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Mount Everest in the Blue Ridge

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Asheville has a long history as a health retreat. Multiple Native American tribes designated this area as “neutral ground” for their sick, due to both ideal environmental conditions and a plethora of medicinal plants. In the late nineteenth century, several famous individuals initially sought Asheville’s healing and ultimately remained as residents, including George Washington Vanderbilt, of the Biltmore Estate. This trend continues as modern-day Asheville boasts a booming health industry, proffering both conventional and alternative resources.

One of the lesser known healing sanctuaries tucked inconspicuously into a downtown side street is the Asheville Salt Cave. You can take a 15 minute stroll from Applewood Manor Inn to the cave, located at 12 Eagle Street. Stop in on Saturday evenings to enjoy a relaxing meditation, as you allow your body to soak in the benefits of pink Himalayan sea salt. Salt caves have been used for centuries to improve respiration, skin tone and mood.

Continue indulging your Himalayan inspired adventure by stopping into Kathmandu Cafe, on Patton Avenue. Just blocks from the salt cave, Kathmandu’s lunch buffet is a a local favorite and their evening menu showcases traditional Nepalese favorites.

Who knew?… A taste of Mount Everest, right here in the Blue Ridge!

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Visit by An Indian Motorcycle

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In May we had guest who rode up on the most spectacular motorcycle I have ever seen.  It did not roar, it purred.  An Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle.  A bright shiny red, tan leather seat and saddle bags with leather fringe on both!  What a sight of beauty and style.

Briefly, the manufacture of the Indian Motorcycle (originally called a Motocycle) began in 1897 as a bicycle by George Hendee and joined by Oscar Hedstrom, his chief engineer in the 1900s.  It was America’s first motorcycle and was manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts.  It was used in WWI and WWII as troop support for American and all Allied Forces.  Larry‘s father road one as an MP during WWII.  The production ended in 1953.

It had a rough time with the Harley Davidson as a competitor, and for a time was manufacture in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.  Now owned by Polaris, it has been reintroduced in three types: the Indian Chief Classic, the Indian Chief Vintage and the Indian Chieftain, manufactured in Medina, Minnesota.  It sure is a remarkable and striking piece of equipment made completely in the USA!

Enjoy the photos!

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