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

Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque (pics) is New Mexico’s largest city with over 500,000 residents.  It sits in the shadows of the Sandia Mountains.  It serves as a hub for the state sitting at roughly the geographical center of the state and at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 25.

We only had one day here.  So for some exercise we headed to the 16-mile long Paseo del Bosque.  It is a recreational trail that runs alongside the Rio Grande River.  It’s a nice paved path suitable for both walking and biking.  There is also a pedestrian bridge that crosses the river alongside Interstate 40.

Walk/bike bridge across river

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