Blue Ridge Country May/June 2020 - BPG 24

MP 384 | Downtown Asheville

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BILTMORE

Tall Coneflower
(Rudbeckia laciniata)
2-3 feet tall, drooping
yellow petals, green
center. July-October.

24 BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY

MP 388.8 | Biltmore Estate

Back on the
parkway, stop
at MP 364 to
discover dramatic,
misty mountain views at Craggy
Gardens. Walk amongst
"mountain-sized" rhododendron bouquets and
through a "tunnel" of flowers. Gnarled trees stand
ready for the camera, and
the night sky will amaze
with star showers.

Downtown Asheville. (MP
377.4)
Spend several days
exploring the diversity of
art, music and culture in the
city known as the "Paris of
the South." Shop over 200
locally owned small businesses offering antiques,
books, gifts, clothing, art,
glassworks and more quality goods.
Dine and drink at 100
restaurants that offer
international cuisine,
hometown flavors,
specialty foods
and award-winning libations
in the "Brewery District."
Tour the Thomas
Wolfe Memorial, world-class art
galleries, the Basilica of
St. Lawrence and a variety
of museums. Take a stroll
on the "funky and eclectic"
Lexington Avenue, and
enjoy a sidewalk table at the
Historic Grove Arcade on
Battery Hill. Join the fun at
one of many year-round

free festivals, watch street
performers, participate in
the Drum Circle at Pritchard
Park and walk the selfguided Asheville Urban Trail
to see 30 sculptures along
the way.
South Asheville. (MP
382, MP 388.8)
Exit at MP 382 to find the
Folk Art Center's permanent
and rotating juried exhibits
of over 900 crafts people
from nine southern states
at the oldest continuously
operating shop in the U.S.
(1897).
Travel on to MP 388.8
and turn east on U.S. 25
to reach Hendersonville.
Escape the city with a visit
to the Carl Sandburg Home,
then to Dupont State
Recreational Forest. In
the latter, ride horses, hike,
swim, bike and fish in the
area famous as "The Hunger
Games" movie location.
Turn back west on 25 for a
day at the Biltmore Estate
(MP 388.8). This architectural jewel from the Gilded Age
is 250 rooms on 8,000 acres



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