North Caroline getaway?????

Oct 31st, 2005, 06:45 PM
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We just returned from a 7-day trip which took us from Memphis to Nashville to Cherokee (Bryson City) to Asheville to Charleston to Savannah. Weather moderate most of the time with some light snow from Cherokee to Asheville through the mountains. Pass from Pigeon Forge to Cherokee closed on the one day we wanted to run up and do some shopping. Leaves are changing but are not brilliant oranges and yellows, just some burnt reds and dark oranges. Great time of year to go!! And you MUST stop by the Biltmore Estates for the tour and lunch in the stables.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 02:33 AM
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leaves are still not really turning in Asheville except at higher elevations...VERY late this year because of warmer weather and I guess lack of rain.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 04:12 AM
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I second what Bonniebroad suggested!(Ashville,Boone,Blowing Rock) Trust me..I am from Raleigh..the mountains are alot more beautiful!

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Nov 1st, 2005, 04:31 AM
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Went to Tweetsie RR in Blowing Rock on Friday afternoon and there was a dusting of snow on both Grandfather and Roan Mtns. Weather at Tweetsie was sunny but CHILLY! Took Hwy 221 from Blowing Rock over to Banner Elk afterwards and it was a very pretty drive and the skies were clearer than usual.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 04:49 AM
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Leah - I just got back from New England last week and their leaves aren't turning much either. I think they had too much rain and wind right before leaf time. A bad year for leaf looking all around, it appears.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 04:56 AM
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I came down from the N Ga mountains and there is basically no color - yet. The ample rain we had along with warmer temps = still green.

I checked the forest service leaf watcher page online and they expect the leaves to start turning. There was (finally) a cold snap on Oct. 26 and a dusting of snow on Brasstown Bald. Conditions are maybe the leaves will!
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Nov 1st, 2005, 04:58 AM
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litespeed - we've been doing lots of travel lately as well...early Oct in VT the leaves were just starting to change. We just got back from Bermuda last week and were surprised everything was still pretty green here in Asheville. Usually it starts changing by early October and is done by the end of October.
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Nov 1st, 2005, 05:54 AM
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I'll be staying in the Black Mt. area next weekend. The leaves are running late this year, it should be beautiful.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 11:38 AM
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Starrsville, where do you find the leaf watchers page? Please share the web address.
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Nov 7th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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Here's one for north GA with gorgeous photos -

Here's the official Forest Service link for ALL REGIONS -

and, here's a link for Asheville -
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Nov 15th, 2005, 12:29 PM
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I adore New Bern, at any time of year. It's such a quaint and lovely little town, with lots of history. My husband (then-boyfriend) and I used to take long weekends as a break from college.
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