THE ALTERNATIVE TOWN
This place knows how to relax...
After almost 4 years of living in North Carolina I was finally able to make my way over to Asheville, NC. I had always heard good things from others but the time had come for me to verify it for myself. It turned out to be what I had expected, but that's not a bad thing. The Appalachian Mountains nestled into its backdrop were a nice reminder of my favorite place- Pennsylvania.
The first thing you notice upon arrival is the people; lets just say that they are laid back. This demeanor serves to cultivate the entire atmosphere of the town. Diners and cafes have their own private gardens were they grown produce, herbs, and spices. Shops and galleries have old couches and chairs to loiter in. And street performers are around every corner.
As I have highlighted in my original write up, the curious bunch who play instruments made of old household items, known as the Carolina Cat Skins seem to perfectly capture the attitude and feel of the town. If you've ever wondered what all the hippies do when they aren't protesting something here they are, strolling around Asheville, NC with reckless abandonment.
Don't Forget the Biltmore Estate
Chimney Rock State Park
One final stop I must highlight is taking a 30min drive from Asheville to Chimney Rock State Park. If you want to get some exercise in while enjoying a view this is a perfect place. The fee was a bit steep for a state park; $10 per adult and $7 with a military discount.
All in all it serves to be a good climb with a number of overlooks and summits. The small village surrounding the landmark has some of the best homemade jellies and jams as well. Don't forget to pull off along the side of the road and grab some.