April 5-8, 2013
Our intention for spending the weekend in Asheville, North Carolina was to tour the Biltmore Estate. The ticket for this grand home was expensive, but I was able to save a few dollars by reserving on-line. We got the audio to go along with our tour so we could learn the history of the family and hear all the stories about how they lived as we walked through the 250 room home. Construction on the house started in 1889 and took 6 years to complete. The house covers 4 acres and is 175,000 sq. ft.! It is the largest home in America. It is truly amazing, but unfortunately we weren’t permitted to take any pictures inside. I couldn’t back up enough to get the whole frontage of the house in this picture. It didn’t occur to me to take a panoramic shot. Duh.
We didn’t realize what a fun little town Asheville would be. We drove from our campsite into town to walk around and maybe grab a bite to eat. We didn’t realize that we would be entering a time warp. Asheville is described as a funky mix of hippies, New Agers, mountain bikers, antique lovers and farmers. It is a charming town with a great vibe! So glad we took the day to visit!
We camped at Wilson’s Riverfront RV Park on the French Broad River. We were surrounded by Cherry Blossom trees and connected to a large park via the river walk. The fantastic weather gave us the opportunity to take long walks with Lucy. And there was a dog park several miles down the river. We walked all the way there so Lucy could play, but she was shy and stayed close to us. The only dog she has ever enjoyed playing with is her BFF Ruby in California.