Asheville, NC is a tourist mecca this time of the year. Why? You may ask. Pure and simple...vibrant, pulsating shades and hues of red, yellow and orange: Autumn colors!
|Asheville in Autumn|
|Color and Color|
Given the rain, and the short period of time we were staying in the area, we (my wife Dianne and I) decided to make the best of it and spend one day doing a Grey Line Trolly "Hop-on Hop-off" tour around Asheville to get ourselves familiar with the potential sights of the area (other than the colors!) This proved to be a great way to get a good feeling of the area and allowed us to select what it was we really wanted to see.
The Tour pointed to the three most interesting stops...although our tour guide would probably argue with my take!
Second is the Omni Grove Park Inn with it's spectacular foyers, huge vaulted ceilings and incredible views across the valleys it towers over.
The third was for the artist in all of us... the River Arts District. Here any form of artistic endeavor can be found - paint, pottery, jewelry, sculptor, furniture maker, photographer, glassblower or whatever. And to think that this area, at one point was under 16 feet of water!
|The Lobster Trap|
In the next post, we'll talk about getting out of the rain and seeing what the Biltmore Estate is all about. And, believe me it is not to be missed.
|Still Great Colors|