|New Belgium Brew Co. along the river walk.|
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.|
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.
Two artists that I just have to share.
Having a chance to meet the artist and see there work was very inspiring.
Really fun, vibrant paintings that keep you entertained. www.danielmcclendon.com
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. www.matttommey.com
|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.