Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Visit to Ashville, NC

               Oct, 2013

Kyra, Gina and I piled into DJ’s truck for a short drive to Ashville to see some sights. Our first stop was the visitors center..We all decided to do the city tour… and Kyra and I bought tickets to tour the Biltmore Estate…

 

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This was a jump off, jump on trolley but we decided to take the ride around to see the city…

When we got back to the starting point, we were hungry so we found Mayfel’s. It is a New Orleans themed restaurant and it looked and smelled good.

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We started with beignets…Yum

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We all ordered something different and all very satisfied.

Then it was time to walk it off.  We strolled thru Woolworth Walk ,  the newest art gallery and emporium in Asheville. the chocolate shop of course, and a really neat General Store..

Next day,  Gina drove Kyra and I to the Biltmore Estate. She had not purchased a ticket but decided to just roam around outside, while we took the tour. The self guided visit took us through private family quarters, kitchens and servant areas. The giant indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. The art and antiques were breathtaking! It is hard to imagine a family really living here..2013-10-14 13.25.04 2013-10-14 13.24.59

After spending many hours on the tour we wandered outside to stroll through the acres of gardens.. We met up with Gina who had spent her time wandering around and loving it..

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There really is no way to express the beauty of the mansion..They do not allow photography inside and I can understand why.

We drove down the road just a bit to the Antler Hill Village & Winery.. Here we watched a short video about the life of the Vanderbilts and their estate.  We stopped in the ice cream parlor for a snack…

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After ice cream, wasn’t it time for the Winery! We walked through, to see how they make those award winning wines..

Kyra and I had to do the tasting..

We ended our day in the wine shop,and made a few purchases..

 

Our final day we all took the trolley around the city again..It was the last time to take in the beauty of this city…

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I loved it and would love to visit this city again some day~