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Well we are continuing our a trip a month. Last month we went to Atlanta, and to the aquarium.

Now we want to goto to AshEville, NC. Anyone recommend where to stay and what to do?

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Biltmore Estate needs to be on your agenda.
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second the Biltmore. Grove Park Inn is one of the nicer places to stay.
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Balsam Mountain Inn, in Balsam NC. Great Inn with a lot of history and beautiful surroundings.
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NCLawDog, that Inn looks perfect. How curvy are the roads up there? the wife doesn't like the real bad switch backs.
Also any one every done the great smokey railroad trip up there? My son loves trains.

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The railroad is nice,depending on the weather. By the way it is Asheville.
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Asheville is the Santa Fe of the east....lots of artsy places and people downtown. Biltmore is truly impressive.
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You might consider a stay for a night in downtown Asheville. Lots of restaurants and bars and happenings downtown. The Renaissance hotel is very nice, walking distance to everything downtown, and offers some good rates for weekends.
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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
Well we are continuing our a trip a month. Last month we went to Atlanta, and to the aquarium.

Now we want to goto to AshEville, NC. Anyone recommend where to stay and what to do?

Thanks,
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Asheville is ok daytime and EARLY evening after that it turns into a freakshow and some here are proud of that.
It is the surrounding areas that make this place what it is. Biltmore House is great and you should see it, Grove Park Inn is about the best place and in a good area. The Renaissance Hotel is not much to me, the food I had was not the best and the barbed wire and gates around the parking lot well read Asheville at night.
The train trip is great and is much better when the leaves are turning however it is hard to get a spot on the train then. Here is a link to the train in Dillsboro http://www.gsmr.com/area-info/index.php unless they have changed it you can't get on the train in Asheville.
Take a drive on the Parkway and checkout the Folkart Center here is a link http://www.southernhighlandguild.org...?location_id=3 you can easily lose track of time in there, very unique place.
Black Mountain is a good little town worth a daytrip, but I am a little biased on that part ,pretty much roll everything up at 6:00 or 7:00 at night here.

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Originally Posted by bellsisland View Post
Well we are continuing our a trip a month. Last month we went to Atlanta, and to the aquarium.

Now we want to goto to AshEville, NC. Anyone recommend where to stay and what to do?

Thanks,
When we went we slummed the Grove Park Inn and the view is spectacular. Even if you don't stay there, go up and have a look around and perhaps have a soda and enjoy the view.

We also found a very good Indian restaurant downtown. Maybe 4/0 could comment on other restaurants. We had a pretty good meal at one of those joints on the street right across from the Zebulon Vance monument.

We also took some type of city trolley tour that was interesting and pointed out highlights and history of the town and some of it's celebrated citizens.
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bellsisland,

Asheville is ok daytime and EARLY evening after that it turns into a freakshow and some here are proud of that.
It is the surrounding areas that make this place what it is. Biltmore House is great and you should see it, Grove Park Inn is about the best place and in a good area. The Renaissance Hotel is not much to me, the food I had was not the best and the barbed wire and gates around the parking lot well read Asheville at night.
The train trip is great and is much better when the leaves are turning however it is hard to get a spot on the train then. Here is a link to the train in Dillsboro http://www.gsmr.com/area-info/index.php unless they have changed it you can't get on the train in Asheville.
Take a drive on the Parkway and checkout the Folkart Center here is a link http://www.southernhighlandguild.org...?location_id=3 you can easily lose track of time in there, very unique place.
Black Mountain is a good little town worth a daytrip, but I am a little biased on that part ,pretty much roll everything up at 6:00 or 7:00 at night here.

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A friend of mine is a retired LEO from Asheville and he tells me it's a downtown full of Frankensteins after dark. Too many "it's" and "things" for his taste.
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bellsisland,

Asheville is ok daytime and EARLY evening after that it turns into a freakshow and some here are proud of that.
It is the surrounding areas that make this place what it is. Biltmore House is great and you should see it, Grove Park Inn is about the best place and in a good area. The Renaissance Hotel is not much to me, the food I had was not the best and the barbed wire and gates around the parking lot well read Asheville at night.
The train trip is great and is much better when the leaves are turning however it is hard to get a spot on the train then. Here is a link to the train in Dillsboro http://www.gsmr.com/area-info/index.php unless they have changed it you can't get on the train in Asheville.
Take a drive on the Parkway and checkout the Folkart Center here is a link http://www.southernhighlandguild.org...?location_id=3 you can easily lose track of time in there, very unique place.
Black Mountain is a good little town worth a daytrip, but I am a little biased on that part ,pretty much roll everything up at 6:00 or 7:00 at night here.

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If you never have, stay at the Grove Park. Everybody needs to at least once. If you have stayed at the Grove Park, try the Inn at Biltmore. You can get a shuttle to the Biltmore house, eat at the Stables next door, visit the winery and eat at the Bistro, or eat at the Deerpark. There are a lot of things that you can do right there.

You are also right there at Biltmore Village which is good for shoppers and they also have a few good restaurants in the village.

I agree with the above about downtown at night. Asheville has become the San Fran of the east coast.
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Take a look at the bohemian hotel. its brand new and in the heart of biltmore. its really nice and has a great restaraunt in it. also is just a few minutes from downtown. I would recommend coming here early to mid october b/c that is when the leaves change color. also look at the new hilton hotel in biltmore park. its in s. aville and has lots of new restaraunts and shops within walking distance.
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In other words not just the Men are called Butch?.....
Gee whiz, I'm ex-army too

actually it more like 1/2 & 1/2's if you know what I mean but you are also correct. as said above though this is mostly after dark cr*p.

The Grove Park Inn http://www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/
has one of the top spa's in the country, it was in the top 20 and you could spoil your wife with that little bit of luxury.
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Visit my PT hometown, Saluda 25 miles south off of I 26. Quaint, antiques, no formula retailers. Eat at the Purple Onion. Hike the Green River Narrows.
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The railroad is nice,depending on the weather. By the way it is Asheville.
Actually, it's in Bryson City. Took my boy there last year and rode the Polar Express just before Christmas. They have a great model railroad museum there as well.

http://www.gsmr.com/

The Grove Park Inn is nice, but it's wicked expensive. I personally would prefer a nice cabin someplace for the same or less money. You may want to check out Chimney Rock for such things, and that is also a great attraction to visit.

http://www.chimneyrockpark.com/

I would also say The Biltmore is a must see. If you want some really good, fresh seafood at ridiculously low prices, check out The Coach House in Black Mountain which is on US70 about 20 minutes east of Asheville.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:28 AM
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Thanks everyone, great info. I just picked up my new nikon slr, so hope to get some good shots while I am there.
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I would highly recommend the Grove Park Inn. Go to Biltmore, too.....try to sign up for the horseback or segway ride along the river.
Big AFFIRMATIVE on the after-dark freak show.....I think that if you work on the wait staff at many of the restaurants it's required that you must have at least 10 piercings and as many tattoo's....a gay lifestyle also helps. I honestly can't remember the names of any of the restaurants I ate at....they were that unremarkable. I guess I didn't pick any of the good ones.
If your wife does not like curvy roads, stay off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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You might also try Richmond Hill Inn. Very nice grand old home which features a 5-Star Restaurant. OUTSTANDING FOOD!!!! but $$$.

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