Trip to Asheville, North Carolina

Morning.  Today, I’m gonna do something a little different.  I enjoy the mountains so much; and when I get the chance to go, I am always happy to share it with folks.

As I have posted before, my son Joel and I have started canning and we’ve really had good success with it.  He wants to can more items so we decided that we would try to hit some yard sales and find used canning jars which would be cheaper than buying all new jars.

So last Saturday, Joel, Amanda and I made a trip to Asheville, North Carolina, to check out some yard sales.  I had sent a couple of emails asking if they had canning jars and received emails back saying they were available. We left Joel’s around 6 am and got to Asheville about 8:30 am and went to our first yard sale. We got a decent-sized box of lids $1. We then went to the second sale and got 34 jars with lids. I tell ya, we made out like bandits on our search for canning jars.

We decided that we would go to Chimney Rock and spend some time there before coming back home.  We all were a little hungry so we stopped at the McDonalds near the entrance of Biltmore.  It’s the fanciest McDonalds that I have ever seen; they even have a grand piano sitting in the corner.  We got a snack and Amanda said she had never been to Biltmore and wanted to see it. So, we left McDonalds and went straight into the Biltmore forest.  What an adventure that was.

If you’ve never visited Biltmore, you have really missed a treat.  It is one of the most gorgeous houses that I have ever seen and it is located in the mountains which makes it even more perfect for me.  When you first see the house, it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived there.  And then going inside and seeing tapestry on most of the walls, the huge fireplaces and the pipe organ in the dining room is amazing.  Someone was playing the pipe organ while we were there.  There is an indoor pool, exercise room and a two-lane bowling alley in the basement of the house.  The servants’ quarters were really nice and were very large.

And, then you go outside and take in the view of the Smoky Mountains.  Now that is a sight to see.  We then went to the conservatory and hothouses where they grow the flowers that you see inside the house.  Since the weather was so nice, it was really enjoyable to walk around and look at all the flowers.  We spent about three hours at Biltmore and enjoyed every minute of it.  We didn’t go to the Azalea Garden or winery; we’ll save those for another day.

After leaving Biltmore, we went to Chimney Rock which is another favorite spot of mine in the mountains.  We drove down curvy little roads and saw streams and small waterfalls.  We stopped and had some lunch, then walked down to the little stream behind the restaurant and took pictures.  With full tummies and happy hearts, we made our way back home.

We had a wonderful time and I can’t wait for my next trip to the mountains.

See ya next Wednesday.