Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Greenville to Asheville

New Belgium Brew Co. along the river walk.
Just when you think things couldn't get any better. Then there was Asheville.

We stopped in Asheville, North Carolina to visit friends who have found their bliss. They've been retired for a few years and discovered Asheville as their new home.

Brewery with it's own food truck-what luck.
I can definitely see why they chose Asheville, now this is foodie heaven. Plus you have so many microbreweries your head will hurt trying to decide which one to stop at next. And if you have a hard time making choices avoid the River Arts District. Yowza.

Our band of merry marauders started out with a hike on Haywood Street. From fresh oysters to a pig and fig pizza, we noshed our way past dozens of unassuming specialty restaurants and music lairs. We could see why our music aficionado friends found this street meets their needs.

The next day we were roamed the River District where artistic talent flows along the French Broad River.  There's a 50 page booklet to preview before you set out on the mile long stretch of industrial buildings converted to studios showcasing Asheville's greatest treasures.

Daniel McClendon

Two artists that I just have to share.

Having a chance to meet the artist and see there work was very inspiring.

Daniel McClendon
Really fun, vibrant paintings that keep you entertained.

Matt Tommey

Matt Tommey
As he claims, every basket begins with a walk in the woods. His sculptural basketry takes advantage of local resources such as the invasive kudzu.

Green Man Castle upscale

Between shopping we refreshed ourselves at a few Breweries. Thank goodness for beer flights, we shared many tastings at truly unique venues offering tours, food trucks and a real casual upbeat atmosphere.

Freshest Donuts at Hole on Hayward

This area sure beats batterfried cheese curds and Friday fish fries. We had the tastiest tacos, donuts made right in front of you, and bone marrow appetizer to go along with a little stout.

Our leader Bandit the Brew Hound

Plus as we strolled along, around the town, we where accompanied by our very own mascot Bandit. The area is very dog friendly, another reason our friends chose Asheville.

I think we shall return here for another visit.

Many people in Asheville are referred to as halfbacks.  Because they came from the north moving all the way to Florida to retire and came back half way. Probably because of too many old people down there. Just thought you'd like to know if it comes up on "7 Little Words" (great app for exercising the mind)

Ceasar's Head State Park SC

I can't forget the mountains. They stole my heart.


  1. My niece looked at colleges in both Asheville and Greenville. She opted to stay farther South in Arkansas but she liked both places.

  2. They are both so lovely and vibrant. Hard to sit here now in a snow storm.