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October 26, 2015

An end of October visit to Asheville, North Carolina  proved to be peak peeping time for the fall  colored leaves.   The beautiful mix of colors was beautiful every direction I looked.

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The Grove Park Inn was an enjoyable place to explore, have a tasty dessert and enjoy the scenery.  It opened in 1913 after taking 3 years to build with 400  men working 10 hour  shifts, 6 days a week.  They used mules, wagons and ropes to haul in and place  granite boulders to build the hotel.   An impressive  list of famous people have stayed here  since it opened.  The Grove Park Inn also hosts the biggest and  best Gingerbread House competition every year in November/December which I have seen in the past and highly recommend.

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The hotel  also has a wonderful expansion patio  to relax and enjoy the colorful scenery of  the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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The Biltmore Mansion , built in 1889,  is also located in Asheville and well worth the ticket price  to tour.



View from the back terrace of the Biltmore Mansion.



Pumpkins in prison.

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Gotta love this Tennessee Smoky Mountain rest stop.

Hope you enjoyed your arm chair visit to Asheville and thanks for reading!!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy Weisser
    Nov 15, 2015 @ 12:41:09

    Have always wanted to see that beautiful area—–thanks for sharing, Jeannie!



  2. Judy Ludwig
    Nov 07, 2015 @ 10:23:05

    Wonder if it was 400 slaves that worked 10 hour days? The Biltmore was incredible but a crazy drive to get there but the Blue Ridge highway was worth it! Keep on going it’s my cheap version of traveling!



  3. Dane Dodson
    Nov 07, 2015 @ 10:08:33

    As usual Beautiful Pic’s Nice work Jeannie! And do NOT ever get this close to my house without stopping…OK ??



  4. Maureen Mahach
    Nov 06, 2015 @ 18:05:54

    Beautiful photos! Did you fly or drive? We used to vacation in the Smokies when our kids were young. I always wanted to visit in fall but was concerned about traffic.





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