I will start off by saying that the Smoky Mountains are absolutely gorgeous. There are touches of autumn here and there but the leaves are still mostly green. Asheville and the surrounding areas are not quite what I expected. I was expecting quaint and quiet. I was wrong.
Living out in the country and then going to visit the mountains - it feels like I'm in the city. Cars, cars everywhere. Traffic (not like NYC traffic but more than I imagined there'd be). The sounds of traffic far outweigh the sounds of nature.
Our drive yesterday took a little less than 5 hours to get here. We stopped midway to fill up (the car & ourselves with coffee!). We arrived at the Bed & Breakfast, unpacked, and then headed to dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed the sunset sitting around a warm fire in the stone patio area at the B&B. A quiet evening and then a good night's sleep.
Today was a mix of highs and lows. Downtown Asheville was time of mostly lows (except for shopping at one of my favorite stores). Let's just say that Asheville is a very liberal area. Not a cool and groovy liberal atmosphere. A more divisive immoral liberal celebration (we'll leave it at that). We didn't stay long.
We decided to ditch Asheville and head to the North Carolina Arboretum instead. High point! LOVED it! It was beautiful and quieter. The flora and fauna was just the balm we needed after spending time downtown. There was only one point I wanted to smack someone because she was letting her child touch the butterflies in the butterfly exhibit where there were signs that clearly said DO NOT TOUCH the butterflies because they are too delicate, you will hurt them, etc. Augh!
Back to the B&B and time for a nap, cup of coffee and a cookie before heading out to dinner. More time enjoying the fire sitting around the fire pit. Now it's quiet time ~ listening to the radio etc.
We'll be heading home tomorrow after breakfast.
I'll write about the B&B and my favorite store tomorrow with pictures to follow soon. For some reason, my iPad won't let me post pictures. ♥