Sunday, June 22, 2008

Biltmore Village and Trolley

After the WNC Farmer's Market, we headed to Biltmore Village.

Here we have the most expensively built fast food restaurants in America. We ate at the Hardee's. It is very nice inside, too.




(I made sure I took pictures so I can send them to the local zoning people so they can see what actually can be done with good zoning.)

Biltmore Village was built in the late 1890s as the Biltmore home was being constructed. If you guessed that it sprang up as a result of the construction, you would be correct in part. Apparently it was designed to be a prelude to the Estate.

It is full of shops now. We bought some chili bowls.

At 2:10 p.m., we boarded the white trolley for a historical tour of the entire area.

It lasted two hours.

This is downtown Asheville from the interstate.



Asheville has a thriving creative community. Lots of potters and artists there. I remembered that Colleen over at Loose Leaf has a son living there. I even thought of looking him up but then felt too much like a stalker for even thinking it, so I did not.

We left on Sunday. I'm going to write one more entry about this trip - a comparison of Asheville to Roanoke - and then I'll be done.

2 comments:

  1. The funny thing is that Josh was here at our friend Johanna's wedding! Otherwise he would have LOVED to see you. He's one of the few in my family that really gets blogging and the connections they make. Next time, just go down to the River Arts District and look for Clay Space.

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  2. I'm probably going to visit a friend in Weaverville and meet an artist who may paint a portrait of our dog. I've heard so many great things about Asheville I can't wait to see it for myself. Probably less lawyers and more artists than Roanoke is my guess.

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