Asheville, NC and the Blue Ridge Parkway Summer Vacation – Day 2
They had fantastic food! The place was hopping. There was never a lull in customers. I only wish they were here where I live!!
A river in the valley:
Also nearby is Mt. Mitchell State Park which I hear is beautiful, but we never made it there. You can get more information on them at http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/main.php .
The last place we saw was the historic Grove Park Inn. It’s beautiful! Many famous people have stayed here, including presidents. They’ve got walls lined with pictures. There’s a spa, restaurants, shops, golfing – it’s absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately when we were there they were renevating the exterior, so I was unable to get a good shot. Here are a few pictures that I did take:
They’ve got an actual working original elevator from 1913. (Sorry for the poor shot. Very low lighting and I only had my camera with me.) It’s not much bigger than you see! I’m claustrophobic, but I took a ride on it just to say I did. Once inside it’s got three actual doors that open, depending on which floor it stops on. Really cool:
Yes, I take my camera everywhere – even in the bathroom! Check out their site to get more information on the history, etc. http://www.groveparkinn.com/Leisure/ .
A few last shots to round out our day. Here are some of Asheville’s finest (firemen):
And then on the way back to Pigeon Forge.