Asheville, NC

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Continuing our visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains we stopped in Asheville, NC, for 5 nights at the Bear Creek RV Park.  This time we did not travel on the Blue Ridge Parkway since there is a very steep ascent and descent just before reaching Asheville so we didn’t want to put this stress on our vehicle.

Biltmore Estate

I suppose a visit to Asheville wouldn’t be complete without going to see the Biltmore Estate.  This very large estate with a massive house, extensive gardens, parklands and a winery, was built by George Vanderbilt.  The Biltmore House was opened in 1895 after six years of construction.  It was during this same time that Cornelius Vanderbilt completed the family’s beach house in Newport, RI, which is know as “The Breakers”.  We toured that house back in August.  We particularly enjoyed the Biltmore gardens and the Conservatory with its extensive selection of orchids.  After we visited the winery and tasted some of the Biltmore wines we encountered a special event where they were presenting a variety of artisan foods to sample. Continue reading

Newland, NC

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Secluded Valley Campground

Continuing our drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, we stopped off in Newland, NC, at the lovely Secluded Valley RV Park.  It is indeed located in a little valley with a stream along one side and small lake in the middle.  It is an appealing campground that was very quiet during our stay.  We would like to take the weather we experienced here with us everywhere we go:  low to mid-70s during the day and mid-50’s at night. Continue reading

Morita Family Fun at the Beach

During the third week of July, all of Valerie’s immediate family packed up and headed to Holden Beach, North Carolina for a week of family fun.  Holden Beach (pics) is a small island with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Intracoastal Waterway on the other.  The much more popular and better known Myrtle Beach is about 50 miles south of Holden Beach.

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Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte (pics) has certainly put itself on the map in the past few years.  With the headquarters for Bank of America and the east coast operations for Wells Fargo, it is the second largest financial center by assets following New York City.  In 2012 Charlotte played host to the Democratic National Convention.

The Green, Signpost to other Charlottes

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Raleigh, North Carolina

Our first stop in North Carolina was the capital city of Raleigh (pics).  In keeping with our practice of visiting state Capitol buildings we encounter, we began our tour of Raleigh at the North Carolina State Capitol.  Completed in 1840 and built in a Greek Revival style, this Capitol has become mostly ceremonial and historical in nature.  While the Governor’s office remains here, in the early 1960’s the legislature moved to a newly constructed State Legislative Building.

North Carolina Capitol

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