We met our long time friends and travelling companions in Asheville, NC for a wonderful short week of sight-seeing, reminiscing and dining in style. Asheville is a very interesting city to visit with quite a mix of different cultures and places.
We spent a lot of the first day on touring the grounds and buildings of the Biltmore (Vanderbilt estate). Found it to be quite interesting and it brought to life the episodes of Downton Abbey I have enjoyed.
The food scene is one not to be missed - the first night, we had a marvelous French dinner at an outside table - the Bouchon was very authentic and reminded us of our trips to Paris. The next evening found us at the Mela Indian restaurant http://melaasheville.com/for some wonderful dishes with just a bit of zing. And we could not leave North Carololina without BBQ - the casual atmosphere and delicious plates of steaming BBQ with real southern sides was enjoy by everyone at Luella's BBQ.
Following all these great meals and tourist attractions, we returned to The Lion and the Rose, our BandB for the trip. A beautifully restored 1898 residence located in the quiet residential neighborhood of Montford. This Inn is extremely welcoming and the proprietors could not be more helpful and friendly. I could not close without mentioning the coffee delivered to our door every morning followed by a fabulous breakfast (the waffles were to die for)!
The route home took us through peak leaf season in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and then home. Just a few pictures of the trip - I certainly would enjoy spending more time in Asheville!