Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday World Travel - Asheville, NC

image from Flickr member zen

Ah, the mountains of North Carolina. Head to Asheville to be surrounded by the beautiful mountains and take advantage of the bustling downtown area. Of course, most people see the Biltmore while visiting Asheville, but there are plenty of other options.

image from Flickr member deritastudio

Head downtown in the morning before it gets too busy. Around every corner is an adorable shop or cafe. It's a lovely area for a stroll and to people watch.

image from Flickr member lumierefl

Stop in to the Grove Arcade to see the gorgeous architecture and visit one of the oldest indoor markets.

images from Bier Garden

Enjoy lunch (and maybe a pint or two) at the Bier Garden. They have a huge selection of beer, so there's sure to be some you've never heard of before.

Spend the afternoon at the Folk Art Center. You can see the best of traditional woodcarving, textiles, furniture, basketry, pottery, dolls, and other crafts of Southern Appalachia, dating from 1855 to the late 20th century. They also have daily craft demonstrations.

image from my trip in 2006

Or, if too tired, or full from lunchtime pints, spend the afternoon reading on the private porch of the Serenity Suite at the Cedar Crest Inn.

image from my trip in 2006

Or maybe a nap on the soft bed in front of a fire in the luxurious suite instead?

image from Vincenzo's

Head for dinner at Vincenzo's for an Italian feast. Have dinner in the restaurant upstairs and then enjoy a drink and live music downstairs in the bistro. Make sure not to miss the beef carpaccio. They also have a pretty large selection of wines by the glass, so ask the server for a few recommendations.

This trip calls for a pretty, soft and romantic outfit. Pale pinks and browns with shots of hot pinks would do just fine.

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