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Trip Report Asheville Weekend trip report--Loved it!

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We just got back from a weekend in Asheville, NC and loved it! It's been on my list for a while as a weekend away and so that was what I planned for my husband's birthday trip this year. Our overall impression was really positive. It's a town based on tourism and they are well-equipped to do it and to make tourists feel welcome. It's a very dog-friendly city, too, even though we left our pup with a dogsitter.

What we did:
Tour Biltmore Estate - Off-season tickets were only $29 with an advance purchase so we spent Saturday, March 19th on a day pass to the Estate. We toured the house (the crowd was HUGE and it took about 2 hours to get through the whole house; most of which was viewed by snaking along in a slow line). The line to get into the house was even longer when we left there. We were probably foolish to go on a Saturday because friends have said they have gone and enjoyed it with no waiting.
After touring the house we went to the Antler Hill Farm area and checked out the old dairy which is now the wine cellar and we tasted wines. That was fun --we're not knowledgeable about wine but the wines seemed good if a bit overpriced (what isn't at Biltmore). We also watched the short video about the family estate and looked at the displays and the farm area.

Trolley Tour Asheville On Sunday we took the Gray Trolley Tour of ASheville. It's a narrated hop-on-hop-off tour for $20/pp. It was very informative about the neighborhoods and history of the city and we ended up just riding along the whole time to get the full tour. We never hopped off. We did not take advantage of the fact that you can then ride the trolley for the next day as well to get around. We also did not take advanatage of the fact that the ticket included admission to the Thomas Wolfe memorial (we skipped the house because we haven't ever read his books and, frankly, it didn't seem that interesting to us).

Walked through Grove Park Arcade -we initially skipped this since it's just a shopping area but once we had the background on it from the trolley tour it seemed like an interesting building and it was--glad we walked through.

Browsed Woolworth Walk and Soda Fountain We always like to check out local art. We didn't buy any but it was a nice place to view some local artwork for sale and the soda fountain was pretty cool.

Watched a Street Performer in Pritchard Park -He was a fantastic juggler. This is the location where there's a Friday night Drum Circle in the warm months. Other times it's a location for street performers.

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