Tuesday, July 29, 2008
With year-round blooming gardens, The North Carolina Arboretum is home to all kinds of plants and trees, many indigenous to the area. Trails for all skill levels run throughout the arboretum and are well-marked and often shaded. Some trails run along Bent Creek which offers an ideal break for dogs on warmer days. The Arboretum has a minimal parking fee of $6 which is waived on Tuesdays.
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville are located right outside of downtown Asheville and offers free admission. It’s home to plants of the Southern Appalachian region as well as some easy trails.
A garden tour of Asheville isn’t complete without a stop to the famed gardens at Biltmore - the perfect place to park your car and explore the huge estate. From the Walled Garden modeled after a European kitchen garden to the Italian garden located in the shadow of Biltmore House, take time to appreciate the incredible vision of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed New York City’s Central Park. The many trails that run throughout the estate offer a peaceful escape from crowds, allowing you to imagine for a moment that the 8,000-acre estate is all yours.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Six stages throughout the city showcase musical acts including Travis Tritt, The Wailers, Cowboy Mouth, and Ryan Montbleau Band as well as local favorites stephaniesid and Ménage. Choose from more than 75 hours of live entertainment.
What’s a summer festival without great food? Local restaurants set up booths in A Taste of Asheville, an area located in Pack Square, while other food vendors are located throughout the streets. And beer lovers rejoice - six of the Asheville area’s breweries will be on hand pouring local favorites. Make sure to check out the seasonal ales. Then, walk off or (heck, it is Asheville) dance off the extra calories.
Can’t make it to Asheville this weekend? Don’t worry. Free festivals and events go on throughout the summer including Shindig on the Green, the Annual Village Art and Craft Fair, outdoor theatre with the Montford Park Players and the Friday night Drum Circle in Prichard Park.
Monday, July 21, 2008
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