Of all the places on the earth I have been, of all the places I have imagined visiting or living, the mountains of western NC, specifically Asheville, must be "IT". NOTE: Unsolicited Truth post. I am heading there next week with family. Interestingly enough no one out of 5 people invited previously could go. I was actually begining to look forward to a solitary road trip, full of relaxation, and zero schedules/agendas. But something said invite your family...so I did, and they're going!!! Its great. It was meant to be. I can hardly wait to get up early in the morning, get some breakfast at the local Waffle House take my time reading the newspaper and hit the road. I get to show my dad and stepmom my perception of heaven on earth. I get to take them to the places not many others may know of and show them how I would like to live. We get to go hear Loreena McKennitt play at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and just relax.
It'll be fun, inspiring, refreshing and renewing. I need it. Asheville is an artsy, ecclectic mountain city, surrounded by the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are coffee shops, thrift stores, restaurants pubs, numerous galleries with local crafts, art and music. Biltmore Estate is located here and I have been many times over the past few years.
There are many "spiritual" people in Asheville and a large number of different spiritual disciplines or religions are represented. There are hippies and energy healers, poets and playwrights. Its full of creativity and intriguing individuals.
Its believed by many that people are drawn here because Asheville is located on or very near a ley line, a portal if you will or vortex of unseen dimensions. I am not sure about this, but I can say from personal experience it has always felt like the place I belonged...it feels like home.
I can hardly wait to wake up to the smell of early morning dew, hear the sound of a rushing stream and feel the cool crisp mountain air.
Plan your next vacation in Asheville www.asheville.com its well worth the trip!