Last week hubby and I attended a retreat for Cadence International missionaries at The Cove in Asheville, NC. We were really blessed to hear the stories of three couples in their golden years who served with the mission since shortly after WWII. In addition, the accommodations at the Billy Graham Training Center are top notch. The meals, served buffet style, are delicious with unique recipes (like bleu cheese bread pudding), and the scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains is beautifully restful. As you can see, we visited a couple of weeks ahead of the fall foliage colors.
Free time was scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Four of us ladies headed downtown: first to a shoe store and then to a quilt shop. Asheville Cotton Company & Bernina Center on Hendersonville Road boasts a LOT of fabric! It was delightful to wander among the rows and rows of shelved fabric and imagine all the quilts that could be made. Thanksgiving and Christmas, juvenile, Kaffe Fassett, brights, Civil War, blenders–it is all there. Of course we perused the sale table and admired the quilt samples. If your travels take you to western North Carolina, I recommend visiting this shop.
On Wednesday afternoon, several of us drove to the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, a gallery and gift shop on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were amazed at the items painstakingly crafted by talented artisans. Photos are not allowed, so be sure to click here to travel to the website and view the beautiful quilts, sculpture, glass, furniture, paintings, etc.
We topped off free time by walking in downtown Asheville to a coffee shop, admiring the beautiful brick buildings as we strolled. The Episcopal Cathedral offered interesting architectural photographic perspectives.
Mountain scenery, comfortable accommodations at The Cove, a well-fortified quilt shop, relaxing coffee shops, and inspiring artwork at the Folk Art Center all made for delightful ramblings in Asheville.