Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Asheville, North Carolina and beyond
We visited Asheville, North Carolina for the outdoor recreation of the area. It is surrounded by mountains and rivers for all outdoor enthusiasts. If you enjoy kayaking and rafting (as do we) or hiking and waterfalls (as do we), this is a wonderful place to enjoy, if you are not coming to Maine of course!
The city of Asheville reminds me of Portland, Maine, in many ways. Since J and I both went to college in Portland, it is a city that is dear to us. There is a lot of culture, diversity, great food, arts, and recreation, whether it be the ocean or mountains, they both seem to have it.
We splurged a bit and decided to enjoy an historic part of Asheville and that was the Biltmore Estate. George Vanderbilt officially opened the home to friends and family on Christmas Eve in 1895. He had created a country retreat where he could pursue his passion for art, literature, and horticulture. The gardens at the Biltmore Estate are simply amazing. For anyone that loves plants, gardening, and landscaping, this place is awesome. I hate to say it, but I can't even capture how amazing the gardens are, but of course, I tried.
Next steps in our journey are the Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah Mountains. Wildlife and scenery, here we come!