Asheville—join your hearts in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Asheville is probably best known from the Biltmore Estate, a Vanderbilt home whose floorplan is measured not in square feet but in acres, and for the Grove Park Inn, where “rustic estate” is hardly a contradiction in terms. But Asheville is also home to world-class artisans in every medium, as well as some of the best massage therapists you’ll find anywhere (doesn’t that sound like a great idea for the two of you, or maybe even something to share with your bridesmaids and groomsmen?). The City—which is really more a large town—offers a small airport with quite a few flights from Charlotte. Its b&bs range from Victorian to rustic, caterers tend toward organic, & the city boasts an ambience all its own. Parts of Asheville feel like you’re still in the 60s (for those of you who weren’t alive then, this is what it felt like to be alive then!), while others showcase the elegance of the business people who brought their entire families & households to the refreshing North Carolina mountains for “the season”--the entire summer. Author Thomas Wolfe’s home—to which his other always took in boarders—is still here to visit, and a personal favorite of mine. If you’ve never travelled the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll be astonished that such a wonder could possibly exist. Yes, you’ll be glad you joined your hearts in this one-of-a-kind community!