Daytrip to Marshall & Hot Springs

All of Asheville was abuzz with Moogfest this weekend and I hope you all had fun! I did an about face and took some friends (one who hasn’t been here long and one visiting her from England) out for  a day trip up the old Marshall Highway for a day of small town exploring in Marshall and then on up to Hot Springs for an explore and a soak. We did have some fun!

Marshall almost looks like it was cut out of a small town story book, located right on the French Broad River and along the train tracks it’s Main Street is a quick but charming tour with several charming shops, a sweet little restaurant, the Pork & Pie, Zuma coffee shop, Flow Gallery and  a real, honest to goodness old time department store, Penland & Sons. In a town the size of Marshall you really only need one of everything.  They’ll be having the Mama Mia Celebration honoring Mother’s Day Saturday, May 10 with family activities, music and food all over downtown.

Hot Springs, just another 15 minutes up the road, was also a hit, and we spent another good chunk of the afternoon wandering from shop to shop all along their Main Street before stopping for lunch.  Then it was off to the tubs for a nice hour long soak at the “World Famous Hot Springs“. A word to the wise as we come into season, make a reservation ahead of time if you plan on renting an outdoor tub on the weekend as they were completely booked for the day by 1 pm and even if you go during the week it never hurts to call ahead and reserve a time. More fun upcoming next weekend in Hot Springs as well with the French Broad River Festival for two fantastic days of music and camping.

Marshall

Best of WNC?

Well, friends and neighbors it’s that time of year again.  The Mountain Express is running their “Best of WNC” popularity poll for everything under the sun that is Asheville and Western North Carolina. Please consider putting my name in for Best Photographer.  Not because I really think I am, (I know over two dozen amazingly talented photographers that live and work here and each of them is just as deserving if not more so), but because word of mouth referral is so vital to my business and you can’t get a referral if no one has ever heard of you. Since Mountain Express has one of the biggest mouths around that makes placing in this poll important. So go to the poll, vote for people, places, restaurants and services you like here in Asheville, spread the word for the sake of the uninitiated who want to shop local but don’t know how and help some small businesses get some big exposure.

Click the link to betaken to this year’s ballot.

          

3.17.11: Things That Are Green

Oh the Highland Brew was a flowin’
From the top of the mountain last night.
And every glass was a clinkin’ together.
And every face was bright. . .

Thank you Highland Brewery for a wonderful St. Patty’s Day Party.

West Among The Plott Balsam Range

Quote from the National Park Service regarding the Plott Balsam range:

“Before you lies the massive Plott Balsam Range. On one of its eastern slopes Henry Plott, a German immigrant’s son, made his home in the early 1800′s. In this game-filled frontier, hunting dogs were a prized possesion. Here Henry Plott and his descendants developed the famous Plott Bear Hounds carefully selecting for the qualities of stamina, courage, and alertness the breed possesses today.”

I’ve met many of Henry Plott’s descendants as well as those of his dogs working this past year around Haywood County. I met one boy at a school I was working at and mentioned that I had a Plott Hound at home, usually when I say something like this people don’t even know what I’m talking about.  This young fellow looked up at me, smiled, and said ‘I have five.’

Ahh, Western North Carolina, I love you!!

Plott Balsam

Mills River

Mills River, A Great Place To Bring the Kids!

Here’s one of the best places for creek stomping for kids of all sizes.  The river rocks that are all over the river upstream are just the thing kids need to build their own dams, and private tubs in the sunny spots of the water.  With deep sections, waterfalls, great spots for tubing, forest road access and trails that lead deeper into the heart of Pisgah National Forest, you just gotta know about Mills River.

Mill River
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