June 12th, 2014 / posted by paularath
One of Asheville's many mansions.

One of Asheville’s many mansions.

Asheville, N.C. was high on our list of cities we wanted to visit. It did not disappoint.

Asheville has a vibrant art and craft scene, with everything from old fashioned quilts and delicious Appalachian soaps to mime artists all along the main street and sophisticated galleries.

As we have learned to do in most new cities, we took the hop-on, hop-off trolley from the Visitor Center which gave us a good idea of the varied neighborhoods in Asheville and the places we would like to go back to. We recommend starting this way.

The lovely tree-lined residential neighborhoods are simply beautiful, and very much what I expected to see in the South. What I did not expect was the surprising number of stately homes, including many with historical markers, that were for sale. For the price of our Nuuanu home, we could live in a mansion in the South! (But, no, we have no thoughts of moving.)

Just another little "cottage" in Asheville. They all have those sweeping lawns and magnoila trees.

Just another little “cottage” in Asheville. They all have those sweeping lawns and magnoila trees.

We stayed at an absolutely perfect B & B in Asheville called the Apple Wood Manor Inn. It’s owned by Nancy and Larry Merrill and they really know how to run a B & B!

We felt at home from the moment we walked in and were greeted by the adorable little dogs. The back yard is used to great advantage. I made myself at home reading a book in the hammock until Jerry challenged me to a game of horse shoes. (I got creamed.)

We splurged on the Wine Sap Suite, which takes up the entire attic of the inn. There is a sitting room, bedroom, and beautiful bathroom with a deep soaking tub which i enjoyed all three days.

One section of the suite has a cozy sitting room.

One section of the suite has a cozy sitting room.

The bed section of the suite, with a skylight that's so romantic!

The bed section of the suite, with a skylight that’s so romantic!

Apple Wood Manor Inn offers all sorts of special amenities, such as wine and cheese in the evenings, snacks and soft drinks any time, loads of movies on DVD, a wide selection of games. The breakfasts are outstanding and there’s a different menu every day, written on a chalk board. a few treats we loved: home made lemon bread, Dutch Baby, home made granola and peanut butter bread. Nancy can cook!

Asheville is in a beautiful part of the country, with the Appalachias on its doorstep. Lots of opportunities for country walks and more challenging hikes.

 

Larry the broom man.

Larry the broom man.

We really enjoyed wandering up and down Broadway with its eclectic collection of shops and diversity of people. And as we were leaving town, we popped into a flea market where Jerry found a beautifully crafted broom.

– Paula Rath

The famous Biltmore in Asheville.

The famous Biltmore in Asheville.

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