Thanksgiving week, my family and I visited this stunning home, reputed to be ... read more
Entrance Hall
Holiday Decorations
Library


As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the Asheville airport, and I have a couple hours to wait before my plane takes off. I’m anxious. I’m excited. I’m just a little overwhelmed thinking about what the next 20 days will be like. I have traveled before, and I have been on long flights before, but something about this trip is different. I’ve traveled before as a professional educator, learning about the educational system and culture of some far away place, but something about this trip is different. I can’t quite put into words just yet why I feel this way, but it is my hope that through this travel blog, I will be able to post something meaningful--something that either brings a smile or touches your heart is some way. South Africa is like no other ... read more


Since yesterday was spent riding all around Asheville, the plan today was to ride the bike through the tunnel (how cool is that!) and into downtown Asheville some 3 miles away. Since Asheville is an artist community, there was nothing open until 10:00, and in fact some of the galleries didn't open until 11:00, so it was our excuse to sleep in today. So we had breakfast at the hotel, just before it stopped at 9:00 and headed out to Asheville about 9:45. We weren't sure about parking, and were expecting to find a parking garage, but as we pulled in to the corner of Patton and Broadway, there was a spot available right on the street. There was a 2 hour limit, but we had lots of change we had accumulated over the trip, so ... read more
Asheville - Inscribed Aluminum Waterfall
Asheville - Tiger From Bullets - Ceramic & Mixed Media
Asheville - Screw & Nut - Cast Glass


Today we are going nowhere. We have planned 3 nights in Asheville to try and recuperate from the last couple of days. The last time we were in Asheville was back in 1999 when we were first dating and we came up here for the Honda Hoot Motorcycle Rally before they moved it to Knoxville and ruined it. It's a beautiful area, with the Blue Ridge Parkway running just outside and mountains everywhere. Since we have 2 full days here, we decided to spend one day sightseeing in the area and one day visiting downtown. We had hoped to do the downtown thing today, but the museum we wanted to go to is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays so we had to change our plans. We had also planned on visiting the Biltmore Estate, but when ... read more
Wheels Through Time - Motorcycles Out Front
Wheels Through Time - Chopper Graveyard
Wheels Through Time - Museum From Above


Today seemed like such a simple task, just ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke, VA to Asheville, NC. Should be about 275 miles, no big deal. It was Sunday morning, so we slept a little late, and by the time we ate breakfast and got on the road, it was after 9:00. Since we had bypassed the Roanoke Visitors Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway as we rode in yesterday, we thought we would begin today by backtracking a few miles north to visit the Roanoke Visitors Center and get our passport stamps. It didn't take too long, but by the time we were finally back on the road and heading south, it was 9:45. We began the day as expected, riding down the Blue Ridge parkway, stopping at a few scenic overlooks. It ... read more
Blue Ridge Parkway - Scenic Overlook
Blue Ridge Parkway - Blacksmith Working at Mabry Mill
Blue Ridge Parkway - Mountain Music At Blue Ridge Music Center


Downtown Asheville, North Carolina Joan's last Bucket List Rebellion side trip was a visit to the major city of the North Carolina mountain country, Asheville. We skirted the area on our way to Great Smoky, but Joan wanted an immersion of sorts into the city's downtown. So we drove some 60 miles back down US19, US74, and I40 right smack into the center of the city and found public parking. She had found a 'scavenger hunt' walking tour on-line that took us through much of the downtown area looking for plaques in the sidewalks that commemorated Asheville history and architecture. One thing you notice pretty quickly here is that this place is not hurting. There are multiple construction projects blocking the sidewalks and cranes dotting the skyline. Downtown, at least, is very vibrant with what appear ... read more

North America » United States » North Carolina » Asheville September 19th 2016

We returned to North Carolina, but this time we stopped in the south western part of the state at Asheville. The mountains surround this quaint town and provide amazing opportunities for enjoying all the beauty that God gave us in this place. I really enjoyed driving a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping many times to take in the views. The parkway is a scenic national parkway of 469 miles that runs from the Shenandoah National Park near Roanoke, Virginia to the boundary between the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. It is a beautiful drive with lots of switchbacks that climb up mountains and then go back down into valleys. You have to drive slow for the curves which gives you time to take it all in. Asheville has a ... read more
Blue Ridge Parkway view
Blue Ridge Parkway view 2
Blue Ridge Parkway view 3

North America » United States » North Carolina » Asheville September 2nd 2016

Geo: 35.5984, -82.5531Overnight, I woke up about once an hour and looked outside to see if it was raining yet. Hermine has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the weather report still shows she is going to mess up our plans to visit the Outer Banks. It was hard for us desert-dwellers to make a decision about staying while the storm passed over the area or leaving before it got any closer. We finally decided to leave Charleston without having seen much of it at all and take the highway that runs perpendicular to the coast to get away from the effects of Hermine as soon as we could. I was concerned that even though the wind was going to be manageable, we were on the end of a peninsula in an area that was ... read more
View of the Approaching Storm from the Hotel Room
View of the Approaching Storm from the Hotel Room
SC/NC State Line

North America » United States » North Carolina » Asheville November 28th 2015

It has been awhile since my first post because my focus has been on my recent move from Wisconsin to North Carolina. The official move was about a month ago yet seems like it was more like several months ago. It is interesting how the concept of time can be somewhat distorted by our perception. I have been here alone the majority of the time with exception of my constant companion, Taffy, my 8 year old miniature Dachshund. Currently, I am sitting in the back yard of the home we chose to settle in for the next year or so, throwing Taffy's beloved ball. In between throws, she spends 10 minutes or so sniffing the ground in a rather focused, intense way that can only mean there are some other very interesting creatures sharing this space ... read more
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