A quick get away

Well, that little internet break turned into quite a long one! But I’m back with something you have never seen on my blog- vacation pictures!

Yes, the stars aligned, so Gwensdad and I were able to take our first vacation in 12 years to beautiful Asheville, NC. I went  to summer camp in the area and we had been there the year before Gwen was born and always wanted to go back.

Asheville is a small mountain city with beautiful vistas, an abundance of wildflowers, wonderful restaurants and best of all mild temperatures with low humidity. We stayed in a cabin with rocking chairs on the upstairs porch and a hot tub on the downstairs porch. We only had two days to play, so we skipped the main attraction, the Biltmore House, as we had been there already.

Instead we visited the North Carolina Arboretum, an extensive botanic garden, forest area and regional green resource. This place is a regional treasure and it blew us both away.

The core garden area is flanked by an array of stunning gates made at the Penland School of Crafts. This one represents the area’s wildlife and natural resources.

Wildlife gate at NC Arboretum

Snake detail

Detail of Wildlife gate

And this one has a garden theme


Turtle detail


Here is a fabulous piece of sculpture by Martin Webster. Read about it and all the other fabulous garden art on the Arboretum’s art page.


Finally, the quilt garden, planted with quilt block designs. New blocks are installed four times a year. The darker foliage in these squares is sweet potato vine and the small shrubs are a fragrant basil that scented the entire area.

Quilt Garden

Our visit was cut short by rain, but there was so much else to see! Including these lovely art quilts in the gift shop.

Art Quilts in the Gift Shop

This amazing place is a jewel. I am longing to go back to hike the trails and browse the gardens we didn’t have time to see. At $6 per carload of people, it is real bargain that you won’t soon forget!


4 Responses to “A quick get away”

  1. sheila Says:

    oh first to comment I like that.
    Fabulous photos. So glad you had a chance to get away and recharge the batteries and hopefully chill out. take care hugs sheila
    dont forget only 137 days to Christmas lol.

  2. liveparadox Says:

    Glad you had such a fabulous getaway! Those pictures are gorgeous.

    Good to see you back online, too. :-)

  3. MaryAlice Says:

    Gosh, you must have a great camera (or are you just that good a photographer)lol. AND how sweet that your hubby takes an interest in that. If we went to No. Carolina, my husband would want to go to a NASCAR event!!!

  4. Andrea Says:

    Very cool garden!! You’d love it if you could get to Skagway AK — they have 2 VERY awesome quilt stores there!!

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