As much as I hated it, I had to leave Asheville yesterday to return to our wonderful (euphemism for boring) home. Back here, there are very few really cool people who are in touch with Nature and Soul, unlike Asheville. If you happen to be an inhabitant of that amazing city, I tip my hat to you. You have transformed an old mundane southern city into an incredibly vibrant modern metropolis.
We spent some our remaining time at the Asheville Botanical Gardens, which was very cool. I took many more pictures to add to my Appalachian nature collection. For lunch, we ate at a decent Mexican restaurant called Papa's and Beer. I sampled the table-side guacamole. It was probably the best I've ever had. Instead of salsa, they serve hot chips with warm bean dip. We liked this place a lot. Why are the best restaurants away from home?
I must also thank Marshall and Tracie Manche for making our lodging so trouble-free and accommodating. They are the kind proprietors of Asheville Cottages. This is the second time we've stayed there; both times were excellent.
This photo of Asheville Cottages is courtesy of TripAdvisor
There are many artists living in Asheville, breathing the clean air and pumping lots of Soul into their work. We spent a lot of time at Woolworth Walk, which is the largest local artist gallery in the city. Lots of creativity is concentrated in this restored Woolworth's building, complete with an old fashioned soda fountain.
I had read a lot of good things about Asheville's Tupelo Honey Cafe, so we headed there for dinner that night. It was a difficult choice, but I ended up ordering Chef Brian's Shrimp and Grits. Wow! Amazing! Soul food, indeed, for the distinguishing palate.
I wouldn't mind living in Asheville permanently. It is a city where there are many transplants. People move there because of dreams. Asheville is a city of dreamers. The mountains, clean air, the hospitality, and all those Soul-chasers make this one of the best places to live in America, in my humble opinion. I may end up there yet!