Our vacation to the mountains was very nice. We spent most of the day Friday in downtown Black Mountain just shopping and eating. Saturday morning we hiked to the top of Lookout Mountain in Montreat then spent the rest of the day in downtown Asheville. Two of the highlights were the Asheville Art Museum (especially the Stone Roberts exhibit and the Mid-Century Modern exhibit) and the Basilica of St. Lawrence, which is truly awe-inspiring. We also visited Vance Birthplace since we were headed out that way for dinner.
Anyway, now I'm back at work. I'll be catching up on things around the office most of the week and representing the Division at a Teacher Conference in Greenville on Thursday. This Saturday our living history group is participating in the Wooden Boat Show in Plymouth, NC. Should be a fun Saturday. If anyone is planning on travelling to the Asheville area anytime soon, I am linking a couple of restaurant recommendations below.
Stoney Knob Cafe (Mediterannean cuisine - very good)
Cafe on the Square (something for everyone)
I also recommend Berliner Kindl and My Father's Pizza in Black Mountain. Neither has a web site, but they are both worth a stop.