August 15, 2013
Applewood Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast is located in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Slammed right next to us is Transylvania County. This county encompasses the Pisgah National Forest, Gorges State Park and the DuPont State Forest where The Hunger Games was filmed. All three forests contain approximately 250 absolutely breath taking water falls. This is the highest concentration of natural waterfalls in all of the United States, occurring due to the unique geography and climate. That is why this area is known as the Land of the Waterfalls.
In the center of these natural wonders is the city of Brevard and Brevard College, fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, is just 30 miles southwest of Asheville. It is quaint little town with many cultural aspects, great restaurants and festivals. For seven weeks from June thru August continuously over the last 76 years, the Brevard Music Center has brought celebrated musicians and tomorrows stars together on the lush 180 acre campus for the Brevard Music Festival. With such a close proximity to Asheville, this only ensures your theater and musical experience available.
Back to the Waterfalls and there are 21 worth hunting without straining yourself. They are located in Dupont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest , Blue Ridge Parkway, Highway 215 and Toxaway Sapphire Area. A magnificent brochure is available: 1-800-648-4523 or at Applewood Manor Inn B&B, as well as online- www. visitwaterfalls.com. This pamphlet gives detailed instructions on where to find each waterfall as well as a photographs to entice your interest. Some require a strenuous 1 1/2 mile hike others are a short paved path to view the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi, the Upper Waterwater Falls. It is small effort and the reward is breath taking beauty.
online as well as online 1-800-648-4523
July 15, 2013
Every year I can hardly wait for the end of June through the end of August. Something so special occurs that makes Asheville even more unique and outstanding. In recognition of the cultural experience the city erected a permanent stage to ensure this free attraction continues in the center of town. I am talking about Shindig on the Green.
Every Saturday, with the exception of Belle Chere weekend (last weekend in July) or torrential rains, in the center of downtown Asheville is where the 47th season of free Blue Grass, clogging, square dancing, western North Carolina traditional music and other dance performances. This is held out of doors, on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. There are even informal musical jam sessions all around the stage . With our new food truck venders, there are plenty of refreshments, as well as our many spectacular restaurants just around the corner.
Shindig on the Green begins around 7pm and continues until 10pm. You sit amongst all ages, some people on blankets, some folding chairs. Little children will be dancing close to the stage and even teenagers are enthralled. You used to be able to bring your dog but they have banned that now.
The blue grass is knee slapping, wholesome and happy music. If you live here, you always see friends and neighbors. If you own a Bed and Breakfast you always see some of your guests. This is family entertainment sharing the joys of life and a living culture that is all American and all Asheville.