Our friend in Asheville thought we would enjoy the LaZoom City Comedy Tour and she was right on point.
The 90-minute open-air bus tour winds its way through charming Asheville and manages to impart quite a bit of local flavor and history between the funny, corny, and sometimes bawdy, commentary.
This is a great city – chock full of unique locally owned shops and restaurants (over 90%) and more craft breweries than anywhere else in the country. You can bet the breweries are mentioned during this tour, which allows consumption of wine and/or beer while on board, and includes a rest stop at the Green Man Brewery.
Two facts that made an impression:
- despite the ghost stories, no one died during the Civil War’s Battle of Asheville, and
- last month Asheville’s nationally renowned Wicked Weed Brewing company sold out to Anheuser-Busch. We hope it’s not the start of a trend.
Check out their website for times, fees and other tour options: http://www.lazoomtours.com/
A short, but rigorous hike will reward you with views of the lovely Crab Orchard Falls. Even in this very dry summer, the sound of the water rushing over the rocks is powerful. The falls are extensive and have many levels, but from what I have read, have never been officially measured. Visitors park at the Valle Crucis Episcopal Church, in the upper parking lot. It is well-marked where you should and shouldn’t park and signs will direct you to the trail leading to the Falls.
The 1/2 mile hike takes you up 500′ to an elevation of 3,110′. Benches are conventionality placed every 1/10 of a mile to take any needed breaks. After reaching the top elevation, you will head down towards a network of boardwalks leading to the falls. The boardwalks are not in the best condition and it seems some restoration work may be underway. In general, use caution due to lose rocks, prolific tree roots and the potentially slippery wood walkway. It’s worth the trip.
The August issue of Pinecrest Lifestyle Magazine is hot off the presses and I’m pleased to share my article about the thriving Rivers Arts District in Asheville, NC.
Click this link for the full article. Pinecrest Mag.Paint the Town.August2016
Each little “pup” is ready to plant.
Who knew that Appalachian State University (ASU) has some amazing greenhouses and conservatory tucked away a couple of miles from campus, behind a commercial area in Bonne, NC.
I had the opportunity to tour this wonderful ASU facility and see plants from, literally, every country in the world. There were so many unusual and amazing varieties. We had a crash course in plant adaptation and got up close and personal with plants that mimic rocks, house ant farms, emit unpleasant odors, and produce mini-me offspring all by themselves. We had botany and world geography lessons rolled into one.
They have two plant sales a year (usually May and September) and also offer some public classes; volunteers are needed and welcome.
For more information contact Greenhouse Manager Jerry Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org
48 degrees. Glittering golden leaves. Carolina Blue sky and a mountain view that doesn’t stop.
We took an afternoon break from packing-up to head south, and enjoyed our last hike of the season, to The Cascades. A short 30-minute walk along a well-maintained trail leads to the beautiful falls located in E.B. Jeffress Park at mile marker 272 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Deep Gap. You hear the it before you see it. Falls Creek looks deceptively serene until you reach The Cascades which are roaring down a steep rock-face stretching as far down as you can see. Eventually the water will meet the Atlantic Ocean at Winyah Bay, SC.
Of note: The 600 acre E.B. Jeffress Park has picnic and bathroom facilities at The Cascades parking area. Markers with information about the trees and foliage are placed all along the trail; unfortunately about 75% of the descriptive plaques are missing.
Find out why life is great in the NC High Country. Check out my recent article in South Florida’s Pinecrest Magazine: