{Biltmore, Tapas-style: Introduction}

Yikes! I cannot remember what this building is called!! If my word's not enough, seems e v e r y o n e has something good to say about Asheville, North Carolina ~

While my list is hardly comprehensive, it demonstrates the diverse appeal of this small city with big heart.  George Vanderbilt was visionary in choosing its location for the Biltmore Estate.  

It will serve you well to make Asheville's Convention and Visitor's Bureau your first travel stop; there, you'll gain great perspective from helpful staff and volunteers about the "what to dos" and "where to eats".  I highly recommend a fun and informative Gray Line Trolley Tour to get you started–with unlimited "hop ons & offs" there's time to explore the nine stops along the way.  Touring with Sarah was one of my favorite treats along the way…even though we got caught in the rain!

Historic home on Trolley Tour, Asheville
Historic home, Montford Park, Asheville   

Montford Park, Asheville, historic home
Asheville, NC Trolley Tour

Prior to a visit, be sure to follow @
Foodtopia (Sherida Buchanan) and @AshevilleTravel (Dodie Stephens) on Twitter.  Both ladies will offer suggestions that will help you make the most of your visit.

Why do I really, REALLY like this city?
 It's a feast for the senses! Not only is it a place leading in delicious, local farm-to-table restaurant options, but the architecture, beautiful landscape, arts culture, and outdoor adventures beg my enthusiasm!  

Pack Square 
I miss the old 5 and dimes... Kress Building, Asheville downtown  
 For the bargain shopper who wants to do everything–an investment in a "Go Blue Ridge Card" will allow you entry for the Trolley Tours, Biltmore Estate, museum tours, whitewater rafting, discounts and so…much…more! 

Head's up if you're planning a trip to the area:  I'll have TWO to giveaway at the end of this series!  If you don't already, subscribe (for free) in a reader or by email so you'll be sure to learn details of the giveaway as soon as I post 'em!

Vance Memorial, AshevilleRistorante Vincenzo ~ We ate here 23 years ago on our honeymoon & it was DELICIOUS!  

Next up:  The Inn at Biltmore

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