Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Six Flags over Ft. Sumter We’ve had a great stay in Charleston, winding down today with a trip to Ft. Sumter and our last dose of Charleston history.  Now we both have a list of chores to finish in readiness for travel.

Tomorrow we’re heading north on our way to Asheville, North Carolina – another new state for us.  True to our mission to keep our travel days under 200 miles, we’ll have a stopover along the way, somewhere near Columbia, SC.

Been to Asheville?  What did you see there that you recommend?  We’re spending five days… what would be on your agenda?

Good-bye, Charleston!


  1. We really enjoyed the Carl Sandburg Home and Farm National Historical Site. About twenty minutes south of Asheville in Flat Rock.


  2. Spend at least 2 days at the Biltmore mansion. It is fantastic

    Pottstown, Pa

  3. Bryson City? Don't know where it is - or why we should/would go there. ??

  4. I have no suggestions since we've not been there... but I just know you'll fuind the best places to see. Loved your trip so far! Have fun & travel safe

  5. A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway in your tow vehicle is beautiful in that area. There are a few hiking trails along the way. We hiked to a really neat waterfall along the parkway near Asheville, can't think of the name of it, but it will be obvious on any parkway literature. Also, don't miss the winery if you go to Biltmore. The wines there are pretty good.

  6. The Biltmore as already mentioned. 30 miles north on the Blue Ridge Pkwy is Mt Mitchell State Park - the higest point east of the Mississippi. The drive on the Blue Ridge south to Cherokee, NC is some of the highest points on that road with plenty of pull offs.

  7. Heard there is some big house you oughta stop by up there.....lol

  8. Check out the Cradle of Forestry-http://www.cradleofforestry.com/cradle_of_forestry/hours_location.asp
    It is run completely by volunteers and sort of goes with the visit to the Biltmore. Say howdy to Charles Cottingham for us.

  9. Another vote for Biltmore. Sort of like Hearst Castle, but done with much better taste!


  10. I second (or third?) the suggestion to spend a day on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are a number of good destination points along the parkway near Asheville. I think the Folk Art Center, Craggy Gardens and Linville Falls are all nearby.

    My favorite part about the Appalachian area is the rich tradition of music and crafts. It amazes me that people who were so incredibly dirt poor were able to create beautiful musical instruments, baskets, pottery, furniture, etc., out of the natural resources that were readily available. In some ways, it reminds me of the Native Americans and the cultural richness of the Southwest. It's very different, of course, but the roots of poverty and creating beautiful things out of what little you had are the same. I'm not sure if this is making sense, lol, it's just something I find very moving about that area.