From Bristol we set off in pouring rain for Biltmore. It was a beautiful ride, this is such a beautiful part of the country. The RV park in Asheville was one of the most difficult to find as to get in as was off the interstate exit. So after several turns around the freeway system and some great u-turns by Chris we arrived. Finding the farmers market although less than a mile away was also a night mare. At least by then we were minus the RV. This is me in Asheville. This part of the country reminds me of the north of england as it was an industrial town and they made and use red bricks for buildings and side walks. They had tarted up the city centers and I had a fabulous espresso at a coffee shop on the main drag.
We visited Biltmore and I enjoyed it as they had made it a lived in home not just a vast estate. Since I am not in love with all things vintage I found the house interior ugly although better than Hurst castle They at least treated their servants well. I loved the grounds and this fountain.
It was my birthday so we ate at the grill, very good food. Their wine is OK. It would be so pleasant to visit the grounds but the cost to visit this estate is $75 a person not encouraging to a tourist. They do offer a deal that is great for locals.
From Asheville we headed to Maggee Valley and the Blue Ridge trail. We visited the museum and village at Cherokee. It was the best Indian reservation we have ever visited. It was clean an tidy. They we just building a huge casino. never fails to blow my mind away that despite the recession the parking lots at casinos all over the country are full.
This is along the Blue Ridge Trail. It was fabulous until the motor cycles rolled in and drowned out the bird songs. Always want to come and amble along the trail it is just so beautiful.
NC is a state friendly to RV travelers so there are many RV parks. We like to be away from the road and not slide to slide with other coaches. We stayed at Trails End, Waynesville/Maggee Valley, for two night. It is on the Passport America list so they have special rates for one to two nights. We hate to pay for amenities we never use. Some RV sites are ridiculous. Especially once they use the word resort in their title!
From this lovely spot we headed north through TN, KY to Indianapolis.