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x-posted to asheville

Yeah, we've been called all of those.

What Macaulay Culkin couldn't do with Richie Rich and Andie MacDowell couldn't do by existing, Rachel Ray finally did with $40 a Day and now no one leaves us alone!

Why, just today we made MSN's 10 Easy Spring Weekend Getaways list - at #2! I have one nit - we're actually in the Blue Ridge Mountains and not the Smoky Mountains (but it doesn't really matter now that the Parkway is riddled with houses & appears to be a giant, winding backyard, anyway).

So when are you coming? I'll take you to all the cooler places locals know about. Friday we'll hit the drum circle at Pritchard Park, and then we'll see a movie cause I get in free. Saturday it's hiking (berry picking if you come late enough)! We'll skip Graveyard Field (it's always so packed) and go another mile up to the tiny road hidden at milemarker 420, and you'll join me at my very favorite place on earth. If it's warm, I'll take you to Sliding Rock (but I probably won't go down because I got kicked in the head at the bottom once and couldn't find my way back up).

Forget the Biltmore tourist trap - we'll hit up the cheap local fun like the free antique museum; art galleries; botanical gardens; listen to the old guys play bluegrass at that music store on Patton (I've heard rumor of a weekly Thursday bluegrass jam, and there's a house on my way home from mom's that's always PACKED on Thursday nights & I've never had the balls to stop - let's go); hit the Farmer's Market for a local, organic lunch; Mystic Journey's for a tarot reading (or to my mom's for a channeling, if you like); sneak up to the labyrinth at Kanuga (rumilicious); trick you into walking on take you to the haunted bridge.

Asheville's nice. Come over.

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softlywhispered
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
I've been to Sliding Rock! Actually I love that area, but prefer the Pisgah national forest and "Transelvania County Township" My mom has a "summer Home" in Fairfield, Sapphire Valley. Aka Time Share, but omg is it GORGEOUS, Breath taking and sumptuous up there in sprin/summer and FALL. hate it in winter.
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
I don't get far out, like Transylvania county, much anymore. It isn't all that far, though. I don't know where Sapphire Valley is, but next time you come out we should try to get together. :D
ereki
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:12 pm (UTC)
Aw. You're reminding me of how much I love this place.
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you for coming by. :)

I like your icon. I made this post and I'm suddenly face-to-face with the fact that I have no local icon. I need to fix that. I feel a batch in the works...if I can get to it in a few weeks. LOL
muse0fire
Apr. 6th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I know that Farmer's Market very well.... my late favorite aunt used to live in Asheville, and I loved driving up to visit her (particularly in the Fall.) There were a few stands there where they knew her very well, and when she got ill they were just lovely and very helpful. Saved us boxes when we were moving her into hospice.

I loved Asheville, but it would be hard for me to go back without missing Jane terribly. She had a very British dry wit (taught British literature at Appalachian State for years), but an appreciation for life in the South that gave us a common bond against the rest of our die-hard Yankee family members.
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Well I'm glad you have nice memories of here! I hope you'll come back. My mom lives a few miles from the farmer's market. :)
intrepidrayne
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
So, how long do you think it takes to get from little ol' New Brunswick to NC where you are? I'm sure mc_questionmark wouldn't need to be tricked into walking on the haunted bridge. He would just go for it. I have to admit I'm rather interested in a haunted bridge. Sounds neat, I assume there's a story surrounding it...?
ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC)
If you guys really came to Asheville, that would be the coolest of the cool.

Of course there's a story about the bridge! Click this link and scroll down to 'Helen's Bridge'. It's not mentioned on the site, but I've also heard that if you walk on the bridge, you (or a loved one) will die within a year (or some similar calamity).
intrepidrayne
Apr. 7th, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, that bridge is beautiful! Sad story though.
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ahavah
Apr. 6th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
I have several friends up in NB. We may be in the same neck of the woods one way or another, eventually.
supensa
Apr. 6th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Whaaat? Mapquest told me 12 hours at 800 miles! (I only know this because I'm actually planning to go from Asheville to Toronto in August for Prophecy.)
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