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Asheville Picnics and Day Trips: Trip # 2 of the Series

asheville picnicQuality of Life. "Green" Communities. Sustainable Innovation in Homes and ECO-Friendly Living. THIS Asheville area picnic (one of a series of picnics planned with all of us in mind) includes all of the above.

It's an Appalachian wonder, all right, where  you can just hang out, toss your picnic basket on a rustic table beside the mighty French Broad River (see photo) and really get into a slower pace.

Bring along some homemade peach cobbler, and just "BE" for an afternoon...or longer.

Today I'm taking you with me to a place where the French Broad River runs boldly and small towns nearby nestle comfortably beneath the sheltering wealth of the oldest mountains on Earth.

On the way, we will stop to chat with an organic farmer about the benefits of a gentle lifestyle for horse lovers, Permaculture advocates, and life in a small town.

Take the small college town of Mars Hill, in Madison County North Carolina, for example.(see #1 of this series) . Mars Hill, just twenty minutes or so north of Asheville-with its old-time white wood gazebo on Main Street is a place to find "good old-fashioned" things happening. Like this July, as I chatted with a couple from Michigan who are investing in a land trust  for their family, a parade with horse-drawn floats and a 20-piece marching band distracted us. I could see my clients' eyes light up.

 "How often do you get such homespun pleasure?" they asked.

"Life, as an art form, is present in our lives around Asheville almost every day!" I smiled.

Yes, you may come to know what the poet Albert Camus , one of my all-time favorite poets meant when he said,  

"A man's work is nothing but this slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence his heart first opened."

Great and simple images.

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"Life, as an art form, is present in our lives around Asheville almost every day!"

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Hi janeAnne,

I took a trip to Ashville last year and loved it! Besides checking out all the artists my husband and I  took some time to poke around a few neighboring towns and it was so beautiful.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch, Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal (Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio) about 10 years ago

the word "picnic" caught my attention...the peach cobbler kep it LOL!

Wonderful place to picnic for sure....and enjoy lifes pleasures all around.  :)

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) about 10 years ago

Bring along some homemade peach cobbler, and just "BE" for an afternoon...or longer.  What great suggestions!

Posted by Dena Stevens, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) about 10 years ago

Cynthia~

I hope you return soon! Let me know if you are coming up our way. I'm working on some great local day trip and picnic maps!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Sally~

The peaches are just about a week (if that) away from being ready to collect from the trees near us...and the plums, golden delicious apples and even the cherries! OH it is amazing! And, like you, cobblers keep my attention =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Dena~

Just BEING is something that Asheville is known for...I imagine Colorado has spots like this...maybe Boulder? Tell me. . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

That is a wonderul thought -- just to BE -- It is often difficult to remember to slow down and enjoy what is all around us. 

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) about 10 years ago

janeAnne, Great quote by Camus. I used to live in Colorado. Based on what I have read about Ashville in your posts and what I saw first hand in a weekend visit about 7 years back, Ashville and Boulder seem to have similar green senibilities.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) about 10 years ago

Joan~

As a real estate professional, do you  sometimes feel "just BEing" is a challenge? Thre are so many ins-and-outs of this practice, and then the notion that we are a 24/7 bunch to hurtle...I feel lucky to live in the mountains of NC where nature helps keep all creatures in balance. . .buyers,sellers,investors...and yes...even REALTORS.

 

Come on down for a picnic when you find the time. . . 

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Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

Pete~

Loved your phrase..."similar green sensibilities"...that would be a great title for a post...so when are ya' going to use it? =)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 10 years ago

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