Asheville, North Carolina

Charlene and Ed

We had a wonderful time trying this flight of beers!

In Gaffney, I finished the two day course “Camp Freightliner” and we had the yearly oil change done on the motorhome. It was fun meeting a group of motorhome owners, but my head was sore learning all about the Freightliner chassis. Today, we left Gaffney, South Carolina and drove to Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville is a wonderful community in western North Carolina. We crossed the Blue Ridge Parkway just before we entered Asheville.

 

Ed brewery

This was a great brewery!

Asheville has really fun “feel” to it. It is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. Neither Charlene nor I have ever been in this part of North Carolina. As we looked at attractions in the area, we discovered that there are several breweries and one distillery in Asheville. There is a great water in Asheville and that has attracted a number of breweries. There is also a strong art community.

 

The oldest brewery in the area is the Highland Brewing Company and we had an absolutely wonderful time going on a tour of the brewery. We bought a flight of their most common beers. Their Gaelic Ale was our favorite!

Biltmore

Another interesting feature about Asheville is that the Biltmore was built here by the Vanderbilt family. It is 8,000 acres! Unfortunately, it was after 4:00 pm once we made it to the Biltmore, so we decided to not buy tickets ($50 per person). We will have to save that for another visit. The Biltmore in Asheville is called “America’s largest home” because it has 250 rooms! There is a huge mansion and garden along with a winery and two hotels. It was quite impressive, especially considering they started building it in 1895.