Asheville, NC Ramblings

3 10 2016

blue-ridgeLast 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.

asheville-cotton-companyFree 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.

ashville-episcopal-cathedralWe 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.

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5 responses

3 10 2016
Marie

It sounds like you had a very inspirational event. We just returned from a trip to Maine. I visited only 2 quilt shops. One was in Saco, ME. It was nice but very small since she was just starting her business. I picked up a lovely book with Christmas patterns put together by a young man! I also found just one store in Portland. She carried a variety of fabrics and not just quilting. Her inventory was not much to my taste being more modern prints. Your shop sounded much more interesting to me.

3 10 2016
Mary Ed Williams

What a lovely trip and yum! Blue cheese bread pudding – sounds delicious. But blue cheese would make old sneakers taste good…

3 10 2016
Patti Hyder

When we lived in VA, we spent a week at Montreat for a conference and got to see the Folk Art Center. Loved it!!

3 10 2016
darladolinger

Good pitcure, that was quite a ramble. The Blue Ridge Mts are always beautifulno matter the season. A fun and interesting time and just to be  where somethingwas named after Rev. Billy Grahm is something. Glad you girls had all that timefor shopping, looking and enjoying. Did you find some great shoes? Material?Fun no matter what. GG

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3 10 2016
Pamela Reim

We live in OR but travelled east mid Sept. to see family. travelled down the Blue Ridge Parkway from Roanoke to Asheville seeing many of the same sites (including the quilt stores). Love that area.

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